Charbon | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jeffo on 05-01-2012

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 80
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark, dark mahogany pour with two finger caramel colored head with great retention and incredible lacing. The nose is totally dominated by the smoke. There are subtle roasty cocoa notes, but you really get very little of the vanilla. The taste follows suit initially with the smokey roasted malt dominating. But as it warmed, it really opened up quite a bit. Hints of cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, and finally, the vanilla. This is definitely a beer that needs to be served at the proper temp. The mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy, but perhaps a tad bit thin in the body, with a nice subtle dry, bitter finish. I tasted this beer at the brewery when it was really young. In fact, the bottles weren't even labeled yet. The vanilla was crazy dominant and there was very little smoke. It's changed quite a bit from then. Once it opened up, this was a damn good beer. I wish it would have retained a bit more of the vanilla bean, but it's still very solid.

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Photo of MoohMooh
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black, with a three-finger tan creamy head that turns into a nice layer of foam, light lacing. It smells sweet; there's milk chocolate, some coffee and a touch of vanilla. The whole thing is a bit boozy but not overly so. Tastes very roasty and smokey, lots of coffee, some chocolate and vanilla; a bit spicy and slightly bitter. Body is light and a bit prickly.

Oh Charbon, where have you been all my life? This is absolutely terrific.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Bentotheallen
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antyk
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dtx00
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Bung
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. Descently black pour, thin frothy layer of very light tan.

Aroma, mild roast, more milk chocolate and vanilla. Kind of subdued. Some smoked earth.

Taste, Some roast malt, dark chocolate. An herbal hop note that comes off a bit cardboardy. Fades into a fresh ground coffee, like chewing on some coffee grounds. Burnt toast?
My god that is an acrid ashy ass finish. Eases as it warns a bit, releasing more vanilla and chocolates. Still pretty roasty.

Not quite medium body, carbonation a tad on the high side. Abv is hidden, but this is pretty unbalanced to the roast and bitter side for a milk stout.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22.4 ounce bottle, best before end of January 2014. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with some ruby red tints, along with an inch and a half frothy tan head that stays around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is nice, it smells like roasted and smoked malt, vanilla and some chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, however I think the vanilla and roasted malt flavors are dominant, and the smoked malt is light in comparison. Mouthfeel/body is on the light side of medium, it seems a bit thin, but it's also easy enough to drink. Moderate carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, at $9.99 a bottle I'll likely buy it again in the future.

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Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of n2185
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of benlhoest
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of desint
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emincems
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass, with a fine two finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, light lactose, milk chocolate, mild coffee. Flavor of milky toasted malt with a hint of char, cocoa, light coffee and vanilla. Finish is toasted malt with light smokiness and a light grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice, moderately flavored milk stout with some earthiness and smoke that doesn't develop completely until the finish. This gives it a good flavor progression from sweet lactose maltiness into a deeper, smokier, charred finish. The smoke and char are reserved, but add good character. An enjoyable milk stout.

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Photo of GThreepwood
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of smoked malts in the nose. Hints of vanilla beans also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light to moderately strong flavors of smoke along with some hints of vanilla beans and bitterness. As the beer warms up, the vanilla becomes a little more evident and the taste also becomes a little sweeter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink because it is relatively light-bodied compared to other stouts; however, a little heavier mouthfeel could make the taste more interesting.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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