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Charbon - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jeffo on 05-01-2012

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 18
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is poured from a bomber into three-quarter sized tasting snifters. It pours out a thin soy sauce color and consistency, and holds a two finger head of medium taupe colored foam. This descends at a medium pace, leaving spotty cords of lacing in its wake. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives fiery smokiness, soured lactic milkiness, dried tobacco leafiness, tart cherry skin, charred barley and roasted black malts, heavy lye soapiness, deeply metallic vanilla extract, biscuity butters, fermented soy, and tamari. Flavors include that same drying, fiery smoke and char, old oak and brass, raw espresso beans, plastic wrap, dense and frothy soapiness wafting curiously off of the vanilla inclusions, metallic and mineral-heavy clay, soured white vinegar acidity, lactic milkiness, chalked cherry fruitiness, candied cashews, bittering cacao powder, dingy coconut husk, heavily roasted coffee and chocolate malts, graphite, sulfur, and white sugar. The body is thinner, and carbonation nears extreme. The latter comes especially hard on the swirl around the mouth, as it foams into waves across the palate. Slurp and smack remain intact, with wet finishing pop. The mouth is left chalky and tightly astringent. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks at a reasonable pace.

Overall, we’ve finally made it back to Connecticut on a trip of leisure to visit friends and family, and decided to raid the cellar. We’ve been meaning to clean out a bunch of boxes, and this was the first one we reached for. It has been a cold, precipitation-heavy winter thus far in the northeast, so we were obviously looking for something dark and warming. To this goal we were not entirely disappointed. You get a ton of roast and smoke (appropriate for a beer named “coal”), but little in the way of vanilla, or any real balancing sweetness for that matter. The age on the beer seems to have killed the vanilla, turning it bitter, plastic, and harshly soapy. Aside from this, the carbonation is over the top, and the body is thin. Ultimately, not wonderful, but not a disaster either. Worth checking out if you’re in the mood and nothing otherwise dark would satisfy you. Just keep in mind it isn’t as sweet as many others in the style.

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3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

l: clear dark brown body, little fine carbonation, brown voluminous head

s: coffee, toffee, little smoke

t: malt, sweet, coffee, balancing clean bitterness

f: medium to thin body, little fine tickling

o: nice Stout that brings a little extra complexity

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with a big fluffy tan head, that visibly decreases to a thin lace and leaves some traces on the glass.
Smells mostly of smoked dark malts, burnt bread crust, dark chocolate and coffee bean. Vanilla is pretty hard to detect, a bit more obvious (still faint tho) later on.
Taste is pretty complex, starting with a bit sour red dark fruit (blackcurrants), coffee acidity and a lactic sourness. Roasted malts follow, with dark chocolate, cocoa powder, ground coffee, and a hint of smoke that anticipates the finish. This is where the smokiness shines: ash, earthiness, dry coffee sediment, smoked wood. The astringency from the start lasts, but gets way in the back and it's barely felt in the finish. Vanilla brings a bit of sweetness also, but it's hard to get it at first, revealing itself just when the beer warms, but still faint (gets more chocolatey and sweeter tho).
Smooth body, medium carbonation, dry finish and the aftertaste isn't too rough, but flavorful. Not a smoke bomb either, just a pleasant amount that enriches the malts.
A tasty smoked stout, with a minimum of the advertised vanilla, but solid enough as it is.

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Charbon from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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