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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,576 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,576
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 316
Gots: 373 | FT: 24
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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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.38/5  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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4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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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Absolutely amazing beer!
Sweet, smooth and elegant.

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,576 ratings.