thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2007
I was intrigued to see this; a Belgian stout?! The beer poured almost black with a huge aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate, with a bit of that Belgian candy sugar as well. The taste is chocolate, with coffee and nut characteristics thrown in. An incredibly well-crafted brew whose smoothness belies both the power and the alcohol content of the beer. De Dolle is one of my favorite breweries, and this does not the least bit disappoint. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Pours black iodine w/ a huge frothy expansion. Read retention is forever finally receding to a full rocky canopy and thick, sticky lace. Aromas of Belgian granite and mildly sweet roasted malts. Medium full nectar w/ expansive, pillowy soft effers. Extreme roasted coffee flavors w/ a defined pungent souring hits me smack in the face. Oddly enough the sour component isn’t offenive at all, just very surprising. I can feel it on the back sides of my tongue. The roast componenet is so pronounced I can’t taste much of anything else at this point. Nuances of bitter cocoa, dried dark fruits, bubblegum dust essence, cassis, black currant. The hops really stand out. As the brew warms the flavors really start to come forward. The sour turns to tart black cherries and unerripened stone fruit. Fairly dry if only fainty fruity. The finish is long w/ a heavy bittering. Well balanced. Overall: this brew is very strongly flavored featuring over cooked coffee, dried dark fruits, and underripened stone fruits. Drinks much better as she warms. A nice treat. Highly recommended. ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2007
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. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2008
12oz bottle. Been curious to try this, stouts from funky brewers can be sometimes astounding and sometimes wierd and offputting. Nose on this one is amazing. Reminiscent of the Expedition Stout but with a light tart citrus note. Very chocolate with coffee roasty notes. Awesome near black pour with a huge impressive chocolate colored head. Huge retention and terrific lacing. Taste wise I think this is amazing. Up front you get chocolate then tart sour cherry but very light which carries away some of the bitterness the finish is roasty and chocolately with a sweet note and lingering chocolate on the palate. One of the best stouts I’ve had. Up there with Expedition. The one cavaet. This doesn’t have the flavor profile of an imp stout, so the 9% alcohol comes through maybe a little more than it should, if this had been 7/5 or even 8% I think the balance would have been perfection. As it is this is a fanastic beer. Cybercat (5875) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pours a deep, barely transparent sable that is chocolaty brown near the bottom of my glass mug. Head is quite thick, light tan and rather persistent. (The head was HUGE with my first pour!) Aroma is smoky with strong coffee and unsweetened chocolate tones as well as hints of malt, hops and even a touch of fruit. Mouth-filling flavor is like fine roast coffee with citrus and nutty hints and touches of unsweetened chocolate and caramel, simply lip-smacking. Texture is thick, smooth and fizzy. A winner!
ads135 (4701) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Solid stout. Pretty dry, medium bodied, with a dark appearance. Coffee and licorice dominant, but there is some bread and toffee in there as well. frangio89 (3) - ITALY - JUN 5, 2015 does not count
Totally perfect beer, for me. Pheraps, carbonation is too huge. Sweety taste, caramel and chocolate. Grzesiek79 (4314) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 23, 2013
Bardzo dobre piwo tresciwe i przede wszystkim palone i moze troche za slodkie w pierwszej chwili, ale potem przechodzi w dlugi wytrawny finisz i lekko gozki. Piwo niesamowicie wyglada, czarne jak prawdziwy stout, piana bezowa i lekko brazowawa, gigantyczna i drobno pecherzykowa, rosnie w oczach, do konca utrzymuje sie. Polecam milosnikom dobrych stoutow. Tuuker (40) - - SEP 25, 2014
Aroma: sour cherry, tiny bit of sweet malt
Appearance: black, opaque, brown edges, big bubbles settles to thin foam ring
Taste: complex, vaniilla, cherries, chocolate bitterness
Palate: Low carbonation, medium bodied, warming
Overall: Very suprising stout, like mix of flanders red and regular porter, takes some time to finish but offers lots to tastes buds and warms up really nice! 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.