HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[PIBF í04] Bottle. Dark crimson color with good head and lacing. Licorice and roast with some fruit in the nose. Some licorice, rosy, lactic, and oak notes in the flavor. Creamy in texture and a roast/sour and dry finish. Good beer
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, this is fricken awsome. the apperence is pitch black with a slightly off white head. thick fluffy head i got like 4 inches just pouring slowly. smells like a standard belgian but then you drink it. it even tastes like it smells sweet kind of musty a slight bitterness, sweet, but then you get a little chocolate. not really a stout but quite good nonetheless. i would recommend this to anyone. just plain good.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black beer, aroma is of roasted malt and alcohol. Very sweet taste, with that Belgian yeast in there as well. Licorice is the main flavor I detect. I would prefer more hops in a beer of this type (i.e. American Imperial Stouts are more my speed).
CEZ (404) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, opaque body sormounted by a tall, gently subsiding brown head. Smells of cherries, dark chocolate, coffee, rhum. Bitter hops balance the smooth caramel and burnt sugar sweetness. Full-bodied, creamy, intense. Great brew.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge foamy dark tan head. Rather sour aroma, with some dark fruit. Muted roast malt flavors, complemented by fig, current, and plum flavors. Finish is slightly musky. Mouthfeel is an even medium.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The most complex stout I have had so far. Very foamy that slowly dissipates. Extremly dark brown. Roasted Malt smell a little cheesy. Slight Bitterness does hit your taste buds at first but it does smoothen out with chocolate caramel consistency. Itís like a stout that meets a Belgian Brown Ale (like a Rochefort 10 meets a stout.)
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cL bottle at Brick Store Pub. Poured a deep black with a substantial caramel head. Espresso, rum, currants, heavy roasted malt, and a whole lot more going on in the nose. Hoppy bitterness and alcohol were the first flavors to hit the tastebuds, followed by coffee, bakerís chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol and spices. Dry roasty finish carried through many of the above flavors. This was a complex and well-crafted brew.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Poured 3/4 of the bottle into my NB worthy glass. The beer pours a dark black with a smallish khaki head that grows to a good 2" tall. The beer laces as the head subsides. The aroma is dark roasted malt, yeast, some chocolate and some lactic sourness. The taste, at first is sweet, malty and chocolaty followed by a roasty, moderately bitter middle with accompaning coffee and caramel? flavors. The finish is dry and moderately roasty with some spicy hops. The mouthfeel is improved when the last of the bottle is added and the yeasty, floury flavor is more apparent. This is a very pleasant beer, but I though De Dolle would make a beer better than the Ellezelloise Hercule I thought it would most closely resemble, but alas, it did not.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Heemer for recommending this one to me while at Johnís in Iowa City. pours a dark, dark brown with a reddish edge and a rocky, frothy tan head that settles down to a thin layer of lace. this is my first Foreign stout so please bear with me. itís not quite a sweet stout, nor a dry stout. at 9% it certainly could be considered an imperial but the hop bitterness suggest otherwise. reminds me of a doppelbock turned eisbock only in the stout catagory. I love the complexity of this one, the only drawback for me is the excessive ( IMO ) carbonation. all in all, a delicious brew. Thanks Eric.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black body, hints of midnight ruby at the edges of a snifter. mega-dense foamy tan head that sparkles! aroma is rum raisin, mild licorice, and roasted malt. flavor is lots of licorice, roasted malt, some signature de dolle yeastiness, and a little whiskey and prune. thereís a full ring of lacing inside the glass like dripping wet paint. high carbonation. lightly salty bitter finish. while 33cl might not be the best bottle size for a bottle conditioned beer, this is definately the right serving size for a top notch export stout.