De Dolle Extra Export Stout

Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $4.27
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 9%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aural: opening is a long chore. carbonation is overstimulated, pour takes five minutes.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp
Impression: a bit off

Malt Flavor: alcohol toffee chocolate roast
Hops Flavor:
earth resin
a bit chemical
Notes: alcohol dominates the aroma

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color:  black
Clarity: opaque
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: Deep black body under a great tan head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  sweet and bitter

Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: burnt caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth resin
licorice, espresso, dark, roasted, rich
Notes: A taste that more than makes up for other failings.

Palate 5 out of 5

Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: faint

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: A very nice finish, and a unique flavor in the taste.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: medium
Freshness: seems a bit stale
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Again, having trouble with a De Dolle bottle opening, which is highly disappointing, considering the cost. Luckily, I’ve mastered the art of opening overcarbonated/yeast issue  beers.

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Price: $6.99
Size:11.2 fl oz
ABV: 13%
Estimated Calories: 210 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sharp
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grapes Cherries

Hops Flavor:Resin
Notes: Very much like a red wine. Not a fan.

Appearance 3 out of 5
Color: Black
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: Nothing special to look at.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Impression: Off
Malt Flavor: grapes
Hops Flavor: HerbalResin
Other: cherries
Notes: For one of the best beers in New Jersey, I’m sorely disappointed. Again, this thing sprayed all over, tastes not so great, and costs $7 for a 11.2 fl oz container.

Palate 3 out of 5
Sensation: Drying Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Faint
Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: Not a bad finish, but getting there is hard to do. Alcohol not hidden well at all.

General Impression: 10 out of 20
Craftmanship: Interesting, but not to my taste.
Freshness: Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked
Notes: I wished so much that this had been better. It took 20 minutes to open due to the overcarbonation and potential yeast problem, then 5 minutes for cleanup, then drinking it was a bit of a chore, like drinking wine. Lots of better ways to spend $7.