jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Big punch of roasted (over-roasted?) malts upfront. Medium body with slight creaminess. Bit of a hop finish but no lingering bitterness. samsmith33 (772) - - NOV 10, 2013
Aroma Is woody, dark coffee, some yeast. Dark black, thick tan head. Bubble. Taste is bitter chocolate, pepper, toasted malt, Belgian Wang. Good carbonation for a stout. Started Off harsh, but it?s growing on me. A lot of flavor here. Winter is Coming. blipp (9151) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Medium roasted malts, light spices and dark fruits, chocolate, and nice lingering roastiness. Good stuff. klaing (282) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Lovely drop of stuff. Dark chocolate and grains that are served up by a lively carbonation . Hopped fairly aggressively for a stout, but not overly so.
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Nice toasted malt and chocolate nose. Lots of chocolate and licorice on palate. Some hops help balance this one out. Really nice
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Chocolate, roasted malt, dark caramel, figs, a touch of anise. Dark brown/black with a large oatmeal colored head. Sweetness balanced by carbonation, roast and appropriate bitterness. mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Really easy to pour a bit too aggressively. Pours black (it better!) with a rather dark khaki head. The aroma is full of dark fruit, smoke, and anise. Interesting flavor. Dark bread, dark fruit, a bit of char and smoke. Hops donít really come in until the finish. There is a hint of anise in the background, but itís not overpowering. Also some of the flavor youíll get from yeast in other Belgian Dark Ales. Lacing so thick, it practically coats the entire glass.
This is really quite good. Iíd love to enjoy a few of these once the show is back on! Fastmedic (11) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Amazing stout. Strong roasted malt aroma. Nice head and lacing. So smooth and flavorful. One of my favorite stouts. Ommegang has a winner here. williamherbert (1541) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Deep, opaque bowling-ball black. Massive, rocky, fluffy head. The lace on the side of the glass is like spackle. Reddish-brown at the edges. Wonderful.
The aroma is burnt cookies and a very pungent Belgian funk. There are grapes and dates just bursting out of this thing. Somewhere between a porter and a Belgian dubbel. The aroma is somehow visceral; I can feel it affecting my endorphines with every whiff. The licorice is almost overwhelming. Wow.
The alcohol is not hidden in any way: it burns the palate. The black licorice here is incredible. There is a major barnyard funk here. Raisins/plums like a mofo. There are hints of vanilla and perhaps maple.
Feels slick and oily, but very very thick. This thing mellows out nicely after it airs out a bit. Itís a superior beer, but boozy as all get-out. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
A brown body with a tan head that had nice retention and lace. A slightly elevated presence of carbonation. Aroma had roasted and chocolate malts upfront. Bitter hops and a touch of molasses. Flavor had a nice roasted malt presence. The sweetness from the chocolate malts were more mild than the aroma indicated. Finish was slightly bitter and there was a hint of smoke to it in the aftertaste.