Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits and some liquorice. Flavour is sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied, thin texture, soft carbonation. Finish is plain and a bit boring.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with tan head. Nutty aroma with heavy yeast notes, chocolate, lactose, and some coffee. Lots of candied sugar in the flavor makes this an extremely sweet stout. Licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruits, vinous notes, and coffee also apparent. Flavor is also sour, which makes this stout extremely unique, though not altogether a great stout. On second thought, the sweet/sour and chocolate combination is actually pretty well pulled off. Extremely interesting, albeit confusing.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost black with an enormous beige and rocky head that settles in an uneven fashion and leaves lots of lacings.
A very interesting smell. Roasted malts are prominent but not dominating. Lots of yeast, planting soil, slightly tart fruits and a strange spicy notes. A note or iron and perhaps just a faint hint of funk.
The taste is rather different for a stout. Sweet roasted malts, a note of burnt coffee and tannins, and a mild fruity tartness dominate. Notes of earth, yeast, wood, spices and sweet dark fruits. The finish is bitter with a complementing tartness, a prominent note of iron, and wood. I really like this.
Medium to full body and lively carbonation.
Tart stouts can be something of a hit or miss, and this one really hits the mark. It has a good balance between roasted sweetness and fruity tartness and it’s an interesting encounter from start to finish. Lots of character and a complex composition.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very interesting. One of a kind. Deep dark brown with a pile of light brown head, you know, a typical looking stout. Nose is a funky yeast, almost Brett like, with a good amount of bready roasted malts as well. Defintately Belgian. Some alcohol in the nose as well. Flavor is nice. Starts out rather yeasty, with a bit of sourness. Next come up some subtle dark fruit tones, mostly dates and plums. Vanilla and random undescribable esters come to mind. Finishes rather roasty (more than the yeasty nose would suggest), along with anise and coffee. Leathery and astingent near the end as well. Complex, like a sweet virginal pussy (thanks Dan). Alcohol is there, but not overbearing, it provides a nice warming sensation. A bit thin in the mouth, but silky nonetheless with just the right amount of carbonation. This stuff is funky as hell. I dont really know how much more to describe it or categorize it, but De Dolle is on to something here. Its what I call a sleeper beer. It does everything right, and is so nondescript that while drinking it, you dont notice much. But when you look back, you realize your pants are wet and you remember nothing but a great time. Worth a shot.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz bottle poured in a tulip glass. It pours dark, nearly black with a huge thick creamy head. It smells like wet burnt wood and coffee. The head looks like an ice cream float and tastes of licorice and spice. The first taste was a bit metallic so I let it warm up a bit and the flavor really came out. Bitter coffee and toffee ending in a but of a fuel-punch. This beer can give you heartburn! This beer is on par with Lion Stout, which is one of my absolute favorites. The finish is dry and tingely, probably due to the high alcohol. This beer makes me smile.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Map Room. Pours a dark brown with a large foamy tan head. Molasses, licorice, dried currants, and hints of brown sugar. Lacks usual stout roast flavors. Finishes sweet.
procraste (472) - FRANCE - OCT 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nez démonstratif. Nougat, réglisse et café en bouche. Assez liquide et mousseuse. Des notes herbacées et épicées aussi ( genre cardamone ... ) Du fruité confit ( griottes )... Pas mal d’arômes, mais avec un côté aqueux ... Presque une porter donc. Pas si équilibrée que ça ... Bien, mais je ne sis pas fan.
Boxereddy (470) - BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Diep pikzwart bier met ruime beige schuimkraag.
Aroma: rozijnen en Guinness Foreign Extra.
Smaak: gebrande mout, koffie, bitter.
Mondgevoel is zwaar met weinig koolzuur en een bittere afdronk.
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - DEC 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creme marrom com incrível densidade e consistência. Aroma de malte, chocolate e caramelo, fugindo do lugar-comum das stout. Amargor moderado e seca na medida.
LearninBeer (469) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma was very interesting, smelled toffee, honey and a hint of coriander (or something like it). The appearance was frothy and creamy with a light brown head. The lacing was very good and the head was mostly diminishing. The body was cloudy and the hue was Black. The initial flavor was sweet and the finish was sweet and bitter and long. The body was medium, the texture was creamy and the carbonation was soft.