mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Draft at Max’s 72 Hours of Belgium. Deep brown pour with a slight tan head. Big coffee and chocolate aromas. Reminds me of a mocha. Deep chocolate flavors with a hit of cherries in the background. Would not have noticed it unless I knew they put it in there. Reminds me a a big glass of chocolate milk with a bit of dryness/bitterness at the end. Slightly thinner than I expected. But I would raise another to the Commander and Chief! Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
I was surprised to find this still on tap at Lunar (Villa Park, IL), since friend Drnk McDermott reported its presence a while back. It poured a dark brown body, clear around the edges, with a modest head that lingered none to long. It had an aroma of dark malt, milk chocolate, and sweet red cherries. Pretty much the same with the flavor, but it all came across a bit thin. Not bad at all. blankboy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2009
Draught at ’Cole’s Rare Beer Fest’, Buffalo, NY. Pours a very dark brown with a somewhat-lasting creamy tan head. Aroma of dark malt, funky yeast, light hops, some chocolate and dark fruit. Flavour of yeast and chocolate, lightly roasty, along with fruit and a dry light bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good. kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Draft, at TJ’s (Paoli, PAl) on 1/20/09. Pours very deep brown, topped with a dark khaki head. Aroma of cocoa, smoke and mild cherry. Flavor of dark chocolate, toffee, smoke, molasses and a hint of cherry. Long finish, with smoke and bittersweet chocolate. Nothing exciting, but its pretty drinkable. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Growler from Big Z. Aroma chocolatey with sweet red fruits, sweet earthy yeast. Flavor again very chocolatey with what to me came across as raspberry, though clearly now that I read the description it was the cherry. A gritty, almost charred, and somewhat nutty characteristic also develops. The yeast seems to give this stout a Belgian character, though perhaps that’s the Kriek playing a bigger role than I realized, though I’d imagine its both. Not really important though, bottom line a great concoction of chocolate stoutiness and fruity Belgian goodness.
LilBeerDoctor (3997) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Growler. Pours a dark murky brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of yeast, melon rind, roasted nuts, coffee, and chocolate. Smells like chocolate peanut butter pie! Flavor is just a luscious with lots of peanut and chocolate notes. A touch of smoke/ roasted or burnt malt. MAYBE I can taste the cherry, but it’s a stretch. I certainly didn’t notice it before I read the description. Amazingly robust and quite delicious. I hope Ommegang brings this back for a year-round release!
9/4/9/5/18 (4.5/5) Driftwood6 (214) - USA - JAN 31, 2009
On tatp at Brixie’s, Brookfield IL. Acutally found it a bit dry-- almost like it was finished with champagne yeast. The cherry is very faint. I actually would have liked more chocolate to give this beer some character. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
On tap at Cole’s Rare Beer fest, Buffalo. Very dark brown, small white head, looks good. Dry, sweet, hint of fruit in aroma. Taste is very good: Stout like with Belgian hints. Licorice. Dry burnt stout like flavours. Very smooth and easy to drink with dark fruit in finish. I really enjoyed it! jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Tap at Max’s in Baltimore. I was quite suprised, pleasantly, by this one. Roasty, smooth, sort of a blend between porter and stout. What struck me was the interesting fruity-sour character which reminded a bit of JP Bam Biere. Overall it was very easy to drink and quite tasty. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. Dark brown-black beer with a thin sticky white head. Aroma is lightly spicy with a soft estery nose. Lots of sweet plums and dates backing that up. There is a bit of soft cocoa and even a little bit of smokiness. Soft sweet maltiness with a lovely richness and a soft fruitiness. Sweet but not at all cloying. Light roastiness with a fairly spicy and estery yeastiness. Light bubble gum and cloves with a little bit of licorice as well. It’s sort of a mix between a stout and a dubbel, and a very tasty one at that.