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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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. We set aside a portion of the batch to age in bourbon barrels to allow the stouts chocolate and caramel flavors to marry with the woods natural vanilla and toastiness. The final blend pairs well with both savory dishes and your favorite desserts.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a near black body, medium size retentive off brown, tan head. Aromas of licorice, marshmallow and milk chocolate, estery, dried raisins, chalky roast, mild oak and maple. Fudge. Flavors are woody, chalky, roasted nuts, bitter and ashy roast, char, barrel, mildly thin, tobacco, nutty. Mild yeast. Rustic. Honestly a bit bland and light on barrel. Quite dry, roasty, nutty coffee, medium-low body. Fuller carbonation

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2454) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, faint ruby highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose and flavor is chocolate, hints of caramel and bourbon. Bottle conditioned 2012, $6.79 for a 22oz bottle from Bertís Better Beers Hooksett, NH

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (2968) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
An average beer. Aroma was nice. Strong bubblegum and Belgian yeast with not much else. Pour was a dark brown/near black with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was not very full. Mostly Belgian yeast with notes of dark roasted malt and a heavy wood flavor. As it warmed the wood became more pronounced but could not detect any notes of bourbon which was disappointing. Nice carbonation rounds the beer out.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3222) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bomber poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer snifter. Pours very dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, Belgian yeast, chocolate, oak, vanilla and some alcohol. Roasted malt flavor with some chocolate, Belgian yeast and some alcohol. The barrel hasnít really added much and I donít get much, if any, of the bourbon. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but I was hoping for much more influence from the bourbon barrels.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Pours black with small head. Aroma wood, stone fruits, alcohol, chocolate. Taste mirrors aroma mostly strong on sweetness, bourbon, lively on tongue. Dry sweet malt, chocolate sticky finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Advocate_Ames (491) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2013
An interesting scent. I picked up on dark fruit, roasted malts, wood, vanilla, sweet bourbon, and chocolate. As for taste, the yeast and charred wood stands out. The malts follow those notes and a slight bourbon flavor with a very minimal sweetness appears. The sweetness could be caramel, fruit, or sugar. Either way it barely shows up and sticks around. The finish leaves a malty taste in my mouth which isnít bad. There is a low to a medium bitterness in this drink. Overall the Zinneke is not a home run but it is enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Dark brown with beige head. Aroma roasted malt, mocha. Medium full body, small alcohol presence. Flavors toasty malt, caramel sweetness, touch of wood and dark fruits. Nothing particularly wrong, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4419) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Hot grape and prune aroma, weak. Mahogany, medium tan head. Roasty coffee and dark chocolate flavor with plum accents. Bread toast present. Medium body with a coffee finish. Not very sweet, no candi at all, probably overly toasty for the style. A very American take on a Belgian style ale, but delightfully so.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (845) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Tap. Dark brown pour. Smells of wheat, roasted malt and slight chocolate. Tastes like a wheat beer mixed with stout. Very interesting and very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11681) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel and vanilla wood alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.


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