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

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RATINGS: 1336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.: 8.0% Orig. Gravity: 1087
IBU: 50 EBC: 190


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (8645) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2006
Bottle. Beige high and lasting head. Black body. Spicy coffee/choccolate flavor plus alcohol aroma. First impression a bit sharp and bitter flavor. Later more pleasant chocclolate dominated coffee flavor. Alcohol contents well balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mhoster56 (34) - Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle. One of my first true Belgian beers. Not really what I anticipated. Instead of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, or molasses like one finds in many american micro imperial stouts, this beer is almost fruity and floral in nature. After the third or fourth swallow the beer actually tasted like one ground up orange rind and mixed it in with the beer. The citrus flavor was not at all pleasant like in an IIPA; rather, it was sour and unforgiving. Perhaps I need more experience outside of the US.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2006
Bottle at home. Black, light brown head. Sweet, roasted malts, raisins, prunes, licorice, coffee (espresso), a bit sour and some bitterness. Not so smooth and pleasant as I prefer a stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 This is probably one of the most frustrating beers Iíve ever had. There are great things about it, but the flavors just donít go together. It pours an oily black with a big thick brown head. The scent is surprisingly tart & fruity (not like a stout) with a touch of chocolate candy. This is very different for a stout, in that is has an upfront tartness, almost acidic fruitiness. Then is finishes with an amazing stout character of burnt malts, a grainy mouth feel, and a dark earthy, chewy, espresso/mocha like finish. The finish is GOOD, but the flavors just donít go together. That is why itís frustrating. Itís almost like having a very tart & sour raspberry chocolate cake where the fruits are too sour, and the chocolate is perfect. The flavors donít mesh well.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2006
Black body with a brown edge, medium size bubbles in a light brown head; Quite small nose with fruity coffee, brown bread and dried fruit; Huge (to much) big bubbled carbonation in a body with quite a bit of fruity acidity, mixed with a thin butter texture; The fruity acidy grows in a long finish that is a bit thin and dry, aromas of a burnt stout, burnt chocolate and some licorice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (8390) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2007
Dark brown and unclear. Has a creamy, off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma with sweetness of laqurice, coffee and something like a burnt, wet newspaper. Flavor is a bit acidity. Palate a bit thin for a stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7115) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle 330 ml
Appearance: Poured thick, viscous dark brown going onto black, surprised by gusher (fine cinnamon brown)
Nose : Light aromatic meadow hops on top with chocolate lightly burnt side to it.7+
Flavor/Palate : Tart burned grain with brown malting. Softer , smoother finish. To acidic to my liking, lacking signature stout roasting. Taking this ale in wide spectrum is not half bad but expected more depth from it.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
A hodgepodge of unidentifiable musky aromas that never comes together. Ginormous billowing head that looks awesome, but really makes it hard to drink. Dry, ashy MF. Roasty, bready flavors mostly, hazelnut, oily espresso beans definitely, dried licorice. Overall, good, but I could have done with the CO2 toned down.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13606) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2011 Bottle (ZBF2008) (6:5:7:3:13=3.4)
Black, small beige head. Toffee aroma. Rich burnt taste - very aromatic hops and winey too. Massive burnt aftertaste.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Aroma is muchos muchos liquorice. Phil gets soy sauce too. Itís aq very rich aroma with a roast motif, certainly. Black, nice head. Remarkably light in the mouth. Quite carbonated, not a surprise considering the source. Nice finish, leaves you wondering how they managed to make a 9% beer so not heavy. Alas, Anna didnít write any numbers down, she was scribing this one. So weíll have to wait for the bottle we have at home to get a numerical 2nd opinion.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2008
11.2 once bottle. pours black with slowly shrinking tan head. Aroma is roasty with notes of chocolate. Flavor is sweet malt, chocolate and carmel. Finishes sweet. Good balance for abv but will not go out of way to buy again.


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