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


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RATINGS: 1274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Sampled at the brewery in Esen, Belgium. Black. Alive aroma, but a little plain and a little thin. Fruitiness, dark, mainly grapes and blackberries. Some dark malt notes as well; expresso, chocolate and molasses. An attempt at an Imperial Stout from a Belgian brewer. Medium bodied, layed out well. Dark malt notes of expresso, coffee ground and chocolate. Sparse fruit notes, plum and grape. Spicy. Alcohol is very prominent. A failure? Absolutely not. But this needs work, especially if it is intended for the U.S. market.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2004 Pours a deep brown with a foamy, fading head. The nose caught me entirely offguard. Smells of candysugar, chocolate milk, roasted malt and dry dried fruits (Raisins and prunes) and some alcohol and bourbon. Initial taste catches me like an imperial, though a much lighter body. But, damn, is that alcohol present! Taste all over the place, actively assaulting my tongue, eventually leading to a dry irish coffee finish. In the initial melee, there exists distinct grilled sour fruits, that is to say cherries and blackberries that have been put on the barbecue. Very interesting flavortaste. It could definitely stand to have a bigger body, especially with the big ABV, but overall a very interesting stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Black Coloring with Tan Head. Coffee...Bitter Chocolate Aroma... Smokey Notes... Roasts and Noticeable Alcohol...Which Seems to be a Trademark of De Dolle.... Dry and Bitter at The End...Not My Favorite Stout But Certainly a Decent One.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2611) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2005
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2005
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2005
I purchased this beer out of sheer novelty. A Belgian stout? The aroma for me is a bit distracting. Overwhelming alcohol nose masks any aroma this beer might have. Sweet taste with the "you know the routine" Belgian carbonation and acidity. Some roasted chocolate and fruitiness at back of tounge. Barley makes a quick apperance at finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jerohen (2086) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2005
Opaque black, brown head. Roasted malts, really bitter flavour. For such a heavy stout not really that complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Opaque black color with big creamy tan head. Aroma is full of caramel, hints of cherry and vanilla, hazelnut, and a whiff of roasted malts. Flavor is unusual, difficult to describe. Fair amount of roasted barley and caramel, slighlty sour, with sharp metallic aspects. Very prominant carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2006
I wasn’t very careful with pouring the beer and the head filled majority of the glass. Very rich thick flavor and mouthfeel with a rather salty flavor. A rather dry stout with definite coffee flavors mainly in the finish. A good beer, but not something I will go back to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2006
Bottle. Deep black color and foamy beige head. Licorice, anis and alcohol aroma. Taste of coffee, anis and alcohol aftertaste. Good stout. Bière de couleur noire opaque avec un bon collet beige. Odeur d’anis et d’alcool. Au goût, c’est le café (expreso), l’anis avec l’alcool en arrière goût. Bonne stout, pas mal robuste.

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