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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 838
Hads: 1,694
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 338
Gots: 382 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewandbbq on 08-23-2007

Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.
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Photo of Furlinator
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque pitch black. No head or lace to speak of. Soy sauce and faint dark chocolate on the nose. Massive dark chocolate flavor. Thick and syrupy. Borderline cloying. Vague dark fruit.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black with just under a fingers worth of fizzy brown head that disappeared to the edge of the glass quickly. The smell is chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruits. You get a little bit of booze on the back end as well. Flavor follows suit as you get chocolate, raisin, a little bit of coffee and booze as well. There is definitely a Belgian taste to everything adding another great layer to this complex stout. The feel is thick and chewy going perfectly well with all the flavors. This is exactly what you'd want your Russian imperial stout to taste like!

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 version. Slight mocha head that dissipates quickly on this very dark black pour. Enticing aroma of coffee and wonderful chocolate covered dark fruits. Flavors consist of dark roast coffee, some bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits. A full bodied stout with a thick and syrup like feel on the palate. Abv is very much not noticeable so a nice sipper on a cold night. Sweet, a little sticky, but this RIS is so flavorful and the nose matches the taste. Black Albert is a truly fantastic brew that should be tried at least once!

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol - Pours dark black with a large tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Smell - coffee, dark stoned fruits, light alcohol. Taste - coffee, roasted malts to the fore with warm alcoholic finish. Fantastic imperial stout. One of the best I've tasted.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's very good, not worth $5 per bottle though. The flavor is solid and it's very smooth. It 's just something about Belgian stouts that I don't prefer.

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Photo of craftcraver
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours pitch black with a 1/4 inch beige colored head that quickly disappears. The overall appearance is comparable to a large cup of espresso, and laces similarly.

S: Rye bread, molasses, espresso and dark chocolate.

T: Medium carbonation that lifts the chocolate espresso and molasses flavors. It has a long finish that reveals rye bread and a punch of alcohol.

O: At 13% the alcohol is hidden well in this heavy hitter. Nose and palate are consistent and have a great balance with surprising delicacy for such robust flavors. A fantastic stout.

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Photo of shwami
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Black Albert was cellared for over 4 years, bought in Brugge, Belgium at the De Struise Shop in town.

L: Oil color, with a very dark brown head that quickly dissipated. Very fine bubbles of carbonation rapidly rose from the center of the brew in its appropriate DSB ostrich glass.
S: Slightly alcohol laden aroma, with heavy ripe fruity overtones.
T: Burnt malt and slight hop flavors smack you in the tongue and perfectly balance the sweetness as this Belgian Royal Stout slides over the tongue. Complex as all get out.
F: Slick, smooth and oily...powerful alcohol pricks on the back of the tongue as it is quaffed.
O: It is an over the top, perfectly enjoyable, world-class example of a Russian Imperial Stout. 4 years in the bottle made this as good as it can get.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours black like motor oil. Mocha colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing to speak of.
Smell - Roasted coffee, molasses, toffee, roasted grains.
Taste - Coffee, sweet toffee, cinnamon, slight hint of licorice and cinnamon.
Feel - Creamy like a latte, almost no carbonation to speak of.
Overall - An amazing Russian Imperial Stout. I hope I come across this again.

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Photo of Burg
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 pours a beautiful dark, dark brown with a nice tight brown head. toasty smell with dried dark fruits. Feels thick and smooth and sticky in the mouth, carbonation is just right. Taste is coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, a bite of booze and a nice hop finish with licorice after. Great Beer.

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Photo of aleigator
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Struise Black Albert '14 vintage

Pours a viscous motor oil color, with a very small head, immediately falling to pieces. Reveals thick alcohol legs after swirling, wandering to the edge of the glass, showing the beers immense viscosity.

Smells of cinnamon and earth infused dried fruits, together with caramel and molasses. Coffee beans and aridly wood contrast the upcoming sweet alcohol bite, showcasing a convincing balance on the nose. Dried plums, cinnamon and booze build the foundation of this complex smelling beer.

Has a low carbonation, featuring a creamy mouthfeel and a medium body, resulting in a varying taste.

Cinnamon is weaker on the palate than on the nose, which gets replaced by smoky malts and a huge amount of charred coals. The beers sweetness gets provided by molasses, rock sugar and dried plums, balanced by bitter chocolate and dry coffee, directly blending into sweet, hot booze. Finishes with alcohol and its burning aftermath, coated up by earth, coals and caramel.

Very heavy on the booze, once it becomes visible, tamed only by the malts during the very end. Before that, spices and coffee build up a very interesting mixture, which gets lost in most parts, due to the hot burn. The beer creates a different taste then, which still relies heavily on the booze bite, countered by a profound sweetness, but missing its initial, wooden bitterness.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour with a dark espresso head that doesn't linger much. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, some dark cherries and a bit of vanilla. Thick and full-bodied, with medium carbonation.

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

Gorgeous mocha, 2 finger head. Smells leaves something to be desired. Hint of Belgian yeastiness. Getting the candi sugar, dark fruits, not much roasted malt but a big, smooth bitterness on the back end. Short finish. 10% stout that drinks like a 5% saison. Higher carb.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 lot, 330ml bottle

jet black, good looking dark brown colored head, but it fades. aroma is a little boozy, with a combo of roast, fruity, and some black licorice. the taste is smoother, still complex with the same flavors. medium bodied, lower carbonation, slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gop
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was able to taste one in May 2015 at Ebenezer's pub. Thanks Chris. It was one of the best beers i have ever drank. I will leave the reviews to the others.

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

Black I color with penetration to light. There's a fingernail of khaki colored head on top. The aroma is sweet dark malt with notes of chocolate. The flavor is more on the sweet side. Initially there is roasted barley, but it is quickly overtaken by sweet chocolate and plum. The mouth is thick, sticky, and syrupy.

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Photo of Wanne
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer looks fabulous, nearly black with a brown head. Aroma of candy sugar, coffee, fruit. In the taste this is combined with dark chocolat, spices, plums. The alcohol adds to the taste, but you'll never guess that it has a 13% ABV. Very good stout.

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Photo of GregJ
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin brown head. Smells of mocha, roast malts, molasses and cocoa nibs. Tastes of dark malts, dark chocolate, some light astringency, a little boozy, light vanilla and hot chocolate. Smooth/velvety mouthfeel, dark chocolate malt aftertaste. Full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black beer, topped with a solid tan head with remarkable retention. Leaves nice soapy lacing.

Incredibly strong aroma: boozy roasty stout, lots of chocolate, and a bit of yeasty banana sweetness. Just the barest hint of oxidation, and that requires some deep inhalation.

Boozy, overripe fruit, and a bit of oxidation on the flavor. Almost ashy bite to the roasted barley comes in mid-palate. Just a tiny bit of chocolate. Fairly bitter overall, but pretty balanced. Perhaps aged past its peak.

Fairly thick, full body. Oily coating. Booze shows far more in the taste than the body. Long wet finish.

This is a beer that really held some promise from the appearance and aroma, but I think may be simply too old to have held up perfectly (having never had it fresh, I cannot say). The real deep and dark tones from the aroma never quite transfer to the flavor.

This is probably more true to the Belgian stout style than Russian imperial. 2007 bottle, I believe ('07 or '09).

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330 ml into snifter
A- Jet black with a half-finger brownish head some lingering lace, but not heavy.
S- Chocolate, licorice, raisins, figs, booze.
T- rich, chocolate booziness balanced by a slight bitterness on the end. Some of the fruit appears again as well. Roasted malt and some biscuity Belgian flavor as well.
M- Velvety smooth creaminess to the feel. Really decadent. Awesome.
O- really love the way this beer drinks. Flavors aren't out-of-this-world good, but solid, nonetheless. Really super drinkability but watch out. Got some booze here.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a tan head with really dark spots in some places. A little bit of lacing stays behind on the glass.

Smells like cherry, chocolate, dark fruits, smoke, tobacco, and soy sauce.

This tastes pretty good, but tastes more like something in between an Imperial Sweet Stout and a Belgian Strong Dark. It's very, very sweet, with sweet and sticky dark fruit flavors- raisins and cherries galore. There's a bit of sweet chocolate syrup too, giving the feeling of chocolate covered cherries. As it warms, other flavors show themselves- leather, tobacco, smoke, red wine and a stronger fruit tang. There's a whole lot going on here, much more than the typical Russian Imperial Stout. It's not particularly roasty at all- I think if that aspect was present- this would be much more balanced, and near perfect. As it is now, it's a tasty and unique beer, but feels pretty different from most RIS's I've had. Though there was a bit of soy sauce on the nose, it's nowhere to be seen in the taste, which is nice.

This is medium bodied, slightly thin for 13% ABV. Speaking of the 13%, though- none of that is present. It's not boozy in the slightest, which is quite the accomplishment. It's got a creamy, milkshake like mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation.

Another fascinating beer from Struise- the few beers I've had from them seem to indicate that they really don't care about styles, which is cool.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Extremely dark brown with a slight reddish tint; virtually black in color in the glass with no light seen through the beer. A rich 1-2 finger deep tan head formed when poured that dies down leaving a thick smooth layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Nice looking.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, slightly boozy. Rich and delicious; made me want to drink the beer.

Taste: Rich and delicious. Coffee, chocolate, slightly sweet and slight grain flavor. Loved the rich, full stout flavor.

Feel: Medium to heavy; somewhat thick. Low carbonation; smooth. Just right for the type of beer; perfect.

Overall: A wonderful, rich, delicious Russian imperial stout. I loved this beer and want more. Definitely a beer to drink slowly and savor the flavor. I also liked that it comes in small bottles.
A new favorite in terms of stouts!

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Photo of MikesnoHSL
4.75/5  rDev +12%

This is a hell of a stout ! Bottle date 10-30-14
Dark tan head that drops after a few sips nose is roasted plums with a hint of molasses.
Silky smooth with a nice hop bitterness. All held together with a sweet roast tiny hints of plum and raisins that hides the 13% amazingly.
Definitely one to look out for. Although might be a little overpriced, I would buy again
This thing aged might be even better

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Photo of stcules
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black, just a veil of evanescent foam.
Toasted, chocolately, woody smell. Nuts, green hops, a hint of almond.
Very smooth in the mouth, the 13 ABV is very well hidden.
Again, vanilla, artichoke, dried fruit. Hops and toasted notes.
It is a continuum of well amalgamated and pleasant flavour.
Good strucuture, full, but balanced. Full body.
Toasted and chocolate in the aftertaste, and a green toastiness.
Really good.

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Photo of macher0
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours very dark, silky, with moderate viscosity. The nose is big on grape/berry and dark malts and char. The taste is dark malts and tart berries. Not sweet but not a sour either. Very natural and well balanced. An extremely well crafted. .

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Black Albert has a thin, tan head, an extremely dark-brown (essentially black), opaque appearance, with brown highlights at the edges, under strong, direct light, and minor lacing left behind. The aroma is of super-sweet, dark-roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, fruit cake, and nougat. Taste is of all those elements, plus high bitterness, astringency, black cherries, licorice, raisins, and other things indescribable. Mouthfeel is thick, oily, and syrupy, and Black Albert finishes semi-wet, strong, rich, and surprisingly drinkable.

RJT

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.