Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2007
In short: A very good creamy and filling Belgian StoutPilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2007
How: Mtl-crew Halloween-tasting session.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head.
In long: Very round and smooth beer yet very roasted. Flavours of cacao, dark chocolate, dry wood and light fruity notes. Feels almost as much like a Belgian Ale as it feels like a Chocolate Stout the American way. Brings together the best of both worlds. Much better than the last fusion of the Belgian and American culture: the deep-fried Belgian chocolate wrapped in bacon.
Bottle: Pours a black color with some visible ruby highlights in the light. The head is initially massive, yet maintains a 1-finger height with a nice deep khaki color. The aroma is roasted barley, rich dark chocolate, milky/lactic notes, chocolate liquer and a raisiny hint. Creamy, slick body. Has a sweet and silky chocolate liquer quality. It’s a bit milky with a light metallic flavor. I could tell chocolate of extremely good quality was used. Has some dark fruit sweetness; mainly raisin hints. Has a smooth natural chocolate character overall. The finish gives off some mild roast, and only a light touch of bitterness. A tasty stout all in all, however I found myself looking for more with each sip. There wasn’t enough bitterness, as well as something else that I can’t figure out. Still pretty good. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2007
My Bottom Line:stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Roasted malts morph into dark chocolate, as various dark fruit render complexity to this plump yet drinkable Belgian-style Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam decorates the brown-sleeved blackness.
-Carbonation is comfortable and helps the round mouthfeel to build an authentically Belgian mouthfeel.
-Roasted malts and leafy hops proffer enough bitterness in the finish to create balance.
-Roastiness is rather intense, creating vegetal allusions at times.
Bottle sampled at the Newtown Brewfest with the Mad_Indian. Pours dark with a large tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, and nuts. The flavor is sweet, chocolate, dark fruit, spices, brown sugar, and nuts. Great brew. SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 29, 2007
pours black with nice lacing and a large creamy tan head. wonderful aroma fresh baked chocolate chip cookies...slightly burnt. flavor is chocolaty and lightly bitter with a touch of fruit and yeast. a medium bodied beer. low carbonation, almost milky. not too robust in flavor but just enough. aroma is my favorite quality. leaves a nice powdered cocoa aftertaste.
DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Onyx pour with minimal dark brown seeping out thru direct light, and a huge, fluffy, 3-finger or so dark brown head. This one looks great. Aroma is chocolate malt, cacao, chocolate syrup, nuts, figs, brown sugar, and some funky notes. Tastes chocolate malty, w chocolate syrup, cacao, figs, raisins, and nuts. Stays somewhat sweet, with a rich, complex palate, and mild notes of funky yeast toward the end. I enbjoyed this one a lot. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
Pitch black, lacy off-white head with a lasting cover. Powdery, chocolatey, light vanilla-like nose is quite coherent and well-integrated. Roastiness is also rather present in mouth where its wears a cocoa cloak. Strong chocolate flavours all throughout. Moderately high effervescence. Medium bodied. Minimal vegetal undertones. A chocolate beer indeed, it has some components of a stout, but I’d hardly call it a stout and it has a certain Belgian feel to its yeastiness, but can’t be compared to the few Belgian black ales. Unique and interesting, but I imagined it better, more special and above all more complex for this high-end market it is aimed at. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and moderate lacing. Chocolate/toffee on the nose as well as flavor. semi-dry finish. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Poured a rich dark brown with a thin lacing head.Lots of chocolate on the nose.The flavor had chocolate and cocoa.Finish was slightly dry. kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2007
750 ml bottle-Poured out almost cola looking,with a decent size,tan head.Aromas were the usual in a chocolate stout,coffee,malt and cocoa.I felt this was a little thin in body,but I did have nice lacing on my glass.Not bad,may need to try on draft.