kramer (5243) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz botte. Poured black as night, with an enormous head that filled my snifter to the tippy top. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, yeast, alcohol, and chalk. Flavor is intense and huge. Notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, belgian yeast, and alcohol. Awesome beer, slight sourness up front but with a very dry and bitter coffee finish that lingers on for a very long time in a pleasant way. Very lively on the tongue is a very good description on mouthfeel. Full bodied but not cloying. Alcohole became more pronounced as it warmed. These guys make awesome beer. Highly recommended.
harrisoni (14465) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from the brewery. Dark brown/black with lasting thin dark tan head. This is an absolutely intense stout. Tar, liquorice and bitter dark chocolate on the aromas. God, this is intense. Almost primeval. Mouthfeel has the sour notes of a stout with some carbonation. Finish is like swallowing 200g of dark chocollate in one go. Definitely pleasant but it does feel as though you have been mugged by a lump of bitter chocolate wrapped around a prune brick. One hell of a beer though.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full bodied stout that has everything your looking for. Good roasted bitterness, espresso, dark chocolate, full bodied with a silky mouthfeel, the only thing that is detrimental imo is the yeast they use. Imparts that funky belgian quality that while looked for and enjoyed in a nice triple kind of throws things askew in a stout. Still a nice beer and enjoyable for a change of pace.
agr (22) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from "The Beer Shop" in London. Pours jet black with a huge and everlasting head. Lovely fresh aroma. Surprising taste. Vinous, fresh, fruity, roasty, sweet, earthy and lasting taste. Not a typical Imperial Stout
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 A huge his as I popped the cap. Poured in to my Duvel glass. Pitch black, with an enormous tan head, as expected with the amount of gas let of when I poped the cap. The head lasted forever. Notes of prunes, mocha, earthy, and alcohol. I get flavors like an alcohalic mochaccino. Some licorice. Good bitterness. The carbonation is a big detractor. It makes the entire experience almost unwanted. Also has an alcohol burn.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle vintage 2000 found in a little store here in Ohio - Pours black with no head at all. Just a few bubbles line up around the edge of the snifter - Aroma of chocolate, caramel, raisins, andplums, very complex and sweet to sniff. Flavor is interesting to say the least. Dry roasted coffee, raisins, plums, some smoky notes, some licorice and a bit of alcohol finds its way through too.. Quite sweet and fruity but an amazingly smooth and dry palate make this very drinkable. Not heavy for a stout but solid. Very interesting beer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 11.2 oz. bottle poured dark hazy brown. The head was huge and creamy, tan and inviting. Dark fruit, raisins and caramel with dates and some hints of alcohol. Wow, this has a lot of depth. Good carbonation carries the chocolate and dark fruits up the palate. Sweet malts with a wonderful dry finish. There was yeast in here too. I need to drink another to really get this one down.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 From a 330ml bottle purchased at Torrence Liquors in Calumet City IL.
The malt and residual sugars impart a surprisingly sweet fruity aroma for what turns out to be a relatively dry stout; a touch of alcohol in the aroma as well. Pours a dark reddish brown with a fair amount of suspended sediment. Huge pale tan head forms when pouring and eventually dissipates, leaving tightly-packed lace on the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom. For all the dry roast flavor this beer contains, it is impossibly smooth to drink thanks to the characteristically Belgian candy-sugar sweetness. The same familiar Belgian hop and nutty yeast flavors that are found in classics like Delerium and Duvel find their way into this truly unique stout that is a loving tribute to the British Isles original while remaining characteristically Belgian. The theoretically divergent features of classic Belgian ale and British stout work surprisingly well together. Of course, one can count on a solid brewery like De Dolle to pull it off. This is my favorite "standard" stout yet.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I was told that this wasn’t from the latest batch. I had to pour this one in shifts. The head was way too overpowering. At first sniff, I could have sworn that this was Trois Pistoles. Dark fruit, mustiness, yeasty ... all the qualities of a great Belgian strong. But, the first sip was something different, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee, hazelnut and a slight tingling from alcohol and licorice (more licorice than alcohol). As it warmed, the aroma backed off the fruit and completely changed to roasty and chocolately. Wonderful transformation. The flavors became more solid as it warmed. It slides down as smooth as anything. Damn! This is one great beer!
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured black with a huge black head.
Aroma is Yeast, chocolate and coffee.
Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roast and yeast with a light watery body.