yespr (45464) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2011
From tap at Saint Bock. Pours dark brown to black with a small creeamy and brown head. Aroma is roasted dark malty, ight smoked touch. Thick malty and dark breadish. Dry and roasted into a bitter and dark malty finish. Ends dry and roasted, bitter. mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours black with a medium foamy tan / light brown head. Aroma of fresh hops, moderate roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Flavour brings out coffee, fresh hops galore, biscuity malt, and a little burnt stuff. The fresh hops come out big time here, leaving notes of fresh hops and roasted malt. Full-bodied and super easy drinking. Great stuff. Oakes (17684) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2012
Dark brown with a bubbly head. Smells lightly fruity and like it will be creamy. It is creamy with sugars - maybe too many but it is a foreign stout so there is leeway with that. Not much nuance, and perhaps lacks the heft, fruit and alcohol of the style. Reminds me of an oversized Irish stout. Lubiere (13911) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. A superb dark coffee aroma, with bitter chocolate notes, light fruityness, some chalky notes. In mouth, a good intense coffee, light alcohol warmth, hops points, some licorice and light menthol. Rich and smooth. On tap at brewery, Dec. 4 2010.
Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2010
Enjoyed on cask at Volo Cask Days 2010. The clear winner overall of the fest for me this year. 85 IBU stout. I smell hops big time. Medium pkus mouthfeel. Good c-hop taste with some roast, a cross-style. Opaque body and bubbly head.
j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
On tap at the Ginger Man during their Hopfenstark event. Pours a deep black with a thin beige to tan head. Lightly sweet and floral, toast and roast, and wood. Smooth and sweet, fine carbonation, chocolate and toast and roast. Dark fruit. Chewy roast, chocolate and tannins. Lots of bitter cocoa, chocolate and char on the finish. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2011
On tap. Poured black with a large brown head that lasted throughout the beer and laced nicely. Aroma had a strong roasted malt note with some coffee and a bit of dark chocolate as well as a dryness. Flavor was similar with strong roasted malts throughout, some coffee, a slight bitter hop note and quite a dry finish. jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2010
2010-10-29. Very dark brown-black body with a tiny head. 3+ Perplexing aroma, modest leafy hops, hinds of some kind of spic, kind of anise like? 7+ Flavour is similar, modest green character, sweeter dark malt in the middle leads up to bitter hops in the finish. 7+ Smooth average plus palate is a touch too lightly carbonated for my preference. Pretty solid. Enjoyable. Cask at Volo, Toronto
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. The pour is near black with a healthy, tan head with great retention and layered lace. Aroma is big sweet cocoa, vanilla, sweet roasted malt. Taste is roasty, coffee, hazelnut, dark fruit-forward with excellent roast and low-alpha acid hops to balance. Heavy, moderately sweet body makes me think this is a milk stout of sorts with quite the char and roast to balance. Silky, creamy on the palate. Soft carbonation. A very nice surprise. Thank god for stouts without saltwater and olive character. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Raisins, roasted malts and levelled green hops coalesce in this full-bodied, Harvest Ale / Foreign Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A layer of creamy foam protects the brown-edged blackness.
-The cask version had brash hoppiness compared to the slightly older tap. The cask was not cohesive too, even though the flavors were all very pleasant.
-Balance is beautiful in this one, evolving in a wonderfully chewy body.
-Yet another successful new recipe from Hopfenstark. Bravo!
On tap at the brewery, and on cask at Benelux.