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

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RATINGS: 1233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
mmmm.... de dolle. POursa deep black hue with a begie head. Aromas of chocolate, espresso, and a light hop presence. Flavors of the same with a light bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2005
ZBF 2005. Pours dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aroma is full and roasted. Taste is very roasted malts, with some alcohol warming. Hints of bread and sweet malts are present too. It has a long full aftertaste. a truely great beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 8, 2005
Perfectly dark body, not a hint of light can penetrate. Very dark, black coffee look to it. You can’t really ask for anything better in appearance. Head is about an inch thick, big and oatmeal colored, with a grayish tint as well. Smell is strongly of sweet malt: chocolate and concord grapes. Taste is very sweet grapes, anise, alcohol (Nyquil-like), brown sugar. After a few seconds on the tongue, a nice crack of hops smacks the top of the taste buds and reverberates into the throat, leaving some roasted coffee notes with the alcohol sizzle. Aftertaste is semi-sweet chocolate/ cocoa powder and toffee. Interesting, complex and certainly has the unique ’foreign stout’ flavor one should expect. Very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brahms (1) - USA - MAR 8, 2005 does not count
on tap, drunk at belgian beer fest at lucky baldwins in pasadena, ca. bit too tangy for my liking, but incredibly complex taste and aroma. dark dark dark velvety appearance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Number 1000. A milestone. Had to be something special. And I’ve had some special stuff lately but which rates being 1000. Well, beer buddy Gasspasser stoped by with a bottle of this and all things considered, it was the one to choose. A stout (my favorite style), given by and shared with a good friend. Doesn’t get much better than that. And this was good. Just about black with a frothy brown head. Coffee, chocolate, anise, prune, raisin, all going on in the nose. Nice body. Not as rich and robust as an imperial stout but not thin and watery either. The flavor was coffee, molasses, chocolate, malty richness. Quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Interesting, a belgian stout. Pours dark with a huge greyish brown head. The nose is malty with a touch of spices and yeast. The taste is warm and tingly with just a bit of malts and acidicness. yup its a belgian but its got some good stout characteristics to it. Get a hold of this one if you can.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Black body with an energetic and long-lived large-bubbled tan head. Smoked raspberry cream in the aroma. Similarly fruity flavor - chocolate, raspberry, and latte bitterness. These flavors plus chocolate roast and alcohol in the immediate finish, smokey in the long run. Very cool mouthfeel - the ’large" carbonation doesn’t make it feel tingly but rather bigger and smoother than it really is. This beer has some good attributes but I’m not getting into it because of the berry sweetness. It just doesn’t mesh well with the chocolate roast. Still, it was nice to see a Belgain interpretation of this style!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kippardue (1) - USA - FEB 28, 2005 does not count
on tap from lucky baldwins/pasadena, part of the belgian festival...a very complex stout...goregeous to look at, allows some light under an extraordinary head. immediate tastes of sweet-chocolate, caramel-then a finish of tart fruit-possibly rasberry or cherry-very subtle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2005
bottle...Incredible amount of head to start! Dark brown pour, head lingers, and lingers, and lingers...looks like the foam on a cappucino. Nice Roasted malt aroma, some chocolate, some metal. Some definate vineous tones to start, also the carbonation reminds me of a barleywine. Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee. Acidic, alcoholic...man this tastes like a barleywine. It is very good, but a lot more carbonation and wine-like flavors than I would have expected from a stout. Maybe an Imperial Stout, but the mouthfeel is way too thin...actually may be too thin for a stout. Again, this tastes great, just not what I expected at all.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle, from Vintage Cellar or Sams Wine...can’t remember. Pours a nice dark brown, and the head is large, frothy, light brown, and hangs for a while. Aroma is moderately caramel and choco-malts with some nice hop and yeast notes plus an alcohol presence. Taste is full of chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts. Finish is lightly sweet and acidic with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfell is full and quite smooth with a lively level of carbonation--maybe a bit more than I like because this reminds me more of an imperial stout than anything else. Very warming in the end....a tasty one to be sure.


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