a_cross (600) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, large tan head; aroma of roast malt; taste is sweet, roast malt backed by a nice fruitiness; spicy; enjoyable.
gam (3254) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big tan head very gassy dark pour aroma fruit roast coffee citrus chocolate cocoa the flavours roast coffee bitter is medium cocoa caramel chocolate fruit taste rich strong yeast note light sour note well balanced stout the finish nice yeast and fruit notes good roast malt lasting bitter good stout
ansalon (1430) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a low creamy mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, dark red fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Taste is chocolate, honey, dark red fruit, caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation.
RussianDragon (483) - - JUN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. Quite possibly a 2010 vintage. Pours a dark brown with beige head that was nearly "gusher" level that faded to a thin wisp. Aroma is sweet malts with yeasty bread notes. Flavor is dark fruits, leading with prunes, plums, and slight coffee bitterness. Finish is slightly dry and bitter, with lingering black cherries. A certain Belgian yeast complexity is prominent throughout. A favorite for many years.
tom10101 (2845) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (330 ml). Black with a huge frothy brown head and some lacing. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, roasted malt, liquorice, chocolate and grapes/winey notes. Taste is also quite Belgian with yeast, liquorice, roasted malt, chocolate, grapes/winey notes and light bitterness. Medium body. Moderate/medium carbonation. Slightly mouthfeel. Long lasting fruity (mostly grapes) finish with a touch of alcohol. Good complexity as it’s almost always the case with De Dolle. Quite tasty. Balance isn’t bad either. Interesting for sure.
tmrmwel (960) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bottled jun09*<jun10. Pours black with a big dense creamy mocha head. Aroma Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa and oak barrels, as well as vanilla, coffee and muscovado. Medium body with soft carbonation. Massive flavour with tart burned malts and dark fruit, as well as tobacco, liquorice, oak and burned burned wood. Lingering burned and malty finish, with dark fruits.
chucklemation (489) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a jet black with a very foamy off-white head. Aroma is oak and malts. I also get a very strong oak flavor, as though this was aged in bourbon barrels for a while. There are some roasted malts, chocolate, and a decent amount of bitterness. While I do like this, it also comes off as a bit much in terms of the combination of oak and bitterness. There’s a touch of sweetness that goes too far, in a way, but another part that makes it a very nice sipper as it warms up.
AdiBeer (1138) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: iron, toasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Appearance: dark brown/black, medium creamy beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: quite some bitterness expanding, turning dry in three average-long finish. Overall: great Foreign Stout, nice dryness. Pint at The Times, Ypres.
Osprey87 (1732) - WALES - MAY 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 18 months old. Dark brown with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma - dishwater, yeast, slight smoke, touch of booze. Body - medium to light, low carbonation, quite foamy. Taste - dank caramel, sweet date, red berries, milky coffee, finishes dry and tart with some alcohol. A bit weird - it has a sharp tartness that I assume isn’t meant to be there. Drinkable (slowly).
rondphoto (2046) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @ Taste of Belgium / Cincinnati OH --- Opaque black/brown with a full 3" head that never goes away, wisps of lace. Taste is musty sweet malt, but it quickly becomes bitter roasted chocolate, adding effervescence in the finish. A full bodied brew, great for sipping.