Was not really sure what to expect going into this one, but was very, very pleased with where it ended up for sure. Served in a pint glass and consumed on 02/09/2010.
The pour was outstanding, deep, dark, and black as night with a towering head of tan foam on top that hung around for what seemed to be forever before it finally settled back down into a rich and thick level of lacing that thoroughly coated the entire inside of the glass nearly obscuring all light that was trying to reach through from the other side. Aroma is deep roasted malts, dark, hints of chocolate and coffee all coming through very strongly at first but as it warms there are some light hints now of dark fruits and touches of sugar as well. Smooth, creamy and rich body gives way to a wonderful palate coating feel that really just hits the spot. Warm and rich with dark malts dominating nearly everything in its path. Long chocolate tones are all over this one and even as it warms I find this to be the biggest factor. Semi sweet, semi dry finish is where we end up and each sip is effortless.
Overall about as solid of a stout as one could ask for. Just really well done and a great, great way to end the evening.
Served in a standard pint glass a nice opaque black with a thin lasting tan head. Aroma is slight roasted malts and a hint of yeast, but it hard to pick up over the malt coming from the brewery. The taste is a wonderful amount of smooth roasted malts and hints of yeast. The beer is very light and smooth with low carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer, let's hope they bottle it soon.
Belgian Stout, growler pour courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a tasting glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark, opaque, nearly black-bodied brew, capped by a foamy, sticky, one-finger tan head with above-average retention. It leaves a few eruptions of lacing as it recedes. A decent start.
Aroma: Very strange. Slight smokiness, with tons of Belgian fruits, a few overtones of faint cocoa, and tons of typical "Belgian" esters.
Taste: Continues its downwood spiral. Full of bizarre Belgian tart notes, almost like unripe banana. It's toasty, but otherwise neutral in its backing malt profile. Just plain odd.
Mouthfeel: This one has a body of moderate thickness, moderate carbonation, moderate ... well, everything. It's solid, though, just middle of the road.
Drinkability: I wasn't a fan of this one. The closest thing I can compare it to is Bell's Hell Hath No Fury, which in my opinion is a far superior beer. This one was a little too tart and strange where it needed not to be, and a little too pedestrian where it didn't need to be. Just didn't hit the right notes for me.