DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Had on tap at the brewery.For a Belgian Strong this poured awfully dark.Everything else about this was great.Lots of sweet, dark fruits on the nose with hints of caramel and chocolate.The flavor was slightly warming with dark fruit sweetness. This finished off with a nice warming feeling.Great job on this! Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at Piece. Poured very deep brown with a tall, creamy initial cap of beige head. The aroma picked up rich darker chocolate, licorice, and caramel with a peppery yeast strain and some earthy notes.. more chocolate with warmth.. different and intriguing. The flavor had warm chocolate and some licorice zestiness upfront with rising peppery yeast and dry floral bitterness as it progressed.. alcohol spikes on the back and is a bit too sharp at the finish.. overall tasty and engaging. Carbonation was too high in here.. nice sweet/spicy contrasts.. interesting choice of maltage. I enjoyed this. rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
This beer is an imperial sout, in fact is an irish stout aged in whisky barrels, deep pitch black color, with a tiny tan-colored head, with a sweet roasted malt, mochaish nose, with a hint of black currant fruitiness, with some vanilla oakiness accents, with a faint chocolate praline aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth, roasty, fruity, chocolatey, vanilla, oaky, whiskyish character, with a subtle bourbon-like accent with some dark roasted coffee bean flavors, some dark dried fruity notes of raisin, fig and plum, leading towards smooth roasty, vanilla warming finish. When i was there, this beer was served way too cool, for what it is. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Tasted 4/30/08. Pt.3 of the sampler. Hazy with a dark brown hue. No light. Trace beige head. Toasty floral nose. Caramel and blueberies. Rather full bodied with a big roast. Tight citrus flavor. Fantastic yeast character. Good bitterness with a peppery yeast flavor. Cocoa cola and citrus juxtaposition. Toasty with an anise note. Tart sour fruity esters. Dark fruit and vanilla malts. Moderate dark roast. Me like! hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2008
On tap @ Piece. This is a belgian black? Wow, would have guessed porter. Dark brown pour, light tan head. Yeasty nose with some carmel, licorish and chocolate aromas. Dark fruityness taste a bit carbonated and sweet for me. Interesting and strong beer! Go Piece!
hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Draft… DLD’08… Very dark (almost black) brown ale with an orange tint. Small, creamy, quickly vanishing head. The aroma is a haze of chocolate, banana, sweet dark fruit and coffee grounds. Full-bodied and chewy with modest carbonation. Chocolate and black malt sweetness. Alcohol, tannin and hop bitterness lingers. Warming, bittersweet, mocha finish. stoutchap (423) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Interesting Belgian strong - somewhat like a cross between a porter and a belgian. Pours dark brown with a minimal head. Licorice and yeast in the nose. A bit of the same on the front end with some dark fruitniness in the middle and a malty/yeasty finish. Just a bit of hops. The 9% alc is understated. I agree with others that it seemed a bit thin and too bubbly - but overall a very tasty beer. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2008
This was something different. nose is quite opaque. A bit overcarbonated and underaged. The Brewpub cycle has gotten to this one. I’d guess that another week or two of aging would bring down the pepper acidity. Nice sweetish, slightly sour and belgian in character. Interesting. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Draft at Piece. DArk Black Belgian style ale. Dark fruit, yeast and chocolate. Overly hopped up for this style. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2008
On tap at BP. Opaque black (though a little brown as I drank it down) with substantial medium, fizzy tan head. Aroma is sweet Belgian candy sugar, yeast, slight dark nalt and dark fruit with some nuttines, very nice. Sweet malt with candi sugar, plum and big alc presence. Medium to thin medium carbonated body. This is really nice though the alc presence takes a little bit away from the flavor. A very good piece beer all around.