RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Named in honor of the doggy denizens of Brussels, this hybrid beer is a mix of what we love best in a big, roasty stout, but fermented with a Belgian yeast, which brings out a beautiful, fruity nose.
This relatively new sub-style combines Belgian, American and English influences to create a beer whose total is more than equal to the sum of its parts. Heres how Zinneke breaks down and adds back up. Start with a strong stout. This is the Big Beer Series after all then Belgianize it by altering the grain bill and fermenting the wort with a Trappist yeast strain. We backed off the heavy caramel and roasted malts to create a more complimentary flavor profile for the yeast, which contributes fruity esters and a light body. These parts combine to create a beer with dark color and light body with prevalent flavors of dark fruits, vanilla and toffee, while subtle chocolate flavors appear in the finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5404) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2013
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours dark brown with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of spicy yeast, bourbon, some roasted malts, chocolate, and floral hops. Flavor about the same, with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. A pretty good beer, but not the best of its style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7489) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small foamy tan head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was dryish malted milk, a bit of toasty malts and port wine. The flavor was dryish toasty malts with molasses, malted milk, wood, and a boozy presence. Medium length dry woody and roasty finish. Thin mouthfeel. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle shared by Matt. Thanks! Pours deep brown-black with a dark tan head. Nose is way better than I expected. Banana laffy taffy and rich chocolate/roast. Somehow this works. Light caramel, low phenols, mostly just fruity esters. On tasting, big roast to go with the fruitiness. Medium sweetness and drying finish. A big beer with some odd stuff going on but pretty interesting overall. I like this one for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7595) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
My bottle [660ml] shared with GregClow, jerc & mabel. Pours a dark reddish-brown with an average size semi-lasting beige head. Slightly sweet aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee and light leafy hops. Flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and coffee. Just hints of wood and vanilla in there. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
tap. pleasant imperial stout malt character. some dark chocolate. plum. fruity belgian yeast is a bit peculiar. touch of vanilla. bourbon is faint. decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
2013-03-28. Very dark brown body with a small tan head. 3+ Dryish cocoa and chocolate, sweet dark malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, Ovaltine like dusty cocoa character. Sweet lingering finish, bit of vanilla, whispers if wood. Smooth average plus palate is softly carbonated and just a bit light for the beer overall. 3+ Enjoyable. Bottle shared by BlankBoy.

"Each of them was sort of the back door pilot."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Aroma bananas laffey taffy. Flavors bananas, lactic, vanilla, maple, weird. Med bodied. Odd banana bomb!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2579) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle pour opaque brown/black. Nose of roast, but also floral, cherry, and Belgian yeast. Tastes of bubblegum esters followed by chocolate, and roasted malt. Some tannin from the wood, followed by bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (2485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2013
At Jerrys in Andersonville. A decent imperial stout but all the traditional flavors were to reserved. Kick all flavors up one notch but keep the nice smoothness. Serving: Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
22oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with red highlights and a two finger brown head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is definitely that of a Belgian-style stout...roasted malts, coffee and chocolate paired with dark fruits and a strong yeast presence. The bourbon barrel impact is quite mild, mostly just picking up notes of the oak and not much more. Very good overall strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, Belgian yeast. Nice to see the barrel come through more here, but still mild overall compared to other barrel-aged stouts. Somewhat sweet, minimal bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Pretty good, but Id prefer their regular Imperial Stout, to be honest. Nice balance of Stout and Belgian characteristics, could have used more barrel influence.

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