Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Foreign Stout
Diksmuide, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Of dark almost black chocolate color. Nose: musky, slightly sweet and spicy, Lots of chocolate , coffee and some hazelnut notes on the palate intermingling with notes of licorice. Very lively on the tongue! It finishes with a dry explosion of black espresso flavors.

Special Extra Export Stout Notes:
Malts: Roasted malts, chocolate malt, pale malt, caramel malt
Hops: Nugget; Yeast: De Dolle Arabier yeast; Others: Dark candy sugar
Alc./vol.: 8.0% Orig. Gravity: 1087
IBU: 50 EBC: 190

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - APR 19, 2006
huge brown head and dark brown. a stout? certainly doesnt smell like it. a whiff of sour yeasty aroma followed by note of chocolate. the flavor is stouty though, creamy and smooth. funny that the best offer from de dolle is a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
Pours a dark black with a thick rocky head that thins a little bit and lasts the duration of the beer. Big whiff of alcohol burns my nose(wow),roasted malt and a touch of belgian yeast also noted. The taste is a mouthful of coffee, chocolate and alcohol with a big finish of bittering hops, a bit of sour is also detected and some spicy belgian yeast.Finishes quite dry. I wonder what a few years of cellaring could do for this?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
Bottle into tulip glass, The Friday imperial stout tasting, summer 2005. Brown in the glass with a large and mostly lasting creamy tan head. Some floaties of something (yeast?). Brown sugar, caramel and banana smells. Brown sugar on the flavor too as the main malt sweetness; the chocolate flavors are slight, this is about more subtle malt tastes, like malted milk and a light caramel. Acid late in the swallow, dry alcohol finish, soft carbonation all the way through. Late in the finish the acid and roast emerge in a kind of tang. Really well-made beer. Wasnt an imperial, but it was a nice change of pace during the tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - APR 16, 2006
Aroma: Sour, Spicy and Floral with some faint roastiness Appearance: Dusty brown to black with a large lasting tan to light brown head Flavor: Open with flavor of roasted grains and coffee (these were not apparent in the nose) the sour and spicy elements show up with great restraint Palate: Sightly spritzy, Roasty toasty flavors finishing dry (dangerously drinkable) Overall: Expect the unexpected, a Belgian Stout very unique and uncommon. I really like to surprise in the sense that for an a such a big beer it is surprisingly light. The aroma is not what you expect from a stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (10126) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle. The huge gusher out of the glass as I pour requires evasive action. Why do I never remember that their beers always do that *before* I start pouring? Black body with a huge billowy dark khaki head. Aroma of acidic dark fruit, muted malt and very slight notes of dark bitter chocolate. Acidity doesnt really carry over to the flavour, where lots of sweet fruity malt dominates. Light bitterness and a hint of tang in the finis. Very little roast character suits me fine since I usually dont care for it. Medium palate is fairly effervescent. The alcohol is not very noticable in the flavour but it leaves its mark by drying out the mouth and warming the throat a little bit. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2006
Amen! This is sex in a bottleengaging and sultry in every plush, warm sensory offering it makes. Beer pours a nearly opaque, very dark reddish-brown color with a large, frothy, tan mostly diminishing head. The aroma is amazing: malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, moderate notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee; Hoppy with a light note of resin/pine; Yeasty with heavy notes of damp basement and light bread dough and plastic/band-aid; miscellaneous debris includes light notes of raisin and moderate notes of top soil and wonderfully colorful spicy alcohol. The ABV is well tucked away, though. The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately bitter with a long, tummy-warming, moderately bittersweet finish. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark with a three-four finger thick light brown head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted malts, citrus, fruit, belgian spices. Flavor is mildly carbonated, sweet, citrusy, spicey, roast, caramel, slight chocolate notes. Good body, great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2006
From bottle

Big gusher, even before I got the bottle cap off. Dark pour. opaque. Huge brown foamy head that filled almost the whole tulip glass. Carbonation huge! I waited almost 10 minutes for the head to go down, it looked like an Island formed in the middle of the glass. Nice lacing on glass. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee with light fruity notes. Flavor of oranges and coffee. Very interesting. As it warmed the alcohol was noticeable as well as more coffee and slight chocolate notes came forth. Full bodied with a sandy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle, Lowlander, Covent Garden: With my London guide, Duff. Black with a thick brown head. Slightly minty, orange aroma notes over a solid roasty base. In the mouth this explodes with big bitter coffee, roasted blackness, and a fiery alcoholic punch. It really penetrates every part of the mouth, yet somehow in a light, fuzzy way, like fairy-floss. Huge length, though if anything a little overcarbonated. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Muddy brown with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, some coffee, nuts, and citrus notes. Flavor is some coffee, slight chocolate, hints of dark fruits, and sweet malts. Lively carbonation creates a fizzy mouthfeel.

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