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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,590 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 320
Gots: 379 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

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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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodzm14
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daveco27
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gritz147
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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).

Photo of JavierGC
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.56/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.52/5  rDev -17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of sprat1960
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.