Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2006
From tap. Delirium cafe, Brussel. Dark, almost black with a tan head. Smells sourrish with a subtle coffee aroma. Tastes initially sourrish moving to a more sweet flavour with coffee and chocolate. Finishes more sourrish and a bit fruity. Nice, almost world-class, but a little too sourrish for a stout imo. Gets much better when warming up!(3.3-3.7) hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2006
Bottle. Deep black color and foamy beige head. Licorice, anis and alcohol aroma. Taste of coffee, anis and alcohol aftertaste. Good stout.
Bière de couleur noire opaque avec un bon collet beige. Odeur d’anis et d’alcool. Au goût, c’est le café (expreso), l’anis avec l’alcool en arrière goût. Bonne stout, pas mal robuste. starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Huge tan head(chilled!). Scent of nutty burnt toast. Opaque brown-black. Salty, chocolaty coal taste. Strong cigarette afternotes. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Dark black body with a thick frothy light brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, molassas, sweet fruit. Sweet fruity flavor, light bitterness and some light chocolate. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Commercial description is about on target. The "lively on the tongue" bit is more due to high carbonation than to depth of flavor, but it is a solid stout.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Bottle: Dark brown, not quite black pour, big fizzy tan head. Aroma has some roasted notes. There is an earthy, maybe bittersweet chocolate. Dry finish, but very thin. f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Pours an ominous black tint with a huge, light tan head. Some yeast sediment as well. Chocolate, fig, and earthy yeast dominate the strong aroma eminating from the glass. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, bready, with a hint of roastiness. Smooth body carries the head lacing down the glass, with not a trace of alcohol bite. An excellent beer. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Pours black as night.Hugh roasty, chocolate aromas.a nice full bodied expierience. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2006
On tap at the Map Room. Pours a dark brown with a large foamy tan head. Molasses, licorice, dried currants, and hints of brown sugar. Lacks usual stout roast flavors. Finishes sweet. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Black lustered body with one gorgeous cap of super smooth, fluffy, and tall light tanned foam. The huge froth stays present for length before finally fading to keep an impressive quarter inch of smoothed over foam the entire session. The lacing is patchy with globby strings.
Aroma is boldly dark and borderline tarry with a deep molasses draw mixing with a slimming dark fruityness. Notes of a sharp soured yeastyness, black licorice, anise, and chocolate dust make for nice extras. The chocolate picks up more as it sits.
Taste is quite nice; full and lively with dark yet fruity flavors and roasted tidbits of tang thrown into the finish. Figgy, plummy, and whispings of currants, dark orange, prunes, and carob all make nice little spicings and nuances across the palate. Alot of complexity in the flavor department with this one. Keeps a solid malty dark candied tang the whole way through, middle adds a partial stop in yeasty sourness adding to, and leading into the finishing areas with a tad bit of roastyness with a bittering coffee and chocolate backdrop that’s just noticeable enough. Nice!
Feel is fairly full upfront and into the middle, only teetering slightly and fading softly into the finish with a delicate texture and body. Well carbonated and active. A fun ride and treat.
Drinkability is only hampered a bit for me from the yeasty sourness that plays out a bit to much in the middle areas for a full quaffing experience. Other then that this is a very soild beer and a nice treat to wrap yourself up in at the end of a long day.