Charbon - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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4.21/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
05-25-2014 14:15:53 | More by dcmchew
3.56/5 rDev -0.8%
A vanilla smoked stout. The beer pours a black color with a settling head. The foam leaves a small layer of foam on the side of the glass.
The smell is mainly roasted with notes of black malt. The vanilla is more pronounced as the beer warms. The smoke is light and only adds a smokey smell.
The taste is quite roasted, a typical black malt taste. The bitterness is clean and adds a nice balance to the roast. The vanilla is not very apparent.
11-15-2013 21:19:15 | More by Absumaster
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Nice smooth pour, less head than expected. Subtle aroma - I was expecting more of a vanilla extract strength but not the case. The taste was full of smokiness and vanilla but didnt taste like dessert. It had a great non-syrupy finish which is unique for a dessert beer. I really liked this one. I think I'll have another!
08-01-2013 02:27:43 | More by SteveTheDog
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Big puffy tan head over chocolate black with ruby highlights.
Smoke, cocoa nibs, peat, cranberry and meat juice on the nose - complex.
Char, blackberry, slight peat, slight iodine, and gentle roasty bite.
Full, chewy, silky.
Smooth and round. Good body, not overly sweet, and not the usual chocolate-coffee stout dichotomy. Smoke did kinda kill the vanilla, though.
Still, best of this brewery.
06-15-2013 22:02:08 | More by StJamesGate
4.18/5 rDev +16.4%
Best before June 2014
Pours an opaque dark brown almost Coca-Cola color but darker in the glass. A one finger frothy tan head tops the beer, slowly recedes leaving heavy lacing. Sweet malty smells are slightly over powered by smoke and a splash on vanilla. First sip is more smoky than vanilla but pretty darn balanced. The body like most De Dochter’s is very thin but it is perfectly carbonated and quite tasty so I can live with the thin body. A very tasty yummy beer indeed.
05-06-2013 23:38:33 | More by ATLbeerDog
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.79/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured from a 660ml bottle into a straight pint glass and topped up.
Pours a dark brown, verging on black colour, with an off-white head.
Smells sweet, roasted and malty, with a hint of vanilla.
Tastes of roasted malts - quite sweet and dry on the finish, with a slight hint of vanilla lingering in the background.
Overall quite a nice stout, simple and easy going without being too plain and 'balanced'.
03-21-2013 19:53:46 | More by CwrwAmByth
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Smoky and sweet, both in a stout. I'm prepping my knee for a potential proposal if this first date works out as well in reality as it does in my expectations. This stuff pours a murkily deep black-brown topped by a couple fingers of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, beech smoke, dark molasses, cocoa powder, and a hint of vanilla bean in the background. The taste emphasizes the smoke, which seems to drown out the sweeter portions, but melds with the roasty ones. Some dark chocolate powder still pokes through, but the vanilla is utterly demolished. An unfortunate result of this smoke focus is a sharp phenolic bitterness that pervades the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. It's not enough to completely ruin the tasting experience, but it does sound a sour note. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, though I'm not immediately putting a ring on this beer, I will say that our relationship is generally a good one. I wish the smoke and sweetness could exist more genially, but at least, as it stands, the two aren't exactly actively battling it out on the tongue. Instead, the smoke just cuckolds the rest. Again, it's not optimally pleasant, but it really isn't all that bad, either.
01-28-2013 04:55:34 | More by TMoney2591
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
66cl Bottle: shared with the wife and Doug (an American chap from near Boston) on 20 Oct 2012 @ The Diester Bierfestival.
Dark brown body with a lightly tanned, creamy head of foam.
The nose and taste were of dark chocolate and burnt coffee beans, couldn't find any vanilla, the burnt esters overshaddowed anything that wasn't equally as powerful and nothing else was!
Rich enough but a little drier than I thought a 'Vanilla Stout' should be: enjoyed it, but moved on fairly quickly and the beer was easily forgotten, my notes being my only sour of information. I usually have some thoughts about a beer to add when I transfer from book to web-page, sadly I don't really remember much about this at all (and I wasn't bladdered either).
11-20-2012 13:08:37 | More by BlackHaddock
Charbon from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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