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Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Foreign Stout
Diksmuide, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Of dark almost black chocolate color. Nose: musky, slightly sweet and spicy, Lots of chocolate , coffee and some hazelnut notes on the palate intermingling with notes of licorice. Very lively on the tongue! It finishes with a dry explosion of black espresso flavors. Special Extra Export Stout Notes: Malts: Roasted malts, chocolate malt, pale malt, caramel malt Hops: Nugget; Yeast: De Dolle Arabier yeast; Others: Dark candy sugar Alc./vol.: 9.0% Orig. Gravity: 1087 IBU: 50 EBC: 190


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Sharp alcohol aroma with caramel in the background. Very interesting mix of stout flavors and Belgian quirkiness. I might give this a higher score in the future if I get to have it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Pours brown with a light brown thick head that sticks to the glass. Smells of chocolate and coffee beans. Taste is roasty with some nutty elements and a slightly spicey finish. Decent, but not my favorite from this brewer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 A Mes rate: bottle from Microbar
Faint coffee and roasted malt aroma, nothing to over the top. There is something just a little soapy in there which I am not too into. Awesome appearance. Deepest darkest brown, almost black body with what is possibly the best head of any beer I have seen so far. Thick, creamy, pillowy, chunky and amazingly long lasting. You could curl up and go to sleep on it. Not too sweet and not too bitter. It is beautifully balanced. Lots of (almost too much) liqourice initially which gives way to more coffee and malty chocolate as it warms. There is a touch of something almost floral about it. Finsh goes alcoholic, sweet then bitter. Good length. Just an awesome brew. Only slight downer is that there is just a touch too much carb for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1088) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Excellent Excellent. They’ve captured the dark, vinous, maybe anised character of say a Storm King and layered it on top of a slighly lighter, belgian body with a bit more carbonation. And it works.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7550) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
This dark brown ale poured with a medium light brown head that dwindled to sparse. The flavor was very malty with a sharp finish and a carbonated mouthfeel. This is a very tasty stout with less alcohol flavor than one would expect.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Bottle. Pours very dark brown to black. Medium head (a bit frothy) with some chunks visible. The aroma has charcoal, black licorice, wood, and a light sweetness like cotton candy. Very interesting flavor. Black licorice, cream, sweet molasses, some light burnt wood (chicory comes to mind as does cinnamon). Not bad, but it was a little sharp (acidic) in mouth feel that lessened my experience.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2005
Bottled. Massive thanks to Harrisoni for bringing this back from the brewery. Unfortunately this bottle gushed a little on opening so the head which ensued on top of the oily black liquid was looser than it should have been. The aroma is fruity and a little lactic. Not much roastiness but instead a berry like hoppiness. The taste is also on the creamy fruity side. Not much coffee, roast or chocolate notes but an intruiging complexity going on nonetheless. Although I enjoyed this I was a little disappointed in its lack of stoutness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle from HWC: Almost black with a purple tint and a generous, fading, foamy tan head. Aroma is plum and green apple with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is rich, tangy and complex with dark fruit, a little licorice, bittersweet dark chocolate, light alcohol, vinous, some port finishing with a strong dry bitterness. Palate is spritzy, smoth and rich. A most unusual stout and damned tasty!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 Pours deep black with a foamy tan head. Aroma is vinous, cherries, rich chocolate malts, coffee, plums, roasted peat, yum. Taste is almost more fruity than roasty, Notes of cherry, roast, dark candy sugar, lactic oakiness. I’m amazed. Still has plenty of subtle roasted malts layered above sweet roasted malt and a crazy Belgian yeast with some lactic brett. Tastes sublime, Mouthfeel is full to thick bodied with lush carbonation. It is quite highly carbonated for a stout, but not too much. Alcohol is evident, but not overwhelming. Absolutely delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Poured a very dark brown with a large tan head. Has a lot of smoke to the flavor, as well as a yeasty finish with a touch of sour.


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