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RATINGS: 220   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike5326 (1495) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Dark brown color almost black, small tan head. Vanilla roasted malt smell. Cream, coffee, alcohol with a hint of bourbon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (1451) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Mild nose, hint of bourbon, aroma reminiscent of a stout. Malty taste, a bit sweet, definite coffee flavor. Palate has hint of bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13508) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bomber from BottleSelect.com. Pours dark brown black with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, smooth dark malt, and darkish fruit. Full bodied, or at least nearly so. Flavor is chocolate, bourbon, smooth dark malt, treacle and something more like dates than plums. Wood is not strong, but present. Actually wood seems to get strong in the finish. As does coffee. There’s a lot going on with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2529) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, & chocolate; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, yeast, chocolate, dark fruit, and some licorice; Nicely balanced; Foreign stout style - good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (3214) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Probably should be listed as a foreign stout. A very belgian yeasty stout with fruityness, candy sugar and spices that dominate the base stout a lot. Decent but not my favorite style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5289) - Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Pretty oxidized, flat, but that might be my fault, good roast malts which is a good sign

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimsRatings (421) - - JUL 22, 2013
From 22oz bottle. Nice mild aroma with definite hints of bourbon. Dark brown with tan head. Fresh taste with plenty of pop - more highly carbonated than most stouts. Cocoa flavors come out as beer warms up. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
boomlvzbeer (1) - Cheshire, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2013 does not count
Not the biggest stout fan. But this was incredible! Very nice scent, Carmel, chocolate, vanilla, with the barrel. Flavor has all of the scents above but finishes with a very distinctive coffee taste. De freaking lish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a clear very dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of big cocoa notes, moderately strong bourbon and mild roast. The taste is nutty, cocoa, bourbon, banana, dark fruits. Medium bodied, quite delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (2210) - - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Nose is chocolate and roasted malt. Taste opens with strong bourbon notes, supplemented by chocolate and roasted malt. Prominent yeast profile. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carb. Solid if unspectacular. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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