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

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RATINGS: 1167   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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2007
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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2008
12oz bottle. Been curious to try this, stouts from funky brewers can be sometimes astounding and sometimes wierd and offputting. Nose on this one is amazing. Reminiscent of the Expedition Stout but with a light tart citrus note. Very chocolate with coffee roasty notes. Awesome near black pour with a huge impressive chocolate colored head. Huge retention and terrific lacing. Taste wise I think this is amazing. Up front you get chocolate then tart sour cherry but very light which carries away some of the bitterness the finish is roasty and chocolately with a sweet note and lingering chocolate on the palate. One of the best stouts I’ve had. Up there with Expedition. The one cavaet. This doesn’t have the flavor profile of an imp stout, so the 9% alcohol comes through maybe a little more than it should, if this had been 7/5 or even 8% I think the balance would have been perfection. As it is this is a fanastic beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3281) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pours a deep, barely transparent sable that is chocolaty brown near the bottom of my glass mug. Head is quite thick, light tan and rather persistent. (The head was HUGE with my first pour!) Aroma is smoky with strong coffee and unsweetened chocolate tones as well as hints of malt, hops and even a touch of fruit. Mouth-filling flavor is like fine roast coffee with citrus and nutty hints and touches of unsweetened chocolate and caramel, simply lip-smacking. Texture is thick, smooth and fizzy. A winner!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (2921) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Solid stout. Pretty dry, medium bodied, with a dark appearance. Coffee and licorice dominant, but there is some bread and toffee in there as well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Eclipse black color. Very large sized tan colored head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, fruit, floral and yeasts. A medium to full bodied stout. Malts are coffee, chocolate and roasty. Yeasts are bright and touch funky (must and leather). Interesting beer, it most definitely a stout, but its also definitely Belgian in origin and style. Makes for a very interesting combination. Touch of alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2474) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Black with a maple edge. Signature De Dolle mountainous, climbing mocha foam deposits clingy patches down the sides of the glass as it settles. Roasty, yeasty aroma with notes of bakerís chocolate and dried plums. Bubblegum, coffee, and fresh malt undertones. Quite airy and estery, as well. Fully expansive, creamy carbonation. Soft body. Rich vanilla, doughy yeast commencement coupled with sharp roastiness and a sassy anise/black licorice grab. Vibrant esters of dark fruit, perfume, and phenols add to the complexity. Remarkably concealed alcohol, with the exception of a rummy-sweet and peppery demeanor, which dries it out. Relentless yeast push fuses effortlessly with the complex fresh bready malt flavor. Delicate floral hop kiss and doughy yeast elements minimize the sweetness. Dry, vinous alcohol with a chalky malt tinge and outstandingly placed fruity esters. Ends with a slight leathery astringency crossed with a well-rounded roasty finish. Lingering honts of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and tongue coating yeast. This has an aroma that exemplifies balance, as every single ingredient is evident, but not overly so. Not to mention their enamoring yeast character and stunningly complex, brilliantly restrained malts. Oh my.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Deepest darkest brown, massive tan and lasting head. Yup, what you would expect a Belgian stout to look like. Aroma yeasty, of dark fruit and alcohol warmth. Bit of roast as well. Fascinating flavor, dark fruits play with a very gentle roasted flavor, all enveloped in an alcholic warmth. Note of cherries as well. Very complex. Not for those who dislike alcohol flavors. This stuff is absolutely fantastic. My favorite from this brewer?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Hot damn! Iíve been waiting for something new out of these guys. This tastes like an Imperial Stout, with a ton of fruity and roasty flavors. Tastes strong, but not too bitter. Very nicely done.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9467) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 9, 2005
dark black colour, giant dense creamy and slightly brown-tainted foam, deep and toasty aroma of black chocolate, notes of bread, raisins and cookies, also a touch of alcohol and licorice, oily and creamy mouthfeel, solid malt body, some bitterness before a powerful chocoltey, cookie aftertaste and warming alcohol notes - perfectly made and deeply enjoyable

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Opaque brownish black beer, with humongous dense light-tan head like the froth on a good espresso except, as I said, humongous.Aroma of yeast, dried fruit, some slight alcohol, and an inexplicable woodiness. Flavor is full of dried fruit and some chocolate, with a typical Belgian yeast funk and grassy hops that contribute little bitterness. I taste suprisingly little roast or alcohol. Voluptuously full-bodied. By far the best beer Iíve had in a while.


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