bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Chevy Chase, purchased in ’05. The years have been very kind to this gem. Pours a barely-red-tinged black, big bubbles but mild lacing. Aroma has started developing more of that traditional De Dolle acidity that mingles with the caramel, figs, and some roast. Alcohol is there too, but only a mild spicy backnote. Body is full, luscious, like drinking milk chocolate. Big strong dark fruit up front, carbonation helping it from being too heavy. Flavor coasts through the range of malty complexity, stopping at chocolate, a bit of sherry, and finishing with a bittersweet, toasty, booze-laced finish. A world-class beer. Just fantastic.
PapaVillum (169) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
33 cl, flaske, 9,0 %, nydt på Ørsted Ølbar, 15. september 2013.
Rating no 100 på ratebeer. Kaffesort imperial stout med højt flot moccafarvet skum, ca. 4 cm. Det tætte skum minimeres til ca 1/2 cm efter et par minutter.
Meget skøn aroma, som minder én om en belgisk strong ale med mere frugt end kaffe og indeholder noget friskt.
Syrlighed og sødme i skøn symbiose i smagspaletten! Masser af smag af den gode gær. Uhm, denne øl er lige efter min smag... Middel kulsyreindhold. Lang halvsyrlig eftersmag. De Dolle har gjort det igen: givet en fantastisk øloplevelse!
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obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark as night w/thick big mocha head. Nose of cappucino, chocolate, molasses, carmel and a belgian fruitiness I attribute to the yeast. Med-Heavey weight with light sweetness and drying finish. Chocolate, cherry, vanilla, coffee, and slight bitterness mixed with raisen quality. WOW, well balanced, soft and carressing. Awesome beer!
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.10.04 330ml bottle given for my birthday from a non-beergeek aunt, wooo-hoooo!! Black chocolate hued brew under a giant head of hefty bubbles. Very fruity aromas waft about the room as the head dissipates and I note pineapple and vanilla before my face even gets near the glass. Especially fruity for a stout, and yeasty as all get-out with leather and prune aromas. Absolutely knee-buckling delicious from the first sip; I shed a tear, but that might have been the tingle of eff that got me. Concorde grape, leather, tobacco, anise, vinous, dry. Not terribly stouty, but so so tasty. Complex. Very boozy, late choco hints. Oddly, I finish this brew feeling like Iím missing something. Huh. But still, Yum. Yum. Yum.
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was blown away by this beer. A Belgian stout??? What!?? By far one of the best beers and exciting beverage experiences I have had in awhile. Pour a deep charcoal black with colossal amounts of head. Exquisite feel in the mouth with chocolate, spicy, and too many other flavors to write. De Dolle always puts out motivating brews and I will continue to buy every new beer I see from them.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
head, frothy foamy fresh, yes chocolate,, toasty and cool i like, a great dersert drink looks like chocolate syrup belgium is the fins ish
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a very dark and somewhat murky brown-black color, even a gentle pour provides a huge brown head of foam. Nice lacing. Bready fruity and roasted malt in the aroma.
Full of roasted malt and alcohol in the initial sip. Lots of bold flavors: chocolate and coffee and raisin and toffee . Great coffee-then-chocolate in the finish, initially bitter then sweet in the aftertaste. Then it is grainy and toasted and roasted malt. Now a kahlua flavor lingers and lingers. Almost full bodied, exceptionally smooth, with a great carbonation bite.
Served at cellar temp in a Belgian goblet. Awesome beer, with the most complex finish I have ever had the pleasure to experience.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was intrigued to see this; a Belgian stout?! The beer poured almost black with a huge aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate, with a bit of that Belgian candy sugar as well. The taste is chocolate, with coffee and nut characteristics thrown in. An incredibly well-crafted brew whose smoothness belies both the power and the alcohol content of the beer. De Dolle is one of my favorite breweries, and this does not the least bit disappoint.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black iodine w/ a huge frothy expansion. Read retention is forever finally receding to a full rocky canopy and thick, sticky lace. Aromas of Belgian granite and mildly sweet roasted malts. Medium full nectar w/ expansive, pillowy soft effers. Extreme roasted coffee flavors w/ a defined pungent souring hits me smack in the face. Oddly enough the sour component isnít offenive at all, just very surprising. I can feel it on the back sides of my tongue. The roast componenet is so pronounced I canít taste much of anything else at this point. Nuances of bitter cocoa, dried dark fruits, bubblegum dust essence, cassis, black currant. The hops really stand out. As the brew warms the flavors really start to come forward. The sour turns to tart black cherries and unerripened stone fruit. Fairly dry if only fainty fruity. The finish is long w/ a heavy bittering. Well balanced. Overall: this brew is very strongly flavored featuring over cooked coffee, dried dark fruits, and underripened stone fruits. Drinks much better as she warms. A nice treat. Highly recommended.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HUGE head, had to let it settle several times before I could pour the whole bottle. Very dark with frothy chocolate head. Aroma is of strong chocolate and coffee malts. Flavor starts sweet with lots of chocolate and tones of coffee. Gives way to a strong berry/cherry flavor and turns lightly bitter with a lasting chocolate/cherry finish. Very very good beer, very complex and lots of flavor with an excellent creamy mouthfeel.