Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Monks Cafe. Light black pour with light easily coming through. Aroma was mostly coffee, dried fruit and subtle spices. The mouthfeel was as lively as any stout Iíve had and inline with every other De Dolle beer Iíve had. Finish was a bit bitter and lively.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with streaks of blood red and a fluffy, tan head. Sweet, fruity nose that seems slightly stoutish, whilst remaining resolutely Belgian. Chocolate, raisin, plum, light espresso, licorice, creamy caramel, alcohol, sweet apples, heavy cream and toasted bread. The body is fairly full, but the carbonation is quite strong and really pricks the tongue a bit too much. The flavor is fairly sweet with a substantial bitterness at the finish. This is pretty damn tasty. In a world where I have ultimate control, Iíd add more chocolate to this and itíd be a helluva dessert beer. Since that isnít the case, Iíll settle for De Dolleís sublime interpretation.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark mahogany color (was blood red when I held a flashlight up to the beer) with a small tan head and no lacing on the glass. Aroma of fudge, toffee, smoke, and nuts. Taste was that of Belgian chocolate, dry nuts, licorice and a smokey finish. They yeast carbonated the hell out of this thing. The flavors underneath were really nice, but I feel they could have been showcased more with less carbonation.
3fourths (7530) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky dark brown with a HUGE head... overflowing my small snifter. Sucking the foam off of the top of the glass, you can certainly taste the Belgian yeast that De Dolle uses. Very stinging sweet, biting milky flavors... quite good with a little roasted malts in there. By little I donít mean to say that this doesnít have a strong stout quality. The aroma is a rich milky smoked malt offering. The texture is at first creamy, but then explodes on the tongue with a peppy, undeniably Belgian yeast flavor... spiced bread, chocolate syrup... this certainly is unique. It would be good to see more Belgian stouts... if anyone can throw some ingenuity and creativity into a stout, itís the Belgian brewers.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit of a beast. Deep brown colour. Powerful malt aroma - rather reminiscent of neat malt extract (and I donít mean that in a bad way). Very rich coffee and chocolate flavour with some plummy/pruney fruit. Full outhfeel with a powerful alcoholic, bittersweet finish. Not too sweet though. I like it, but couldnít take too much of it. Bottled at GBBF 2004.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This was a massive stout, very sweet, rich and then bitter. Full on dark chocolate, and roasted malt to start with, thick, almost chewy sweetness. Some powdery chocolate. Some slight citric twang from the hops, but this is totally dominated by the thick bittersweet chocolate flavour. Some raw alcohol shows in the end. Super concentrated and definitely a sipper, really nice, warming.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got my bottle from Liquid Solutions and shared it with Mike from Bon Vivant. My bottle says Special Export Stout. Pours a very dark brown with an overblown tanned head. Aroma is dark fruits (raisins and plums) and some spice in the nose. Maybe some watery chocolate or cocoa. The aroma to me, reminded me of on of the Trappist beers. It was nothing like an American imperial stout. The taste was alcohol, malts, more fruits (raisins and plums), light spice, and light bitterness. Again, nothing like an American stout. Mouthfeel was very full and carbonated. There was some moderate alcohol warming in there as well. Finish was smooth but rather dry. More spice and malts with the Trappist thing going on. If someone gave me a glass without knowing what it was, I would have picked Westy 12 or Rochefort 10. Not a bad thing but this seems different than what everyone else has had based on the few ratings I see for it. I picked up a few other bottles so Iíll have to revisit this again soon. Great beer, by the way.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Eclipse black color. Very large sized tan colored head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, fruit, floral and yeasts. A medium to full bodied stout. Malts are coffee, chocolate and roasty. Yeasts are bright and touch funky (must and leather). Interesting beer, it most definitely a stout, but its also definitely Belgian in origin and style. Makes for a very interesting combination. Touch of alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Such an amazing brewery. Pours a thick black with a tall tan head that is so thick it stands above the rim of the glass and leaves some great lacing while you drink. Aroma is nice and roasty with a good chocolate aroma that fits this beer very well. Taste is very malty and roasty with chocolate and a bit of coffee, very thick mouthfeel with a bit of belgian spice in the aftertaste.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice black color,small tan head that had a short hangtime then faded to a small lace.The aroma was malty and with hints of chocolate and maybe some light hints at coffee but that might be pushing it a bit.The flavor was pretty good,with a nice malty side some fruit possibly dried fruit with a light hop presence,some caramel and a hint of chocolate in there as well.A bit on the heavy side for my taste but over all a decent brew that would be a nice change from all the other macroís iíve been sampling lately.