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


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RATINGS: 1214   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 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 (1182) - 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 (892) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (9257) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2009
De Dolle owes me a carpet cleaning and two keyboards, just from the past six months or so. Fucking gushers. 11.2 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a black color with a large head, good head retention and sticky lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, coconut, chocolate, pineapple. Taste seems to be a little more like a stout than the aroma... roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3290) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2010
pours black with a huge mocha head...head was so large that i had to pour 3 times just to empty the bottle. nice retention. aroma is warming with dark fruit, licorice, and spicy hops. flavor is very roasty with cocoa and coffee notes, a touch of dark fruit. slight metallic hint and spicy hops at the end. mouthfeel is lively and not too heavy with a roasty finish that goes away somewhat quickly. not too bad but not as good as i’d hoped either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaartenRF10 (1638) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Zeer donker met bruine kraag. Smaak begint met iets kersen, daarna chocolade en koffie. Te veel koolzuur en te weinig smaak (overschaduwt door het overdadige koolzuur) voor een echt goeie stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - FEB 15, 2012
Pours black with brown head. Strong smell of dark chocolate and leather. A lot of foam in your mouth, straight coffee and roasted malt flavours then a nice bitterness. Strange acidity, lack of body? Some vegetable notes, liquorice and chicory. Dry, as a stout should be. If Guiness is dry and strong for U, pass your way! If you dream of a stronger, dryer and more roasted Guiness type of beer: this is for U! Cheers

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