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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
2013-03-28. Very dark brown body with a small tan head. 3+ Dryish cocoa and chocolate, sweet dark malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, Ovaltine like dusty cocoa character. Sweet lingering finish, bit of vanilla, whispers if wood. Smooth average plus palate is softly carbonated and just a bit light for the beer overall. 3+ Enjoyable. Bottle shared by BlankBoy.

"Each of them was sort of the back door pilot."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Aroma bananas laffey taffy. Flavors bananas, lactic, vanilla, maple, weird. Med bodied. Odd banana bomb!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2183) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle pour opaque brown/black. Nose of roast, but also floral, cherry, and Belgian yeast. Tastes of bubblegum esters followed by chocolate, and roasted malt. Some tannin from the wood, followed by bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (2238) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2013
At Jerry’s in Andersonville. A decent imperial stout but all the traditional flavors were to reserved. Kick all flavors up one notch but keep the nice smoothness. Serving: Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
22oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with red highlights and a two finger brown head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is definitely that of a Belgian-style stout...roasted malts, coffee and chocolate paired with dark fruits and a strong yeast presence. The bourbon barrel impact is quite mild, mostly just picking up notes of the oak and not much more. Very good overall strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, Belgian yeast. Nice to see the barrel come through more here, but still mild overall compared to other barrel-aged stouts. Somewhat sweet, minimal bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Pretty good, but I’d prefer their regular Imperial Stout, to be honest. Nice balance of Stout and Belgian characteristics, could have used more barrel influence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (1032) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
(bottle) Pours black/brown with long-lasting tan head. Nice aroma of Belgian yeast, malts and some floral notes. Flavors or roasted malt, Belgian yeast and some oak and alcohol. A good fireside beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle from Market Square. Black pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, toasted bread, fruity yeasts, ash, earth, roasted malts, oak and light chocolate. Fruity yeasts up front fading into bitter sweet chocolate, ash, oak, with some chalkiness coming in through the finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5678) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2013
22oz bomber courtesy of Anndiesel. Burgundy caramel brown-black body, oily beige head. Huge chocolate caramel taste, quite thick and sugary. Really unique with the fruity undercurrents of the Belgian yeast. The moderate ABV helps spotlight the big, rich malt and barrel flavors. Some Caribbean Stout tendencies but way better in quality. Captures the essence of an odd style, the Belgian Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with big, foamy, cappuccino brown head / Mild, medicinal nose of toast, coffee, and cocoa / Medium to full body, a touch thin, some chewiness, acidic, very hoppy to point of astringency, with bitter finish / Flavors of burnt coffee, grass, bittersweet chocolate, banana, and prune / Lacks the fruit and body expected of an imperial. More of the character of a regular stout; however, as mentioned, the dryness is a little out of balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Decent head of varying sized and sloppy bubbles. Roasted grains, grapes, sweet malts and some licorice and molasses. Color is a very dark brown. Lively in the mouth. Complex flavor with some smoke, roasted grains, vanilla, light butterscotch, raisins and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is pretty smooth and the abundant flavors present minimize the roastyness in the brew which is a good thing. Minor dryness and a hint of tartness at the finish. I am really enjoying this brew. Another very good beer from Smuttynose.

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