1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

Not Rated.
Black AlbertBlack Albert

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,562 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 316
Gots: 371 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Black Albert Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,562 | Reviews: 818 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Brutus627
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Brutus627, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of CBlack85
5/5  rDev +17.6%

CBlack85, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of GRUUMSH
4/5  rDev -5.9%

GRUUMSH, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of grayburn
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most beers don't live up to the hype, I've gotten used to this. So as I purchased my 10 dollar, 330cl bottle, I was not expecting anything that revolutionized beer to me. It happened anyway. The big kicker on this beer is the thick and creamy mouth, it really brings together all facets of this wonderful brew into an orgasmic package. Dangerously drinkable, the chocolate and belgianesque funkiness really play like best friends here. My words do no justice, believe the hype.

grayburn, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of bleeps
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

bleeps, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

CasanovaCummins, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Grant35
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Grant35, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of bulletrain76
2.75/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

33cl bottle. Black with a medium tan head and brown edges. Alcohol, burnt sugars and malt, and oxidized coffee grounds that come across somewhat sharp and solvent-like. The flavor is sweet with a bitter and sharply alcoholic finish exhibiting more of the stale coffee of the nose. Full bodied and a bit slick with medium carbonation. This was a real surprise. Nowhere near the malt or yeast depth that I was expecting. I hope that this was an off bottle because I can't ever see myself wanting this again.

bulletrain76, May 11, 2009
Photo of aliving1
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

aliving1, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of GregoryMo
4.25/5  rDev 0%

GregoryMo, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of kmoen
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

kmoen, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of ricke
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black and considering the high ABV the brown head is quite big. The head settles quite fast. Some retention.

S: Eclectic mix of sweet fruits (plums, cherries), spices, some chocolate, and roasted and slightly burnt malts. The alcohol becomes noticeable with deeper breaths. Very deep and round smell overall.

T: A very intense flavor fills the mouth with flavors in an instant. Sweet fruits and a light tartness, faint taste of tannins. Nice backbone of roasted and slightly burnt malts. Coffee, dark chocolate, spices, wood and general burnt flavors. The flavors are presented in a "Belgian package" that is quite hard to describe. The finish is quite bitter, but not as intense as the 100 IBU might suggest. Plenty of alcohol with a faint phenolic touch. Lingering notes of coffee, roasted malts and spices.

M: Full bodied, oily viscosity, but still plenty of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

D: A very powerful and rather complex stout with an interesting character. Highly recommended.

ricke, May 08, 2009
Photo of cj8311
4/5  rDev -5.9%

cj8311, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Converge
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - A gusher as soon as the cap comes off. Pours black as night with a thick, mocha brown head. Head retention is great, and leaves lots of sticky lacing. Surprising for a 13.00% ABV stout.

S - Very deep and complex. A rich array of dark fruits and candi sugar back by a subtle roasty backbone of charred malt and coffee. Figs, plums and prunes are strong. Underlying earthy notes of anise and tobacco. Molasses, cocoa, soy sauce, wood, cola syrup and some boozy dark rum alcohol notes all come through.

T - Certainly an interesting take on an RIS. The base of roasted malt, dark chocolate/cocoa, and coffee is there, but the Belgian influence is definitely there. Dark fruitiness reminiscent of a fine quad is strong; figs, plums, and prunes. A nice helping of Belgian candi sugar as well as cola syrup add a very sweet dimension here. Anise and woodsy notes make for a very earthy finish, with a strong presence of tobacco as well. Finishes with a boozy dark rum character, with lingering flavors of roasted malt, dark fruits, and molasses.

M - Very big. Thick, creamy, and boozy. Carbonation is actually more active than expected, but still very smooth all around. Warming finish, but that was to be expected. Bitterness is kept in check. Really sticky too.

D - While this is undeniably a unique brew, and a very interesting concept to approach an RIS with, it's not quite my style. That being said, I can't imagine an RIS with a Belgian twist being any better than this. True to its Belgian roots, this brew is rich, fruity, and not overly abrasive. I suppose I just prefer a more roasty and astringent profile with my imperial stouts. In the end, this probably wasn't worth the premium price, but I'm really happy I got to try it. While it didn't quite live up to the hype for me, it was still a very unique experience. Thanks to De Struise for crafting this one-of-a-kind brew!

Converge, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of cclark67789
5/5  rDev +17.6%

cclark67789, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of markaberrant
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pitch black in my snifter, quite fizzy on the pour, dark tan head forms, but quickly fizzles away, I'm guessing due to the alcohol level, leaves a thin whisp of a cap, no lacing

S - big raisin, mellow roast underneath, spicy with a huge fruity nose, very malty, smells like a really good dark strong, not so sure I'd pick it out in a blind tasting as "belgian stout"

T - good bit of molasses and licorice character, really adds to the complexity with the dark fruitiness, roast is evident in the finish, but really melds into the rest of the beer, and makes each sip seem like a bit of a roller coaster ride, belgian spice throughout is not overdone, alcohol is extremely well hidden, as is any hop character

M - well carbonated, but not harsh, alcohol is unbelievably well hidden (though this is an aged bottle), incredibly smooth, including the dry finish

D - wow, this has met my expectations and more!

Just an incredible beer. I have not been crazy about the other De Struise beers I have tried. This one set me back about $12-13 for 330ml, and I put it away for a couple years (has a best before of April 2013, so I think this is about 2.5 years ago). The wait was so well worth it. Exceptional!

markaberrant, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

TheRealDBCooper, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of SStein
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

SStein, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of drumrboy22
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into a Gouden Carolous chalice. Beer was pitch black, with a one-finger brown head. Slow carbonation and very little lacing around the glass.

Aroma was dark, dark fruit, raisins, chocolate, malt and yeast.

Taste was bitter hops up front, followed by chocolate, coffee, cherries and a touch of licorice.

Very tasty beer. Not as complex as I expected, but still delicious and very enjoyable.

drumrboy22, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of mrandypandy
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

< 12oz bottle, not sure where I obtained it from. It's been aging in my cellar for 1-2 years so we'll see what time does for this one.

A- Pours medium black with a dark cherry/brown head. Ruby/brown highlights at the edges, some floaties as I get down to the bottom. Poor retention and average (at best) lacing.
S- Muted. I'm trying really hard to pull anything from it, but I can only get some faint sweetness and vague dark fruits. Raisins in particular.
T- Intriguing... There's almost a sour note right at the beginning, followed by roasted malt tones in the finish. Fruity; figs, plums, raisins. Not sure cellaring has been kind to this one though.
M - Medium to full body. Smooth, creamy with a bite at the end.
D- Small bottle, so finishing wasn't an issue. Not sure I'd want another one afterwards, but I'll still finish the other three in the cellar.

Overall - I was a much bigger fan of this beer fresh. I remember it being smooth, mellow, with a nice coffee finish. Now I get muted dark fruits (figs, raisins) with a sour bite at the front. Again, recommended fresh but not with a few years on it.

mrandypandy, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of KevinmusPrime
4.25/5  rDev 0%

KevinmusPrime, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of lmaduells
4.25/5  rDev 0%

lmaduells, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of factoide
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

factoide, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of trbergman
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pours very dark brown with ruby highlights and a half inch of dense, mocha-colored head.

S - Aromatic, with cocoa, raisin, fig, and a whiff of alcohol.

T - Taste mostly follows the nose, with rich chocolate flavor and dark fruits - raisin, fig - and sour cherry. Hints of hazelnut, clove and cardamom, as well as some minor oxidation. Hop bitterness doesn't leap out of the glass, but it's quite assertive. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

M - Absolutely perfect, although what else would you expect for a bottle conditioned Belgian imperial stout?

D - A fantastic beer, although I don't think it has the same revisit value as other top imperial stouts. Nevertheless, a must try for fans of both stouts and Belgian beers.

trbergman, Aug 25, 2010
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.