Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 11.2 oz. bottle poured dark hazy brown. The head was huge and creamy, tan and inviting. Dark fruit, raisins and caramel with dates and some hints of alcohol. Wow, this has a lot of depth. Good carbonation carries the chocolate and dark fruits up the palate. Sweet malts with a wonderful dry finish. There was yeast in here too. I need to drink another to really get this one down.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 From a 330ml bottle purchased at Torrence Liquors in Calumet City IL.
The malt and residual sugars impart a surprisingly sweet fruity aroma for what turns out to be a relatively dry stout; a touch of alcohol in the aroma as well. Pours a dark reddish brown with a fair amount of suspended sediment. Huge pale tan head forms when pouring and eventually dissipates, leaving tightly-packed lace on the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom. For all the dry roast flavor this beer contains, it is impossibly smooth to drink thanks to the characteristically Belgian candy-sugar sweetness. The same familiar Belgian hop and nutty yeast flavors that are found in classics like Delerium and Duvel find their way into this truly unique stout that is a loving tribute to the British Isles original while remaining characteristically Belgian. The theoretically divergent features of classic Belgian ale and British stout work surprisingly well together. Of course, one can count on a solid brewery like De Dolle to pull it off. This is my favorite "standard" stout yet.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I was told that this wasn’t from the latest batch. I had to pour this one in shifts. The head was way too overpowering. At first sniff, I could have sworn that this was Trois Pistoles. Dark fruit, mustiness, yeasty ... all the qualities of a great Belgian strong. But, the first sip was something different, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee, hazelnut and a slight tingling from alcohol and licorice (more licorice than alcohol). As it warmed, the aroma backed off the fruit and completely changed to roasty and chocolately. Wonderful transformation. The flavors became more solid as it warmed. It slides down as smooth as anything. Damn! This is one great beer!
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured black with a huge black head.
Aroma is Yeast, chocolate and coffee.
Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roast and yeast with a light watery body.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma reminded me of a musty closet with some spice and fruit notes. Black body and tan head. Flavor of coffee and seemed like alcohol was dominate flavor. Dry palate
CapFlu (5047) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33cl bottle) Sampled at Lubiere’s place on August 11, 2005. Pours a beige head with an opaque body. Milky cocoa nose with a royal stout fullness. Oily meets fizzy. Nice strong flavours with a carbonated texture. Interesting stuff!
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark chocolate brown with a massive froth of large bubbled head. The nose is beautiful, reminiscent of the aromas I get when I have a beautiful stout on my hands. I can’t begin to describe the depth of coplexity in the nose, but suffice to say roasty, chocolate liqueur. Taste is big, roasty, deep charcoal and burnt coffee. A powerhouse stout. Warming alcohol, big, lingering finish.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and roasty nose, notes of licorice, chocolate. Almost completely black beer, wonderful red tint, big frothy tan head on top, perfect appearance. Very nice roasty flavor, loads of dark malts, dried fruits, some milk chocolate, ends on a bitter sweet note. Very nice stout!
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma, chocolatey sweet. Very dark with a tan/brown head. Almost a little sour/yeaty up front but very smooth chocolate.
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tremendous appearance, with a head that at first is regular and composed of fine but noticeable bubbles, then compressing into a billowing, rich foam, light caramel in color, all sitting on top of an opaque dark brown body. The aroma is roasted, milky, with a fruit edge (grapes and raspberry) and a caramel fondue--overall, quite nice, complex, but not everything I wanted. The flavor warmed gracefully with its substantial dose of alcohol providing many of the added dimensions, though it isn’t overbearing and it does offer some raisin and rum-soaked plum notes to the bittersweet chocolate (more of a milk chocolate variant than the 80% cocoa kind). The palate is always engaging, being frothy for all of its oil and tempered sweetness. Clearly warming by the end of the bottle. A bit high on the price end, I thought ($4.50 for a small bottle) but worth splurging for on occasion.