DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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!
kippardue (1) - USA - FEB 28, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with brown hints, awsome head with an unreal staying power, a real beauty to see poured. Chocolate ice cream aroma, soy, rich chocolate power. Very belgian tasting with its big yeast wallop. Unsweeted chocolate, figs, a bit of sourness. Lots of hints that leave me thinking Belgian Dubbel, carmelly with a twinge of sourness and alc to finish. I love De Dolle!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, nearing black. Tan head with no lacing really. Aromas are crazy. The dark malts are there, but there is so many qualities of a Belgian ale. Alcohol, hops, yeast, dough, and raisins. Wow. That is damn fine. Roast and chocolate with a hint of spice. This is very fruity. Citrus comes through with a bitter note. Almost seems like a dubble, yet the dark malts make it different. Finishes yeasty and full bodied. Alcohol there at the end too.
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colored beer with endless light brown head, wow ... The aromas are sweet with roasty, nutty notes. The taste is rather rich in chocolate malts with notes of roasted hops. The overcarbonation is heretoo a negative note for our Dolle brouwers. I think to much sugar has been addes during refermentation in the bottle?
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
fizzy carbonation; dark fruits (raisins & plums), rum with notes of apple and dough in the nose; vinous and chocolatey flavor, some roasty, toasted bread, molassas flavors, a hint of licorice; not overly sweet, bitterish coffee dryness for balance; tingly alcoholic palate magnified by the lively carbonation; somewhat complex and very interesteing Belgianesque stout (Imperial Belgian Stout?); the carbonation is a bit much, though.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black color with a thick off-white head. Aroma of liquorice and roasted malt. Flavor of liquorice, roasted malt and alcohol. Light to medium body, creamy texture, dry mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Very good stuff.
Oakes (13156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque dark brown colour. Lasting light brown head. The aroma is sweet - plummy and fruitcakey with roasty, nutty notes. Rather fizzy, and this distracts the palate from what appears to be good flavour underneath. What I can taste is rich black malt flavour, with hints of roast, toast and hop. There is a lingering roasty bitterness, but this too bows down before Emperor CO2. Sweet flavours, terribly body due to overcarbonation.