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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

De Dolle Special Extra Export Stout

De Dolle Special Extra Export StoutDe Dolle's Special Extra Export Stout

Sticking my nose to the bottle, I could smell the initial toasty nature of this stout. While looking for a suitable glass I found the beer gushing out the top like a school project volcano. So in it went into a pilsner glass (my apologies to El Presidente!), but it gave me a chance to really (and I mean literally) stick my nose into the foamy head. Wow! Bitter. And now that I think of it, I've often had overflow issues with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and their Taddy Porter (two favorites). The head is palpable. You could probably make a sculpture from it. It has "stiff peaks" like you would get in homemade whipped cream.

Navigating past the suds, the taste is definitely bitter but very clean and tasty. It really hits you in the lower read of the tongue, almost getting underneath. There's more of an aftertaste than I normally want, but it is not an alcoholic aftertaste despite its 9%abv. It's a clear, clean, toasty taste that lingers on the palate. If this is the "export" stout, then buy me a ticket for an aeroplane and fly me to Belgium. I wants me the domestic recipe. The fact that I immediately compare it to Samuel Smith is a major plus in my book, and makes it a great beer for any fan of stouts and porters who want to kick it up a notch.

De Dolle Special Extra Export Stout

Representation: .9
Accessibility: .85
Style: .70
Personal Preference: 1.0

Total: 3.45 Flags

De Dolle Special Extra Export Stout

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