boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle... Poured opaque, near black with a thick, long lasting, frothy, tan head. Such a dark beer for such a mellow, estery palate. Vinous with plums, grapes, prunes and other dark fruits like cherry skins. Fermented malt and yeast tones. A fruit juice sweetness with loads of yeast spices and fruit esters. Highly drinkable with low hop flavor and bitterness. dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Some sweetness in the aroma. Looks okay. This was too sugary for my taste and a bit flat almost as well. Even started to get a bit of headache before finishing the beer. Totally disappointed, especially at the price. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate head atop. The head fades fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark fruits, with some wheat, and some Belgian yeasts.
T - Starts off some roasted dark chocolate and sweet dark fruits with a bit of wheat. Through the middle, some oats come through with the Belgian yeast flavor getting stronger as well. The finish is a mix of chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, some wheat, and and Belgian yeast funkiness.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a good depth of balance. Really nice blend of chocolate and dark fruit with the yeast character. rodisian (66) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Pours a dark brown, aroma of alcohol, yeast, and spice. Warming alcohol comes through on the initial taste and mouthfeel. Relatively crisp yet boozy. Subtle dark fruit (raisin) flavors come through on the finish. Paired with an afternoon BBQ, it held up well against various dishes and remained a nice compliment after warming. Drinks better paired than alone for my tastes rougeau13 (3011) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Very dark brown, like cola, with a good sized, lacing, very resilient pillow of beige head. Aroma of roast, sweet fruit, alcohol, and funky yeast. Taste is malts and yeast, a little wood and a little metal. Not bad though. The unpleasant flavor doesnt linger. Medium bodied and smooth. Slightly dry.
Nightsky (176) - Lutz, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Aroma is strong with hints of citrus. Thick head at first. Very dark but not black. Almost caramel in color. Hints of wheat in the taste. Lingering finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jnkor (364) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Beautiful color. Not black, but dark. Aroma is inviting and spicy. Flavor is sweet and full without being overpowering. Doesn't hide the high alcohol content particularly well. Very light carbonation, making a very enjoyable beer. Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Black and thick witha fluffy beige head. The aromatics are surprisingly subdued, but some grape and date show through. The palate is amazingly dense and complex. Layers of black and blue fruit transitioning to sweeter pit fruit. Love this to death. JorisPPattyn (9982) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2012
Arbitrary score 4/5 for Appearance, as nighttime conditions prevented correct assessment. Sourish-woody-yeasty nose, the last giving fruitish impressions as from peach or pineapple. Fruity in the taste, but much drier than the nose suggested, notes of peach and pear, but less outspoken estery than the nose; liquorice retronasal. Warming up, I get some unlikely off-flavours with a hint at diacetyl. Light for its ABV, hint at alcoholwarming. One to drink cold - warming up it gets sticky to cloying. Many thanks to ChrisA! DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Poured into a goblet.
4.0 A: Black color. Almost two fingers of frothy tan colored head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Lots of roastiness in this. Molasses, light ashiness, and dark caramel. Even the fruitiness comes off with a bit of extra darkness, like stir-fried or grilled plums, dates, black currants and figs. Clove-y phenols from the yeast.
2.5 T: Taste is a bit of the let down. The roasty flavors in the nose dominate the taste and it doesn’t work. From first taste to finish, this is overly charred and has an almost tannic finish. It’s not a horrible taste, but it’s bad enough to put this below average. Much of the fruitiness gets lost to the roast, but the fig and dates are still pretty apparent. Less clove-y than it smells.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation with a very faint creaminess. Normally I’d rank this higher, but the burnt aftertaste prevents that.
2.5 D: This is more of a Belgian stout than a BSDA, but whatever. It’s overly roasty and unbalanced and that’s no good. I expect more from Ommegang.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-13-2012 02:12:28