arhythmt (69) - Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Very much like Old Rasputin to my palate, which might be totally wrong but that’s what it tastes like to me! Lots of alcohol flavor, roasted malt with a hint of walnut or chestnut at the end of a long finish. Not bad, but a little strong tasting. Very warming! Not much of a head on this one; surprisingly the head was pale and relatively white on this stout. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Even their stout has a huge head; a big very dense mocha wonder. The aroma is medium sweet, cookies, roasted malt, and nuttiness. The flavor is a huge hit of alcohol that is somewhat tempered by roasted malt and sweetness, but alcohol is a major part of the story. Medium dry body. The apperance and aroma are both very good, but the alcohol presence in teh flavor is a bit over the top. Still though, a decent beer, though not up to De Dolle’s usual standards. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Bottle, thanks Joe M.! Pours pitch black with a HUGE initial tan head before finally settingly down and producing outstanding lace. The aroma has notes currants, apple, pear, mild mocha and coffee tones, a very much a dusty yeast esters. Moderate phenols detected as well. The taste starts with a noticeable hit of alcohol, mild burn and a bit harsh. Once you get pass that there are plum and pear flavors, subdued roasted malts, a hint of mocha before finishing with a smack of bitters and smoke. The feel is quite lively (one can say, overcarbonated), sharp, harsh, and quite dry. This is one stout that truly needs some aging to mellow it out and take off the edges. Buy two, try one now and let the other cellar for a year or three. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2005
bottle...Incredible amount of head to start! Dark brown pour, head lingers, and lingers, and lingers...looks like the foam on a cappucino. Nice Roasted malt aroma, some chocolate, some metal. Some definate vineous tones to start, also the carbonation reminds me of a barleywine. Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee. Acidic, alcoholic...man this tastes like a barleywine. It is very good, but a lot more carbonation and wine-like flavors than I would have expected from a stout. Maybe an Imperial Stout, but the mouthfeel is way too thin...actually may be too thin for a stout. Again, this tastes great, just not what I expected at all. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Huge foamy dark tan head. Rather sour aroma, with some dark fruit. Muted roast malt flavors, complemented by fig, current, and plum flavors. Finish is slightly musky. Mouthfeel is an even medium.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Dark black beer, aroma is of roasted malt and alcohol. Very sweet taste, with that Belgian yeast in there as well. Licorice is the main flavor I detect. I would prefer more hops in a beer of this type (i.e. American Imperial Stouts are more my speed). JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2004
Dark brown, fully hazy; yellowish head, fast gone. Slightly smoked, faint chocolate nose. Very burnt taste, lots of restsweetness, but mainly burnt-bitter. Full bodied, chewy even. It's a stout on demand. I do not like Belgian stouts in general, so in its' style it's OK. The US may have it. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Thick chewy spice, dark plum alcohol. Thick mouthfeel. Very dark coco - bitter -butter. Long finish. I found this to be a little too carbonated for my taste. Perhaps laying it down for a while will mellow it out a bit. Overall, I found this to be enjoyable. Frank (4225) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Black with a tan head. Nose is roasty, slightly fruity with a hint of alcohol and astringency. Light bodied for the gravity. Spunky carbonation tickles the lips and nose. Flavor is mostly roasty as far as I can tell and is somewhat covered up by the sharp carbonation. Really, to me, this doesn’t taste like much of a stout (not that that’s a problem). It’s definitely more of a strong, Belgian ale. Quite good accept for the all-too-apparent alcohol. lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2004
Nice Soft-style stout with an intens black-brown color and a good creamy light brown head. Fine coffee aroma"s with hints of cakes and roasted nuts. It has a soft burned taste with a medium dry mouthfeel. also touch of coffee and caramel. Good stouty afthertaste with a nice freshness in the end.