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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,599
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 325
Gots: 384 | FT: 27
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewandbbq on 08-23-2007

Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.
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Photo of Kinsman
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pure black body from which a big and beautiful tan head rises to fill most of the glass.

Aroma is not as roasted as some stouts, but instead filled with plenty raisins and fig fruitiness mixed in with some rum and a slight hing of chocolate.

Taste is noticeably sweeter than a lot of stouts, with a strong fruity ester flavor form the Belgian yeast and a bit of chocolatey aspect too. Finishes with a light touch of hops.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and creamy but not as heavy as expected. Overall, Black Albert is a top notch beer, which I really appreciate having a Belgian twist on the style.

Photo of stageseven
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter with Mal Reever.

Ap - very dark brown, very nearly black. Tan head, with just a ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass.

Ar - interesting smell. A mix of roast and alcohol. Pretty boozy. Maybe a bit of vanilla as well.

T - tons of roast up front and a smooth creamy quality. A bit of vanilla as well. A bit of alcohol but not much. Not a ton of bitterness to it either.

M - a bit warming. Medium body, fairly low carbonation. Leaves a slick feel in the mouth.

D - excellent RIS. Easily drinkable, extremely flavorful. The surprise in this beer for me was the lack of extreme bitterness that you often find in a RIS. It's not cloying at all though, without all that much sweetness up front. I'd call this one a "roast bomb".

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot: B6BB

Impenetrable black under three fingers of dense, persistent tan foam. Initial aromas of jam-like fruit coated with a nice layer of chocolate. Sticky toffee, hazelnut, and whiffs of licorice and wood...any roasted maltiness has really smoothed out to a bittersweet, fruity dessert. Tastes of fig, raisins, and plums alongside dark chocolate and berries. There's a good amount of roastiness before the smack of a somewhat acidic sourness in the finish. Very easy to forget this one is 13%. Creamy, rich, lightly tart mouthfeel. A very interesting RIS.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with light brown edges. Mocha head rises with an inch of head, but dissipates quickly. Lacing is modest.

Nose is dominated by dark fruits, sweet and deep, with a good bit of roasted back ground. Alcohol is present, but is not overly dominating.

Palate is very rich, starting with an earthy malt beginning. Mid-body is dominated by dark fruits, a bit of spice which leads into a very smooth and mellowed roasted finish. Alcohol is present, but adds more to the beer than takes away. Comes off as port wine in essence and character.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with a great resonance of flavor. An exceptional beer that would age gracefully for years. Absolutely divine.

Photo of wcudwight
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick black beer with some tan hues. Large fizzy brown colored head. Lot's of carbonation. The bottled spewed all over my floor when I opened it. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and bananna. The combination smells much better than it sounds. The flavor is very rich and complex without being too strong. In fact it's the smoothness of the beer that impresses me the most. Dark chocolate, black coffee, Belgian yeast flavors with some tropical fruit like hoppiness. The mouthfeel is thick yet velvety smooth with lot's of carbonation. Great beer. Worth the price imo.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan thick head. A skim of head that turns to a tan ring. No lace.

Coffee and dark chocolate, with fruit such as cherry and cassis. Nice dark roasted maltiness.

Dark chocolate and booze up front, with some creamy tart maltiness, then coffee, some dark fruit, maybe anise. Dries out a bit, to long lingering bitterness. Fantastic.

Full bodied, with some prickly carbonation.

13%? could have fooled me. Easy to drink, incredibly complex. $11 for 12 oz bottle. Won't pass my lips again, sadly, but loved every drop.

Photo of ZiggyStarbuck
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought over thanksgiving break while on vacation to South Carolina. Thanks to numerous BA's for steering me toward the Charleston Beer Exchange.

Appearance: Almost black, with a dark brown head that dissipated quickly leaving little to no lacing. A normal looking stout.

Smell: Whoa, this is intense. First thing I noticed was the intense Chocolate/Anise/Licorice aroma mixed with the fruitiness usually associated with strong belgian beers, but no surprise there, as it is exactly what I was expecting.

Taste: Fairly similar to the nose, though not quite as intense as the aroma would lead you to believe. This is a good stout.

Mouthfeel: Thin for a stout with low carbonation. Not bad and it doesn't detract from the flavor, but It leaves more to be desired.

Drinkability: As expected from a 13% stout this is not a beer to be drank in mass quantity. That being said it goes down smooth.

Overall, I would recommend it to anyone who loves Imperial Stouts and Belgian beers.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a deep dark black with a deep dark brown head into my southampton RIS snifter. There is an almost purple tint to the beer. Lacing leaves sparse trails when I swirl the glass and the thin head is easily rebuilt.

s - Yowza. Chocolate dessert...some dark fruit undertones that are almost grape juice like. Candied sugars and chocolate syrup.

t - the booze jumps out at first followed by chocolate covered fruit...settles as a chocolate sangria. once warmed the chocolate flavor is just fantastic.

m/d - as smooth as humphrey bogart but heavy handed on the booziness. Leaves a soft tingle, but the chocolate coats my mouth so it is almost like eating one of those booze filled chocolates. The chocolate richness is fantastic, but this is a sipper. As with all of these huge beers...once the alcohol warms you, you don't notice it as much and the flavor really comes out without distraction. this is a great beer...just hot as hell (although the label says black as hell).

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with tons of sediment, so don't pour it all in your glass. Inky black, a wonderful creamy dark tan to brown head. $6.99/11.2oz bottle and a WHOPPING 13% ABV....excellent lacing too...

Huge, sweet robust aromas. Smells like a milk stout. Lots of chocolate malt roasted up for this. I get some vanilla and some sryup notes, too, but mostly milky chocolate....

Oh wow, the flavor is outta sight!!! A little bit too much alcohol, and it's well hidden, but a little "burny"....Immediately, you get a swath of roasted chocolate malt with a nice sweetness. Mothfeel is super smooth. Early middle, the sweetness starts to shelve off and you get a raosty bitterness - partly malt, partly yeast and partly hops, I reckon. There is also a barrel-aging-like component, but not like bourbon...more like aquavit...It's slightly astringent near the late middle, but never harsh. Finish is long and roasty. Albeit pricey, this is a nice take on the big milk stout...Worth tracking down.

What I like most: The awesome robust flavor profile.

What I like least, the price and sediment, and the alcholo burn.

Verdict: With minor flaws and a hefty price tag, this is a tad below top tier, but its wonderful and worth finding.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. batch number 14, LOT A 4 BB notched on the side indicates it was bottled in april of 2007 (been in the bottle for almost 4 years)

pours out a thick opaque black with a big 2 1/2 fingers of creamy light brown/ mocha colored head that slowly faded to a thick creamy retentive layer. lots of sticky lace as well as some nice legs on the glass. small bits of sediment visible in the bottom of the glass. looks delicious!

the initial aroma holds some strong solvent alcohols. as it settles a bit, heavily roasted malt, dark raisony like fruits, chocolate, and some roasted coffee beans. something else is in there i dont quite have words for. as it warms, the alcohol sort of becomes the main player.

very nice taste. solvent alcohol is there, but its not as prevalaint as i might have expected. it seems to blend with the other flavors nicely. milk chocolate in the begining and some bitter dark chocolate in the finish, heavily roasted malt, an array of fruits, ripe to dark fruits, almost similar to a quad in this aspect. slightly smokey. finishes rich and only slightly bitter.

quite smooth and soft over the tongue, rich and creamy with a big heavy body, chewy towards the finish. carbonation is on the lighter, finer side as it should be. starts out heavy and after the sip ends up lighter than you would expect.

goes down too easy, i would have never guessed 13%.

overall: this is definatly an interesting beer. lots of classic RIS qualities with something else thats hard to find words for. a good try for sure, i would recommend it.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this bottle from Stein's Deli in New Orleans. Awesome selection. Poured into a Great Divide balloon glass.

This beer pours a dark, sinister black. Looks quite thick. Nice creamy tan head. Good lacing and retention. Can't really argue with the presentation here.

The nose is sweet and chocolatey. Maybe milk chocolate and plums? Vanilla and fruity Brett funk? The sweet RIS homebrew I currently have on tap has a lot of the same characteristics. The booze is definitely hiding out there. Very interesting.

The taste is along those same lines. Sweet and stouty. Dark fruits dominate. Fruity sour notes. It all blends quite well and the mouthfeel is perfect to deliver those tastes. I could sip on is after dinner every night. An excellent beer that makes me appreciate my current homebrew... and at the same time wish it was more.

EDIT: this is 13% ABV? Damn. +1 on the drinkability. It had me fooled. I was guessing around 10.

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- cookies, bittersweet chocolate, sweet malt, toast, biscuits, coffee, dark fruit

color- deep reddish brown

clarity- pours clear but opaque in the glass

smell- appetizing aromas associated with baked goods, cookie dough, sweet dark floral fruit

body- active carbonation in the mouth, bitterness tightens the front of the mouth, dry finish with a bitter aftertaste

appearance- one finger cocoa colored head with red hues, carbonation disipates quickly although when agitated the carbonation comes to life, light lace retention

overall impression- great aroma. the after-taste is well balanced

notes and comments- bottle poured with yeast, beware. hop flavors are well integrated. tastes like i've had this beer before...similar profile to other imperials

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, 3/12/11, $9.99, 11.2oz

glassware: trois pistoles goblet

Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Albert. My son's middle name. My confirmation name. My father's name. My grandfather's name. My great-grandfather's name. My 700th review here on BA. . . .

Bottle purchased on 12/30/10 at Nejaime's in MA. Cellared until 3/10/11, stuck it in the fridge overnight, then consumed on 3/11/11. Label is notched "B" & "6" & "BB. . . .

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a tight-bubbled 1+ finger light brown head. Some "legs" but no real lacing. Some chunks of sediment in the bottom of the glass.

S: First impression: Something's a little odd; tough to put my finger on it. Roasted barley and roasted coffee beans. Some charcoal. Becoming chocolatey as it warms - that initial "oddness" seems to dissipate.

T: Nice - roasty malt. Good dose of milk-chocolatey malt. Touch of char is in there too. Finishes with drying alcohol heat and a lingering bitterness. Alcohol heat is felt down the gulley and in the belly. Lingering bitterness - roasted coffee beans come to mind - but also with nice chocolatey sweetness. Dark fruits make an appearance as it warms up a bit.

M: Smooth, real smooth. Good creaminess. Medium-to-heavy in heft.

D: Very drinkable, especially for a beer of 13%. Personally, I think it could pass for 9%. Glad I have another bottle in the cellar.

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A special shout out to my friend and regular drinking buddy Dreadnaught33 for giving me this one last summer... I'm finally getting around to drinking it.

A: I poured this one pretty hard to generate some head and got about 1.5 finger or so thick... but I was probably cheating though. Nevertheless, the mocha color stayed afloat throughout the session... and then some!

S: I could literally smell this from a few feet away after I popped the bottle. Potency aplenty! Wonderful medley of dark fruit (first and foremost), molasses, soy sauce, and cocoa.

T: It was like a dark fruit and dark chocolate milkshake. Great stuff! A little bit of dessert-like saltiness in the middle, and EXTREMELY smooth (considering the ABV) on the finish.

M: About as thick as it gets. The carbonation was low, which was appropriate for this style, and the brew foam coated the glass ten-fold!

D: I would love to try this back-to-back with some of the most coveted RISs in the biz for a taste comparison. On this particular occasion, I felt that this was the bomb diggity!

Photo of IKR
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 0

A: Black with huge brown head. Nothing I can think of to add or change as far as appearance.

S: Raisin y fruity aroma hits my nose first and most prominent. I pick up some roasty notes as an afterthought.

T: Dark fruit taste and roasty notes come through in the taste. I pick up some alcohol but it's not obtrusive. The roasty notes figure most prominently in the aftertaste. I pick up a slight hint of hops.

M: Medium body with a high level of carbonation.

D: Nice flavors, high carbonation and subdued alcohol notes, especially in light that it's 13%. In the 33 cl size I sampled multiple bottles would not be a problem.

The hassle and anxiety of hoping my order makes it from the Struise online website was worth it for me. I'll have to save up and do a larger Order next time to really make it worthwhile.

Photo of AwYeh
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle from Batch 14; lot B6BB, poured into snifter. Thanks to seeswo for sending me this in the Black Booty 4 BIF.

A: Opaque black, with a finger of fine, tan head. Dissipates at a moderate rate, leaving fingers of thin brown lace around the glass.

S: Roasted malts, dark fruit- plums and figs, and a good deal of bittersweet chocolate. Small quantities of marshmallow sweetness and tangy, fermented fruits add to the complexity. As it warms, a slightly musty, cellar smell comes out to make things even more enjoyable.

T: Rich yet subtle, and extremely complex- a great example of a RIS. Sweet chocolate and fruit flavors open this beer's taste, with a pronounced resinous hop bitterness and just barely noticeable sour tang adding generously to the flavor. Bittersweet, lingering finish really tops this one off.

M: Thick body with at least moderate carbonation, this is a uniquely smooth and creamy beer. Goes down extremely easy, while the but there's really no hurry to swallow with this one.

D: The alcohol is entirely hidden here; a great feat for a 13% ABV beer. Both the high quality of the flavor and its complexity have made my glass interesting to the very end. Only wish it wasn't so expensive, then this could be a staple beer in my fridge.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 14, lot B-6-BB, 11.2 oz bottle poured into a large wine glass.

Almost black, with an inch of dense tan head that leaves plenty of finely textured lace.

Nice stouty aroma of dark caramel and roasty coffee.

Tastes surprisingly fruity, like berries, which works well with the coffee, caramel, and chocolate flavors. Full flavored, tasty, smooth, well balanced. Long slightly bittersweet finish of coffee and fruit.

Medium bodied, with smooth tiny-bubbled carbonation. Nicely balanced, easy to drink.

Photo of kbanks13
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 0, poured at right around cellar temp into a snifter. Poured an impenetrable black body with a HUGE milk chocolate colored frothy head after a semi-vigorous pour. Just like a good Belgian ale, the retention was superior and lacing was great. Smells like dried plums and raisins with molasses and vanilla. Burnt caramel, bitter chocolate, and earthy aromas round out the nose. The taste is largely the sweet sugary fruits at first, followed by the acidic cocoa and coffee flavors expected in a stout like this. Interesting characteristics from the Belgian yeast strain used, somewhat spicy. Very clean and balanced flavor profile, but rich and complex with bold flavors. Feel is about as thick and heavy as I'd expect in a RIS, but carbonated like a dubbel or tripel, which lightened the body a bit. An all around exceptional beer, and it lives up to every bit of hype it gets. Now I'm really curious to see how Cuvee Delphine compares.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this one from the hulmeville inn. The lot: states A-4-BB. Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a darker brown heading that settles to a thin edging.Little lacing but very alive looking for such a heavy loaded treat.

Smell is heavy with dark chocolate coffee notes. Alcohol is apparent as well kind of blending in with complex darker fruits.

Taste is highly rich malted.Quick hot alcohol touches down but is interupted by the heavy molasses bomb that coats the palate and makes the lip stick together.Some light coffee notes, and a slight funky sour note I am guessing to the higher IBU.

Mouth is full bodied slightly whimzy with the carbonation. Slightly chewy but is super smooth with a slight hotness of warm alcohol left in the mouth lingering.

Wow this one was fantastic and what an easy going drink for the high alcohol content.Superb suiting.

Photo of Dawkfan
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- This beer pours out pitch black, no light passing through. The head is a tight and dense rich mocha color. Thick milky cap that hangs around forever. Not a lot of lace which can be expected from a beer of this strength, but above the cap is a milkshake consistency coating.

S- Intriguing, really nothing like I was expecting. Big bold aromas! Rich dark chocolate, cherries and plums. Oodles of malt in this. Fantastic underlying aromas of smoky woodiness and licorice. Earthy hop aromas and sour notes as well.

T- Holy hell that's different from anything I've ever tasted. Again, big rich flavors! The malt and dark fruits really come out at the start. Midway through the hops really start to shine and are melded together in the finish with huge chocolate flavors and a tart sourness. More chocolate left lingering.

M- Feel is very good. Unbelievable smooth, medium bodied and carbonation. Sticky and really coates the mouth the more you drink.

D- This is by far the easiest drinking beer I've had of this strength. Extremly hard to put down. A sipping beer this was not! It just kept getting better and better, had to adjust my score by the end.

Photo of veinless
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Welcome to Cleveland Baron! All we need to do now is find a way to get Larry Hughes and Ricky Davis back.

Pours an opaque black, with no light passing through whatsoever. Two-finger dark tan head was generated easily, and dissapated at a nice rate, not to fast or slowly.

Nose is very, very deep, with tons of fruit (cherries and plums) with a twinge tropical character (sweet pineapple?) as well, perhaps from the 100 IBUs the bottle says this guy has. Boozy, with light chocolate and coffee sniffs too. Phenomenal smell.

Taste is such a great balance of all the flavors I don't know where to start - milky chocolate taste to start, blended with nice soft coffee flavor, which also has a slight fruit character behind it (wish there was more of the fruit). Alcohol then rears its head in the most docile of ways, briefly giving a premium booze taste that doesn't harm the incredible smoothness of this beer.

Bitterness comes out a bit near the end, and combined with the flavors already present, leaves you with just the right amount of mouth-sticking goodness along with enough clean bitterness to make this incredibly drinkable. Feels like melted ice cream (one of my personal favorite foods) in texture and weight, and just about every other physical characteristic. Easiest 5 I've ever given for mouthfeel. Drinkability is just as ridiculous for a beer of this high an abv - alcohol is detectable, but only in a way that is beneficial for the taste of the beer. You don't get any burn whatsoever. Considering the full 13% abv, this might be the easiest 5 I've ever given for drinkability too.

This beer has a bit of everything, and melds them together in truly spectacular fashion. I'd get this JUST to experience the exquisite texture and drinkability, but the fact that it offers up world class aromas and tastes takes the cake.

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

274th review on BA
bottle to New Belgium Globe
11.2 oz

Thanks to ATPete for this one!

App- A mocha colored mixed with some dark brown. A nice one finger head that was slightly dark tan and some nice lacing.

Smell- Smells of booze, sweet malts, a little chocolate candy and some sweet cream.

Taste- A lot sweeter than I thought. Picking up some light red/purple fruit notes. Cherries mostly with the creamyness of some chocolate.

Mouth- A medium bodied with a medium carb level to me almost bordering on a high carb level. Felt a lot of movement across the palate. A nice mocha ground coffee after taste.

Drink- Very good indeed. A belgian sweet treat that was highly drinkable with a huge ABV. A very good beer.

Photo of tkarsies
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot B6BB. Served near room temp in my Westy chalice. A special Valentine's Day treat.

Near black with dark brown head. Vigorous carbonation after the pour. Leaves beige lacing. Nice

Smells of roasted goodness. Some hints of coffee and fruits. Maybe a hint of sourness

Rich and complex. Initially the primary flavor is roasted malt. Then there is the dark fruit. There is a hint of flavor that faintly reminds me of a Belgian sour beer. With each sip, it becomes more complex. Kind of stout meets barleywine meets Belgian funky goodness. Oh, and there is a bit of hops at then end just to tease and provide some balance.

For all the fizzing when poured, this actually is not very carbonated. Smooth. Not quite as thick as the typical RIS I have had. A little stickiness in the mouth as well.

Drinkability is quite good, especially for a 13% brew. Alcohol is felt but not noticed in the flavor profile. A treat for sipping, especially as the temperature is dropping outside. Don't really At $10 for a bottle, I can't afford to drink this often, but it is definitely worth having again.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Struise webshop. Marked as Lot D. Best before September 2015. Batch "0".

A - Pitch black, zero light to be seen through it. Huge creamy, brown head that just lingers. Cascading sticky lacing.

S - Deep and rich coffee, dark fruits with a nice sweet mocha mixed in leading to just a bit of sweetness in the nose. Nice alcohol smell that makes me recall bourbon.

T - Roasty malts. Chocolate with hint of dark fruits like figs. Has a vanilla and caramel taste effect. Molasses as well. Just a faint bitterness. Finishes with a great boozy warming feel.

M - Damn smooth. Wonderful creaminess. Medium bodied. Light carbonation.

D - 13% ABV is big but don't let that stop you from grabbing a couple. This is a great brew and very drinkable.

Photo of dasenebler
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11oz. bottle received as gift last year. No date to be found.

Pours thick and unctuous into a wide tulip glass. Inky black. One of the best heads I've ever seen on a stout or a beer in general. The craggy, towering dark tan head is on par with the best belgians out there, especially when you consider the alcohol content on this guy.

Nose is of ripe fruit and Struise yeastiness, plus a hint of roasted malt.

Flavor is excellent. Loads of acidic, roasty malts coupled with a tangy, sour component. Loads of bittersweet chocolate as well. Probably the ripest and fruitiest imperial stout I've ever had, and completely unlike most American versions of the style. Dry, somewhat hoppy finish. This beer definitely has that Struise flair, that signature yeast strain. Mouthfeel was one of the weak spots: though it was full, I expected even more weight. I knew this one would be very carbonated, but the bubbles ended up being a bit much for me, especially in a complex stout such as this. Alcohol is apparent, but much less noticeable than expected. One of the easiest drinking 13 percent beers I've ever had.

Truly a one of a kind stout and worth a try at least once.

*EDIT, 2/13/2011*
Recently got a few bottles of "Batch 0" and I must say, this is one hell of a stout. The mouthfeel is much improved, with a silky, weighty texture and fine carbonation. Noticing more hops too, odd for a beer this old. It's amazingly drinkable for a 13 percent impy. Easily the best Belgian-made stout out there. Bumping this one up from a 4.25 to a 4.5.

Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,599 ratings.