booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Hot damn! I’ve been waiting for something new out of these guys. This tastes like an Imperial Stout, with a ton of fruity and roasty flavors. Tastes strong, but not too bitter. Very nicely done. Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 9, 2005
dark black colour, giant dense creamy and slightly brown-tainted foam, deep and toasty aroma of black chocolate, notes of bread, raisins and cookies, also a touch of alcohol and licorice, oily and creamy mouthfeel, solid malt body, some bitterness before a powerful chocoltey, cookie aftertaste and warming alcohol notes - perfectly made and deeply enjoyable Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Opaque brownish black beer, with humongous dense light-tan head like the froth on a good espresso except, as I said, humongous.Aroma of yeast, dried fruit, some slight alcohol, and an inexplicable woodiness. Flavor is full of dried fruit and some chocolate, with a typical Belgian yeast funk and grassy hops that contribute little bitterness. I taste suprisingly little roast or alcohol. Voluptuously full-bodied. By far the best beer I’ve had in a while. SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle. I was told that this wasn’t from the latest batch. I had to pour this one in shifts. The head was way too overpowering. At first sniff, I could have sworn that this was Trois Pistoles. Dark fruit, mustiness, yeasty ... all the qualities of a great Belgian strong. But, the first sip was something different, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee, hazelnut and a slight tingling from alcohol and licorice (more licorice than alcohol). As it warmed, the aroma backed off the fruit and completely changed to roasty and chocolately. Wonderful transformation. The flavors became more solid as it warmed. It slides down as smooth as anything. Damn! This is one great beer! harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2005
330ml bottle from the brewery. Dark brown/black with lasting thin dark tan head. This is an absolutely intense stout. Tar, liquorice and bitter dark chocolate on the aromas. God, this is intense. Almost primeval. Mouthfeel has the sour notes of a stout with some carbonation. Finish is like swallowing 200g of dark chocollate in one go. Definitely pleasant but it does feel as though you have been mugged by a lump of bitter chocolate wrapped around a prune brick. One hell of a beer though.
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. 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. thewolf (12597) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2007 Bottle. Pours a nice opaque black with a big beige head that appears bubbly, but forms a creamy feel. Aroma is wonderful. Initially fruity, berries, then turns a little musky with a chocolate backbone. Quite spritzy in your mouth, but it still manages to feel creamy. Extremely complex flavour. It kind of feels like a saison/lambic while it is in your mouth (fruity and a touch sour), turning into a nice chocolate stout as you swallow. Berries, chocolate, plums, a touch of coffee. Stunning. iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 The most recent (winter 2007) batch: silky smooth and complex stout, a world apart from the old wine-like recipe, like comparing a Harvey’s 2003 to a Yeti.
The new one is one of the best stouts I’ve ever had, velvet body with awesome roasted flavors, very dry and bitter and a long finish. After a while, it reveals all kinds of spiciness, cherry, chocolate, cognac. Up there with the best USA (imperial) stouts! LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours black with a full foam brown head. Chocolatey and sweet aroma. Taste of coffee, chocolate and cherrys with a dry finsih.