aleksander9 (1874) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 16, 2016
Black with white head. Spicy, wort and syrup. Sweet, vanilla, roast, and light herbal. Overall: Good drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Very commanding smokiness, almost rauchbier-like. The roasted barley flavor melts into a strange "hammy" character (something I've found a lot in smoked porters but perhaps haven't developed a taste for yet). Rather dark and mostly smooth, except for a touch of bitterness in that hammy flavor I was talking about. veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Dark color, almost like coffee. Smells like a cappuchino. A bittertaste that also brings coffee... bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2003
A lot of carbonation. This is the louded beer I've ever had, it was like pouring a can of cola. Not bad, but it did taste a bit watered down. Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 17, 2004
Bottled, argang 2002, sampled same year. Very dark in colour with thick brown head. Roasty, coffeeish aroma; bitter, roasty and chocolate notes in the palate. My friend (not a beer lover) when tasted it said: "Is this a beer? Is it possible for a beer to taste like this?" Then he went to Systembolaget and bought a bottle of Orval...
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Dark brown with no head. Very wine-like aroma and flavor. Sweet and very dry. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2005
2001 Bottle thanks to Heemer77. Dark, black pour at first, but turns somewhat transluscent with a burgundy gleam to the edges. Little, rapidly disipating tan head. Smells of caramel, milk chocolate, light yeast and just a hint of roast. Flavor is rather simple. Too much smooth, slightly boring, milk chocolate flavor. Has its moments of roast and and coffee, but they are still buttressed by the sweetness and only in passing. Medium to medium full body, but loose at the start and finish. Aftertaste has a nice yeast, light vinous notes and chocolate flavor. Still, much lacking in complexity, tastes rather pasteurised. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Small light tan ring of a head. Dark opaque black body. The aroma is light licorice, baker’s chocolate, and light soy sauce. The flavor is very chocolately but falls flat quickly. Very flat and watery medium full body. Was exepcting more. Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2005
2000 vintage. Dark brown looks, light brown head recedes to a ring. Aroma starts to suggest some oxidation, but it’s not quite there yet. Mellow nose, hinting at rich malt that is more or less there I feel. Soy sauce, vanilla and chocolate soaked marshmallows. Subdued roastiness. A bit stale in mouth, chocolate and coffee comes out classic and interesting oaty and graham cookies undertones add a dimension to the overdone sweetness, but unlike a good oatmeal stout, it seems to also give a syrupy and grainy cerealic sensation. Thin-medium body, very low carbonation... Hard to rate this one, it’s one of those for which my score could range +/- 1.0 from one day to another, but as of today, I know I certainly won’t seek that anywhen soon. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle - 8.82 oz - 1997 vintage] Dark black pour with no head and very little carbonation. Looked like coffee. Very sweet smell. Lots of molasses, sweet malts and caramel. The taste was very sweet as well. Syrupy and lots of molasses. Maybe it was an old bottle that wasn’t taken good care of, but I was not that big a fan.