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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,512 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 321
Gots: 361 | FT: 21
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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Photo of stcules
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black, just a veil of evanescent foam.
Toasted, chocolately, woody smell. Nuts, green hops, a hint of almond.
Very smooth in the mouth, the 13 ABV is very well hidden.
Again, vanilla, artichoke, dried fruit. Hops and toasted notes.
It is a continuum of well amalgamated and pleasant flavour.
Good strucuture, full, but balanced. Full body.
Toasted and chocolate in the aftertaste, and a green toastiness.
Really good.

stcules, Monday at 08:11 PM
Photo of jroberts8811
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

jroberts8811, Monday at 01:14 AM
Photo of macher0
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours very dark, silky, with moderate viscosity. The nose is big on grape/berry and dark malts and char. The taste is dark malts and tart berries. Not sweet but not a sour either. Very natural and well balanced. An extremely well crafted. .

macher0, Saturday at 04:00 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

bmurray10, Friday at 02:46 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

factoide, Thursday at 09:00 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +12.9%

ToddHolder, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

dsalmons, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of GregDuB65
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

GregDuB65, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of psdonnelly
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

psdonnelly, Sep 16, 2014
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4.96/5  rDev +16.7%

DrunkyBuddha, Sep 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

jemarent, Sep 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

myteam24, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Black Albert has a thin, tan head, an extremely dark-brown (essentially black), opaque appearance, with brown highlights at the edges, under strong, direct light, and minor lacing left behind. The aroma is of super-sweet, dark-roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, fruit cake, and nougat. Taste is of all those elements, plus high bitterness, astringency, black cherries, licorice, raisins, and other things indescribable. Mouthfeel is thick, oily, and syrupy, and Black Albert finishes semi-wet, strong, rich, and surprisingly drinkable.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of greg4579
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Batch 14, 2007 vintage.

Very port like in flavor. Lots of vinous notes. I found the nose faint, and almost nonexistent. I thought the mouthfeel was good and as expected.

A dessert in itself and an enjoyable way to start watching Thursday night football.

greg4579, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

**opens bottle of Struise Black Albert**
**puts spectacles on top of head**
**Examines computer print off**
everything points to - World's greatest beer!

EmperorBevis, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Skunkyluvmuffin
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Skunkyluvmuffin, Sep 10, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -20%

Marco_Gtz, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Thishops4u, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

330ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also a dark fruit flavour, a bit of a peppery spice mix, and some burnt/charred flavour.

Overall - Alcohol is very well hidden and the beer has a nice belgian type twist on a RIS flavour. Kind of like a RIS meets a quad if that makes any sense. If you're in the mood for a non cloying high ABV RIS, this is your brew.

spinrsx, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A - Cola color. Good amount of sediment. Medium to small, fizzy, light, bubbly, cafe au laite color head. Disappears very face leaving no lacing.

S - Strong berry/bramble aroma, as well as dark fruit (particularly prune). Also a some anise/black licorice. Hints of leather and cocoa.

T - Like the nose this is pretty light on any chocolate/coffee/roasted malt flavors. Fair amount of dark fruit and a slight tart bramble berry finish. Anise in the back. A dull leather/wood like flavor comes out subtly in the middle to finish.

M - Medium body. Slick feel with medium to low carbonation.

D - Alcohol is very well hidden. Flavors go together very well and compliment each other. A nice beer to take a sip, let the flavors stick on your tongue for a while and then go back for another sip.

Notes: Bottle June 2007. This has held up very well. Flavors have melded together very well. Make a nice Baltic Porter type stout with the dark fruit. Tasty and somewhat unique in the combo of flavors. Enjoyable beer.

FreshHawk, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of flipper2gv
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

From notes

A: Pours dark brown with very little head tan head.

S: Somewhat porter-ish it seems with tons of vanilla, coconut, chocolate and maybe leather.

T: Follows the nose with taste of vanilla, coconut, chocolate, leather and maybe a tiny bit of smoke. The alcohol is not noticeable, but this is a beer I suppose it would have helped balanced the flavours. The flavours are usually what you expect in a top tier RIS, but in this case they mix a bit strangely and don't give the best results, although the beer is VERY solid still.

M: Very light and porter-ish, like the taste.

D: Quite drinkable for a beer of this size.

flipper2gv, Aug 29, 2014
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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.