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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,409 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1409
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 08-23-2007)
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TheDDO

Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Apperance- Dark, dark, dark beer. Pours black with a half finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin patchy coating. This thing is a beauty as it creeps down your glass.

Smell- First thing that comes to mind is black cherry, and dark fruits. A bitter chocolate smell is also present. A bit of alcohol tingles the nose.

Taste- Very smooth, this beer does not taste like a 13% beer, alcohol is well hidden. The dark fruit comes through, there is a slight bitterness in the finish perhaps from the chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Slick, rich and lightly carbonated. Coats your mouth nicely to enjoy the flavor.

Overall- I enjoyed the Black Albert, I'm glad my local store owner recommended it. Would I seek this beer out again? Probably not, but I would pick up another if our paths happen to cross again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 01:43:36 | More by TheDDO
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goochpunch

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a ruby black body with a humongous, rocky mocha head that recedes to a bubbly thin cap like a freshly served espresso. Smells strongly of chocolate and lightly of roasted malts. I get a lot of Belgian quad-like yeast qualities, bringing forth dried fruits, plums, and leather. Flavor is of raisins, chocolate, earthy bitterness, coffee/chocolate ice cream, light acidity in the finish. Alcohol is noted, but very well hidden. Bitterness is not as pronounced as the 100+ IBUs insinuate. Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and rich. One of the greats. I wish more US breweries made bigger stouts of this caliber and finesse.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:31:01 | More by goochpunch
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark head and nice lacing. Smells like a somewhat sweet, dark berry black coffee. Fair amount of sweetness in the taste. Dark fruit, cacao, and black coffee pretty early on, but not too bitter A hint of alc., but super well hidden consisdering. Can't really put my finger on everything else I'm getting; I just keep thinking berries and fruit or something. Hint of bitterness shows up on the end, and a very slight ashy roasted aftertaste pop in for a second, but disappears quickly. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:40:51 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Picked up at Capone's. 11.2 oz bottle. Batch number 14.

Poured into a balloon glass, Black Albert appears black as night, with a sizable head that started out four fingers thick, and really stuck around. A massive mocha colored head, perched on an ink-like body. Appears viscous. Just barely brown on the edge of the beer.

True to style, Black Albert smell incredibly complex and rich with roasted and toasted malts. There is a light acidity to the aroma, accompanying a Belgian dark chocolate and caramel note.

The beer greets the palate with a thick body and viscous quality, and washing over the tongue with dark cocoa and acrid, roasted malts. Booze-soaked cherries comes to mind towards the finish. The alcohol is present in the flavor, but does not come off as hot at all. Very smooth, and incredibly full-bodied. Espresso.

This is a great example of a Russian Imperial Stout. It's appropriately thick and creamy, with a strong presence of malts and hops. The alcohol never becomes hot, and it drinks well for its strength. Well designed in my opinion. The Belgian take on this style is great, and a wonderful departure from the usual stuff from America. I like the Belgian yeast and what it does here.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:04:00 | More by MusicaleMike
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black in appearance, khaki head one finger in size.

Aroma is very mild. Some faint dark fruits sit on top of a moderate level of cocoa and Belgian yeast esters. Faint heat noticeable

Taste is very smooth. Chocolate milk with mild notes of plum and other berries hidden in there. Carbonation is short on the finish, but some thick chocolate lingers on the palate.

Drinkability is very easy. Doesn’t taste like 13%. You’d think this would taste a bit harsher or have more of a sucker punch, but it’s actually quite balanced and drinks very smoothly.
Props for a streamlined, elegant flavor that’s still bold and rich.

Nice beer. Given its price, it's a one-and-done experience, but it's worth the experience once.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:43:40 | More by jbertsch
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours as black as black gets. The half inch of brown head retains well. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Dark chocolate fudge, blackstrap molasses, woody roast, jerky/leather, brownie batter. Raspberry jam. Fleeting tropical esters of dried apricot.

T: Bakers chocolate up front, though this is soon washed away as sweet malt flavors build and intensify. Dark chocolate fudge, blackstrap molasses, mocha, chocolate sauce,, espresso, woody roast, and jerky. Raspberry jam, fig, dried apricot. Hollow hop bitterness and some smokey/clovey phenols set in late. Spicy alcohol is stifled by the heavy malt body. Long sweet finish of dark fudge, blackstrap molasses, and woody roast.

M: Huge, thick, and weighty in body. Chewy,syrupy, and viscous texture. Low prickling carbonation. Just a tingle of alcohol.

O: This big honkin' imperial stout gets its identity from both massive syrupy malt character and some subtle Belgian influence. The latter creates a layered fruity impression and some clovey/medicinal bitterness that provides a bit of balance. The bourbon barrel aged version of this must really be something.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:53:28 | More by ryan1788a5
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle purchased June, 2013 into a Stone IRS snifter. The pour is black as pitch with a massive (no, MASSIVE) mass of light brown foam on top that is stubbornly retentive. When it finally does die down, it condenses into a super-fine, whipped-cream-like consistency (wow!). The nose has all the characteristics of the style: rich malt, husky roasty notes, dark fruit, and a hint of booze.

The beer has a full body and a nice, rich, balanced flavor. I get lots of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of sarsaparilla up front. These flavors gradually give way to a sweet, rummy, roasty flavor and a faint, espresso-like bitterness in the back of the mouth. This beast hides it's alcohol extremely well. The alcohol adds richness to the flavors and enhances the drinkability.

A really excellent RIS with a sweeter flavor than I expected (100 IBUs? No way!). It's very reminiscent of Ten FIDY, with just a shade taken off the feel. It might even be a little sweeter than Ten FIDY. Whatever, I really enjoy a good RIS and this is a darn good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:19:27 | More by deadonhisfeet
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ricknelson

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Black Albert Belgium Royal Stout from De Struise Brouwers (Belgium) This Black Albert was brewed as a tribute to Chris Lively at Ebenezer's Pub (once rated number 1 pub in the country) located in Lovell Maine (summer home of author Stephen King)
The Black Albert was given to us by Chris himself and it tied for 4th highest average score of the 12 brews tasted at 4.25. This was a beer with some age to it. Date code indicates it was brewed back on Nov 6th 2007. Age didn't seem to hurt this beer one bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 17:51:18 | More by ricknelson
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 1/2013. Pours dense and murky pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, toast, raisin, prune, dark bread, molasses, herbal, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, char, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, molasses, herbal, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; with big flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 21:53:34 | More by superspak
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PolarBear3

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duval Tulip (Batch 0)

A - Pours an impressive black oily colour with tanned head that retains well

S - Strong roasted malts, liquorice, chocolate notes with some vanilla

T - Wow! - Coffee, chocolate, cocoa very prominent with some rum, dried fruit, spice with a slightly sour finish.

M - Full bodied with light carbonation making it fairly creamy

O - A massive full flavoured RIS , with well the alcohol content well hidden and is balnced perfectly. A pleasure to drink and a must have to try.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 09:17:22 | More by PolarBear3
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pkalix

California

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

black black, with a nice short tannish head on top. chocolate-y on top, actually.
very interesting aroma- Belgian yeast, sweet, roasted malts. dark caramel?
very yeasty, Belgian accent. roasted malts, british malt flavor. very bitter. some funky sourness, but I think it is a result of the yeast. covers the 13% very well... interesting stout. dark fruit. fig. plum? what's the deal with the sediment at the bottom?

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:45:20 | More by pkalix
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babaracas

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with reddish tint, thick ultra dense crema-colored head with a quarter inch sticking around for the remainder; sheet of thick lace for several inches. Smell: a bit subdued and underwhelming... espresso note, plum skin, dark brown sugar, milk chocolate. Taste: dark fruit and big earthy hopping... overripe plum, fig, raisin; dark and milk chocolate, roasty espresso, toasted grain; caraway seed / anise coming in the finish. Viscous body made extremely creamy by slowly advancing carbonation... luxurious. Very tasty beer, well made and with 13% completely hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:05:07 | More by babaracas
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl Bottle: BBD Sep 15, poured into a Westmalle chalice at home on 3rd Dec 13.

Scummy head of tanned sparsely spaced bubbles: a collar surrounded the glass. The body was surprise, surprise: black. Luckily the smell, taste and mouthfeel make up for the poor looks.

Chocolate notes in the aroma, some semi-sweetened coffee hints also. The taste follows the smells nicely, chocolate and coffee leading the flavours, just like the aroma.

Smooth and rich body: this is a well made Stout, Imperial or otherwise.

Nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 21:33:35 | More by BlackHaddock
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle bought to our tasting by Regen. Thanks for this one, Regen. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 11/2/2013.

Pours a silky black body, viscous and thick. Small bit of mocha head comes out, but dissipates quickly. Not a ton of lacing left behind. Basically a standard imperial stout.

Smells like straight up licorice. Its complemented by a nice roasty maltiness and even a bit of spice which I assume is from the belgian yeasts used here. The licorice is very strong here and if thats what you like, this is the way to go.

Tastes interesting, still quite a bit of licorice but the chocolate, coffee and spice comes out more here than in the nose. I'm not sure I'm a fan of the licorice and anise in the flavour profile but again, if that's your jam, then this is what you want.

Medium to full bodied, good carbonation, slick and smooth. Interesting and quite sweet; not super drinkable and its a sipper on a nice cold night.

Interesting, I don't like licorice that much but as an overall beer, it's done quite well and if you like licorice at all, you'll enjoy this one. I'm not going back to this one, but won't fault the brewers here- this is what they wanted to make here.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 06:43:52 | More by Stevedore
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Laxadaisical

Minnesota

4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle at Johnny's Off License in Rome.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown to black, completely opaque. This is a dark beast, capped with a nice, fluffy mocha head. The head actually sticks around quite well, and really sticks to the glass.

Aroma: Leads with bold roast flavors, definitely some dark chocolate and maybe a bit of coffee. There is some spice in there, as well as dark fruit, like a BSDA. Nose somehow balances the roast and the Belgian dark flavors.

Taste: Hot damn. This is a bold, ambitious beer. It actually leads with a real BSDA type taste, heavy on the dark fruits, but also some more tart flavors like cherry. Some molasses, Belgian candy and yeast type sweetness, even some vanilla and light spice. This transitions flawlessly into the roastier characters, with some dark roasted notes, dark chocolate, coffee, and even some smokiness, reminiscent slightly of a bacony Schlenkerla, but not quite as strong. There's no distinct difference between these sets of flavors, they come in at slightly different times, but the styles blend together flawlessly. I could really only taste a little booze when it warmed up, but even then it was hardly noticeable at all, quite a feat for 13%.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full, rich mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. This thing fills your mouth and coats it, but the carbonation keeps it moving around the palate a bit.

Overall: This beer is the lovechild of an imperial stout and a BSDA, and it is beautiful. Manages to be powerful, complex, and assertive in its flavors, but absolutely balanced at the same time. This beer is so damn near perfect in my mind. It's a well executed work of art, not to mention a combination of two of my favorite styles. I must say this is one of my favorite beers of all time, and I'd drink it again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 19:50:26 | More by Laxadaisical
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep black, one finger brown head.

S-Very chocolately, coffee, roasted malt with a tad bit of vanilla.

T-Very coffee heavy, roasted malt and chocolate. Some burnt notes. Darker fruits as well and nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and a tad creamy.

O-The burnt malt and the dark fruits were nice and subtle. The alcohol was hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:12:26 | More by rlee1390
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jeff1973

California

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Piggly Wiggly tulip. Date code of 25 08 GG, so 8/2012, so 14 mos old at this point. Bought at Hi Times Liquor in Costa Mesa for $9.00.

A - Pitch black. Mocha head leaves decent lacing.

S - Dark rye and pumpernickel bread smell. Dried cherries and blueberries. Baker's chocolate and faint bacony, smokiness.

T - Dried cherries and blueberries. A little fig. Sweetness up front. Quickly fades to bitter baker's chocolate, roast, bacony smokiness. Dries out on the finish. No sign of the 13% ABV. Complex.

M - Very rich and full. Medium, soft carbonation adds to the enjoyment.

O - Very nice beer that is surprisingly easy to drink for 13%. Lots of different flavors going on. Not worth the price, but a guilty treat. Let this one warm up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 04:32:16 | More by jeff1973
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razorsdescent

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have wanted to try this beer for a long time. After finding a place that had this and Alesmith's Speedway stout, I was overjoyed.

I chilled the bottle in my fridge until I deemed it to be at the right temperature

Appearance: When poured into my Green Jack goblet, It looks like an imperial stout should. Black and dark leaving lacing and with a light brown head.

Smell: This is where things started to go awry. It merely smells malty, and slightly boozy.

Taste: Meh, tastes of malt and booze, so, true to the nose. There is nothing new here, and it doesn't even pull the roasty malts off well enough to be an excellent one trick pony.

Mouthfeel: Standard fare here, tight and carbonated. Certainly pleasant and close to what was expected.

Overall: This beer is a disappointment and proof that scarcity and rave reviews are often times misleading. It is by no means terrible, however, I wouldn't seek it out again, much less pay the exorbitant price.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 23:33:30 | More by razorsdescent
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Happily purchased this at High Spirits in North Providence, RI, thank you shelton brothers for distributing this!

A- Pours a deep brown, opaque body with a light brown, fluffy, thick head that just doesn't reduce! It sticks around for a while so that it's consumer can take in it's beauty. Very nice.

S- Lots of liquorice, cherry, bubblegum, toffee, vanilla, figs, dark fruit, and chocolate. On the fruity side. Very unique.

T- Woah! How unique. This is like a gueuze blended with a stout. The first flavor to hit the tongue is a tart, berry character which includes cherry, raspberry, and strawberry notes. Next up is toffee, dark fruits, figs, sweet candi sugar, and raisins, notes typically found in dark belgian ales. The finish carries notes of a world class imperial stout, including cappucino and fresh toasted malt, which leave a nice, savory, roasty flavor on the tongue. Wow.

M- Medium-heavy body, medium-low carbonation. Let this one warm up a bit. I would never be able to tell that this was 13% alcohol.

This one really blew me away. Honestly, this is one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted. It's a belgian masterpiece on steroids. So deliciously bold while maintaining a drinkibility that I've never experienced in any 13% beer before.

In a nutshell: Chocolate covered berries soaked in a world-class belgian quad.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:45:43 | More by gcamparone
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kevanb

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a De Struise Brouwers short cervoise.

The beer pours a deep, beautiful jet black color, lovely thick texture as it pours, with a thick, khaki head that has great retention and leaves some nice spots of sticky lace behind. The aroma is wonderfully complex, rich, smooth grain, pitted stone fruit, lightly roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, some char is present as well with some strong alcohol presence at the back end. The flavors are rich and decadent, lots of bitter dark chocolate, smooth toasted grain, raisin, fig, pitted stone fruit, lightly roasted coffee with some light charring with some assertive alcohol at the end that is both abrasive, yet warm and soothing. The body is silk, massive, coats the mouth incredibly well, carbonation is slightly higher than I anticipated, a bit crisp, and the finish is impeccably smooth, creamy and rich.

Verdict: Delicious, bold and downright impressive. The high ABV is a bit of a detractor for me as it gets hot and abrasive and overshadows the complexity that this beer has achieved. That being said, this is a great work of brewing art.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:30:06 | More by kevanb
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endovelico

Portugal

4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Thick dark brown - almost black - liquid with small brown head, unperceived effervescence and no lacing.

S: So unbelievably gorgeous! Notes of pastry, yeast, chocolate, coffee, fresh leafs, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, almonds and just a touch of hash tray. The complexity in this is just awe inspiring.

T: Again, so intense and rich! In broad strokes it kind of tastes like mead meets Irish coffee. It's hard to give an accurate, sophisticated organoleptic description since this beer carries just about everything from dark fruit to pastry notes .

P: Liquorish, heavy, sweet, full bodied but amazingly it's really not that cloying. Another big surprise is how well the ABV works into the whole thing, ie, even though theres a lot of it, it does not feel boozy AT ALL.

O: To style and taste this scores phenomenally across the board. It ranks as one of the - if not the - best sippers I've ever had, rivaling the best Port or Sherry anyone can bring to the table [ I apologize for the overly enthusiastic soap boxing]. Furthermore, this beer is unquestionably unique - which is something I give much importance to - and also surprisingly drinkable! Have i mentioned it's also insanely complex?

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 22:29:59 | More by endovelico
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is actually a black albert "batch 0" .. not sure what the difference is between them, but here goes:

pours a dep brown/black, with a finger+ of dark tan head which diminished slowly, and left behind some nice creamy looking lacing.

smells like this was aged in oak barrels, notes of vanilla, wood, chocolate, a hint of bready belgian yeast, a nice overall charred aroma.

oh my, this is a delicious treat.. lots of sweetness up front, light cocoa notes leading into a hint of oxidation and then BAM - TONS OF DARK ROASTED GRAINS. .. oh wait, it just keeps getting more bitter and bitter like tobacco, dirt, coffee beans.. the roasted bitterness lingers for a little bit and then the sweetness comes back to leave your palate the way it was originally. a very in your face agressive, yet well balanced stout.

full body with a tiny bit of carbonation, very creamy mouthfeel. the abv is well hidden behind the beer's full flavor.

definitely pick this up if you can, it is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:23:48 | More by facundoCNB
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ADZA

Australia

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as tar with a three finger head chocolate laced head and some leggy lacing,the smell is booze,rum,currants and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is big,full and lush with big tastes of rich dark chocolate,molasses,dark fruits and finished with a dry boozy roastiness and overall what a big beer and perfect for today's grey outlook cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 06:29:25 | More by ADZA
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 11.2 fl oz bottle poured in to a 3Floyds Teku

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Almost opaque. Head is light tan, 1/2 in, dissipates to line outsides of glass. Light carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, slightly hoppy, coffee, carmel/toffee.

T: Fresh this is very balanced with nice dark roastiness and coffee but also mild hops. Aftertaste is mostly dark roast malt and coffee, with a touch of hop.

M: Medium body. Ingredients linger on the palate in a balance that mirrors the taste. Dry finish.

O: World class. Nice having this fresh as I have only had it with age on it. $10/bottle is a bit stiff, but I bought it anyway. Wish this was an every day beer for me...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 02:06:12 | More by tsauce2
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impending

California

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-

33cl Pours just shy of black, coffee ice cream colored froth, great lacing.

The aroma is undoubtedly of a belgian stout, the wonderful yeast that adds a complication - roasty bittersweet chocolate.

A quadish note comes on strong in the flavor.
anise clover molasses
bittersweet dark chocolate
A nice bitter fades along with the flavor. Nearly full bodied appropriate mouthfeel.
warms wonderfully
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 05:19:13 | More by impending
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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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