RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Roasty, sweet aroma... with touch of chocolate, dried fruit (raisins ?) and some alcohol. Flavour is much more subtle... lacking even, than the aroma. It’s tart. Definitely roasty with a little smoke. Sort of thin bodied for a stout. Highly effervescent. I was expecting more from this one... especially from the aroma. Not worth the price.
ShivanDragon (1192) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
donker bruin met zeer schuimige witte kraag.
aroma: chocolade, toffee, kruidig, geroosterde mouten, chocomout, kandij suiker.
smaak: kruidig, notig en zure tonen.
indruk: hij proeft behoorlijk alcoholisch, kruidig, espresso en zuur en metalig.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Didn’t travel well to Australia. The end result was a glorious mess. There were hints at how good this might be but they were overwhelmed by the flaws. Looked fine - black with a fair, lacing head. But the first scent impression was of rubber. In a blind smell test, I would have said I was sniffing a rubber fruit cake served with chocolate cream. There were raisins and milky chocolate, but the dominant aroma was a weird pollyfilla note. In the mouth, it was very thin and fizzy. Molasses and figs upfront and a huge hop finish. Coarse and clumsy. (Duff homecoming gathering - thanks Ecze for bringing this one)
GonZoBeeR (2801) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beer explose when i open...
Aroma:chocolate and acidity...
Appearance:Black-redish,big tan head...
Flavor:small acidity (infected),chocolate and alcohol...
gnoff (7328) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 First rating from August 12, 2006:
(Sampled from bottle, thanks Marsiblursi)
Dark brown color with a brown head. A tad vineous scent, some smoke, Belgian ale, sweet. Sour acid, green grape peels taste. No bitterness, no thank you!
Rating:6/3/2/2/6 = 1.9
Second rating with the higher score -
(33 cl bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm)
Dark brown color, thick creamy brown head. Sweet fruity scent, some light colored chocolate, a little bit vinous. Rather vinous taste, with a bitter bite to it. Low bitterness. Not as complex taste as I would have hoped. Pretty thin body.
sunevdj (3020) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with an off white substabital foamy head. Nice lacings. Sour quite citric fruitiness. Green strawberries. Mildewy. Slightly portlike but still too sour.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUL 31, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at The Raleigh Times. Chocolate smell, tart tangy finish. Very weird, very dry. Not crazy for this Belgian yeast/chocolate stout hybrid.
madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
25th May 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Creamy stout but quite smoky and some worcester sauce sourness going on. Not my favourite Belgian stout!
suprchunk (1927) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very carbonated. Black pour. Big, foamy, light tan head. Slowly falls leaving a little bit of lacing. Chocolate aroma with hints of roasted coffee. Big sweet chocolate taste that hastily makes way for a carbonic and roasted twang. Way too sweet in the front. Way too bitter in the back.
jbeatty (912) - New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
2004 bottle (!) thanks to Claaark13. Pours black with medium frothy head which recedes after a few minutes. Rich chocolate on the nose, soft roast, sharp licorice, and unfortunately cardboard, oxidation notes become more strong and apparent as the beer warms. Characteristic De Dolle carbonation on the tongue, very lively. Stale dark malts in the beginning flavor, but fine dark chocolate, roast, espresso in the middle, tartness to finish, musty vintage aftertaste. Overall still drinkable but a shade of its fresh counterpart. Please note this review is of a 7-year old bottle.