Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,583
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 317
Gots: 374 | 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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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, brdc, for making drinking this bad boy a reality.

Well, it's not really a Russian Imperial Stout... but it's a big, delicious, exceedingly drinkable stout.

Pours a deep, opaque jet black with several fingers into my Bruery tulip... It has superb sticky lacing and a lasting head. What? Big stouts that don't look like sludge?!

The aroma is a ton of chocolate, more milk than dark chocolate, with some fig and/or rich, dark, ripe fruit aromas. Surprisingly, as it warms, this really pulls back a bit... it seems a bit flat.

Even before I get to the taste, I have to mention the mouthfeel here, it's a velvety smooth texture that's practically unlike anything I've had. It feels full, but complete, without being sticky. Amazing.

The taste, like the aroma, actually seems to get flat as it warms. But what's there is a dark caramel sweetness, maybe with some mincemeat qualities, a hint of roasted coffee, and some milk chocolate around the edges. It's bitter, but it seems like a hop bitterness, not a roast bitterness, but no hop character to speak of.

Y'know, I was super impressed when I first poured this, but it seems to lose it's more exciting fringe character as it should be opening... that said, this is amazingly drinkable, with a clean flavor and a great aftertaste. If this were readily available, I'd purchase with regularity, but at a high cost, via trade or cash, I'm not sure, even if my first reaction was: this is amazing!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color. Nose of dark chocolate liqueur, old twisted hoses and molasses melted.

The palate is dark chocolate, which reigns supreme with a rate of ABV well camouflaged. It then releases the flavors of roasted coffee, caramel and black too, and this is particularly noticeable when you let the beer sit in the glass, slightly candied black fruit (blackberry me being the first that comes to mind) .

This adds a subtle touch of acidity to an imperial stout that incorporates all these elements well, despite a less impressive finish and persistent than its American counterparts.

One of the best Belgian stouts, definitely.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Pours black as black can be with a thin (1/16") tan head which leaves trace lace.

N: Roast, some coffee, caramel, and toffee.

T: On warming the raisins, dark chocolate, molasses, sherry and oxidized notes become dominant.

M: Full body and fair carbonation. Rich, decadent, brownie frosting, dessert finish.

O: A treat. Let this warm to enjoy the multi-layered complexity.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 330mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/3/12
*From notes

Thanks to the trader who got extra'ed me this a while back.

-- Batch 0 --

A: Dark. I mean really, really dark. A generous pour yields an epic 3.25 finger cascading and creamy head that never really fades away.

S: Straight brownie batter.

T: Quite unique. It's a bit rustic, with hints of rich earth up front. As it moves further back, the brownie batter quality of it hits the the mid in an agressive manner. The finish reveals a staunch Belgian yeast profile, with mountains of ground cocoa in the background. As it warms, black cherry skins become evident.

M: This isn't up to the jaw dropping levels of some in style, yet it holds it's own. There's a bit too much fizz, but as it sits and I swirl it in my glass, it calms a bit, and becomes a bit smoother in the mouth.

O: Black Albert is a pretty spectacular RIS. It's got layers of complexity that many American offerings just can't compete with. This is highly recommneded, and one I look forward to having again.

*Allow this to warm to room temperature for full enjoyment.

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,583 ratings.