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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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.

JMerritt's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1898) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Dark chocolate brown with a thin, bubbly light-brown head. Nose has fruity overtones (figs, raisins) atop brown sugar, molasses, light char, graham cracker pie crust and caramel candies. Flavor has a surprisingly strong bittersweet cocoa flavor up front with some lightly astringent burnt coffee. Alcohol is noticeable in the middle and finish. As it warms a bit, I can pick up some toasted grains and light oak notes amongst the rich dark malts - grilled banana starts popping up in the nose as well. Overall, I found this leaned a bit too much towards the harsh, burnt cocoa and heavy roast that - by itself - isnít necessarily bad, but doesnít seem to mesh well with the Belgian yeast. Share with a few friends on some cold winter night - a bomber was a bit too much (flavor-wise) for me, personally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (9815) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
Some interesting aromas, however not delivering. A dry stout with syrup. Not very drinkable. My first? Smuttynose drainpour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1243) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Pours black with a tall, tan head. Aroma is of well-roasted malts, roastyness, nuttiness, spice, cloves, and oak. Full bodied. Flavor is of roasty, toasty, and chocolaty malts, dark fruits, some spice, Belgian yeast, cloves, and oak barrels Leaves an oaked Belgian stout finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2015
22oz bottle. Very glossy black pour with no head. Aroma is rich and earthy. A little smokey. Flavors are not sweet or sticky. A touch alcoholic, but not bad. Tough to place, which I suppose fits with its mixed heritage. Not really noticing the begian yeast, but the stout and barrel character come through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1516) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark and thick. Not much of a head. Smells wonderful. Chocolates and coffee, dark fruit, creamy vanilla. Taste is alcohol, coffee, vanilla, chocolates, dark fruit. Yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (5457) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2015
(Bottle, 0.65 l, at laitiís, 20150613) The beer poured very dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, molasses and yeast. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, yeast, bread, grass and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and mildy bitter. A nice malty brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (11497) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 25, 2015
660ml bottle - thanks VastActiv! (6:4:6-:4-:11=3.1--)
Ruby glints, tiny head. Aroma has some mushrooms. Sweet and sticky body. Both drying and sweet. Nutty sweet and messy taste. What is this? (Apart from a bit of a weird mess, that is.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (4203) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 21, 2015
650ml bottle @laitiís, thanks. Dark brown color. Tiny to almost no head. Malty, hops, sweet, roast, sweet notes in aroma. Roasted malts, sugar and chocolate in taste. Sweet roast in aftertaste. Way too sweet for me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (4057) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle 0.65l at Laitiís, Helsinki. Thanks to Jow! Colour is black with very small head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts. Quite fruity easy imp stout. Nice drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
65 cl bottle @ home
Aroma has licorice, cardboardy tones and some licorice. Flavour has herbal tones, licorice root, sweet toasted sugary tones and mild milk-coffee tones. Too sweet and sticky but not that bad. Does not feel like an IS, close to a sweet stout. Pairs well with Marie cookies.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rougeau13 (2237) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Dark clear cola colored with a tan head. Aroma of banana, bubblegum, and roast. Taste is roast and bubblegummy yeast. Itís a bit off-putting and cloying. Medium bodied. Not thrilled, at all.

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