Handypaul (586) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle at Novari Res. Pours black with a lasting creamy beige head but leaves only a bit of lacing, Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee in that order. Medium to thick body, average carbonation, medium to heavy sweet, light bitterness in taste, oily texture and a dry bitter and sweet finish. Excellent. dexcansino (585) - Andalucía, SPAIN - FEB 26, 2013
Cerveza negra con mucha espuma de color marrón claro. El olor tiene algo que me recuerda al vino tinto. Cuerpo medio y bastante seco. Sabor especiado, un poco picante, con notas ácidas y un fondo a café expresso riquísimo. No se notan los 9º de alcohol. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2005
bottle...Incredible amount of head to start! Dark brown pour, head lingers, and lingers, and lingers...looks like the foam on a cappucino. Nice Roasted malt aroma, some chocolate, some metal. Some definate vineous tones to start, also the carbonation reminds me of a barleywine. Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee. Acidic, alcoholic...man this tastes like a barleywine. It is very good, but a lot more carbonation and wine-like flavors than I would have expected from a stout. Maybe an Imperial Stout, but the mouthfeel is way too thin...actually may be too thin for a stout. Again, this tastes great, just not what I expected at all. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Bottle. Dark black color with big froamy tan head. Aroma of burnt chocolate and alcohol. Taste is malty, oily, toasted, and excellent. Aftertaste of bitter chocolate. Nice. minch25 (576) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
A hodgepodge of unidentifiable musky aromas that never comes together. Ginormous billowing head that looks awesome, but really makes it hard to drink. Dry, ashy MF. Roasty, bready flavors mostly, hazelnut, oily espresso beans definitely, dried licorice. Overall, good, but I could have done with the CO2 toned down.
joshwoodward (575) - - SEP 19, 2012
Very interesting! Amazing nose. Coffee, toffee, chocolate. Definitely some oxidation. Not very bitter, a little lacking in carbonation, over the hill? mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 25, 2004
33cl bottle No BBD Pours opaque black with generous tan head. Palate is velvet lusciousness. Cherries, raisins, & plums against a background of coffee beans & carmel must. Finishes bitter & tight. Funk is placed right along the coffee, roasty, liquorice of an Imperial Stout. Freakishly, fiendishly delicious. A dream come true. A Belgian Imperial Stout. obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2004
Dark as night w/thick big mocha head. Nose of cappucino, chocolate, molasses, carmel and a belgian fruitiness I attribute to the yeast. Med-Heavey weight with light sweetness and drying finish. Chocolate, cherry, vanilla, coffee, and slight bitterness mixed with raisen quality. WOW, well balanced, soft and carressing. Awesome beer! Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle. Aroma sweet and roasty, hints of chocolate,coffee and nut. Poured deep dark brown with a healthy foamy chocolate head. Flavor was nice, strong coffee at first then fading into a sweet array of chocolate and licorice and perhaps bit of fruit as well. Palate was good and lively, sweet and then bitter back to sweet again. A nice even mouthfeel to it. Another tasty brew I’ve sampled from De Dolle who are fast becoming one of my favorite brewers even with the limited exposure I’ve had. Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Wow what a different beer. Extreme crispness that is sour and lip smacking, which is bizarre for a black, higher abv imp stout. Lots of fruit-skins in this one. Plum skin, cherry skin, apple skins, but the blackness of the beer comes through with roasted chocolate midway through the sip to mute the sprites of tart fruits. This one had a particularly harsh carbonation to it that would prevent me from drinking many in a single evening, but the price and abv would do the same as well, right?