thanatosti (1772) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2017
33 cl. bottle @ home, gift from Silvia.
Dark brown to black with a beige head. Roasted malts, molassess, soy sauce in the aroma. Sweet taste with a roasted, almost smoky undertone. Quite boozy as well. Nice export stout. rodenbachvintage (148) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2017
zwart bier met beige schuimkraag. Bitterzoet, smaken van tabak, zwarte chocolade, kandijsuiker. Gangstergafje (1228) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2017
12-07-2017; bottle; at home (bought online at www.drankgigant.nl, Oost-Souburg, The Netherlands).
The beer looks lovey. The beer has a black colour, with a slight ruby red/dark reddish brown glow in strong light. On top some soft brown foam is formed, but most foam collapses very quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass. It looks like a proper stout.
The smell of the beer is nice. It has some features of stout and some features of Belgian Strong Ale. I smell some sweet malts, with touches of caramel, but also some coffee and chocolate, though the latter are only mild. There are also some full sweet fruity touches and a hint of raisin. Hops are gentle and give some bitterness. There are clear yeast aromas present. This gives the Belgian Strong Ale touch. It gives some sweet aromas of banana, but also a slightly sour touch. It is not bad.
The taste of the beer is also nice. The bitters of a stout are more present. I taste sweet malts, caramel, come chocolate and coffee and a burnt/toasted malt bitterness. Nice. This goes well with the sweet red fruits, raisin, caramel and yeasty touches of banana and some slight yeasty sours. Hops give a balancing bitterness. Both smell and taste remind me a bit of Rochefort. Nice. It is well balanced.
The palate of the beer is good. Medium full body, smooth texture and medium carbonation. The finish is nice. It is long, and filled with deliciousness. There is some warming alcohol, sweet fruits, raisin and some touches of yeast, but also some clear roasted barley flavours. I like it. A nice Foreign Stout; a good blend between Stout and Belgian Strong Ale.
vinivini (2828) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUL 9, 2017
Bottle. Opaque deep brown. Small stable tan head. Aroma: rich dark malts. Toffee, roast, caramel. Spicy yeast along. Medium body. Medium sweet taste. Tastes like a Belgian strong dark ale with additional roastiness. I liked it a lot. Zilverenmaan (265) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2017
Took some convincing pooring to get a decent head, dark mokka, disappearing quickly but leaving ample lacing. Aroma burnt but mostly alcoholic ( not bad though, it has a bit of a vinous character ), sweet with a trace of vanilla. Aroma suggesting an oily texture. Taste sweet coffee, obviously alcoholic, sweet. Apart from the alcoholic tingle and the fine bitter aftertaste great mouthfeel very thick and soft. Plenty of body. For me way too alcoholic ( for summertime at least and I do not have that much worries, well I’m lying...) and too sweet ( not enough coffee ) but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
alex_leit (5025) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 4, 2017
Bottle 33 cl. Dark brown color, almost black, tan noisy foam. Aroma: dark malts, slightly burnt, esters, prunes and other dried fruits, wine, caramel. Taste: port wine) caramel, sweet, light burnt notes, prunes, toffee, lively carbonation, warming. Luvystypotables (2039) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2017
Poured from a bottle, dark black color with a foamy tan head and heavy carbonation. A sweet malt and plum aroma. A sweet malt and plum aroma slightly watery mouth feel a sweet plum finish. Rubin77 (2488) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 31, 2017
F: medium size, brownish, poor retention.
C: dark, opaque.
A: roasted malt, light coffee, dark fruits, liquorish, cocoa, hint of vanilla and tobacco.
T: malt, dry coffee on the palate, dark fruits, liquorish, chocolate, prunes, medium to full body, medium carbonation, aroma is promising but taste doesn’t go this way, 0,33l bottle from Carrefour market – St. Michel @ Etterbeek, Brussels.
kajser27 (1959) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 15, 2017
Dark brown to black colored, medium tan head, OK lasting. Aroma is of chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits, some spice and Belgian yeast. Taste is medium+ sweet malt, chocolate, roasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruity, some spice and Belgian yeast, bit of alcohol, medium bitterness, bittersweet finish, bit bready. Medium+ bodied, average carbonation.
(bottle, Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte) Shark_Pants (764) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2017
330ml bottle BB 9 Jun 2018. Deep brown with very minimal head that quickly disappears. Quite sweet aromas of candi sugar, cherry, some chocolate, just a hint of roastiness. The taste very much reflects the aroma, with some additional dark fruits, herbal hop notes and nutty character. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Something between a belgian dark strong and a stout, but pretty good.