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De Dolle Extra Export StoutDe Dolle Extra Export Stout
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 03-13-2004

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388
Ratings:
569
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What good fun. Destined for Conn. but shipped fresh and direct..to me from Belgium. The label was put on by someone who had too much the night before, badly placed.
Now the beer: An enormous initial head, many moments later..aroma of coffee grinds. But this worked -the malts, the yeast - hand it to the Belgiums.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thick tan and firm tan head.

Rich and sweet Belgian candi sugar nose. Sweet whiskey, sweet carmeled coffee with a little bit of "bright shoe wax" undertones. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is big and rich and medium carbonation. Quite a rich and semi-creamy character.

Flavors are big, rich, assertive and a little unique. Creamy sweet burned toast, maple, toasted carmel, toasted grains all with a sweet carmel, sweet toffee, rich sherry/madera character and finish. Not too heavy and quite pleasant.

Somewhat of a unique character-a bit fresh, acidic and "sweet sour" in character. Likely a good match up with many desserts.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

lots of hype i have in my head around de dolle, all of their beer i have had has been awesome, so i jumped on this when i saw it on sale this week. bottled in february 2013. its a crazy pour, mocha brown airy fizzy head rises up and fills my globe before the beer can, and i lose a few ounces from the bottle gushing out as well. dark brown liquid, not black, and once the head settles, approachable looking for what it is. it has a sharp smell to it, no markers or anything caustic like that, but a tannic tartness, almost dried cherry notes, neat but not what i expected. so much less dark roast, so much more yeast. the flavor too is quite tannic, even pushing acidic. its yeasty for sure too, which i really like in a stout, and really like about de dolle, but its almost in the place of dark grain in this stout, where bitterness and rich roast belongs, i have tangy yeast and mild oxidation. chocolate and ashy bite are there in the finish, but the acidity is a lot, and i dont love it. carbonation is really high for style but i dont mind that at all, it lightens the 9% abv pretty well. overall i like that this is different, but i dont love it on the whole. probably my least favorite beer from these guys so far...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a thick black liquid, the head was almost nonexistent. The smell of the beer was deeply roasted and has a pretty typical Belgian yeast aroma too. The taste of the beer was toasted and burnt with plenty of malt in it. The beer was very dry in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty thick. Overall the beer isn't too bad, there was a lot of clumpy sediment that sank to the bottom. All in all I wasn't too bad, I might drink it again one day.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a huge creamy tan head that took a very long time to die down but never quite went away. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles near the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark malts and dark fruits in the nose; notes of cherries stand out in particular.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of dark sweet malts, sour cherries and bitter chocolate. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a slight bit of creaminess that coats the mouth.
D: The complexity of the flavors makes this beer very unique. I would definitely try this one again. This is a beer that is better sipped.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jeez...there's a lot going on in this beer. Of course it's a bold and agressive stout, but that's just the beginning. Very big roasted and chocolate malts with a solid caramel, nutty flavor. Throw in some lactose for extra sweetness and smoother texture. But then, the Belgian stuff starts. Add some grape, figs, prunes, blackberries, and candy sweetness. Really projects tartness and sourness withouut detracting from the Stout-like character. Strongly stout and belgian from nose to finish. Moderately heavy, without thickening the texture. Strong coffee and berry finish and lingering. This beer was a lot of fun. Reminds me of some great Baltic Porters.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The massive Belgian head tells you right off the bat that this is no traditional stout; the liquid is slightly lighter than the English and American varieties and the lacing is magnificent

Smell: A variety of different tones; the expected malty coffee and chocolate tones but also vanilla, dark fruit and almonds

Taste: Starts out with a bitter chocolate and espresso flavor with a touch of almond; mid-palate, the nutty bitterness expands in a slightly tart, fruity direction; post-swallow, the flavors merge together but a slightly burnt character appears in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated; mouthfeel more like a Belgian than a stout; a lot of alcoholic warmth, too

Drinkability: Interesting and quite satisfying; one of the pioneers of the Belgian stout style; I mis-understood this beer when I first tasted it a few years back but now I think of it as satisfyingly complex

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a super huge bubbly head with excellent retention (maybe even so much retention that I regretted using a tulip glass to poured this beer). Aroma of subtle coffee and chocolate with great malt and Belgian yeast which give this stout its own personal aspect. Another great beer from De Dolle.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled Jan. 2010" printed on cap.

Supercharged billowing head of tan mocha foam, rising in irregular crests and peaks on the surface. Black with mahogany edges where the light passes through. Great retention, head lasts for the duration, with spotty bits of lace around the edges.

Roasty aroma with some estery Belgian yeast notes. Slightly nutty and sweet, but overall dry and slightly muted.

Dark fruit, plum and espresso, fudge brownie. Nutella hazelnut spread. Dry bakers chocolate lends some bitterness that compliments the roasty malt flavor. Aftertaste is dry and earthy, with traces of dark roast coffee. Very effervescent, characteristic of a Belgian stout. A few swirls settle it down, releasing some of the CO2. This was nice to revisit, after having a few times over the years. A unique beer from a unique brewery.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a thick, deep, dark brown color with a thick foamy, tan head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of fruits, like plum, raisin and some apple. It had a caramel malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted fairly spicy for a stout. It had a tart taste, too, maybe some apple flavor. There was a molasses taste with some caramel malt.

M - It was very sharp and quite fizzy, something I've rarely experienced in a stout. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was an interesting take on the style. A little fruit and quite unique.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black no hue or light even when held up to the light with a huge blooming head that went over the glass whoo dont know where that came from.Rich aromas raisin and bitter chocolate really show thru with a tinge of that Belgian yeast lingering,kind of a prickly mouthfeel but the body was quite nice.Flavors are not overly sweet by any imagination bitter unsweetened chocolate and dark roast coffee dominate a touch of earth in the finish rounds this beer out nicely.Not a bas stout the alcohol is well hidden making it quite drinkable,I would buy again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a monstrous, four finger head of medium tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves a moderate film of lacing on the glass.

S - Tart, dark fruit with some sweet notes of dark chocolate and licorice.

T - Black cherries and lightly sour roasted grain up front. More of the roast character comes out in the middle with notes of espresso and bakers chocolate. The beer finishes with grain bitterness, char, licorice, and lingering espresso character.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - As interesting and weird as one would expect from De Dolle. The dark malt mostly has the effect of coloring the yeast character as dark fruit in the aroma, but in the flavor profile it comes out much more forcefully as roast and coffee. There is a bit of harshness in all that roast flavor, but it smooths out in the finish as a little bit of the fruit character comes back in. Definitely better than most Belgian stouts I have tried.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hot sure how old this is, been in the cellar a bit and was on the store shelf for who knows how long.

A ridiculous 1/2 sized pour of head, darker fizzy head rises up, but fades pretty quickly. I have to stop the pour in the middle. The
head is steadied with lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom. The beer is almost pitch black, but not completely.

THe nose has a nice light Belgian stout aroma. Some lighter version of dark malts, a little creamy malt, little roast, touch of chocolate, plenty of Belgian malt aromas, and even a little Belgian yeast fruit. A touch of biscuit and a brown malt like aroma too.

Taste is similar, but darker than expected. Some nice roasty malts, dark black patent I think, plenty more Belgian malts and some sweetness but plenty dry too. Some fruit, but very light. A slight sweet sugar flavor, with a little warming booze and some tingly booze as well. It also has some bitterness from the roasted malts. It finishes mostly dry, but a little sticky feel, and lots of lingering dark malt flavors. It sure is extra stout and dark. Some lingering bitterness from the roast as well.

The mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied with metric ass-loads of carbonation.

The drinkability is slightly lower with the warming and tingly booze, as well as the lingering earthy bitterness. A slight spicy feel to it as well, and it's somewhat thick and syrupy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry with bright orange trim. I expected to see a Belgianesque amount of carbonation and a large, soft, airy cap after the pour, but I didn't expect the beer to be as lucent as your average brown ale. The head looks decent enough, even if it isn't all that sticky and doesn't deposit more than few stray scraps of lace. Note: the final pour results in opacity, a much more fitting look.

Extra Export's nose is a dead ringer for a BSDA. This might be Brouwerij De Dolle's idea of a stout, but it isn't mine. No worries. I love BSDAs and I wouldn't dream of marking it down for failing to adhere to the style guidelines. The beer smells like black malt, dark fruit, blackstrap molasses and black licorice. In other words, it smells.... black. And it smells great.

Wow! This is fantastic beer if you like aggressive Belgian strong dark ales (I won't mention the word stout again) that taste as black as sin. Each mouthful is an explosion of pungent, spicy, malty goodness. I'm reminded of a whole array of similar flavors: anise seed, British black licorice and Sambuca chief among them. There has to be something other than malt, hops and yeast in this bewitching elixir.

The finish is amazingly long and lingering, which allows the deliciousness to be appreciated as diminishingly vibrant echoes long after the beer is gone. It's too bad this is only an 11.2 ounce bottle. The generous amount of carbonation is fine, but the mouthfeel needs to be a fraction more viscosity for maximum enjoyment.

I have never had a bad beer from this brewery and most have been very good. This one easily qualifies as very good. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's definitely mine. Despite the $4.49 price tag, a multiple bottle purchase is in my future. Extra Export Stout is Extra good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The creamy tan head atop its almost completely opaque mahogany/black body maintains a solid 1/4" lid throughout the entire glass and leaves some short splashes and sots of lace about the goblet.

The nose is rich with a peppery, anise-glazed, fruity (plum/prune) and nutty chocolate-accented malt that's backed by some mineralistic/earthy barnyard character and a light whiff of alcohol (as well as a hint of metal and some sublime, plastic-like phenolics). Wow! That was unexpected!!!

In the mouth it bristles with a slightly elevated, natural (bottle conditioned) carbonation that warms to become airy and smooth; letting it's medium body slide smoothly away.

The flavor is chocolatey, nutty, fruity (fig/plum), peppery, a touch candyish (bubblegum); backed by a solid bitterness and drying wash of alcohol. As it warms the carbonation softens to become silky smooth; the peppery spice fades; and the flavor widens. I'd suggest pulling this from the fridge and letting it sit for a few mintues before pouring... from there it'll warm naturally as you enjoy it (it's a sipper, not a quaffer!). It finishes lingering with a touch of creamy cocoa/hazelnut/mocha java (Isn't that an option for a Starbucks Gande?), some solid nuttiness, and an appropriate walnut-skin-like bitterness. A bit of metallic character appears later, and it has a phenolic burp as well, but neither detracts from its character.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another great offering from de dolle that i was able to drink this weekend. served into a pint glass.

the our is a huge dark brown with a nice head of tan that coated the glass with nice webbing that held up throughout the session, really just nicely done.

as i reach in i get a smell of chocolate laced with smokey berries, hints of brown sugar an a touch of spice. very interesting. even as it warms this lactose sugar really takes hold and becomes a dominant force and mixes with the flavors of apple, spice, light berries, and a warm licorice like flavor in the finish. nice and smooth, creamy and a sweet taste is left in the mouth.

overall as solid as the day is long, i could drink something like this all day.

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Photo of superspak
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in June 2012. Pours nearly pitch black color with a huge 2-3 finger foamy and rocky light tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, toast, candi sugar, coffee, light clove, licorice, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with moderate fruity/spicy yeast notes. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, raisin, toast, light clove, candi sugar, light licorice, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, candi sugar, raisin, light clove, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with light-moderate yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style export stout. All around nice balance and complexity of roasted/yeast ester flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
2.08/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into Bells snifter

Pours a large fizzy tan head that fades down fast. Color is black. Lots of sediment in the glass.

Aroma: Something smells off here. Smell is of sour cherries and other dark dried fruits, chocolate, and alcohol. Not a lot here.

Taste: More slight soured cherries here. Very odd flavor. It seems a bit infected, but I can't tell. I has fig and Belgian candi sugar with some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy. Tons of carbonation with a medium bodied. Ends a bit hot with the cherry flavors again.

Overall, not a very good beer. I can't tell if this is how it is supposed to taste or not. I can understand the high carbonation but some of the flavors just aren't good. Not to drinkable.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is dark brown, almost black with a huge brown head which has retained quite impressively.

S: Definitely a nice roasted quality to the nose with some coffee and dark chocolate. Some hints of licorice and dark fruits. Mild earthy and herbal notes to the nose as well.

T: Quite a nice flavor, and significantly sweeter than expected. Quite a bit of licorice to it, some dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Maybe some citrus hops and a definite yeastiness.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation on the high end of medium.

O: Solid beer from De Dolle, who I find to be a fairly hit or miss brewery.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Rapidly rising, then falling head atop liquid that is as brown as it gets before becoming black. Swirly universe pattern is displayed in the tan, sand hued head that allows moderate lace.

S- Potent yeast and winey aromas with port like sweet scents emanate. Woody somewhat cedary aroma is accented finely of prune or dried currants

T - Very sweet initially, but equally roasty. A nice roastiness in the forefront allows the boozy qualities to settle into the middle. Toffee and molasses tastes ride a nice fruitiness similar to cherry tomatoes or stone fruit. A great malty grain like essence a la pumpernickle resides in the peripheral taste. A gentle spiciness like crystallized ginger or cardomom is awakened as the beer warms. Notes of smoked wood similar to hickory or applewood perhaps are conjured up and hints of creamy fig appear in the finish.

M - Very buoyant as the first tastes pass over my tongue. Chewy fullness is a prominent feature as the beer gets warmer.

D - A complex ale with many strengths at 9% it has the potential for havoc, so moderation is in order. It is subtle with nuance and can creep up with deceptive grace. Pleasing in aroma and taste, could be the quaffaable 9% dark ale I have tasted.

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Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with a 3 fingers deep mocha head. Lacing & head retention are AWOL

S: Sweet malt, slight sherry notes & alcohol

T: Toasted malt, malt sweetness, & molasses up front, Slight alcohol burn, choclate& iron as it warms. Finishes with slight oaky notes, vanilla & alcohol burn

mF: Slight silkyness & carbonation, medium to heavy bodied& very good balance

Drinks okay, but after a while the 9% abv catches up to you. Not the best of this style, but not bad

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Photo of orangesol
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle at State Line late last year. Cap said bottled in Jan. 2010.

A - Pours jet black with a HUGE four and a half finger tall tan head leaving light lace down the glass. This one was extremely over carbonated.

S - Smells of dark roasted grains, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, licorice and some nice hop bitterness. The excessive carbonation gives off an off aroma that really messes with things.

T - Starts off with a bit of dark roasted malt quickly giving way to hints of licorice, coffee, chocolate and a fairly noticeable hop bite. The prickly carbonation still gives off a bit of an off flavor but it isn't as prevalent as in the nose. Finish has a bit of roast and a touch of booze, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Deep, roasty feel with prickly carbonation dancing on the pallet, lingering for quite awhile.

O - This one was ok. The over carbonation really brought it down on all levels. I may revisit this one in the future, I just hope it is better than this one was.

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Photo of billab914
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a dark, caramel brown color with an active, bubbly head rising above the beer. Pretty good head retention to it as I drank it.

The aroma has some pretty bold fruity notes to it. I get a sweeter, fig, plum like dark fruit presence as well as a brighter, raspberry and grape like flavor to it. Behind that I get some chocolaty and roasted malts coming through. Pretty nice aroma overall, the fruity flavors mix nicely with the roasty, chocolate flavors.

I get a lot of the fruity flavors coming through in the taste as well. Again, grape seems to be the flavor I pick out first. More of a sweeter, dark fruit component comes out towards the finish. A good dose of chocolate is there as well with some very light roasty notes. It's tart in the finish with some big grape notes coming through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. It definitely felt extremely fizzy for the style, which I didn't care for. Overall it was an interesting beer, but it just didn't work well for me. Too much carbonation and a lot of sweet, crisp, tart, fruit flavors that were a little overwhelming. Some decent flavors but overall it wasn't that easy to drink.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark with a tannish head. Flavor is sweet and sticky. Lots of sugar, but not a lot of real firm stout character coming in. The problem here seems to be a seriously high carbonation element. It definitely is interfering with my perception of flavor. Hopefully this is an exception and not the rule. This is nice, but the carbonation is really killing it.

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Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to smoked for sharing this bottle with me. Bottle date of March 2004. This brew exploded when the cap was pried off. About half of the bottle was salvaged and poured into mini snifters. This brew appears a very dark brown with a rich creamy brown head. Spotty lace sticks all over the glassware.

The smell of this brew is dark and roasty from the grain with predominant notes of licorice and dark chocolate. Some fruity notes minorly reminiscent of raisins are evident blended with a fusel amount of alcohol. Quite earthy a bit like dirt and a touch of sulfur across the back of the nose.

The taste is bitter roasted grain imparting flavors charcoal and licorice. A deep herbal hop presence is still evident for being 7+ years old. This brew is quite earthy but there is a dominating presence of alcohol throughout the flavor. Quite tangy with the alcohol and some notes of chocolate and a bit of ash in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew that was excessively carbonated. Huge alcohol presence here felt like it was much higher than the listed 9% and the amount of carbonation would tell this continued to ferment in the bottle. Quite a well rounded brew with lots of char-like flavoring from the roast of the grain. At first, I was expecting this brew to be an infected mess due to the amount of carbonation but it turned out surprisingly well. I would like to have this brew again.

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De Dolle Extra Export Stout from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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