presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2008
Bottle with a bad label. Lasting creamy light brown head. Very dark brown beer. Alcohol and molasses nose. Not sure about the use of the word "mild" on the label. very creamy. Sweet and bitter flavours hit the taste buds at the same time. Alcohol kick on the first sip. The ABV is the only thing that would keep this from being a real drinker. leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Yeast and malt in the nose. Roasted malt and chocolate with hints of coffee...hides the alcohol taste well...a great and well-developed beer. Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
On tap at Sharp Edge. Pours a dark opaque brown color with very little head. Tons of chocolate in the nose with some slight sweet/sour fruit and a very mild alcohol. Taste is a complex roasted chocolate, granny smith apple skin and a bit of a grainy flavor with a slight bitter dry finish. Medium to light bodied beer. This really doesn’t taste at all like a stout. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Bottle, relatively fresh.
FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown with a frothy tan head. Lovely chocolate aroma with ample vinous notes and some spice. Gently sweet chocolate cake flavors, nice spicy belgian yeasts, ideal balance of sweetness with a vinous turning to hopped close. This beer - beautifully balanced and spot-on to my liking - was a really nice surprise. I hadn’t had nearly so high of hopes for it, and it shone.
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Rating is a composite of two tastings.
larsniclas (7069) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2008
750ml bottle (Poirotti, Helsinki)
Very dark fruity aroma. Slightly alcoholic. Full dark roasted malty taste.
Almost black with a healthy thick tight beige head. Big burnt malty aroma. Full bodied creamy thick stout body. Long burnt finish, but not astringent. Hides 8.5% wery well.
Bottled at Pater’s vatje, Antwerp.
Black with a large, beige head.
Vinous in both aroma and flavour. Sweet fruits and some chocolate. Warming alco-feel. ekstedt (6773) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2008
Bottle (33 cl) at Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgium. Dark brown with creamy beige head. Port-like malt aroma with burnt sugar, raisin, hazelnuts, and dark chocolate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Dry with a bitter finish. mike_77 (6657) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2011 2008 Zythos Bier Festival, Belgium.
Thick, lumpy head. Dark, malty flavour. Could be more bitter. Texture is rich and creamy.
.........additional Oct 2011> Very warming. Thick, rich texture. Some dark fruity sweetness. JoeinDahlem (1520) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2008
Not bad. Also, not a stout. Not that it matters. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, tan filmy head, looking more like a strong dark abbey beer. Caramelized sugar nose with some dark fruit. Tastes quite sweet, more dark fruit, rolling into a mild bitterness, with some minor roasted backdrop. Mildly bitter finish. Happy to try it again given the chance, with altered expectations. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours black with a monster, creamy, frothy light brown head. Great retention with nice lacing. Smells Belgian, noticeable candy sugar, with hints of chocolate cream, vanilla, and fruits. The flavor has a decent amount of acidity to it as most Belgian stouts do. Mixture of sweet dark fruits, candy sugar, mild roast, and chocolate cream. I always get a little metallicness in Belgian stouts as well, but maybe thats just me. Finishes lightly sweet, with the chocolate left in the aftertaste along with a hint of sourness. Im just not a huge fan of Belgian stouts, although this seems to be well crafted for what it is.