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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (11866) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle. I was told that this wasnít from the latest batch. I had to pour this one in shifts. The head was way too overpowering. At first sniff, I could have sworn that this was Trois Pistoles. Dark fruit, mustiness, yeasty ... all the qualities of a great Belgian strong. But, the first sip was something different, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee, hazelnut and a slight tingling from alcohol and licorice (more licorice than alcohol). As it warmed, the aroma backed off the fruit and completely changed to roasty and chocolately. Wonderful transformation. The flavors became more solid as it warmed. It slides down as smooth as anything. Damn! This is one great beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17164) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2005
330ml bottle from the brewery. Dark brown/black with lasting thin dark tan head. This is an absolutely intense stout. Tar, liquorice and bitter dark chocolate on the aromas. God, this is intense. Almost primeval. Mouthfeel has the sour notes of a stout with some carbonation. Finish is like swallowing 200g of dark chocollate in one go. Definitely pleasant but it does feel as though you have been mugged by a lump of bitter chocolate wrapped around a prune brick. One hell of a beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2005
11.2oz bottle poured in a tulip glass. It pours dark, nearly black with a huge thick creamy head. It smells like wet burnt wood and coffee. The head looks like an ice cream float and tastes of licorice and spice. The first taste was a bit metallic so I let it warm up a bit and the flavor really came out. Bitter coffee and toffee ending in a but of a fuel-punch. This beer can give you heartburn! This beer is on par with Lion Stout, which is one of my absolute favorites. The finish is dry and tingely, probably due to the high alcohol. This beer makes me smile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Complex, sweet aroma, huge off-white head that hangs out for a really long time. Dark brown/Black in color. Sweet malty, chocolaty, coffeeish, toasty, roasty, nutty flavors. Iím not a gigantic stout fan, but this is one of the best Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thewolf (12027) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2007 Bottle. Pours a nice opaque black with a big beige head that appears bubbly, but forms a creamy feel. Aroma is wonderful. Initially fruity, berries, then turns a little musky with a chocolate backbone. Quite spritzy in your mouth, but it still manages to feel creamy. Extremely complex flavour. It kind of feels like a saison/lambic while it is in your mouth (fruity and a touch sour), turning into a nice chocolate stout as you swallow. Berries, chocolate, plums, a touch of coffee. Stunning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 The most recent (winter 2007) batch: silky smooth and complex stout, a world apart from the old wine-like recipe, like comparing a Harveyís 2003 to a Yeti. The new one is one of the best stouts Iíve ever had, velvet body with awesome roasted flavors, very dry and bitter and a long finish. After a while, it reveals all kinds of spiciness, cherry, chocolate, cognac. Up there with the best USA (imperial) stouts!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours black with a full foam brown head. Chocolatey and sweet aroma. Taste of coffee, chocolate and cherrys with a dry finsih.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Pours black with a thick, brown-tinged head. The aroma is complex and consists of two-levels: the first that hits me is the deep chocolate and yeast that hits the nose like a wall. The second is the lighter topside, which features the yeasts and light hops... great! Similar to Dogfish Headís stout, but without the DFHís unique yeast character. The flavor is very different from the dogfish head... lots of dry and bitter hops on the front, melting away into burnt caramel, coffee and burnt honey. Very grainy, but still smooth due to the finish. Not too sweet. Aftertaste has lots of dark fruits that leave you dreaming of exotic Lovecroftian lands with strange and beautiful foliage. Really excellent beer... one of the better stouts Iíve ever had.

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