CraftBeerNick (2551) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2017 musinj6 (506) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an opaque black with tan head with one finger height and moderate lacing. Boozy and dark chocolate nose with coffee and oatmeal flavors presenting later in the tasting. hint of dark fruit. Mild taste of british hops. Initially seems tat it will be sweet, but actually turns moderately bitter. Medium body with moderate carbonation. This would be good under nitro tap. Thin mouthfeel. Finish is long with tobacco and espresso. This is pretty good, although I am surprised at the acclaim. I may had to try this in Canada to get a fresher sample.
Addendum: on review of other ratings, I do agree with the licorice flavor
Tap at Beer Bistro, Toronto, 10th July 17. Pours a good looking black beer, nice tan head with lacing. Aroma is iodine, tcp. Taste is smooth, dry, dark chocolate. Good. Fullpintofbeer (378) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2017
Large beige head, very dark brown colour. Aroma: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla. Lightly sour with dry/coffee aftertaste. Full body, long finish, lively.
Very drinkable. azzurro (248) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2017
Another renown beer, eager to try it with friends after volleyball. My first St-Ambroise, a good one. Idiosynkrasie (7516) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 7, 2017
341ml bottle. Quasi black colour with average, creamy, moderately lasting and lacing, tan head. Roasty dark malty, chocolately aroma, notes of coffe and dark chocolate, fruity hoppy hints of blueberry and blackberry. Taste is roasty dark malty, hints of coffee, milk chococlate and dark chocolate, fruity hoppy overtones with a touch of blueberry and blackberry, overtones of rusty iron; smooth, soft, silky palate. Superbly balanced, harmonious, integrated. Wonderful! bunget (984) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black opaque body, medium chocolate head with good retention and some lacing. Velvety aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, blackberry jam, dried berries and vanilla beans. Taste of well-done roast, herbs, burned caramel, dried berries and wood charcoal. Light, dry and soft. Outstanding brew.
Holdwine (1228) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Quite good and spot on to style. Slightly creamy character with plenty of coffee and dark chocolate notes. mjmoen (534) - - MAR 21, 2017
C. Pours a black color with khaki head. I think it’s the coffee flavors I’m not digging CObiased (499) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2017
11.5oz bottle - it pours a very dark coal water black with a thin off white head. The aroma is mostly roasty notes with subtle whiffs of chocolate, caramel, mocha and pumpernickel. Solid flavors of rich roasted grain, coffee, hearty bread and a hint of chocolate. VDuquerroux (1683) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - MAR 8, 2017
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A pitch black beer with a medium coffee beige foamy head ; good retention ; ok lacing. Roast, cereal, black chocolate, light herb and some unpleasant notes I don’t recognize (soy sauce?). Light to medium sweet, round, medium dry bitter ; quite refreshing. Good body, oily texture, soft carbonation, chocolate dry lasting finish. Overall, very good ! Kauge (1956) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 25, 2017
Tap sample at beerbistro. Black with very persistent yellow to beige head. Sweet aroma, like some chocolaty delight with vanilla and cinnamon; same goes for the flavour. A rather strong roasty character once you get past the sweetness. Very fine and rather inactive carbonation, dry roasty palate. Light to medium body. Soft. Slightly boozy even... like, really? A surprising brew. I’m kinda parted. Not sure it’s up to the hype... No 9 of all Stouts and in the 100 percentile and all... BTW I only managed to have this on my 3rd stint in Canada despite the many tries... so I’m especially disappointed... Will definitely try and grab a bottle when I see one. I’d gladly up my score.