notalush (4457) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting take on a stout by a brewery that makes great belgians - of course, because of this this beer is more like a belgian than an actual stout, but I canít really complain about that - completely opaque pour, with medium tan head and impressive lacework - very yeasty, musty, belgiany aroma, with hints of more imperial stout-like smells, like toffee, black coffee and anise - high carbonation brings a mouthful of foam, but the flavors still come through well - woody, slight roasty, coffee and chocolate flavors at first, overcome quickly by sweeter, more belgian quadrupel-like flavors of dark fruit, vinous qualities - finish slants to the bitter side, but mild sweetness still lingers - an interesting take, but, while I am glad de dolle is trying new things, I wouldnít call this a huge success.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, with a huge rocky tan head. Vinous nose with touches of coffee and oak.
Too much carbonation makes it hard to adequately taste what seemed to be a very bitter brew with some notes of coffee and a strong alcohol flavor.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with a towering head. Slightly chocolate aroma. Bitter coffee taste with a strong bit of malt and roasts present as well. Good aní tasty!
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black in color with red highlights and a fat bubbled, brown head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol-infused licorice, milk, and overripe bananas. Flavor has big charcoal note with sweetness and alcohol present..though not much else. Overly carbonated that is distracting from the palate. Best to pour this into a LARGE glass to de-gas it before enjoying.
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a deep dark brown with an imense pale tan head. Lots of thick lacing. Aromas are plums, figs, raisons and dark fairly sweet malts. Lots going on here. Flaovrs are a very rich dark pitted fruit, brown sugar, chocolate and a fairly strong but pleasant alcohol slant. There is some of that belgian yeat/spice as well. Body is rich and complex, fairly lively carbonation and a dark malty slightly sweet finish. Very interesting.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled with omhper, tiggmtl, MartinT, muzzlehatch, and Rastacouere in Montreal. Bottle. Chocolate yeastly banana aroma with vinous hints. Chocolate covered bananas. Cloudy dark brown with a light tan head. Quite carbonated and slightly puckering to start. Finishes sweet, chocolatey, and malty. Cherry flavors are also intertwined. Very good spritzy, yeasty finish.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a huge fluffy light tan head. Very fruity aroma, with apples, plums, cherry licorice ad hint of toasted malt. Thatís an eye opener. Somewhat thin and a touch spritzy in feel. Light sweet start taken back quickly by a sharp coffee and licorice bite. Some floral hops note early in the sip. This is one that is terribly complex there could with tastes and textures changing many times a second. If one were to guzzle this down, I donít see this getting much more than a 3.3. But now that I am sipping with this one some great qualities come out. Port, and licorice, deep rich red wine, mild overripe red fruit, brandy and nuts. This really is a snifter brew. Relax and enjoy.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 Original Rating (11/23/2004 - 9-4-9-3-19=4.4): Apple-cherry-marzipan-dark fruit in the doughy, lightly spicy, aromatic belgian nose. Opaque brown with off-white/tan head head that recedes to lasting cover. Belgian yeastiness but does not overwhelm the dry stout character. Pleasant finishing roastiness. Bottle enjoyed with DYCSoccer17, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Omhper and Rastacouere.
Re-rate (27-Feb-05 - 8-5-7-4-15=3.9): Doughy orange-pine with a light burnt roasty character. Opaque black body is topped by generous and lasting fine-bubbled tan head. Plenty of yeast in suspension. Chocolate flavour is bettersweet with citrus and raisin fruitiness. Medium body with moderate carbonation that engages the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Olivier.
omhper (18344) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Near black, rich head. Fruity, appley licorice aroma. Dryish with rich butclean mouthfeel and just loasd of licorice. Fairly bitter. Balanced for a Belgian stout.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black Coloring with Tan Head. Coffee...Bitter Chocolate Aroma... Smokey Notes... Roasts and Noticeable Alcohol...Which Seems to be a Trademark of De Dolle.... Dry and Bitter at The End...Not My Favorite Stout But Certainly a Decent One.