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

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RATINGS: 1140   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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Extra large Light brown head, good retention and a small, stringy lace left lingering. Black brew with brown edging. A bit much co2 in the nose masking the roasty, grainy, fruity notes. Medium body, over carbed, prickly mouthfeel. Notes of plums, raisins, chocolate. Lightly tart?Roasty, dry finish, lightly alcoholic, licoricey. An interesting Imp. Stout. Not sure about this one? Wonder what some aging would do for it? Hmmmm.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Pours black with more tan head then beer. The head fades painfully slowly. Aroma is an odd mild chocolate covered banana. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, chocolate, and a mild bitter roastedness. Different and interesting but not a beer that kept me reaching for the next sip.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Poured black with a huge brown head that lasted. Aroma of burnt wood, roasted coffee, and dried fruits. Full and think mouthfeel. Coffee grounds, raisins, wood, yeast, spice, and alcohol on the tongue. Dry and lingering finish. Long aftertaste. A great stout. The Alcohol is very strong and present. This stuff will knock you over.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1199) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 15, 2004
it´s 01 at night, I just got home from work and I just couldnt wait to open this.Biggest head on a stout EVER! The aroma is very yeasty, some raisins, wood, maybe a hint of some spices. The flavour is just superb, moccha, yeast and spices, alcahol very well hidden ... this is superb stuff once again from maybe the most interesting brewery in the world

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8525) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2004
This beer rocks!... Pours extremely dark with hazy, copper highlights when held up to bright light. Huge, frothy, khaki-colored head. Maybe a bit overcarbonated. Great retention and thick, cumulus lacework. The nose is of chocolate, leather, espresso, caramel and dried plum. The flavor is almost port-like. Very well-bittered with burnt, earthy notes. Also, big notes of dried plum, port, alcohol and pear. Full-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Lengthy, alcoholic finish with more dried plum. Dries out at the wee end. World class stout!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Bottle, thanks Joe M.! Pours pitch black with a HUGE initial tan head before finally settingly down and producing outstanding lace. The aroma has notes currants, apple, pear, mild mocha and coffee tones, a very much a dusty yeast esters. Moderate phenols detected as well. The taste starts with a noticeable hit of alcohol, mild burn and a bit harsh. Once you get pass that there are plum and pear flavors, subdued roasted malts, a hint of mocha before finishing with a smack of bitters and smoke. The feel is quite lively (one can say, overcarbonated), sharp, harsh, and quite dry. This is one stout that truly needs some aging to mellow it out and take off the edges. Buy two, try one now and let the other cellar for a year or three.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Deep and dark, with a vague hint of red. Ludicrously large head, hugely puffy mocha colored froth almost bursts out of the glass. Nose is deep and rich, no roasts here, just plums and molasses. Similar flavor, not roasty at all, negligible hops if any. Instead, its loads of raisins, prunes, and molasses, darkly rich. Those expecting an American-style imperial stout will be disappointed, but it’s not supposed to be an American-style imperial.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (623) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2004
It’s beyond me why this is called a stout. It poured a cola color with a huge yeasty head. Aroma was of yeast,subtle chocolate and coffee,hints of dark fruits. As a true strong stout this pretty much blows. IMO,this should be classified as a dubble. As that it is slightly above mid level quality but this is still pretty young being only about 3 mos old or ther abouts. If you pick this up expecting a Storm King or Bells Expedition you will be in for a huge letdown. I rated it as a dubble O/W it would have gotten in the mid 2s.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2004
Nice Soft-style stout with an intens black-brown color and a good creamy light brown head. Fine coffee aroma"s with hints of cakes and roasted nuts. It has a soft burned taste with a medium dry mouthfeel. also touch of coffee and caramel. Good stouty afthertaste with a nice freshness in the end.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Even their stout has a huge head; a big very dense mocha wonder. The aroma is medium sweet, cookies, roasted malt, and nuttiness. The flavor is a huge hit of alcohol that is somewhat tempered by roasted malt and sweetness, but alcohol is a major part of the story. Medium dry body. The apperance and aroma are both very good, but the alcohol presence in teh flavor is a bit over the top. Still though, a decent beer, though not up to De Dolle’s usual standards.


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