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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1337   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.: 8.0% Orig. Gravity: 1087
IBU: 50 EBC: 190

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2389) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 From the bottle.

The head on this beer explodes into my glass like nobodyís business. Even pouring directly onto the upper lip, as slow as possible, a huge foamy head fills my tulip glass.

The aroma is red wine, mangos, coffee, and a woody, leafy humus aroma the blends with the fairly strong trace of alcohol that waftes up from the brew.

The taste is dominated by a strong coffee malt infused with a generous alcohol flavor, with some dark prune, black cherry juice, noticable salted licorice; this is not a particuarly sweet stout. Both the carbonation and the alcohol are strong in the mouthfeel; beyond that the initial feel is almost thin, but becoming buttery on the late side of the palate.

This is a pretty good beer, no doubt about it. Still, at $5.00 for an 11.2 oz bottle, when Elysian Dragonstooth (which I prefer) is going at $3.50 for 22oz, there is little reason to do this often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Black with the foamiest, thickest head Iíve ever seen on a beer. You could sculpt with this stuff! Smell: Burnt toast with applebutter and a cup of cocoa off to the side. Taste: Expensive coffee, like dark roasted Blue Mountain, a few pieces of black licorice, prunes and a tangy flavor like dried fruit with a bit of salt on it. Alcohol noticeable throughout, from sip to swallow. A lingering moderate bitterness. Fizzy feel, thick sheets of lacing. Thank you BuckDich!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2006
Almost black with a huge, brown foam. Fruity, somewhat vinous aroma. Fruits and raisins prevail in the beginning, but some chocolate flavours develop towards the middle. Some roastiness towards the finish.Warming alcohol. Fizzy. Good, but less great than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
(bottle - 33 cl) Dark and murky brown pour with a huge amount of brown foam and loads of carbonation. Roasty chocolate aroma with lots of malt and some alcohol. Heavy chocolate and roasted malt flavor, smooth middle and a roasty, coffee-like finish. Nice and heavy on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle. Aroma sweet and roasty, hints of chocolate,coffee and nut. Poured deep dark brown with a healthy foamy chocolate head. Flavor was nice, strong coffee at first then fading into a sweet array of chocolate and licorice and perhaps bit of fruit as well. Palate was good and lively, sweet and then bitter back to sweet again. A nice even mouthfeel to it. Another tasty brew Iíve sampled from De Dolle who are fast becoming one of my favorite brewers even with the limited exposure Iíve had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2006
oh dear. i suspect this didnít travel so well from belgium via chicago. smell is all fusels and raisins and overripe esters. in the mouth itís very fizzy, thin and yeasty-sour with heaps of plums and rough fusels and not much trace of roast or malt at all. pity as I was looking forward to anothe belgian stout after loving hercule 3 and a half years ago. thanks to jokes for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Deep and dark with a massive head that only De Dolle can seem to so with such consistency. Aroma of rich roasted malt and plums, a bit of booze, some cocoa. Flavor is roasty with some licorice, plum, and bitter cocoa. Pretty full body with a moderate amount of alcohol warming and a drier finish. Very tasty stuff and I would certainly like to get my hands on another bottle at some point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8536) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Blackish beer with a huge cocoa head. Roasty/chocolaty/sweet malt aroma with a bit of spice. Chocolate and roast flavors with some fruitiness. Not overpowering. Carbonation is way too high. Nice complexity.

   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 (22720) - MalmŲ, 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.

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