TaktikMTL (7981) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2009
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café et de petits fruits foncés avec une pointe de chocolat noir. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col brun mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de petits fruits foncés avec une pointe de chocolat et d’anis. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #2232) Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Lots of roasted and chocolately flavor. Quite an alcohol punch, probably too much, especially in the nose. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Really a great beer as it warms up (and warms you up.) lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Pours dark brown with creamy brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, belgian yeast, citrus, coffee, and toffee. Flavor contains slight roastiness, really nice dark fruit notes, deep dark chocolate, coffee, candied sugar, plum, vinous notes, and some nice sweetness. Palate is beautiful, with almost no stickiness at all. Great complex beer. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle. Blackish beer with a cocoa-colored head. Dark chocolate aroma with rich malt and light roast. Rich toffee/caramel flavor with earthy yeast and dark chocolate. Medium plus bodied. Rich toffee and chocolate lingers with light yeast and light earth. Nice complexity. Great balance. Alcohol well hidden. TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2009
For my 100th rating!
Pours nearly opaque black with lasting tan head. The color is red brown around the edges where light gets through. The aroma is of dark malts, fruit, anise, coffee, and that odd but delicious tar-like smell. The flavor is first of sweet dark malts, balanced by hop bitterness. There are notes of dark cherry, licorice, coffee, alcohol, and some spice. The finish is bitterness of hops, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy and warming. Overall, a very good beer.
Koelschtrinker (21494) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 17, 2009
Stark malzig-röstiger Geruch. SEHR cremig-malziger Antrunk, komplex, schier unendlich schokoladig, sehr hopfig, was sich aber anfangs nur hintergründig zeigt. Weiter cremig und stark malzig, besonders im Mittelteil ist das harmonische Zusammenspiel zu betonen. Vordergründig ist das Bier nun leicht fruchtig, sehr aromatisch, leicht kaffartig. Zum Schluss ist der Alkohol etwas stechend.
Geniales Bier! Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Shared by Chris at Ebenezers. Pours a deep dark ruby almost black with a nice lasting sticky head and good lacing. Aroma on this batch is slightly skewed a bit more to the dark fruity side whereas some bottles I have had are more roasty chocolate and thinner overall- the dark fruity more full bodied batch is quite a bit better- light dark chocolates with just a hint of roast as it warms, nice Belgian yeast character and tons of big fruity and sweet malts, toffee, molasses, chocolate covered almonds, raisin, plum, and apricot. Good big malt flavor- more dried fruits, Belgian light yeasty spiciness, dark chocolate, honey and maple syrup , some hints of tar and anise. Big smooth palate and a great lasting finish. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2009
pours a nice deep black with a thick mocha head..nice retention and lacing. good amount of sediment visible throughout. aroma is complex with dark chocolate, alcohol, coffee, spicy hops, dark fruit, and anise. flavor is sweeter than expected but very nice...notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, and a touch of anise with a nice spicy hop character to round it out. unbelievably thick and creamy mouthfeel, nearly viscous, with a warming roasty finish. esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2009
Draught @ Kertsbier festival, Bruges. Pitch black beer with a medium-sized beige head tha is creamy and lasting. The aroma has floral hops, dried fruits and licorice. The flavor is very malty, dark, medium roasted and sweetish. Some candy sugar too. Drier and a bit ashy in the finish with medium bitterness. The palate is almst full bodied, soft and bitter in the finish. Very well balanced and drinkable sout. MiP (15973) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Draught, 13%. Very muddy appearance. Layers of yeast in a very dark brown colour. Small brown head. the flavour starts off yeasty and quite malty. Dark sweet maltiness and a distinct pepper finish. 7 3 7 3 16
Bottle, 13%. Distinct sherry aroma. Black colour, very small white light brown head. Not as muddy as the draught version I had. Good sweet flavour. Quite alcoholic, but does not taste 13%. Balanced by the sweetness, though.7 3 7 3 19