SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a dark black stout with a thick development of foam head which eventually retreated. Aroma is surprisingly faint with all traces of this being an impy stout have been erased from the barrel aging process, however, the oak barrels are the only noticeable smell I gain through my nose. The drink is harsh with a stinging taste of tart tannins while a semi-sweet sugary taste of malts and slight burn from the alcohol finish this beer on a wrong note. Maybe it has too many months on the shelf since this was released awhile ago and hasn’t had the most ideal bottle aging conditions but this is my current standing. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
This beer isn’t as bad as the New World Tripel, though. Its head is much less out of control, light brown in color and fairly fine and dense with great retention. The beer’s color is what you’d expect... black. I’m actually pretty impressed by the appearance. The aroma is very perfume-like. If you smell hard enough you can actually pick that apart into a combination of chocolate and soured yeast. It honestly smells just like somebody added a Belgian sour to a stout. Go figure!
In the mouth, it actually reminds me of one of Jolly Pumpkin’s sour stouts. Don’t think of this as a stout when you drink it... think of it as a wild ale above all and you’ll be in for a nice experience. It’s a little creamy in the mouth, warmed by sourness, soothed by a chocolaty roasted malt flavor, and capped off by a tongue-puckeringly wild tartness. It’s a superbly soft beer and a well-balanced mixture. This beer makes up for the faults of its brother, New World Tripel. unclemike (3160) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
finally got around to drinking this Pours black into a snifter. Pancake head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Sour pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Medium bodied with sweet and sour fruit upfront turning to chocolate and oak in the lasting finish Iceangel (1) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
This whole rating thing new to me, but drinking beer isn’t, so here we go. I can definitely make out the oak and spices in aroma with a hint of alcohol smell to it. Not an avid drinker of stouts on a regular basis, but it didn’t strike me enough to want more of these either. I can taste the "Belgian" style in it which I am partial to. Certainly, not the worse I’ve ever tried, so I finished the glass. longshot (4) - , Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
First of it’s style so a little unsure here. Aroma has a prominent oak and spice smell to it. A fairly thin body for a stout with ample sweetness. if your looking for something away from the norm, it’s a nice beer. Though it’s not something I would add to a regular rotation.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.
Pours an extremely dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a decent one finger dark tan head. Pretty good head retention and lacing taking the abv into consideration.
The aroma threw me off a little bit. Instead of a chocolatey, roasty, stout aroma I get hit with some perfumy, funky, Belgian notes. Almost reminds me of a Flanders red or something. Quite floral with a little bit of dark fruit. Not bad but just a little odd.
This carries over into the flavor. Lots of fig and cherries along with just the slightest bit of funk. About halfway through and towards the finish, a little bit of light chocolate tries to come through but it is very faint. There are also some banana and bubblegum yeasty esters. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but also quite sticky.
Overall, I really was expecting more stout characteristics with this beer. This screams Flanders red or Oud Brun more than Belgian ale. It is all just a bit rough around the edges and a bit weak.
BiddleBrau (1221) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Quite dark brown, not black but no light comes through.. Nice tan head. Very enticing cocoa aroma, rich and malty. Palate is comforting and flavors satisfying; cocoa, malty sweetness, toffee and a hint of roast. Finishes with just enough to keep me wanting more. Not the complexity one might expect from a Belgian but very nice. This is what I call a winter warmer. Nice job Sammy. AaronDaniel (35) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2013
One of my top beers. This is a dark brown/red beer with a fluffy beige head. Although, thick and rich, it is clean and easy drinking. I taste caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, some coffee, and toast. This is a very complex, pleasant stout with a lingering satisfying finish. It’s really pretty amazing. AcctError160898 (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013
An inviting aroma of dark fruit with notes of chocolate. An opaque dark brown pour with a mostly lasting foamy tan head. The taste is chiefly sweet with rich dark fruits the primary flavor. Also present are hints of chocolate, raisins, cherries - fruit cake. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed the nice combination of flavors. Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours dark brown-red with a big, fluffy light brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, spice, vanilla, Belgian yeast, and some surprising chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is fruity, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, spice and of course, Belgian yeast. Nice carbonation lends itself to both a lot of the aromatics and also a nice medium bodied mouth feel. Complex and expertly balanced. I was initial reluctant to try this but I am sold, This is a pretty extraordinary beer.