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


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RATINGS: 1329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Pours very dark and opaque with a huge kahki colored head. Aroma is yeasty, with some cocoa and hazelnut notes. Fruity yeast esters, plum, and light coffee notes jump out in the flavor. Moderately bitter roasted barley is followed by a big licorice presence in the finish. Chocolate covered espresso beans linger on in the aftertaste. Interesting and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (22307) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2006
Pours a dark brown colour. Very big long lasting tan head. Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma. Roasted and a little sweet flavor with lots of coffee notes. Hints of licourice too. Has a nice bitter finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2006
[LCRBM] aroma is roasted malts, coffe notes, chocolate, dry spicey yeast, some fruit, prunes, some liquorice, slightly nutty. dry spicey finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Poured from a 33cl to a wesvleteren glass. Gorgeous off-white head and an instantly appreciable nose of dark chocolate and cream. A light floral and bready aroma nodded to the yeast as the first sip revealed a silky mouthfeel and sweet chocolate cake. Infinitely complex and enigmatic this beer is dangerously easy to consume while also demanding much from the taster.

   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 (7118) - 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 (2727) - 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 (6374) - 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 (11837) - 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.

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