ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2015 HonusWagner (2223) - Florida, USA - APR 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whatever. Kinda spicy, somewhat chocolatey, but underwhelming considering how much I love Taza chocolate.
Bottle via Jess P. Pours an opaque brown/black, decent amount of tan head. Aroma, cacao, esters, ginger, very bright and fresh. Body slightly thick, finish has an almost sticky sweetness, lots of cacao, chocolate, chicory. I wouldn’t seek this out in trade again, but a very nice beer. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2015
Draught and bottled numerous vintages, most recently February 2015 bottlingdjd07 (15543) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Taza always pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with good clarity and brilliant magenta highlights. Burnt tan head is fluffy and well-retained.
Like all of their regular-rotation beers, the beer has changed/changes from batch to batch, as I can remember finding some batches sweeter than I’d prefer while the recent batches are anything but sweet. I much prefer the recent incarnations, though I can appreciate the criticism of it being too dry, astingent and not overly stout-like. Even for a Belgian stout, it’s extremely attenuated with its biggest problem being the scratchy malts left behind and really lack of any comforting creaminess/softness. On the plus side, the spicing is not overdone and while it may still have a strong ginger presence, I think it works with what the beer’s trying to accomplish. Dry chocolate notes add bitterness as well. No alcohol and certainly well-done and interesting/unique, if perhaps relegated to an occasional sipper.
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head. The aroma is strong roast and cocoa. Medium mouth, dark chocolate, coffee, and cocoa, decent. jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of ginger, chocolate, cherry wood, cocoa, and coffee. Medium body. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle. Black with tan head. Roasted, chocolate and toffee aromas. Ginger, chocolate and roasted flavors.
ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Black opaque body with a light brown latte head that quickly disappears. Aromas are roasted nuts and pleasant spice. Flavors are belgian yeasty byproducts, spice, herbs, and dry roastiness. Somehow I am getting some weird but interesting cola flavors from this. There’s a bitterness too that I assume is from the nibs. Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, moderate body, moderate fizz, maybe a little too dry of a finish. JBPortland (1564) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2014
750ml bottle pours dark brown with 2 finger foamy mocha head. Nose is fruity ginger, subtle bitter chocolate, vanilla, Andes mints. Taste is ginger and nutty spice up front, slightly thin body, with some decent roasty chocolate biscotti and cocoa notes on the finish. AirForceHops (7798) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 6, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased at the Brewery. Bottle on 2-14-14 at 5.9%. Slowly diminishing tan head on a pitch black liquid. Aroma is quite nice, chicory root, ginger and chocolate bars. Light smoke. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Flavor starts with smooth chocolate, followed by light charcoal and then transitions into ginger and chicory that gives it a brightness that lightens up the malt flavor. Also has a light earthy note as well. The body is really much more thin then people may want in a stout. I think thicken up the body would turn this from good, to exceptional. The brewer’s creativity does show a great deal in this stout and overall is tasty.
An opaque brown body with a tan head that faded away quickly. Carbonation was present and the beer overall seemed thin. Some cola notes upfront on the aroma. Some notes of ginger and very mild cocoa. Flavor was mild. Some nice roasted qualities and i could get a sense of the ginger. No chocolate and the carbonation seemed a bit high. Not a bad beer just lacking. ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2014
If you like sour ales than this one should be on your list even though it is a stout. I do not care for the sours so I will pass on this one.