omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2006
VERY heady beer. Pours a deep, dark brown with a HUGE head on it. Sweet and slightly pungent aroma. VERY awesome on the tongue. Sweet and tangy with a slightly sour then smoky finish. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Appears a dark brownish black with a 3 finger tan head that slowly fades out. Plenty of streaked lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of Belgian yeasty goodness, roasted nuts, cocoa, molasses, raisins, caramel, coffee tinged with anise and rolled oats.
Taste is of the same aromas. Very complex and appealing.
Mouthfeel is mildly sweet, full bodied with chocolate and coffee richness with pumped up carbonation levels that fade out into a smooth, complex ride.
This one actually reminds me of something I just brewed not too long ago...a Belgian Bourbon Oak Imperial Milk Stout without the bourbon, lactose, and oak of course. Looking this up, I found many similarities, in fact, including many of the same malts used, close to the same OG, even used some Nugget hops in the aromatics that came about a total of 53 IBU’s(calculated). I used the Westmalle strain that John at John Harvard’s Wayne gave me. I did use over a pound of lactose though in mine and they used candi sugar. Many similarities by my own estimation without knowing much about this one until now.
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Bottle. Belgian roasted malt. Smells a bit like a baltic porter, not unlike Baltika 6. Dark, basically opaque body with a large, tan head. Excellent lace. Floatilla visibile at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Initial mouthfeel is strong, sweet, rich roasted caramel malt. Very nice. Carbonation is lively. This is a treat, could pass for a dessert beer. Excellent, yet not overly distinctive. Skinnyviking (9569) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2006
Bottle. Beige high and lasting head. Black body. Spicy coffee/choccolate flavor plus alcohol aroma. First impression a bit sharp and bitter flavor. Later more pleasant chocclolate dominated coffee flavor. Alcohol contents well balanced. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2006
33 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Pitch black colour with a huge rocky head. Aroma of smooth roastedness, liquoirice and hints of coffee. Very smooth and tasty flavour of roastedness combined with alcohol and a dry finish all this also have a touch of belgium yeast. Not bad at all.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2006
Didn’t seem all there this one, so maybe it hasn’t traveled well. The aroma was a mix of raisins, chocolate and cleaning products. On tasting it was fairly sweet and quite thin, considering the abv. A shame, really, because it’s probably a very good drop. User37895 (3042) - - JUN 3, 2006
A collision of two great worlds: stouts and Belgians. Boy, this one was a tough pour and the head was huge and concave up (yes, that’s a geeky term, but go stick it if you don’t like it). Nice dark brown / black color underneath that head. The aroma was sweet and of chocolate mostly. The flavor started out like chocolate and was sweet with a touch of candy sugar. Finish was of coffee. Man, coffee, chocolate, and candy sugar all in one beer. Outstanding. Creamy and thick mouthfeel. Great stuff. jake65 (3689) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Nice deep, dark aroma of chocolate and nutty tones. Taste is a complex blend of chocolate, coffee, malt, some bittersweetness, and assorted spices. Dances around a bit on the palate with a nice crisp and dry finish. rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2006
Deep black color, with a rocky tan-colored head, leaving nice lacing, yeasty fruitiness nose of raisins, plums, roasted malt accent, hint of molasses, chocolate milkshake, with a note of mocha in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied with a yeasty acidic dark roasted malt character, with a black roasted coffee beans accent, burnt toast, hint of sweet dark fruitiness, leading towards a burnt roastiness bitter finish. jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2006
I was very pleased in myself for ordering this beer, mostly because it was somewhat expensive, and I had the money to do so (but even better was it wasn’t included on my check at the end of the meal!). At any rate, it poured very dark, black really, Aroma wasn’t terribly sweet, but of coffee and yeast. Flavor was quite bitter, I wasn’t really expecting that, I thought it would be more like LIon Stout, but it wasn’t. Palate was a little thin, but definately a great sipping beer.