Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle, shared with hogtown harry and blankboy. Dark brown, huge brown head. Mild yeast, burnt sugar aroma. Dry, yeasty, black licorice taste. Boozy. Ok, interesting, unique, but not terribly enjoyable a bit of a letdown, given its reputation (and the awesome run of beers we had been on in the tasting). Fruity hints at the end. Just ok. BeerandBlues2 (13205) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
33 cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours a murky deep dark brown, almost makes you believe it is black, with a huge creamy tan head, spoonable, that keeps growing as the bubbles expand and rise from the bottom of the glass, as very tiny, champange-like bubbles. Oak and cellar aromas to welcome you, then some yeast (earthy) and dark, rich chocolate malt, some port and fruit notes on the end to tease. Moderately bitter hop flavor gives way to a dark chocolate and coffee body, very much resembling a rich cocoa, malty and yeasty throughout, and an alcohol burn that tingles the tongue at the end. Dark bodied and full, fizzy palate, tingly. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
black pour huge frothy creamy tan head well laced. Yeasty aroma lots of sweet malts and hints of nuts wood notes and alcohol. Full creamy palate thick and nice. Flavor is malty brown sugar and syrup lots of yeast notes some light nut flavors a touch of roaste coffee. Pretty darn good. BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Complex, sweet aroma, huge off-white head that hangs out for a really long time. Dark brown/Black in color. Sweet malty, chocolaty, coffeeish, toasty, roasty, nutty flavors. I’m not a gigantic stout fan, but this is one of the best I’ve ever had. MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2005
11.2oz bottle poured in a tulip glass. It pours dark, nearly black with a huge thick creamy head. It smells like wet burnt wood and coffee. The head looks like an ice cream float and tastes of licorice and spice. The first taste was a bit metallic so I let it warm up a bit and the flavor really came out. Bitter coffee and toffee ending in a but of a fuel-punch. This beer can give you heartburn! This beer is on par with Lion Stout, which is one of my absolute favorites. The finish is dry and tingely, probably due to the high alcohol. This beer makes me smile.
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Pours a deep dark reddish brown, with a reddish brwon head that was huge and creamy but disappeared quickly. Aromas of strong coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Flavor of bitter coffee, chocolate. Excellent beer. barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
(draft) Fizzy, which was quite a strange sensation coming from a stout. More coffee than chocolate flavored, so not my favorite even once the fizz had faded. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2005
330ml bottle. Dark black and oily thick.. Huge, carenous tan-brown head. The head remains and offers aromas of chocolate, must, straw and grass. Citrus, apples and cocoa powder. As the head finally subsides, other aromatic notes emerge. more malts and coffee and chocolate. Once again, full and rich in the mouth. Huge coffee and bitter chocolate flavors wrapped up in a piny, hop finish. Lively and plumy, port and caramel. Anise and nutty. More so mediumn bodied and hop driven. ABUSEDGOAT (2729) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Black pour, but not extremely black. Fairly large head. Aroma is malt showing mainly licorice. Acidity, bread and coffee come out as well. Also hints of dark fruits, chocolate and roast. Flavor is the same, some bitterness with the acidity made this interesting. Would drink again if a bottle wasn’t $5. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours a deep dark brown with some red and floaties when held to the light (hard to see the floaties but they are there). Large bubbly tan head that went down once it settled out but a small head stuck around the whole time and laced the glass nicely. Great looking beer. Aroma of dark fruits, bread, some chocolate and smoke. Flavor of roasted malts, cocoa, some coffee and hazelnut as the commercial description states. Also picking up licorice and slight smoke as well as some yeast and a general sweetness. Great stout.