jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 Re-rate: Chocolat aroma with some sweet coffee. Chestnut color, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, coffee, roasted, strong licorice, laurel, light bitter, full bodied. Alcohol well hidden. Bottled. October 2005, 3.5: Bottled at Kulminator. Aroma of vanilla and light licorice. Black color, ligh brown head, good lace. Light sweet, vanilla, light roasted, light coffee, medium body. Very nice beer but doesn’t have the complixity you’d expect from a 9% stout from de Dolle.
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black-brown beer, creamy brown foam and coffee aroma with burned malty touches. The taste is soft burned bitter. Finish is very tasty and classic stout like.
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Perhaps I got a bad one, but I do not like this stout at all. Metallic taste out of a bottle. Very acidic. Semi-burnt aroma. I’ll try another one in the future, hopefully in Belgium.
smithlrs2003 (11) - washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
draft. deep brown/black. chocalete hints in flavor. strong, but drinkable. foamy head, little lacing.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ohh but for the carbonation this beer would defy all others. Dark...dark...dark beer. Head is massive, khaki. Nose softly wafts into the nose. Musky roasted malts, clean, clean yeast. Exquisite. Cocoa. Interesting when this one hits the tongue. This is as carbonated as most belgian strong ales are and that really cuts in between the folds of flavor. First a musty roasted grain, then a slight cheddar and sweetness. This comes to a sweet flavor coupled with alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Too carbonated I agree but from this brewer it isn’t all that strange.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a tall frothy brown head. Aroma is vinous grapes, dark chocolate, a touch of cinnamon. Taste is sweet... lots of coffee, some chocolate, a touch of grapes. Only mildly bitter in the finish. Body is nice but could be creamier. Overall this is a delicious, outstanding stout.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Falling Rock. Pours a lovely black with a beige head and nice carbonation. Aroma is almost identical to a red wine or port. Flavor is "...like a Guiness champange," according to Jason K., and that is a pretty accurate deScription. The menu at Falling Rock placed this under the "unidentifiable style" section, and with good reason: it’s a stout by name and color, but a deep champange in taste and feel. Very interesting, but very good as well.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich, opaque deep brown/black hue. Big tan head, mostly lasting. Dark fruit, yeast, roast, licorice root nose. These flavors follow through to the palate, as well as dark chocolate, fig, dark rum, coffee. Volatile carbonation. Finishes roasty bitter and smooth. A desirable brew from a great brewer.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Goodness, what a head. After pouring two inches into the glass, it was full of foam (quite a contrast to the immediately-preceeding Harvey’s Imperial Stout which hardly had a single bubble). The head was lighter than many stouts, but still respectable. I didn’t get much of a smell off of this one, other than a slight alcohol/preservative smell. As one might guess from the head, the feel of this beer is quite carbonated. Taste is a decent stout flavor, with the standard malty/chocolate flavors coming through. Nicely balanced. Overall, quite drinkable.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I purchased this beer out of sheer novelty. A Belgian stout? The aroma for me is a bit distracting. Overwhelming alcohol nose masks any aroma this beer might have. Sweet taste with the "you know the routine" Belgian carbonation and acidity. Some roasted chocolate and fruitiness at back of tounge. Barley makes a quick apperance at finish.