mcberko (17345) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2011
330mL bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours black with a towering, lingering, foamy beige head. Aroma is quite funky for a stout, with high acidity, some hops, light toasted malt and metallic notes. Flavour is also quite metallic, with iodine, burnt malt, lots of yeast, with a stale, metallic finish. I don’t get the ratebeer average for this - stale, metallic and much too carbonated. Not enjoyable. chrisv10 (17329) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2011
Bottle. Black with giant light brown head. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, vinous, bitter, coffee and notes of alcohol. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
Opaque dark brown colour. Lasting light brown head. The aroma is sweet - plummy and fruitcakey with roasty, nutty notes. Rather fizzy, and this distracts the palate from what appears to be good flavour underneath. What I can taste is rich black malt flavour, with hints of roast, toast and hop. There is a lingering roasty bitterness, but this too bows down before Emperor CO2. Sweet flavours, terribly body due to overcarbonation. yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours with a big, foamy beige head, too big actually, and a black body. Chocolate, roasted malt, sugar, berries and a touch of yeast in the aroma. Rather dry, effervescent, slightly warming in the mouth, with flavors of chocolate, dark sugar and some burnt malt. Even though there’s this warming sensation, the flavors of alcohol is well hidden. A nice Belgian stout. (080118) jtclockwork (16470) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle. Gusher. Lost about 10 of the 12 ozs. What was left poured black with a thick brown head. Nose of chocolate malt, vanilla, lactose sweetness and coffee grinds. Taste of rich Belgian chocolate, vanilla, dry coffee and licorice. Medium body.
brokensail (16440) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
A: The pour is dark brown, almost black with a huge brown head which has retained quite impressively.
S: Definitely a nice roasted quality to the nose with some coffee and dark chocolate. Some hints of licorice and dark fruits. Mild earthy and herbal notes to the nose as well.
T: Quite a nice flavor, and significantly sweeter than expected. Quite a bit of licorice to it, some dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Maybe some citrus hops and a definite yeastiness.
M: Medium in body with the carbonation on the high end of medium.
O: Solid beer from De Dolle, who I find to be a fairly hit or miss brewery. Dedollewaitor (16056) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
Almost murky black with fine thick creamy fully lasting white head. Aroma of dark roasted malts. Coffee & chocolate. A vinous sweet aroma as well. Fizzy carbonation - lively mouthfeel. Yeasty dolle feel. Full body. Taste of bitter hops & chocolate. Little liquirice also. This and Ellezelloise Hercule, is without a doubt the two best stouts from Belgium! Really great! FatPhil (15975) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2011 Bottle (ZBF2008) (6:5:7:3:13=3.4)MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2005
Black, small beige head. Toffee aroma. Rich burnt taste - very aromatic hops and winey too. Massive burnt aftertaste.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Aroma is muchos muchos liquorice. Phil gets soy sauce too. It’s aq very rich aroma with a roast motif, certainly. Black, nice head. Remarkably light in the mouth. Quite carbonated, not a surprise considering the source. Nice finish, leaves you wondering how they managed to make a 9% beer so not heavy. Alas, Anna didn’t write any numbers down, she was scribing this one. So we’ll have to wait for the bottle we have at home to get a numerical 2nd opinion.
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Bottle. Sweet, spicy liquorice aroma. Unclear, almost black colour. Very big, stable, creamy, light brown head. Very flavourful, roasted coffee. Also quite fruity and salty. Sweet coffeeish aftertaste, also very bitter. ABV is noticable in the finish, but not very clear before that. Very high carbonation. Benzai (15486) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2011
This was just too much for me. Generally I like stouts, but this is just too much roasted coffee for me.