Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black colored, some red tones. Big beige head. Sweet milk-chocolate and roasted aroma with thin alcohol, expected this to be richer. Medium to full bodied. Strongly roasted flavor, mild chocolate, licorice and medium alcohol come up too. Ending is dry with long and roasted aftertaste.
Pailhead (4814) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma is very malty with dark fruits, lots of chocolate, and a light roastiness. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights mostly near the bottom of the glass. Big tan head that lasts a minute or so. Loaded with tons of fruit. Strong chocolate presence comes in the finsih with a roastiness coming in the aftertaste and lingers with some fruitiness. Lightly acidic and a little alcohol flavor and burn in the finish as well.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Fizzy dark beer, no head. Lots of black patent malt, but dry. Alcohol is obvious and the yeast notes are evident yet subtle.
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is absolutely beautiful in the glass; black and with a brownish head. It actually resembles an espresso with proper crema..... Burnt aromas mixes with dried fruit and a sour note. Also evident notes of De Dolle house yeast. In the mouth the flavours of dried figs and dates are almost - but not entirely - overwhelmed by charry notes. In the aftertaste the bitterness is very dominating. By the way, this beer is not just full bodied - it’s massive!!!!!
Kudos to De Dolle; once again they’ve made a very individual and spectacular beer.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Bottle. Dark black color with big froamy tan head. Aroma of burnt chocolate and alcohol. Taste is malty, oily, toasted, and excellent. Aftertaste of bitter chocolate. Nice.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Apple aroma. Black beer with huge tan head. Extremely carbonated which unfortunately masks some of the flavors. A lot of licorice with some hints of alcohol. Nicely balanced.
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark black colour, giant dense creamy and slightly brown-tainted foam, deep and toasty aroma of black chocolate, notes of bread, raisins and cookies, also a touch of alcohol and licorice, oily and creamy mouthfeel, solid malt body, some bitterness before a powerful chocoltey, cookie aftertaste and warming alcohol notes - perfectly made and deeply enjoyable
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark black appearance with a tan head. A chocolate and raisin aroma. The flavor was somewhat sweet and it hid the alcohol well. I catch some chocoalte, roasted malts, sour grapes, and cherry peels. Very good.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany with a awesome beige head that you could float a penny on.Dark fruit,currants,rum soaked bread all present in the aroma.I started to drink to cold and its really tasting like a dark belgian strong but as it warmed the roastiness is awakened from its cold induced slumber.Its a little overcarbonated and quite explosive on the tongue.Its got some burnt roastiness in the swallow.Definitely a sipper Well done De Dolle!!
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is pitch-black body with a giant tan head that keep coming close to overflowing. It took me quite a while to get the whole beer in the glass with the way the head was acting. Rings of lace were left around the glass as I consume this. Aroma was of sweet malt with a dash of alcohol over a roasted scent. The flavor was filled with chocolate malt with fruitiness to it of darker fruits. Alcohol was present as was a distinct licorice flavor. The taste ended of a roasty alcohol note that seemed to linger for a bit. Body was about medium and creamy with good drinkability. Good brew that I would definitely pick up again.