Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by UMNbeerhunter:
4.6/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Thanks a ton from zrab1 for totally unexpectantly hooking this up. Your the man Zach and hit me up next time your in town. Cheers!
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Darkness goblet on 7/22/11.
Pours a solid black with almost no light coming through at all except on the very outer edge of the glass. A huge frothy brown head dissipates leaving a moderate lacing that coats the glass. Perfect color and head. I would like slightly more lacing but it looks top notch.
Smell is roasted malts and dark fruit. Cocoa, figs, raisains, and some slight booze to round it out. Again a very good smell.
Taste is of roasted malt and chocolate up front and then tastes of dark fruit after that. Slight bittersweet aftertaste in the finish. Again top notch, right there with the best stouts. I would like a little more sweetness but its still great.
Mouthfeel is light in weight and it moves smooth through the pallet with no bitterness except at the very end in the aftertaste. I needs some more carbonation but is perfect other then that.
Overall this is one of the best stout in the world. I would like a little more sweetness as well as some carbonation but other then that it is near perfect.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2011 04:33:17 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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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
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
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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