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


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RATINGS: 1218   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2006
Bottled. Pours almost black in colour with a huge brown head. Sweet and burnt maltyness. Strong feel of liquorice. A bit too high carb.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1784) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2007
Big fizzy coffee coloured head takes along time to quit. Very dark brown hue. Mild coffee and roast nose with a slight metallic ping. Nothing to write home about. Quite true to the genre to taste. Roasted malts drive the palate, feels a touch rough and tastes quite dry. Medium strengh despite the 9% and to be honest needs a bit more hapening with the flavours to ge me really excited. (e3.25 @ ’t Brugs Beertje)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
12 oz bottle. I poured in just a splash to my tulip glass, and the whole glass seemed to instantly fill with caramel-colored foam. No liquid whatsoever. 15 minutes later, the beer was finally emptied into the glass, and I was ready to drink it! Strong coffee in both the aroma and the flavor. Malty, kind of smoky. Thin on the palate. Not great, probably the worst De Dolle beer I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2007
My notes got a bit sparser as this was the last beer of my evening, but I clearly remember the opaqueness of this beer. Aroma was of licorice and was a bit musty. Flavor was extremely grape-y and the beer had a very dry mouthfeel, much like a very astringent cabernet. not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5007) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2007
0.33 l bottle. Black color with tan head. Extremely foamy. Mainly roasted malt in the aroma along with some phenols. Roasted, sweet and sour flavor with charcoal. Acidic finish. The acidity, sweetness and roastedness is not in balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle. Looks deep mahagony black with a creamy, frothy three finger head that dissipates to a small head that lingers. This one has a pretty complex aroma i think. Seems there are some dark fruits and chocolate with roasted malts and licorice. The aromas are pretty muted though mostly dark fruits and some alcohol. Prickly and bitter....hmm. Strange. This doesn’t seem very balanced at all. Each sip is slightly different from the last. Sometimes I get some nice chocolate flavors and then the next sip is really hoppy/bitter with the next sip being somewhat tart and yeasty. Slightly warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep ebony with hints of auburn around the thinning edges when up against a light. The enormous head is a medium tan. I have never seen a head like this before. Even poured gently, it creates a ridiculous amount. There are some strong dark fruit notes in the nose with some weird abrasive tinges that reminds me of tequila, and I absolutely hate tequila. Other aromas like some cocoa and toffee are noticeable. But man, that tinge is strong. As soon as the brew hits the tongue, head just explodes again. It’s very carbonated and slightly oily. Sourness is instantly apparent as some espresso notes appear. Sourness seems to not to be as attributed to many fruits. It’s more like a candy sourness, like a warhead. There are notes of darker fruits in here as well. The intense carbonated action on the tongue is a bit distracting, though. As the brew passes the tongue, a sweet toffee complements the explosion of cocoa and roasted coffee notes. The finish is mildly dry. The finish is strong and actually quite good. This is interesting, but there are so many things in this brew that’s just bugging me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tennisjoel (1185) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Dark brown pour with a fluffy tan head. Hazelnut, chocolate, currant, licorice, and sourdough aroma. Kind of a hybrid tart/sour flavor mixed with more typical stout like features. A pretty good mixture, but the sour just doesn’t quite work here. Not bad, I guess it’s just not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmm635 (894) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Poured dark brown, almost black, with a ridiculously large tan head. Chocolate and toffee aromas, but the flavor is dominated more by the coffee. Full-bodied with a lasting finish, but not a great finish. I was hoping for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Getting notebook online. Bottle. Pours a chalky black. Pretty good chocolate and coffee nose. Flavors a bit watery but chocolate and coffee are there with some yeast and caramel. Not too bad of a beer.

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