Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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4.09/5 rDev -3.5%
Picked up at Capone's. 11.2 oz bottle. Batch number 14.
Poured into a balloon glass, Black Albert appears black as night, with a sizable head that started out four fingers thick, and really stuck around. A massive mocha colored head, perched on an ink-like body. Appears viscous. Just barely brown on the edge of the beer.
True to style, Black Albert smell incredibly complex and rich with roasted and toasted malts. There is a light acidity to the aroma, accompanying a Belgian dark chocolate and caramel note.
The beer greets the palate with a thick body and viscous quality, and washing over the tongue with dark cocoa and acrid, roasted malts. Booze-soaked cherries comes to mind towards the finish. The alcohol is present in the flavor, but does not come off as hot at all. Very smooth, and incredibly full-bodied. Espresso.
This is a great example of a Russian Imperial Stout. It's appropriately thick and creamy, with a strong presence of malts and hops. The alcohol never becomes hot, and it drinks well for its strength. Well designed in my opinion. The Belgian take on this style is great, and a wonderful departure from the usual stuff from America. I like the Belgian yeast and what it does here.
03-19-2014 02:04:00 | More by MusicaleMike
4.01/5 rDev -5.4%
Pitch black in appearance, khaki head one finger in size.
Aroma is very mild. Some faint dark fruits sit on top of a moderate level of cocoa and Belgian yeast esters. Faint heat noticeable
Taste is very smooth. Chocolate milk with mild notes of plum and other berries hidden in there. Carbonation is short on the finish, but some thick chocolate lingers on the palate.
Drinkability is very easy. Doesn’t taste like 13%. You’d think this would taste a bit harsher or have more of a sucker punch, but it’s actually quite balanced and drinks very smoothly.
Props for a streamlined, elegant flavor that’s still bold and rich.
Nice beer. Given its price, it's a one-and-done experience, but it's worth the experience once.
03-17-2014 00:43:40 | More by jbertsch
4.01/5 rDev -5.4%
11.2oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
A: Pours as black as black gets. The half inch of brown head retains well. Lacing is sparse and spotty.
S: Dark chocolate fudge, blackstrap molasses, woody roast, jerky/leather, brownie batter. Raspberry jam. Fleeting tropical esters of dried apricot.
T: Bakers chocolate up front, though this is soon washed away as sweet malt flavors build and intensify. Dark chocolate fudge, blackstrap molasses, mocha, chocolate sauce,, espresso, woody roast, and jerky. Raspberry jam, fig, dried apricot. Hollow hop bitterness and some smokey/clovey phenols set in late. Spicy alcohol is stifled by the heavy malt body. Long sweet finish of dark fudge, blackstrap molasses, and woody roast.
M: Huge, thick, and weighty in body. Chewy,syrupy, and viscous texture. Low prickling carbonation. Just a tingle of alcohol.
O: This big honkin' imperial stout gets its identity from both massive syrupy malt character and some subtle Belgian influence. The latter creates a layered fruity impression and some clovey/medicinal bitterness that provides a bit of balance. The bourbon barrel aged version of this must really be something.
03-13-2014 00:53:28 | More by ryan1788a5
4.39/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a bottle purchased June, 2013 into a Stone IRS snifter. The pour is black as pitch with a massive (no, MASSIVE) mass of light brown foam on top that is stubbornly retentive. When it finally does die down, it condenses into a super-fine, whipped-cream-like consistency (wow!). The nose has all the characteristics of the style: rich malt, husky roasty notes, dark fruit, and a hint of booze.
The beer has a full body and a nice, rich, balanced flavor. I get lots of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of sarsaparilla up front. These flavors gradually give way to a sweet, rummy, roasty flavor and a faint, espresso-like bitterness in the back of the mouth. This beast hides it's alcohol extremely well. The alcohol adds richness to the flavors and enhances the drinkability.
A really excellent RIS with a sweeter flavor than I expected (100 IBUs? No way!). It's very reminiscent of Ten FIDY, with just a shade taken off the feel. It might even be a little sweeter than Ten FIDY. Whatever, I really enjoy a good RIS and this is a darn good one.
02-26-2014 01:19:27 | More by deadonhisfeet
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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