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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,575 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,575
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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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter. Served somewhere between cellar and room temp. Thanks to Chris (cvfish) for this one!

Pours black, with a substantial 2-finger densely fluffy light-brown head. Nice stickage when the glass is tilted, and as the head recedes.

Nose is pretty intense and different. Roasty and fruity, notes of red grapes, cherries, raisins, molasses, roasted barley, cocoa, licorice, bit of boozey alcohol, and god knows how much stuff I can't put my finger on bubble up. This nose is epic at times, very good at others.

Taste is a bit more straightforward. Roasted barley and some molasses hit the tongue first, lotta dark fruits swirling around, some licorice. Lingering dark roasted and black licorice notes, with an exhale that's got some heat to it. Still, not nearly as much as I expected for the abv. A tad meaty in the roastiness. This would be amazing with a nice ham that had been caramelized a bit.

Mouthfeel is creamy, very full, lots of very soft, almost fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability gets bonus points for hiding the alcohol fairly well, but the heavy roast/meaty notes get to me after awhile.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Great to get my paws on this one,poured as black as an oil slick,I mean no light getting thru this,a 1/2 finger light moch head atop leaving shotty lace.Aromas of dark fruit and espresso roast coffee,a tinge of hardwood shows thru as well.Lush mouthfeel,full and velvity,to me its perfect hence the rating.Complex flavors with a mix of heavy roast and dark fruit sweetness,some molasses-like flavors add to the sweetness,a big drying somewhat earthy finish is a great to end this brew.Its a sipping brew and can get a little sticky after a bit but this a gem of a beer.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle at Bier Temple in Brussels. I'm immediately impressed by the huge boozy dark fruit nose. This is very comparable to a Baltic Porter. In fact, after tasting it I would have certainly assumed as much. As the beer warms chocolate and molasses shine through in the scent but the beer remains dominated by sweet/sour prunes, dried apricots, and currants. The flavor follows - booze soaked plums and raison served over espresso. This one is hot, full bodied, and at times syrupy. Very good beer but not as interesting as I would have guess from the hype. Not particularly drinkable. Too boozy and syrupy.

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ricke
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black and considering the high ABV the brown head is quite big. The head settles quite fast. Some retention.

S: Eclectic mix of sweet fruits (plums, cherries), spices, some chocolate, and roasted and slightly burnt malts. The alcohol becomes noticeable with deeper breaths. Very deep and round smell overall.

T: A very intense flavor fills the mouth with flavors in an instant. Sweet fruits and a light tartness, faint taste of tannins. Nice backbone of roasted and slightly burnt malts. Coffee, dark chocolate, spices, wood and general burnt flavors. The flavors are presented in a "Belgian package" that is quite hard to describe. The finish is quite bitter, but not as intense as the 100 IBU might suggest. Plenty of alcohol with a faint phenolic touch. Lingering notes of coffee, roasted malts and spices.

M: Full bodied, oily viscosity, but still plenty of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

D: A very powerful and rather complex stout with an interesting character. Highly recommended.

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of briang01
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After all the hype, I finally got to try this beer. It lived up to its reputation. Served in a tulip, the beer was an impenetrable black with a medium tan head. It had a coffee and chocolate aroma, like most RIS, but to my usually impaired nose, was fairly pronounced. A coffee/espresso and chocolate taste, very well balanced. If not for the high ABV, could drink a lot of these.

Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A vigorous pour yields one finger of brown head. Color is typical impenetrable RIS black. Beautiful and very inviting.

S - Dark chocolate, a bit of cookie dough. Surprisingly sweet aroma. Some deep roasted malts, maybe a bit of anise. Not what I was expecting, but very interesting and good.

T - Earthy, slightly burnt undertones. Really not any sweetness in the taste. Predominately dark chocolate, especially on the finish. Also a bit of hops on the finish.

M - Surprisingly light mouthfeel, but not at all thin. A bit sticky, but pleasantly so.

O - Really enjoyed this. The strong earthy and slightly burnt flavors would prevent me from having more than one in a sitting, but this was a great RIS.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is chocolate malts, some sharp tart vinous fruits, black licorice and a little vanilla and roast.

The flavor is smooth lactic chocolate malts and vanilla with a bit of slightly tart fruit leading to a bitter roasty finish. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a bit of a watery texture.

Overall, a pretty well balanced big beer with a lot of complexity. The tart fruitiness seemed a bit out of place to me and was very distracting.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Snikwad1020
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tjthresh
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours onyx black with a dense medium brown head. Robust aroma. I get some chocolate, coffee and creamer, some dark berries, and a bit of smoke. The flavor is a bit different. Kind of a fruity mocha with plenty of bitterness and alcohol. Silky, milky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. The finish is a bit bitter and hot. Still, this is a fine beer and is recommended.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 bottle pours a pitch black body with a small tan head that quickly falls into some sheet lacing.

Complex aroma has fusel alcohol, cherries and prunes, Vienna coffee, dark chocolate, and a herbal hops note.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with subdued carbonation.

Taste opens with a nutty dark chocolate note, followed by roasty coffee, powdered cocoa, and dried dark fruits. Alcohol is noticed, but is concealed pretty well considering the strength. A serious hop presence makes itself known, with a herbal hop element. Candy sugars are also easy to identify. Finishes with a dark roasty bitterness.

Seems to have influences of a Belgian tripel with the candy sugars, and of a Belgian IPA with the hopping. Very interesting and complex, but not one of my top ten stouts.

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, no feshness/vintage info, except for more marks on the side of the label which are of no help. Purchased at Julio's in Mass. all I remember about about the price was it was a lot! Over $5 for the 11.2 ounce bottle at least. Cool art on the label. Pours BLACK. Creamy, rich/dense dark mocha head, unrelenting retention and plenty of sheeting/lace. The nose is intensly and impresivly of dark chocolate, and double expesso. Thick and luxorious, loads of more bitter dark chocolate, expresso, nuts, brnt grains and everything doubly stouty and boldly delicious. World class stuff, go get some and enjoy.

Photo of Mora2000
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My brother picked this one up for me at Phillipe's in Lafayette. Great find.

Pours dark brown to black with a dark tan head. The head stays around throughout the entire drinking process. Aroma is strong on the dark fruits along with some coffee and chocolate as the beer warms. Very complex. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt, almost burnt in flavor. You also get some more dark fruit and coffee and the beer finishes with some alcohol and sweetness. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of clocktownbrewing
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into oversized snifter from a bottle - Batch No 14 Lot: B6BB

Jet black translucent liquid with a tightly bubbled head. Half finger of foam that dissipates quite slowly for a 13% booze bomb and then leaves a thin layer on top. Light spots of lace stay down the sides of the glass but these too fade as the beer begins to breathe and warm up.

Nose is lacking a little. Apples soaked in booze. Faint hints of dark bitter chocolate. It smells more like a Belgian strong dark than an imperial stout.

Taste is thin and follows the nose. Finishes with stronger bitter dark chocolate flavor.

Not too bad overall. Boozy and bitter though.

Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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