JorisPPattyn (9982) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
Colour: nearly full black. Dark brown, very thick head, going down as lace. Nose gives burnt malts, black coffee, roasted nuts. Bitter, and in the same breath malt-sweet taste, again overtaken by roasted malt bitterness and caramelisation, constantly fluctuating. Retronasal flavour of coffee-covered cookies and cured ham. Rich mouthfeel, little carbonisation, seems to have been knocked out by pouring. The little carbonation notwithstanding, there's a sourness from the CO2. This is a very strange beer, very balanced with sweet, bitter and sour collaborating to create a rich beer. I have problems with its qualification as "sweet" stout. Somewhere between a classis Irish stout and an Imperial ditto, I'd say. jerohen (2296) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 This one actually turned out to be quite ok. Appearance is black with a creamy light-brown head. Smoked, malty and coffee aroma. Bitter flavour and palate. TBone (17528) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2004 Bottled (Finnish version of "Special Export", BB 07/04/05)kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2005
Classic opaque Guinness color. Coffee head, foamy - not creamy like nitro/tap version has, lace. Roasted malt aroma, light. Taste is Guinness-like roasted malt with chocolate taste. Bitter but short finish, aftertaste much milder than in normal version. (6/5/8/3/15 3.7)
Dark, foamy vanishing coffee head. Light roasted aroma. Crisp, bitter mouthfeel, thanks for alcohol. Aftertaste has lots of hops. (6/4/6/3/14 3.3)
Black in colour with a short though long lasting brown head. Nice lacework too. Choc coated liquorice aroma, with some nice roast notes behind it. Flavour is sweet aniseeed, chocolate with a chalky roast finish. Some vineous notes there too. Medium feel, and overall felt a little one dimensional. Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2005
Nearly black, with a nice steady tan head. Sweet smell, just a hint of roasted malts. Flavor is sweet again, a bit hard to detect other flavours but roasted malt because of the high level of carbonation. Still, despite all this, still a very pleasant beer.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Thanks to Hopdog. Pours a dark brown with some red when held to light. Small tan lacing head. Sweet chocolate and butterscotch aroma. Flavor of the same, maybe some more cocoa in the flavor and a tad bit watery. bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle. Very dark colour, light brown head. Aroma of chocolat, caramel, malts. Sweet flavour, coffee, malty finish. BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
33 cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours near opaque, still, with a medium creamy and rocky tan head, lined lacing. Port, raisin and bitter dark chocolate malt aroma, alcohol nose. Yeast (sweat, leather) and dark bitter chocolate, coffee flavor with caramel, toffee notes and port, alcohol throughout. Dark and full body, slightly creamy and yet slightly fizzy. Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2006
Dark almost black colour, creamy off white head. Sweet coffee-like and some chocolat malty aroma, medium body, full palate. Finish is herby and nice malty. Creamy with a light coffee-burned touch hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2006
UPDATED: APR 29, 2007 Bottle... Black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Chocolaty, smoky nose with coffee, caramel, molasses and alcohol. Chocolaty, burnt flavor with mild sweetness and medium bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. Finishes chocolatey, bitter and dry. Thanks go out to Brian at Westridge Liquor in Frederick, MD for providing the bottle!