Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
A= This ale poured a super clear, dark mahogany brown color with ruby highlights. The beige head rose over an inch with a medium strength pour. Steady carbonation release.
Lots of lace stickage on my glass.
S= I smelled rich malt, dark fruits, and a sweet boozy alcohol note. Nothing over the top, with the aromatic components in balance.
T= Started off with a restrained sweetness, just a kiss really, followed by some rich and complex malty notes. The esters are where this beer was really exceptional. Flavors of dark fruit, raisins, and figs were all detectable. The yeast character was appropriately Belgian, with the aforementioned esters and some spicy phenolic character coming through. The alcohol was big but not hot, and it gave a perfumey sweetness to each sip. Finish was on the dry side, but with a kiss of malt that made me want to take another sip right away.
MF= Medium bodied with a firm carbonation that still felt pretty soft on the tongue. Not hot or boozy and no astringency.
D= I found this to be a very drinkable beer. The flavor was all Belgian Dark Strong but the drinkability was more in the range of a good Dubbel. A nice tribute beer to a wonderful brewery's 15th anniversary. Highly recommended!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours with a deep dark brown and ruby color. Nose has strong plum and sugar with cookie. Big round mouthfeel. Yeast, cookie, biscuit with plum and raisin and alcohol. Beautiful. AKThunder (167) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2013
This midnight black brew has hints of figs, plums, with possibly a note of dates. Has a foamy head that dissipates fairly fast. Brown sugar is tasted from start to finish. While already one of the best beers Ommegang has put out, with age, this could become even more complex and enchanting. twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2013
This has to be the best ommegang beer I think I ever had bought beer for brewery ommegang pour is a dark with a tan small head flavors of rich chocolate,coffee, cream, and yeast. Nice alcohol level in this baby. richc83 (35) - Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a creamy wonderful head. Not much lacing... Smells sweet with hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate. Great strong malt taste with a slight carbonated finish... Excellent beer. Ommegang finest
bg80 (84) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Very Happy with this bottle. When cold, the carbonation is strong and balances out the smooth sweetness. Complex aroma and flavors. When warm, you can really enjoy the palate and warm booze. Goes head to head with Trappist dark ales.
rajendra82 (1098) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Classy packaging of a tin with corrugated cardboard padding, which ensured that the beer was well protected from light and shocks. The beer looked deep copper when pouring out of the corked, and caged, 22 oz. bomber, but it looked nearly black in the glass. The head was quite small, but lasted a while, and left a solid sheet of lacing on the sides of the St. Bernardus goblet. The smell was apples, cherries, pears, and raisins, with a touch of allspice. The taste was very fruity as well, but the sweetness was balanced out by yeasty dryness and spice, and the beer was not at all cloying. The balance was outstandingly drinkable. The mouthfeel was light ,and the alcohol was well hidden. The finish had some brief spicy notes before tit faded. This was a quality beer in all aspects. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2013
I’ve had my eye on this at Whole Foods for a while now, but only recently overcame my apprehension to spending a twenty on a beer. It is, after all, from Ommegang. After I purchased it, I carefully set it away in a secret and protected location to age properly. Six days later, the pop-up timer went off telling me it was ready (...either that or I just couldn’t wait any longer).
First, I had to open the decorative tin...which is a way to scream from the shelf, "Hey! You over there looking at pretentious wines! Look at me! I’m a wicked fancy beer you may also like!" Personally, I’m not crazy about stuff like that, but it is a beer created to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, so I think it’s ok they went a little nuts with the packaging.
That being said, when I pulled the bottle out from the tin, I did find it in a nice bottle. I popped the cork, let it breathe, and poured two glasses.
The light chocolate-colored foamy head dissipated in a fair amount of time, leaving a tracely faint mottled foam slick on top and around the edge of the glass. It has a nice caramely and malty nose that casually invited me in to sit for a spell and discuss the events of the day. Within short order, it slid on up to my side and smooth-talked me into tipping the glass for just a quick sip.
The active mouthfeel sprightly danced over my tongue before quickly melting into a frictionless velvety complexiousness that breaded and carameled its way down leaving behind a faintly lingering hoppidity.
It was a good half glass of gentle and intimate sips later when I discovered that the 9.6% had, somehow, slipped in there somewhere and was busy warming things up. While I didn’t purposely let it in, it was fine. I didn’t mind. Actually, the warmth was quite welcomed on this snowy night.
Was it true to style? Absolutely. Was it good? Land o’ lakes, yes! Sadly, as this was an anniversary special edition, it’ll end up being merely a one-night stand kind of thing...the kind you think about fondly for years, which is why I’m taking my time with it and enjoying every last liquid moment we have together.
Thank you, Ommegang. Cybercat (5966) - Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Strong, syrupy aroma has decidedly fruity and treacle notes, with a hint of horehound. Pours a dark, barely translucent sepia with a thick, dark buff head that hangs around for a bit. Robust, mouth-filling flavor has firm notes of malt, apple, caramel and horehound. Gets them lips a-smackin’! Firm, smooth texture has a good fizz and leaves a somewhat fruity-sweet finish as if I had just eaten a very tasty pear. Dairug-beer XV! generallee08 (773) - New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2013 Presentation: It was served on tap at Brewery Ommegang during there Waffles and Puppets celebration.
Appearance: It has a dark murky brown body with deep red highlights. This is topped with a one inch thick, light tan head. The head is creamy and hangs on well, slowly fading as i sip. A light swirl of the glass reinforces the head so that every sip starts with a little bit of that rich frothy goodness.
Smell: The aroma brings a pleasant and complex blend of yeast and malt notes to the nose.
Taste/Feel: There is a tasty blend of dark ripe fruit, toffee, yeast, and bready malt with mellow/warm alcohol. Hop flavor is very subdued and adds only a very slight spice note. This all comes by way of a soft medium to full body with soft yet very active carbonation.
Notes: For me Brewery Ommegang has hit another home run with this Dark Belgian Ale!!!