DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Very, very dark with dark brown head. Aroma of melting caramel/coffee. Silky texture with not too much bitterness. Mouthfeel is very rich and full. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Pours opaque blackish brown with a lacy tan head. Slightly smoky aroma with bits of coffee, chocolate, spice and vanilla. Full body and fine carbonation. Somewhat sweet taste, with bit of citrus pushing through the coffee, oak and molasses. All is pretty good until I hit the dry char and ashes finish. Maybe it would discover some subtlety, given a bit more time in the bottle?
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
And while I’m at it, just because you use a Belgian yeast strain and the ABV is over 7, that doesn’t mean you’ve brewed a Belgian Strong Ale. IMHO.
Bottle at Motel after GABF session. Black. Thick head. Metallic start. BIG. Not the prettiest notes I have taken. Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Awesome rich and dry roast complex that’s not too burnt but instead hearty and earthy. This drinks like a stout with no sweetness which is great because there’s chocolate everywhere, and it never tastes saturated it always stays fresh and lively and extremely punchy. This beer packs a whallop of taste without being heavy. Great and masterfully well done. GMCC2181 (1610) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle picked up at SL... Poured into a snifter, nice dark color with toffee colored head. Smells decent...Chocolate, roasted malts and some tangerine. Taste is kind of harsh. Lots of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee and some fruity notes in there. Texture is silky, easy to drink. Overall not a bad sipping beer on a cold night.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Bomber. Pours midnight black with a 2 finger foamy tan head that leaves delicate lacing. The nose is milk chocolate, sweet dark fruits, cocoa and roasted malt. The taste is ashy cocoa, burnt malt, a touch of spice, black coffee and bitter hops finishing it out. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Good brew. Block (2727) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and some coffee. Flavor isn’t as strong as I expected and it does have a distinct Belgian finish. Medium body. hayduke (5207) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
From a 22 oz bottle this latest version of this "epic" series really comes into its own with this one. It poured black with fat tan head that raised huge bubbles and left sticky lacing rings. Nose hits you at once with complex aromas - chocolate, vanilla, raisins, and ripe fruits. Mouthfeel is creamy. The flavor is really interesting and full of belgian yeast and vanilla. It will be really interesting to see how this ages, but it is a very nice beer right now. I purchased four and plan to get a few more to share with friends now, and of course to lay down for 121212, MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2009
22oz - Aroma is at first sharp spicy yeast and citrus, then it fades into vanilla and chocolate malt. Flavor is Belgian yeast, chocolate, tart citrus, and spice with a nice oaky finish. Palate is a little thin but lasting. A nice complex yet easy drinking brew. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Bottle pours black in color with a fluffy beige head w/ decent lacing. Two words come to mind when I smell it. Chocolate and Vanilla! Additional oak notes are there but you have to let it warm if you plan on finding any tangerine. Flavor is basically the same as the aroma with some peat. Here’s the bottom line. It’s pretty average at the moment but something tells me that the extreme subtleness of the belgian yeast is really going to shine after it’s had some time to sit. Here’s hoping!