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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Named in honor of the doggy denizens of Brussels, this hybrid beer is a mix of what we love best in a big, roasty stout, but fermented with a Belgian yeast, which brings out a beautiful, fruity nose.
This relatively new sub-style combines Belgian, American and English influences to create a beer whose total is more than equal to the sum of its parts. Here’s how Zinneke breaks down and adds back up. Start with a strong stout. This is the Big Beer Series after all… then “Belgianize” it by altering the grain bill and fermenting the wort with a Trappist yeast strain. We backed off the heavy caramel and roasted malts to create a more complimentary flavor profile for the yeast, which contributes fruity esters and a light body. These parts combine to create a beer with dark color and light body with prevalent flavors of dark fruits, vanilla and toffee, while subtle chocolate flavors appear in the finish.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2013
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Smutty seems to get lost in the shuffle these days, which is a shame given how satisfying and modestly innovative their beers can be. Dark, hefty pour certainly looks stout-ish enough, and a potent one at that. Nose is initially rich oaky tannins and chocolate malts, but the yeast becomes quickly evident (and welcome). Not quite as tart as some Belgian stouts can be, just a pleasant fruitiness that both enhances the extant flavors are marks a change from them.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheAlum (6926) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
22 oz bottle shared by Matt. Thanks, dude. Pours a richer deeper blackish brown hue, well hazed and deeper body. Touch of ruby brown glow on the edges. Frothy tannish head atop dies to a filmy ring, laces small. Aromas are banana, caramel, toasty malts and some chocolate. Some gentle roastiness, mellow Belgian yeast, banana and cocoa, carmelization. Tons of Laffy Taffy banana kinda dominates. Initial is a bit more reigned in, cocoa and gentle carmelization. Some firm banana, gentle biscuit and mellow sweetness. Carmleized, a bit toasty. Some estery presence, middle is a bit sweet, toasty and roasty, mellow carmelization, some vanilla, sweetness. A bit toasty, roasty, cocoa. A bit more redeemed, the nose is just huge Laffy Taffy. It tastes better than it smells, offering a touch of complexity. A bit rough around the edges. Meh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2649) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle. Heavy toasted grain for the malt, moderate herbs and dried grass for the hops, earth for the yeast, with aromas of wood and charcoal in the background. Head is small, frothy, light brown with fair and thin lacing with good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, the the long finish is moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy, with a lively carbonation and a sticky and chewy finish. Excellent representation of a Belgian style Imperial Stout. Every bit of rich, full, bold, etc. and all in perfect balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle obtained in a trade, poured into a tulip. Deep brown with a tan head. Nose is fruity banana and chocolate, roast. Flavor is roast, with the odd mix of sweet fruitiness. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7876) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2013
4/8/13. 22oz bottle. Deep brown black pour with a small khaki head that fades and barely laces. Banana and fruity esters all over this bad boy with roasted malts, chocolate, fudge, and marshmallow (BA) - smells like a fucken banana split. Sweet flavor with loads of banana, too much perhaps, and more chocolate, fudge, vanilla, etc. Banana fucken split. But too much banana. Not bad

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2013
Strong sweet fruit malt. Brown color with a small white head. Sweet creamy beginning with a bitter middle getting sweet again in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5260) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2013
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours dark brown with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of spicy yeast, bourbon, some roasted malts, chocolate, and floral hops. Flavor about the same, with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. A pretty good beer, but not the best of its style.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6621) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small foamy tan head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was dryish malted milk, a bit of toasty malts and port wine. The flavor was dryish toasty malts with molasses, malted milk, wood, and a boozy presence. Medium length dry woody and roasty finish. Thin mouthfeel. Disappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle shared by Matt. Thanks! Pours deep brown-black with a dark tan head. Nose is way better than I expected. Banana laffy taffy and rich chocolate/roast. Somehow this works. Light caramel, low phenols, mostly just fruity esters. On tasting, big roast to go with the fruitiness. Medium sweetness and drying finish. A big beer with some odd stuff going on but pretty interesting overall. I like this one for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7172) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
My bottle [660ml] shared with GregClow, jerc & mabel. Pours a dark reddish-brown with an average size semi-lasting beige head. Slightly sweet aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee and light leafy hops. Flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and coffee. Just hints of wood and vanilla in there. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good.


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