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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
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1,457 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 317
Gots: 359 | FT: 18
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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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klewis

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Pours pitch black with a big, foamy head. Good sustain with thick lacing.

S: Barely any smell whatsoever. Traces of dark fruit, sweet chocolate, and booze.

T: A light sweetness as the beer hits the tongue immediately followed by charred oak, raisins, and espresso. Flashes of cocoa and vanilla in the back. A bit astringent from a noticeable alcoholic character.

M: Full-bodied with fine carbonation. Soft and silky but with a pervasive stickiness.

D: This one is quite hot and needs some time to mellow. Otherwise, the smoothness of the flavors and mouthfeel make this one a winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:15:33 | More by klewis
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BMMillsy

Florida

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

Poured deep thick black with a big dark brown head. Aroma of roasted grains, some spice, bitter chocolate, and hints of licorice. Big full mouthfeel. Bitter chocolate and roast with some slight spiciness to it. First time I have tasted definite charred tobacco. Lingering bitter chocolate and dark dried fruit mixture left on the palate. A nice impy that reminds me of Pt5.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 02:55:27 | More by BMMillsy
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'07 bottle. Into a Mad Elf snifter.

Nice little cap of head for an almost five year-old beer. Dark beige in color, and sitting atop a pitch black body. 4.0

Dark fruits, smoke, booze, bitter cocoa, and some espresso notes. Sweetness abound through malt and strength. 4.5

Smoothed out for the strength. Roasted malt bitterness, candi sugar, prune, bitter cocoa, and tart cherry in the finish. Creamy flavors are interesting, as this stout seems to have rounded out its 100 IBUs. Hop character still lingering with dry earthy tones. Puckering and slightly astringent in the aftertaste. 4.0

Creamy body with ample carbonation. A little tannic in the finish. Okay. 3.5

Fabulous RIS. A little attenuated, but prime. Would love to try a fresher vintage. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 20:08:59 | More by thecheapies
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hero27

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.
13% abv (says "VERY STRONG BEER" on the label, haha, nice..)

Thanks go out to Jw347 for the trade!

Apparently this is a Belgian Royal Stout (again, according to the label)..so I guess this would be my first ever Royal Stout.

Chilled for a few minutes, then let this warm up to room temp while drinking..
Pours a dark, stained chestnut color..solid, frothy tan head.
Delicate aroma of plums, bananas, burnt chocolate, & Belgian yeast.
Flavor is a combination of candied fruits, rich dark chocolate, and roasted barley malt.. everything blends together really well, but this doesn't have the complexity that you'd expect in a "high-end" imperial stout. Sweetness is a little over-the-top and leaves a residual sugary aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is chewy, and the carbonation is done to near perfection..extremely soft & at the same time it stays pretty lively in the mouth.

On to a new topic...I'd like to call "Shenanigans" on the ABV of this one...seriously.
This is one of the few beers I've had where I have to actually question the listed ABV...either this is some kind of a freak of nature in the world of beer, or it's not 13% alcohol...there's no heat, no taste/perception of "high" alcohol..nothing.. I drank the entire bottle on an empty stomach and didn't even have a hint of a buzz, so this claimed "13%" number is suspect to me. The fact that they actually printed "VERY STRONG BEER" in bold print on the label only supports the idea that the strength of this beer could be a bit of a marketing gimmick.
Maybe I'm dead wrong, but after reading through other reviews that appear to say the same thing, I think they must measure alcohol content a little different across the Atlantic.

Overall, this is a solid stout for sure, but it wouldn't be in my Top 10 Imperial Stouts, let alone top beers in the world. Just one man's opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 04:56:03 | More by hero27
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OStrungT

California

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. I can detect some chocolate as well. I can also detect some figs and raisins. The alcohol content is not very well hidden in the aroma.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Malty caramel sweetness. Alcohol also. Dark fruits make an apperance. Also, a slight chocolatey flavor is present.

This beer is low in carbonation, fitting the style. It warms on the way down. It leaves a malty sweet aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt be the greatest session beer. At 13% ABV, I dont know many beers that would be.

Overall: I had this beer while at the Trappist in Oakland CA. I have wanted to try it for some time, and was pretty happy to get the chance. This beer was pretty good. It was cool to try a beer from Belgium that is not typically available.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 20:33:59 | More by OStrungT
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beenitty

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into Delirium snifter..reviewed from notes

A - Pours deep black with georgeous brown head. Some of the bubbles cant pop (specific gravity?) and moonwalk across the head. This beer looks awsome.

S - Big on Dark chocolate, roasted malt, belgian yeast for sure, bit sweet as well, booze follows with a slight singe of the nose hairs.

T - Getting alot of dark chocolate, smooth breadiness from yeast, lighter, bit sweeter finish than most RIS, which I like.

M - Dark chocolate sticks on the palate for sure. Lots of accumlation of the dark chocolate bitterness. Put me off at first but as I had more it grew on me. Lighter on the finish than other RIS, which I like for the summer.

O - Great brew, wish I had more than 33cl to enjoy. Only reason I rated this a bit lower overall is because the other versions with this base are much better IMO, Coffee Club, and especially Mocha Bomb.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 19:19:01 | More by beenitty
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prototypic

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to lightindarkness. Very generous of you, dood.

Appearance: Carbonation appears to be very active. It's attempting to escape the bottle after cracking the cap. Doesn't appear so bold upon pouring. It's onyx in color with absolutely no light slicing through. Black Albert, if nothing else, bears the right name. The head is mocha in color and never seems to quite recede. Left a light, sticky coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose reveals an abundance of malt. Chocolate is the primary variety, but there's healthy amount of roasted malts, as well. There's a hint of dark fruit (mostly plum) and molasses. It does have a faint hoppy aroma, but it's pretty well buried beneath the malt avalanche. Nonetheless, it's a nice find. Alcohol is noted, but is contained pretty well. This is very deep, nice smelling beer.

Taste: It's sweet and full of chocolate flavor initially. Roasted malts are not quite as strong, but are easily noted. At the secondary level, it has a nice mesh of flavors that's equal parts molasses, dark fruit, and roasted coffee. They bolster the character and depth of the flavor quite a bit. It does have a somewhat sour taste that's interesting. I honestly don't care for that aspect and believe it has a negative effect on the flavor. It just doesn't play well with the other elements. There's a little hop buzziness on the tail. That's a nice addition. Alcohol is masked extremely well. I was expecting it to run a little warm, but it doesn't. It finishes a little sour and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is on the lighter side of thick. It's smooth, but carbonation seems to prevent it from reaching the next level. Drinkability is above average. But, this is a big, badass beer that can easily kick you around with its 13% abv. I'm not having much trouble with this bottle. It's a nice sipping beer that I'll enjoy for a while.

Black Albert's a very solid beer. I like it quite a bit, but I can't say it deserves all the hype. Actually, I believe some the hype has faded quite a bit. The only real problems I have with it are the slightly high carbonation and the sour flavor that's been incorporated. Less carbonation and sourness would improve it a good bit. As it stands, they don't have an overly substantial negative effect, but they do enough to prevent it from reaching its potential. Just my opinion. That being said, it's still a good beer and is easily recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 01:29:13 | More by prototypic
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review transcribed from notes dated 2-2-2009.

Paid $10 each for a couple of 330ml bottles. The "extreme beer" movement has really swept well-crafted but not over-the-top beers like this one to the wayside in a lot of people's eyes.

Pours black and fairly thick with a tan head.

Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and some candi sugar.

Flavor is interesting. Markedly Belgian, yet still an imperial stout, with roast, molasses, Belgian yeast, bitter chocolate, slight vinous notes, and a bitter hop finish.

Fairly thick on the mouthfeel, and slick, with a good level of carbonation.

A winner in my eyes, but of course there are naysayers.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 20:11:15 | More by nickd717
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge deep brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep dry black chocolate with an intense hoppy dry finish. Taste is also a very nice mix between some deep dry chocolate malt with some dry hops and a dry roasted malt and coffee finish. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very complex and not totally American in it approach to the style. A more creamy body would render this even better in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 03:43:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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berkey

California

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass and reviewed 09/13/10.

Forms a large tan head with some subtle reddish highlights. Body of the beer is black in color, delivering on ones expectation based on it's name. Head retention is decent and it leaves webs of lacing as it settles.

Aroma is big and chocolatey with a hint of smoke helping to take a little of the edge off the considerable boozy character. Flavor is also bold and big on chocolate but not nearly as sweet or alcoholic as I might have guessed from the aroma and ABV. Finish is somehow simultaneously fruity and coffee-like.

Have to be honest I let some of the anti-hype concerning this beer convince me it might be a dud but it's actually interesting and suprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 19:37:02 | More by berkey
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vacax

California

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle via trade. Thanks to Javi. Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Black liquid and a tan head that is vast. Huge thick head was unexpected from a giant 13% ABV stout, I was caught off guard. I reckon this is due to the Belgian yeast, but I'll be damned if it doesn't make one hell of a gorgeous stout. Geneorus lacing.

S: Pears, chocolate, pleasant and mild Belgian yeast, candi sugar. Much more fruity and light than most enormous roasty, bourbony imperial stouts.

T: Bursting with pears, dark fruits, maybe even hints of currants. Warming with a crazy fruity Belgian yeast. Bittering hops mix with a sweetness that is almost cloying but actually very pleasant. Rich roasty malt finish to the sweetness. Rich, fruity, and sweet. Unique.

M: Smooth and medium-thick in the world of imperial stouts. Carbonated but not prickly, goes well with the sweetness.

D: Considering it comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle, this is very easy drinking. No problem drinking an entire bottle, though I did share some with my bro. Very sweet but matched by a great fruitiness and roasty finish smooths it out. I would not object to changing this into bomber format. Very big flavors, but basically no alcohol essence.

Unique, enjoyable, sweet and fruity but balanced with a roast and incredibly smooth for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 04:56:25 | More by vacax
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gameface23

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's, poured into a tulip glass with a bulbous bottom. Pours black with a caramel head.

The smell is very sweet. Chocolate and slight coffee. Certain spices and dark fruits.

The taste was similar to the smell, with a thick and creamy mouthfeel.

I actually had no idea that this was 13% alcohol until I looked it up to review it. The alcohol is VERY well hidden. Drinkability was great.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 18:48:05 | More by gameface23
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown in color. Plenty of viscosity on the pour. A beautiful khaki tan head of about half an inch is perched atop.
Smell is roasted coffee and malts. Some belgian yeast can be found if you dig a bit. Taste is more the same, but the belgian yeast is much more apparent in the flavor. Very huge, and super creamy in the mouthfeel. Truly velvety on the tongue. It makes it way too drinkable for the ABV. The mouthfeel is second to none, it's that good. Starting to get a little bit of a lacto smell in the beer now that it has started to warm up a bit. Plenty of carbonation. More carbonation than I'm used to in my imperial stouts. There's a little bit of warmth coming from the ABV, but that is expected, and it's not that bad. The pillowy head is staying around for the entirety of the session.
This is a very good stout. Is it one of the best that I've ever had, I don't know. It's the best of the style that I've had. I'll be interesting to see what some time will do to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 00:19:37 | More by FtownThrowDown
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/22/10- Had a 33cL bottle of this, marked B6BB.
A: Black; poured with a good tan head that died to a very nice film and collar.
S: Dry chocolate strawberries, raspberries, port/brandy alcohol character, cigar smokiness, caramel. Very good. The strawberries and cigar are very noticeable.
T: Very dry (tart) and very roasted, but not porky. Creamy and slightly caramel, chocolate, brandy alcohol, but not harsh, and smokey.
M: Frothy, dry, nice.
D: Eh... pretty good. One is enough. Overall, this beer rocks.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 19:42:04 | More by ne0m00re
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jw347 and tpd975 for giving me chances to try (and share) this one.

Pours deep cola out of the bottle, sitting black in the glass. Huge effervescent tan head climbs on top and settles very slowly down into the depths. Thick patches of lace are left in its wake.

Nose is not overly strong, but has a lot of complexity to it. Molasses, caramel, subtle dark rich fruits, aromatic wood, and a slight burnt plastic smell that may actually be the alcohol blending with the other deeper sweet scents (better with some decanting).

Flavor comes on to the palate with a wide span of tastes, ranging from spicy hardwood and cedar, to coffee, to blackened grainy bread. Sweetness is mild, only momentarily notable in brown sugar and deep prune, then swallowed by some earthy full bitterness and dark grains. Again, mild phenolic plastic flavor is briefly noted as fumes, smoothing out into fading fruitiness and remarkably mild alcohol (re-suggesting decanting before serving to smooth everything over).

Feel is not overbearing at all, with a thicker medium body and substantial carbonation. Somewhat thick and viscous at the finish, it leaves a bitter clinging film for a short while, but never feels thick or heavy.

As for overall drinkability and character, I think it's great but not the best RIS I've tried. Nicely balanced, especially to nearly completely hide 13% abv. Aside from temperature change, it seems to really benefit from decanting to breathe momentarily and release some of the imbalanced fumes initially released. Definitely improves the longer it sits. I could sip this one for a while, only noticing the alcohol in my head and stomach, but not in mouth or nose.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 03:36:19 | More by lightindarkness
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MPLS

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe one of the most expensive beers I have purchased is you are considering the price per oz. I of course paid it in hopes of knocking another one off the 'best of BA' and the fact that it just got distribution in Minneapolis.

11.2 FL OZ - 13% Alcohol - BA No 14

A:Black? sure. Albert? sure? A 2 cm bubble layered brown head sits a top the small Belgian Tulip it's poured into. Cascading brown foam with every sip.

S: Cocoa, Roast, Small hop profile, yeast, alcohol.

T: This one is pretty high on the sweetness, almost citrusy sweet initially, and has quite a bitter finish for a stout. This is a Royal stout though, mhhhmmm. Let it warm for a bit and the alcohol became a bit more noticable.

M: Medium, was expecting a little most adhesiveness to the palate, but it faded quickly across the tongue.

D: Price being the biggest issue and a beer this big probably has a tendency to kill the esophagus. Interesting flavor,but not a favorite RIS for me, worth trying from hype.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 20:22:24 | More by MPLS
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BA No. 14 (Brewed in June 2007 according to Lot No./Bottle Code)

A: Pours an opaque very dark black (almost jet black) in color with some dark amber notes when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark beige head that fairly quickly reduces to a small patch of larger bubbles, a small to medium amount of extremely thin film, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruit (plums and prunes) with some moderate amounts of sweetness. Maybe just a hint of anise.

T: The flavor of this beer is very similar to the smell, lots of dark fruit (plums and prunes) followed by lighter hints of roasted malts and anise.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: I am surprised, the high (13%) ABV is extremely well hidden making this beer much easier to drink than one might have expected form the ABV on the bottle. Almost feels like a hybrid between a Russian Imperial Stout and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Complexity increases as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 23:39:41 | More by dbrauneis
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep rich black with a massive tan head. I'd bet you could float a quarter on that mother.

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and dark ripe fruits.

A burst of dark ripe fruity sourness immediately greets the palate followed by rich coffee, raisin, brown sugar, and molasses. Amazingly, the 13% alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

Perhaps a bit over-hyped? But a quality RIS for sure. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 21:50:29 | More by Monkeyknife
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a huge tan head that stays until the end and laces nicely. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is faint chocolate with roasted malts up front, maybe a little too roasted. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth, creamy texture. Drinkablity was good too, it went down the hatch fast and easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 04:51:48 | More by nrpellegrini
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davey101

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. No idea what the vintage is (stamps over B, 6, B on the label) but I'm guessing its from the last release. Reviewed 07-17-2011. Not sure I have ever seen an RIS with so much sludge and sediment. The bottom of the bottle looks like it got attacked by mocha algae.

A - Deep, dark black body. An aggressive poured yielded a nice mocha head that came down to some nice edging. The bottom of the glass, that's a different story. Lots of loose yeast and mocha colored sediment which reaches up a half inch or so. Yikes! 3.5/5

S - Coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla notes, and just a hint of alcohol. 4.0/5

T - Really great balance. Deep roasted malts, light coffee, rich vanilla/oak and bourbon and that familiar RIS aftertaste. ABV is hidden dangerously well. Creamy and smooth mouth feel with a nice bit of carbonation. I'm not sure if its diacetyl, but I do detect a slight butter flavor at the end, however it blends seamlessly with the flavor profile. 4.0/5 Mouth feel 4.0/5

O - Very pricey, but extremely good. De Struise continues to amaze me. This is one of the better RIS's I've had. 4.0/5

Batch '0', Lot D, Best Before September 2015. Making this a September, 2010 vintage. Reviewed 08-21-2012

A - Dark black body, tight two finger high mocha head. Great deal of lacing and retention for the high abv. 4.0/5

S - Very quad like with some red wine and dark fruit elements. Layers of chewy toffee, chocolate, coffee beans, and liquorice. Cordial cherries and and an acridic balsamic vinegar finish. Highly unusual... 4.0/5

T - Less quadrupel like than the nose. Starts off with acrid red wine and cherries which give way to charred malts, coffee beans, liquorice, tobacco and bittersweet chocolate. The finish is sweetened with a unique fruitiness. 3.5/5

M - Unbelievably silky and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The abv is completely hidden. 4.5/5

O - Just a really odd and unique stout. I think the Batch 0 is a notch better than the later batches. Just seems to be a bit more integrated. I can't imagine this improving with age though. 4.0/5

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 02:24:15 | More by davey101
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trill

Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best by 04/2013, courtesy deepsouth. Thanks Jason!

Pours totally opaque, with the sort of swimmy, slowly dissipating head common to big Belgian beers. Nose is mostly boozy dark fruits, with only a suggestion of roasty chocolate. Taste is more like a gigantic quadrupel than any stout I've had, definitely thinner in body than most imperial stouts. The taste is full of rich, bready malt, rum-soaked raisins and other dark fruits, very much like an English barleywine. There's some earthy Continental hop bitterness, just enough for balance, and pleasant but faint notes of chocolate, leather, espresso, and smoke in the finish. This one is big, but not heavy-handed.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 22:15:31 | More by trill
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large silky dark brown head sits atop a pitch black beer. Good head retention and beautiful lacing.

S- Dark ripe plum, mild oak, charcoal and roasted nuts make a big impression on the nose. Also some alcohol, brown sugar and piney hops.

T- Very fruity and roasty up front with a nice smooth, oily mouthfeel. Plums, raisin and a hint of fig, roasted nuts, burnt toast, and molasses are also in there. Some nice bitterness in the end that helps balance things out, and a nice dry finish.

This is a pretty good RIS, nice balance, and great flavor. I will be buying this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 23:39:03 | More by br3wmeister
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a strange one. Thanks to cbutova for splitting.

Black Albert is not quite black it seems. More of a dark brown with a tan, creamy head. Retains very well.

Smells EXACTLY like grape juice. Welch's grape juice with alcohol. Red wine maybe? I love grape juice so I'm not complaining, but I'll be damned if they didn't throw some in there.

Taste is not really stouty at all, the Belgian yeast takes over here. Lots of quad notes - tons of dark fruit, brown sugar, some booze. The only stout notes are a bit of roastiness and dark chocolate. Plum and sharp grape notes. Way more Quad/BSDA than Stout.

Mouthfeel is fine overall, booze is hidden pretty well. Pretty tart on the finish.

The label 'Russian Imperial Stout' is quite misleading, maybe 'Belgian Royal Stout' should be a separate style category. Pretty good but not what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 15:52:07 | More by Chico1985
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waltersrj

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 14.

Pour: Dark black with a big, creamy, dark tan head that lasts for the entirety of this drinks' life.

Nose: Dark chocolate, fudge brownie, cherry pits, slight banana, fruit esters, and Belgian spice.

Taste: Opposite of the nose, the Belgian characteristics or spice, clove, and banana come out but are overwhelmed with dark chocolate and brownie batter, also slight mint.

Mouthfeel: Fantastically, velvety smooth. This is near perfect here for carbonation.

Overall: Great beer. This is SN excellent RIS with a Belgian yeast strain twist.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 06:37:54 | More by waltersrj
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OlieIPA

California

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass at 55 degrees F...

A: A bold black colored body that supported a dark tan head.

S: A very distinct caramel and espresso followed by hints of alcohol and dark chocolate.

T: A real complex mix of dark fruits, coffee, and cocoa with an intense alcoholic finish. The dark fruit could either be some sort of raisin or licorice quality, but it's hard to determine.

M: A tad bit lighter then what I expected, but a good medium-body RIS.

D: Even though the finish is strong in the ABV category, this beer possess a variety of well-balanced flavors that makes it very enjoyable.

Overall: The flavor reminded me of a combination of Older Viscosity and perhaps a light coffee stout that was exceptionally balanced. Not what I expected at all, but still a very pleasant experience.

Serving type: bottle

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