haukur (1010) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
it´s 01 at night, I just got home from work and I just couldnt wait to open this.Biggest head on a stout EVER! The aroma is very yeasty, some raisins, wood, maybe a hint of some spices. The flavour is just superb, moccha, yeast and spices, alcahol very well hidden ... this is superb stuff once again from maybe the most interesting brewery in the world
hopscotch (8217) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!... Pours extremely dark with hazy, copper highlights when held up to bright light. Huge, frothy, khaki-colored head. Maybe a bit overcarbonated. Great retention and thick, cumulus lacework. The nose is of chocolate, leather, espresso, caramel and dried plum. The flavor is almost port-like. Very well-bittered with burnt, earthy notes. Also, big notes of dried plum, port, alcohol and pear. Full-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Lengthy, alcoholic finish with more dried plum. Dries out at the wee end. World class stout!
BBB63 (5411) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks Joe M.! Pours pitch black with a HUGE initial tan head before finally settingly down and producing outstanding lace. The aroma has notes currants, apple, pear, mild mocha and coffee tones, a very much a dusty yeast esters. Moderate phenols detected as well. The taste starts with a noticeable hit of alcohol, mild burn and a bit harsh. Once you get pass that there are plum and pear flavors, subdued roasted malts, a hint of mocha before finishing with a smack of bitters and smoke. The feel is quite lively (one can say, overcarbonated), sharp, harsh, and quite dry. This is one stout that truly needs some aging to mellow it out and take off the edges. Buy two, try one now and let the other cellar for a year or three.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep and dark, with a vague hint of red. Ludicrously large head, hugely puffy mocha colored froth almost bursts out of the glass. Nose is deep and rich, no roasts here, just plums and molasses. Similar flavor, not roasty at all, negligible hops if any. Instead, its loads of raisins, prunes, and molasses, darkly rich. Those expecting an American-style imperial stout will be disappointed, but it’s not supposed to be an American-style imperial.
Metalhead (613) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s beyond me why this is called a stout.
It poured a cola color with a huge yeasty head. Aroma was of yeast,subtle chocolate and coffee,hints of dark fruits. As a true strong stout this pretty much blows. IMO,this should be classified as a dubble. As that it is slightly above mid level quality but this is still pretty young being only about 3 mos old or ther abouts. If you pick this up expecting a Storm King or Bells Expedition you will be in for a huge letdown. I rated it as a dubble O/W it would have gotten in the mid 2s.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice Soft-style stout with an intens black-brown color and a good creamy light brown head. Fine coffee aroma"s with hints of cakes and roasted nuts. It has a soft burned taste with a medium dry mouthfeel. also touch of coffee and caramel. Good stouty afthertaste with a nice freshness in the end.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Even their stout has a huge head; a big very dense mocha wonder. The aroma is medium sweet, cookies, roasted malt, and nuttiness. The flavor is a huge hit of alcohol that is somewhat tempered by roasted malt and sweetness, but alcohol is a major part of the story. Medium dry body. The apperance and aroma are both very good, but the alcohol presence in teh flavor is a bit over the top. Still though, a decent beer, though not up to De Dolle’s usual standards.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very much like Old Rasputin to my palate, which might be totally wrong but that’s what it tastes like to me! Lots of alcohol flavor, roasted malt with a hint of walnut or chestnut at the end of a long finish. Not bad, but a little strong tasting. Very warming! Not much of a head on this one; surprisingly the head was pale and relatively white on this stout.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the brewery in Esen, Belgium.
Alive aroma, but a little plain and a little thin. Fruitiness, dark, mainly grapes and blackberries. Some dark malt notes as well; expresso, chocolate and molasses.
An attempt at an Imperial Stout from a Belgian brewer. Medium bodied, layed out well. Dark malt notes of expresso, coffee ground and chocolate. Sparse fruit notes, plum and grape. Spicy. Alcohol is very prominent.
A failure? Absolutely not. But this needs work, especially if it is intended for the U.S. market.
mkobes (2132) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep brown and a little overcarbonated with a huge tan head. Roasty aroma. The initial taste is all alcohol but then it fades quickly. Interesting beer. More chocolatety and malty flavor. Full bodied.