eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2006
oh dear. i suspect this didn’t travel so well from belgium via chicago. smell is all fusels and raisins and overripe esters. in the mouth it’s very fizzy, thin and yeasty-sour with heaps of plums and rough fusels and not much trace of roast or malt at all. pity as I was looking forward to anothe belgian stout after loving hercule 3 and a half years ago. thanks to jokes for the trade! IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Deep and dark with a massive head that only De Dolle can seem to so with such consistency. Aroma of rich roasted malt and plums, a bit of booze, some cocoa. Flavor is roasty with some licorice, plum, and bitter cocoa. Pretty full body with a moderate amount of alcohol warming and a drier finish. Very tasty stuff and I would certainly like to get my hands on another bottle at some point. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Blackish beer with a huge cocoa head. Roasty/chocolaty/sweet malt aroma with a bit of spice. Chocolate and roast flavors with some fruitiness. Not overpowering. Carbonation is way too high. Nice complexity. frylock (1144) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Pours very dark and opaque with a huge kahki colored head. Aroma is yeasty, with some cocoa and hazelnut notes. Fruity yeast esters, plum, and light coffee notes jump out in the flavor. Moderately bitter roasted barley is followed by a big licorice presence in the finish. Chocolate covered espresso beans linger on in the aftertaste. Interesting and enjoyable. anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2006
Pours a dark brown colour. Very big long lasting tan head. Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma. Roasted and a little sweet flavor with lots of coffee notes. Hints of licourice too. Has a nice bitter finish. Lovely.
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2006
[LCRBM] aroma is roasted malts, coffe notes, chocolate, dry spicey yeast, some fruit, prunes, some liquorice, slightly nutty. dry spicey finish. outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Poured from a 33cl to a wesvleteren glass. Gorgeous off-white head and an instantly appreciable nose of dark chocolate and cream. A light floral and bready aroma nodded to the yeast as the first sip revealed a silky mouthfeel and sweet chocolate cake. Infinitely complex and enigmatic this beer is dangerously easy to consume while also demanding much from the taster. jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Pours murky black with thick tan head that is still present as I rate this ten minutes later. Nose is caramel and chocolate with hints of raisin. The flavor begins with roasty malt and chocolate. As the beer warms fruity esters that mainly trend towards dark fruit especially dates, a fairly powerful clove/allspice note, pepper at the end, and a mild vegetal note are all present. Hazelnut or maybe walnut also present. Nice, sticky ongoing mouthfeel. Aftertaste is bitter chocolate. Brilliant. blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of myself. Pours dark brown with a massive foamy lasting light-brown head. Crazy lacing. Aroma of yeast and burnt sugar -- doesn’t smell like a stout at all, more like a Belgian. Flavour’s a little more stout-like, very dry and with lots of alcohol. This was O.K. but there’s no way in hell this is a Stout, not even close. PhillyBeer2112 (2895) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Hmmmm...not sure what to make of this. Yeasty aroma, with a light nutty aroma and a touch of dough. Mainly yeasty. Dark brown color with a huge foaming head. Initially very Belgian in all respects except the very dark color. Light roast and nut flavors initially, but a strong carbonic bite on the tongue. Again very yeasty. Light and clean finish, dry. Doesn’t remind me of a foreign stout at all. Doesn’t remind me of Ellezelloise Hercule either. Seems an over-carbonated dry stout with a strange yeast. Boring in many ways.