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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Pours murky black with thick tan head that is still present as I rate this ten minutes later. Nose is caramel and chocolate with hints of raisin. The flavor begins with roasty malt and chocolate. As the beer warms fruity esters that mainly trend towards dark fruit especially dates, a fairly powerful clove/allspice note, pepper at the end, and a mild vegetal note are all present. Hazelnut or maybe walnut also present. Nice, sticky ongoing mouthfeel. Aftertaste is bitter chocolate. Brilliant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7054) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of myself. Pours dark brown with a massive foamy lasting light-brown head. Crazy lacing. Aroma of yeast and burnt sugar -- doesn’t smell like a stout at all, more like a Belgian. Flavour’s a little more stout-like, very dry and with lots of alcohol. This was O.K. but there’s no way in hell this is a Stout, not even close.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2710) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Hmmmm...not sure what to make of this. Yeasty aroma, with a light nutty aroma and a touch of dough. Mainly yeasty. Dark brown color with a huge foaming head. Initially very Belgian in all respects except the very dark color. Light roast and nut flavors initially, but a strong carbonic bite on the tongue. Again very yeasty. Light and clean finish, dry. Doesn’t remind me of a foreign stout at all. Doesn’t remind me of Ellezelloise Hercule either. Seems an over-carbonated dry stout with a strange yeast. Boring in many ways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, courtesy of blankboy. Poured deep opaque ruby-brown with a huge light brown foamy head, nice lacing left on the glass. Aroma of deeply roasted malt, spices, tons of yeast, with ripe treefruit and a hint of cream. Stout?? This smells like a Belgian Strong Ale. Taste is very - very - bitter, light roast, dark grain, chocolate malt - this tastes desert dry, spicy and yeasty. This is an oddball brew - I grew to like it quite a bit, but this is NOT a stout - the Ellezoizelle Hercule is a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle, shared with hogtown harry and blankboy. Dark brown, huge brown head. Mild yeast, burnt sugar aroma. Dry, yeasty, black licorice taste. Boozy. Ok, interesting, unique, but not terribly enjoyable a bit of a letdown, given its reputation (and the awesome run of beers we had been on in the tasting). Fruity hints at the end. Just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (11662) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
33 cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours a murky deep dark brown, almost makes you believe it is black, with a huge creamy tan head, spoonable, that keeps growing as the bubbles expand and rise from the bottom of the glass, as very tiny, champange-like bubbles. Oak and cellar aromas to welcome you, then some yeast (earthy) and dark, rich chocolate malt, some port and fruit notes on the end to tease. Moderately bitter hop flavor gives way to a dark chocolate and coffee body, very much resembling a rich cocoa, malty and yeasty throughout, and an alcohol burn that tingles the tongue at the end. Dark bodied and full, fizzy palate, tingly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
black pour huge frothy creamy tan head well laced. Yeasty aroma lots of sweet malts and hints of nuts wood notes and alcohol. Full creamy palate thick and nice. Flavor is malty brown sugar and syrup lots of yeast notes some light nut flavors a touch of roaste coffee. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Complex, sweet aroma, huge off-white head that hangs out for a really long time. Dark brown/Black in color. Sweet malty, chocolaty, coffeeish, toasty, roasty, nutty flavors. I’m not a gigantic stout fan, but this is one of the best I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2005
11.2oz bottle poured in a tulip glass. It pours dark, nearly black with a huge thick creamy head. It smells like wet burnt wood and coffee. The head looks like an ice cream float and tastes of licorice and spice. The first taste was a bit metallic so I let it warm up a bit and the flavor really came out. Bitter coffee and toffee ending in a but of a fuel-punch. This beer can give you heartburn! This beer is on par with Lion Stout, which is one of my absolute favorites. The finish is dry and tingely, probably due to the high alcohol. This beer makes me smile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (4343) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Pours a deep dark reddish brown, with a reddish brwon head that was huge and creamy but disappeared quickly. Aromas of strong coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Flavor of bitter coffee, chocolate. Excellent beer.

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