Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Wow what a different beer. Extreme crispness that is sour and lip smacking, which is bizarre for a black, higher abv imp stout. Lots of fruit-skins in this one. Plum skin, cherry skin, apple skins, but the blackness of the beer comes through with roasted chocolate midway through the sip to mute the sprites of tart fruits. This one had a particularly harsh carbonation to it that would prevent me from drinking many in a single evening, but the price and abv would do the same as well, right? witthatsbier (566) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2010
pours lively with large head,nose is grainy with notes of dark chocolate and coffee,flavour starts sweetish then quickly becomes dry with chocolate and coffee flavours and a slight hint of sour,full bodied and with a long dry finish TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 From a 330ml bottle purchased at Torrence Liquors in Calumet City IL.ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2007
The malt and residual sugars impart a surprisingly sweet fruity aroma for what turns out to be a relatively dry stout; a touch of alcohol in the aroma as well. Pours a dark reddish brown with a fair amount of suspended sediment. Huge pale tan head forms when pouring and eventually dissipates, leaving tightly-packed lace on the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom. For all the dry roast flavor this beer contains, it is impossibly smooth to drink thanks to the characteristically Belgian candy-sugar sweetness. The same familiar Belgian hop and nutty yeast flavors that are found in classics like Delerium and Duvel find their way into this truly unique stout that is a loving tribute to the British Isles original while remaining characteristically Belgian. The theoretically divergent features of classic Belgian ale and British stout work surprisingly well together. Of course, one can count on a solid brewery like De Dolle to pull it off. This is my favorite "standard" stout yet.
HUGE head, had to let it settle several times before I could pour the whole bottle. Very dark with frothy chocolate head. Aroma is of strong chocolate and coffee malts. Flavor starts sweet with lots of chocolate and tones of coffee. Gives way to a strong berry/cherry flavor and turns lightly bitter with a lasting chocolate/cherry finish. Very very good beer, very complex and lots of flavor with an excellent creamy mouthfeel. Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2008
11.2 oz bottle, 2007. Pours dark opaque brown color with an active large micro bubble khaki head. Nose is of dark chocolate, red fruits and dark malt. Initial mouthfeel is light bodied,with lots of microbubbles. The first sip soars over the mouth with deep initial presence. Mollasses, dark chocolate are the first to be noted before splashing into the deep roasted malts. Mid palate display the red fruits from the aroma. Finishing with chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Minor bitter hop presence. Carbonation as you went on started to become a little harsh. Mild stickiness after the finish. Palate duration is above average. Alcohol is masked decently well. Good head retention. Enjoyable.
Moolesen (558) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Black with a brown head. Coffee nose which also is very present in the mouth. Very high carbonized. Disturbing., simple too much. After some rest I tasted it again, and now the chocolate and coffee flavours are much better. Medium length. Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - JAN 23, 2017
Imperial stout dai chiarissimi e sentori di cacao, cioccolato, caffè e liquosori. Leggermente acida e più scorrevole di quanto si pensi. Molto bella all’aspetto, non particolarmente intensa però al naso. Handypaul (552) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle at Novari Res. Pours black with a lasting creamy beige head but leaves only a bit of lacing, Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee in that order. Medium to thick body, average carbonation, medium to heavy sweet, light bitterness in taste, oily texture and a dry bitter and sweet finish. Excellent. JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle from trade with Boutip. Thanks Phil!
Pours a rich dark brown color with a monster tan head that last forever. Aroma is of sweet malts and fresh bread dough then you get a wiff of the fermented fruit. Taste is of malt and spices. Finishes with a bit of a dry hop flavor. Nice complex brew.
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Courtesy Knightly Spirits. Pours dark chocolate with a huge 2-inch brown head with staying power. Absorbing, foamy lace. Strong dark fruit, caramel, and oak on the nose. Mmmm...toasty malts in the mouth with more fired oak, subtle coffee and Fantome-esque funk, slight acidic finish. High carbonation and full bodied. The rounded mouthfeel is balanced and satisfying. Great beer. I like these sour stouts like Jolly Pumpkin’s Madrugada Obscura. Nice work.