Scipio (1185) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2017
Pours black with a medium, light beige head. The aroma has quite a bit of alcohol in it. It has significant yeast, chocolate, roasted malt, and minor vanilla. The yeast makes the nose unusual. The taste is dry and sweet. I find plenty of vanilla, raisin, alcohol and yeast. Chocolate and coffee are complimentary, while there is subtle cherry and plum as well. The finish is alcohol and cherry with just a bit of coffee. Medium bodied, slick in texture, and flat carbonation. This is different from anything I can remember having. Its worth trying just for its uniqueness. ozzatoadisback (200) - ITALY - SEP 28, 2017
Murky dark brown with about one finger of mocha head which recedes pretty quickly but still leaves some lacing. Intense aroma shows caramel malts, maybe a hin of soy sauce, slight roasted malts, vinous or liqueur notes, liquorice and hints of dark/dried fruit. Taste reflects the aroma in both notes and good intensity (plus slight spiciness) but brings a tad too much sweetness (especially so if you consider this a stout) and a quite too aggressive/dominant alcohol feeling. Body is medium (actually surprisingly light for the abv) with average carbonation. Possibly this is a bit too thin of a mouthfeel to fully support taste complexity and alcohol strenght. An interesting beer, but not devoid of flaws. Overall much more a belgian strong dark than an imperial stout. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 18, 2017
18-Sep-17 (330-ml swing-top bottle: Obtained 01-Mar-06 in trade with bogdi1, thanks Juha!)SylvainCFC (326) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2017
Knowing what I know now about these flip-top bottles, I'd have consumed this beer early on. Live and learn. This Belgian Stout pours a black body and a thin, tan head that dissipates fully and quickly. The nose offers aged aromas of soy, earthy logs, mushroom, Oloroso Sherry, roasted meat, mild ash tray, and some chocolate. On the palate, it's earthy and gently roasty, with molasses, dark chocolate, lightly smoked meat, dark toast, and dried mushroom. Roasty bitterness is light while malty sweetness is medium, yet the finish still shows pleasant, balancing dryness. The beer is medium-full in weight, low in carbonation (damn flip-top), and smooth in mouthfeel. Overall, despite the low carbonation and moderate oxidation from the flip-top, this Belgian Stout is still quite enjoyable and complex. But I tend to like the aged character, so I'm more forgiving.
une robe profondément noire, assez effervescente sous le col de mousse, beige, stable, crémeux, belle dentelle. Nez café, torréfié, très boisé, vernis. Bouche moelleuse, épaisse, huileuse, très peu carbonatée. Sur le malt grillé, torréfié, sec en début de bouche. Touche houblonnée légère et de fruits mûrs. Douceur quasi liquoreuse en fin de bouche avec une amertume moyenne (noire et légèrement verte). Un stout remarquable par sa texture épaisse, soyeuse, bien équilibré entre sécheresse grillée, torréfiée et douceur maltée et fruitée. Ne fait pas ses 9%, on peine d'ailleurs a y voir un Imperial Stout.