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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,532 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,532
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 320
Gots: 360 | FT: 20
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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 Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks: impenetrably black. A tightly-packed head the color of ginger sticks around for an impressive amount of time. Spattered layers of lace are left when it finally does go.

Smells: interesting. A lot of medium-roast coffee and vanilla creamer, with some burnt sugar, hazelnut and some tangy old cocoa nibs.

Tastes: dusky. Dark chocolate, tangy figs. Lots of sweet dark fruits. An acrid roastiness is only barely noticeable as it builds on the back of the tongue. I'd love some more roast, as this is a bit too sweet for me.

Feels: filling. Medium carbonation, medium body and almost creamy. Very nice.

Drinks: too sweet. I need more roast! If only there was more black and less Albert.

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Batch 0, bottle shared by ejyoung. Into a tulip.

Inescapable black. A one-inch head the color of brown sugar sets up camp for quite a while. Some floaties are noticeable on the sides of the glass. 4

Weird nose — I can't put my finger on the odd note. Jalapeno? Burnt Cigarettes? Whatever it is, it’s very off-putting. Get past that, though, and the stuff is nice: dark chocolate, vanilla, toast. 2.5

The weird vegetal thing is in the flavor too, though it's taken on a slightly fruitier flavor. It’s almost as if grapes were blended into the beer along with their stems. Behind that I get Belgian yeast notes, dates and other fruity stuff that emerges even more if you let the beer sit in your mouth for a while. There’s just a hint of cocoa to meet the raisins, figs, strawberries and pears. 3.5

Medium body is pretty viscous, with very light, tingly carbonation. Fizz is low and alcohol is almost unnoticeable. 4

As with later versions of Black Albert, I can’t really tell if I loved or hated this. It has its good and bad qualities. Maybe I’m just not a fan of the style. 3.5

Phelps, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. Batch 14; Lot B 6 BB - many thanks to ShogoKawada for sending this my way before it became available in stores over here.

Listening to the Brabançonne as instructed on the label while enjoying this - although the hymn is only about a minute long, and this certainly takes quite a bit longer to finish...

Seal brown, impenetrable liquid, with a hefty sandy brown cap which recedes to a thick mocha-like finger. Superb retention, especially for the ABV. Thick cakey tendrils of lace are glued to the walls. Glassy viscous tears slide between the spaces in the foam.

Barrel aging hits you right away in the nose - with vanilla, and a hint of char backing cocoa nibs, stewed fruit, and maybe a touch of licorice.

The barrel notes continue as flavors on the palate, but a rich maltiness comes through as well - smokey and roast notes join with a faint oxidative port-like flavor along with citrus and even kiwi. Some vaguely medicinal undertones alternately suggest cherry syrup and coffee. Chocolate, maybe a hint of tobacco, tarragon, and brown butter (not diacetyl) emerge in the finish. Dark, yeasty, and ester-laden - a complex brew.

Full bodied, dense, chewy, and effervescent. Lightly astringent, warming but not hot, and tingly.

Not sure if I would pay $1/oz for this to revisit this, but I'm glad I was able to sample it...

augustgarage, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Style: Deep, dark, opaque black body with two fingers of milk chocolate colored frothy head that later compacts to a solid finger.

Cinnamon, cocoa powder, burnt chocolate, toasted bread, and plums.

Creamy, toasted grain front with a cherry and dried fruit middle that finishes dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla and caramel. Alcohol heat throughout the taste; reminiscent of a chocolate liqueur. Roasted malt, chocolate malt, and hops imparting coffee like astringency on the finish.

Opinion: Aroma is not unique or impressive. Appearance is very nice as the head has great retention. A ridiculous amount of yeast sediment remains; foolishly I poured a good amount in my glass unknowingly. The taste is magnificent given the balance. Robust but tasteful alcohol presentation. Roasted malt astringency and bitterness that lingers semi-long without any harshness.

This is surprisingly drinkable for its ABV. A creamy medium body with a medium to high carbonation is pleasant but not outstanding. Nevertheless, one would be hard pressed to find a more drinkable "big beer."

TheJollyHop, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been eying this beer for quite a while. It became one of my most sought after beers in my wants. MMAJYK pulled through big time with this kick ass extra in the Blind Beers BIF. Thanks again Marc!

A- To my surprise this beer really tries to sustain a head. There are many factors mounting against this, and they eventually win, but the huge abv, thick body and low carbonation really just compromise on a really wide collar and wide film of wispy bubbles. A little bit of the dark tan collar gets stuck to the glass. The beer is obviously fat and black.

S- After reading the label and learning a little bit about this beer, one would be foolish to assume this beer is an every day stout. Since "Belgian Royal Stout" is not a real classification it settles for Russian Imperial Stout. I feel Belgian Royal better suits this because it is nothing like an RIS.

I initially thought this might be infected until I read some reviews. The nose is tart and berry like at times. The yeast does crazy stuff, even bringing in some funk in the form of a wet hay smell. Lots of dark fruits, cherries and stuff, grassy hops and a crazy acidic character.

T- The taste is the same. A crazy acidic nature to it that rides over chocolate malts and some roast. It adds a tartness that borders on sour. I had to read some reviews to check the validity of this. Its very interesting. Its bitter, but actually fairly balanced. Alcohol obviously plays a part here.

Not your average big stout at all. Its very interesting. Ill leave this on my wants list. I would welcome another bottle.

MbpBugeye, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrstevens for sharing. Poured into my ccb snifter.

A- pours black in color with some brown highlights when held up to light. 2 fingers worth of a mocha head. Decent retention and nice legs.

A- dark fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, a hint of hops, and some booze.

T- really nice! Dark chocolate is the first thing that I get. The dark fruits come into play with figs and raisins. Molasses and licorice are in the mix. There are times where I get a hint of vanilla. I really enjoy this brew as it starts to warm to room temperature. The alcohol is noticeable but isn't real hot.

M- thicker side of medium. Good level of carbonation. I get a slight burn on the way down.

D- a sipper that I would sip on anytime!

urwithdave, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of gueuzer
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle. Split with a friend.

A- Black. Poured a little thinner than I would expect. All the alcohol?

S- Lots going on. Bitter Chocolate, cabaret, Brett,

T- Caught off guard by the slight tart/fruitiness from the yeast. Some dark cherries and other stone fruits. Ultra dark chocolate, tobacco and roast, but not out front like you would expect.

MF- Definitely some carbonation. More than I would expect for a RIS. Not necessarily bad with the beer, but think its a little high for the style. Must be hard to control at 13%

D- Completely ridiculous. At 13% this should be illegal. No heat at all. Very enjoyable. With the other flavors you don't have to be sitting in front of fire to enjoy this one.

gueuzer, Jul 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip. Batch #14.

a - Pours a dark black color with one finger of brown head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of dark fruits, primarily grapes and cherries. Also hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink for 13% ABV.

d - I thought this was a great RIS. I thought it had a great dark fruits smell and the alcohol was very well hidden for 13% ABV. Would love to try it again.

mdfb79, Jul 08, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle from the BA No. 14 batch into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: The best feature of this beer. Foams up to a 4-finger head and settles down to neatly layer the top of the beer and not show anything underneath it's blanket.

S: Dark grapes, a little Brett, and some leather. I was confused by this aroma.

T: Chocolate, cabernet barrels, and bitter coffee. The taste is not sweet, but sugary. Complex.

M: Carbonation city. A little dry and has wine characteristics in the background. This takes away from the beer a little bit.

D: After drinking a little bit a few hours before opening this beer I would say that 13% ABC is not detectable.

Overall, I would give this a few more years to "lay down" that I think will assist in pulling out more of the complex flavors underlying this beer.

hoppymcgee, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours nearly pitch black with some ruby highlights around the edge when held up to the light, capped by a frothy, one finger light mocha colored head. Retention is good, especially for the style/ABV, and it leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

S: No one component stands out, the nose is very well integrated. Dark chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, dark cherries, figs, molasses, caramel, and some faint berries all combine to form an interesting, albeity slightly subdued, aroma.

T: Starts out with dark, roasted malts and some coffee notes, followed by a big dose of dark chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Dark fruits come in just after that - cherries are predominant here along with figs and a bit of strawberry - before going into a long, chocolatey and roasty finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy, just shy of full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Could be a little bit thicker.

D: I'm not getting any of the alcohol and this is going down ridiculously easily...excellent beer.

Xul, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of daledeee
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a single bottle. This is the first time I have seen this beer in our area. It is pretty expensive as well.

This beer poured with a great head. Tan in color and it stayed around. I was surprised since it was so strong in alcohol.

Nose is dark chocolate and booze.

Taste is sweet, chocolate, malts and very bitter. If I remember, this beer is 100IBU which is higher than any other stout I have heard of. It makes for an interesting drink.

Mouth feel is very creamy. Drinkability suffers since the alcohol is upfront. Otherwise this beer is well done.

daledeee, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Been lookin' forward to this guy for some time now. It pours a deeply opaque bit o' black soup topped by a half-finger of dark tan foam. Once this has faded, a nice halo lingers at the surface. The nose comprises raisins, figs, molasses, chocolate syrup, sugar cane, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Pretty nice so far. The taste holds a stark combination of bitterness and fruitiness up front and dark sugar, coffee, and bitter chocolate in back. I've gotta say, the whole taste experience here did not go well. The bitterness and fruit up front knocked what could have been a very dark and tasty stout down a peg. It seems as though a stout was blended with a BSDA, resulting in a genetically inferior bastard child. It wasn't entirely objectionable, but not great, either. The body is a heavy medium, with an active carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish. Overall, the odd flavor combination and bubbly nature hold down what could have been something special. A bit of a let-down here.

TMoney2591, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Nikki's Liquors in Providence, RI
Poured in to a pint glass
Lot B6BB

A: This beer pours at first a deep dark chocolate brown, but as it settles in the glass looks an opaque black. One finger of brown sudsy head that recedes pretty quickly. Wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is WAY nutty! Wow, hazlenut notes really hit you! Amazing! Major fig and molasses notes. Some hints of caramel malts and dark fruits.

T: Taste is vanilla up front, touch of oak, and then a major dose of toffee and molasses. Milk chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of booze fill out the middle. The finish is all fruitiness. Serious dark fruits. At first, all I could taste was a raisin flavoring that hung, the more I sipped the more the taste of cherry pulled through as well.

M: Medium body, light to medium carbonation, clean feel up front with a touch silky finish.

D: Goes down easily for 13%, not much of a boozy kick, but it definitely has a kick. Great RIS! This is a definitely a beer that I will seek out again.

Jayli, Jun 23, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Ommegang glass. Dark black color, thick tan head, with lots of sediment. Strong taste of figs with a hint of coffee underneath. This is a very different beer, as it has characteristics of both a RIS and a Quad. At 13%, not a beer to drink all night, but it hides the alcohol well.

phillybeer7779, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle - Batch #14 - served into a tulip glass

Pours really, really black. It sits heavy in the glass and looks every bit the Platonic form of the Imperial Stout. The head? Surprisingly large at two fingers of frothy, dark tan foam. But I guess the Belgian yeast has something to do with that. Lacing is nice and tight. Imperial Stouts in my experience have only looked better in two instances, both times a Boulevard Smokestack Series beer (the masterclass lineup in all of beerdom for appearance). You can't ask for anything more than this. NOTE: Black Albert bottles tend to have a LOT of sediment at the bottom. If that sediment gets into the glass then it won't look nearly as pretty The only reason I'm not scoring Black Albert a 5.0 is because of this.

Some people have said that this batch of Black Albert displays more prominent Quadrupel characteristics than it does RIS characteristics. I'm not sure if the balance is that skewed but you definitely get Quad aromas. This beer smells like the strange evolutionary link between Rochefort 10 and Ten FIDY. Blackberry or black currant fruits hit the nose first, with a nice char smell backing it up. Dark chocolate is undercut by acrid, grassy hops. Deep malt smells that turn to dark fruit on some whiffs, vinous notes on others. This is a lot like Boulevard's Dark Truth Stout, only way more astringent from hops.

Black Albert hits the tongue with immediately perceptible complexity. Dark-ass chocolate, black licorice, blackberry preserves, chocolate malted milkshake, alcohol sweetness, plums, the roast character of coffee but not the coffee bean taste, plastic, damp leaves - the flavors come in a long, steady stream. Lots of different kinds of sweetness but bolstered by the astringency and bitterness from its generous hop presence. This is balanced, yes - and incredibly complex.

The mouthfeel is very effective. It has a satisfying thickness to the body but it is not so thick that it clogs up the Belgian yeast fruitiness from carrying to all points of the tongue. This beer is 13% ABV; it doesn't really taste like it but it will get to you. The complexity makes for a beer that might be a little too much, even in the bottle size of 11.2oz. A Rogue XS series 7oz. bottle would be perfect for this beer.

Black Albert stands as one of the finest acheivements in beer that I've been able to try. Though I might just have a natural affinity for Belgian yeast in Imperial Stouts, judging by my review of Boulevard's Dark Truth Stout in relation to the rDev here on BeerAdvocate. Whatever the case may be, Black Albert is a beer that I will marvel at now and in the future. I see myself buying quite a few more of these. This is a treasure that you must seek out for yourself.

Reaper16, Jun 22, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours a real thick and dark black with a decent looking light brown head. The smell is mostly of sweet dark fruits, especially cherries. Some chocolate and roasted malts, as well as a hint of alcohol are also present.

This is about as average as it gets for an imperial stout. Not sure about the A overall rating this has. It's very sweet with dark fruits and a little chocolate all the way through, as the smell suggests. There's a little roastiness mixed with licorice in the finish and aftertaste, but nothing remarkable. The sweetness and the roast actually seem to clash rather than complement. Not as hot with alcohol as expected either, though some heat remains in the esophagus after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is the best aspect of the beer. It's well carbonated and nice and thick. Very low drinkability results from a combination of its high abv and its disappointing flavor.

jdklks, Jun 19, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit surprised to see this one show up at the local shop, and I quickly grabbed it.

Pours dark. Black, almost pitch, with very faint reddish edge. Pillow head of light brown/tan foam. Soft, fluffy, looks good and cozy.

Dark soft fruits fill the nose, with some burnt caramel and dark chocolate. Figs and dark toast. Quite yummy smelling.

Great taste, and I don't give a 5 just b/c of the style designation here, although it probably should warrant it. The dark fruit and malt are there, but the chocolate wanes a bit. Great job hiding the alcohol, this is a very easy drinking beer. Short bitterness gives the flavors a jolt of freshness. Nice beer

Mebuzzard, Jun 18, 2010
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4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I previously reviewed the standard version of this, however was able to land a Batch 0. This version is much better in my opinion. Poured a 11.7oz bottle into a snifter. Reviewed on 9/22/10

A: Right away I can this is different from the standard. Pour is a much darker brown color and looks creamy. Left a 1/2 finger mocha head which great retention. Got a bit of lacing towards the end of the glass

S: Small nose, but what I get is roasted malt, some chocolate and dark fruit notes. Someone described this as mixed berries compote, which I'd say is pretty close. As it warmed, I picked up some traces of alcohol and toffee

T: Starts with a touch of sweetness, followed by dark chocolate. Kinda like flavored chocolate I guess. This is joined by a big roasted flavor. Every few sips I get a hint of smokiness as well. The fruity sweetness lingers on the palate, but the finish is definitely a good roasty bitterness

M: Definitely full bodied. Wonderfully smooth and creamy. Finishes with a fair amount of bitterness. Just a hint of carbonation that tingles the tongue

D: Fantastic beer overall. I barely put the glass down as each sip left me wanting more. The first bottle of Black Albert I had was more like a quad, but now I see why this beer was hyped in the first place

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Reviewed from last weeks notes. 11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Brownish colored pour with 1+ finger sandy head. No lacing to report

S: Dark fruit (raisin/fig), hint of roasted malt, candied sugar and a slight whiff of alcohol

T: Big smokey flavor to start, which was not really expected from the smell. Some fruit flavors come out and it finishes with the alcohol kick, but nothing too off putting

M: Fairly large carbonation presence causes a light mouthfeel. There is a slight bitterness in the finish

D: Well, this might be the version that is more quad-like opposed to stout-like. Maybe best described as a mix, starting as a quad and finishing as a stout. Happy to try, but the price tag will probably stop me from buying again. Do have one to age, so we'll see how that goes

4/4/4/4/4 - B+

Brez07, Jun 17, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a strange one. Thanks to cbutova for splitting.

Black Albert is not quite black it seems. More of a dark brown with a tan, creamy head. Retains very well.

Smells EXACTLY like grape juice. Welch's grape juice with alcohol. Red wine maybe? I love grape juice so I'm not complaining, but I'll be damned if they didn't throw some in there.

Taste is not really stouty at all, the Belgian yeast takes over here. Lots of quad notes - tons of dark fruit, brown sugar, some booze. The only stout notes are a bit of roastiness and dark chocolate. Plum and sharp grape notes. Way more Quad/BSDA than Stout.

Mouthfeel is fine overall, booze is hidden pretty well. Pretty tart on the finish.

The label 'Russian Imperial Stout' is quite misleading, maybe 'Belgian Royal Stout' should be a separate style category. Pretty good but not what I expected.

Chico1985, Jun 16, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not what I expected at all. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pitch black with a dark tan cloud and ring. Sticky suds and spotty lace stay around on the glass. The cloud is very nice and re-appears after each sip.

S- Grape juice, very surprising but it was so up front and strong. The dark roasty malt is there but the grape aroma keeps reminding me of wine. Some alcohol as well. Easily the weirdest aroma of any RIS I have had.

T- Not very Stout like at all. Like a quad filled with some cocoa and grapes. Slight dark roast malt, spice and yeast flavors remind me of a Quad, as well as some dark raisin/fruit notes. Hops are in the background and are earthy and grassy, 100IBU?! The grapes and wine notes persist but aren't nearly as strong as they were in the nose, crazy take on a stout but I don't mind it. Alcohol is VERY well hidden.

MF- Thick body, nice and creamy. Pretty warm from the alcohol but it suits the flavors. A coat of dark fruit, vine and cocoa stay on the palate.

DB- Very pricey and very unexpected. I dont even know what to say. It is a good tasting beer but feels like someone mixed a Quad and a RIS with wine. It is drinkable for 13% and I will probably try future batches at some point. Surprising...

cbutova, Jun 11, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle batch #14 13% 100 IBU's

Very dark brown with very little light getting through. The head is crazy, thick, creamy and smooth look, dark khaki color, lively but dense, amazing retention strength and plenty of sticky brown lace to enjoy visually.

The aroma is delectible! Soft, thick chocolate, cocoa nibs, graham crackers, hot cocoa with mini marshmellow's, subtle and very hearty herbal hops, dry and earthy notes from hops and yeast. Herbal heat tingle, sun-dried wheat and corn fields with some strawberry rhubarb pie included. Very unique and rich aroma.

The first sip = Mindblowing. Megaton complexity, the yeast used is totally rightous stuff, earthy, hearty notes come together with the dry, subtle herbal hops that make good balance for the massive attack of malty flavor's. Copious amounts chunky roastie chocolate, bitter-herbal graham crackers with a dry-rye effect. The smooth chocolate and vanilla current with a subtle but obvious black berry, dark fruit sweetness in the back. French roast coffee comes from the semi-bitter, earthy hops and roastie edge to the malt. The feel is just as complex as the flavor's, lot's of life and zip but a huge, smooth, full on creamy feel to, a perfect blend of Belgian-feel and hefty RIS beefiness. a long and lucious, dry at first then smooth finish is icing on the cake!!

I thought I might've been going crazy to pay $10.95 for 11.2 oz's but with a beer this rightous, i have no guilt. A beautiful and beastie brew for the ages!

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 11, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at a local beer store. Tried once a whole back, but looking to review it...

A: Pours a deep dark black with a nice milk chocolate head that fades at a good rate. Very good.

S: Thick bitter chocolate roast upfront with dark fruits in the middle and hints of cocao and vanilla on the backend. Decent.

T: Heavy boozy roastiness upfront with bitter chocolate in the middle and a light airy cocao on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium body with a hint too much carbonation. Good.

D: Once you get past the heavy booze and bitter roastiness, this goes down. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not too much special here. Ok brew. Way too boozy and roasty than I would've liked. Not really worth hunting down. Many better in the style.

steve8robin, Jun 10, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very generous extra from klevelandrocks. Thanks again.

Lot: B6BB

A: Black, noticeably viscous liquid doesn't pour from the bottle, but seems to slide from it, almost like syrup, into a glass, forming a surprisingly large and rather impressive 1"+ of foamy brown head. Retention is good. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet rich malts. Raisins, figs, toffee. Then a note of well roasted coffee and chocolate.

T: Starts with dark chocolate and sweet, dark, ripe fruits, then moves into the bright acidity of very strong coffee, but recedes into flavors of cocoa and roasted malts, finishing with a growing bitterness.

M: Thick with appropriate carbonation level. Feels huge in the mouth, starts with a sweet viscousness, but finishes withy a sticky astringency. Alcohol warms the tongue.

D: A very impressive beer. Very easy to drink, with loads of complexity, I enjoyed this one thoroughly from start to finish.

Florida9, Jun 10, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle brought back by a dear friend:

pours a solid black viscous sultry black with a 5cm sticky tan cap that will not go away.

Smells of bitter chocolate with roasty husk and smoked toffee tones, light grassyness. Soft carbonation

In the mouth the hopping bitterness is subdued but it is there and lingers on and mixes well with warming alcohol which both sit below the thick and almost chewy malts....then this rum and coke complexity steps up... builds to the rich wet, complex exiler finish.

I've tasted imperials similar to this but I've never tasted better.

pootz, Jun 09, 2010
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3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a wide mouthed goblet.

A: Color is black. Pours with a thin tan head that disappears quickly, leaving some spotty lacing and a thin film on top of the beer. Edit: poured the second half of the bottle after completing the review and there was a substantial amount (I mean a lot) of particulates floating in the beer. I would say once settled that there was a good tablespoon of material floating in the beer. Dropped appearance score accordingly.

S: Some faint cocoa, dark fruits, and molasses. There's also a spicy note that I can't quite place. Relatively muted and needed to re-swirl several times to get much out of the smell.

T: First impression is that this is a rather simple RIS. Taste follows smell, with faint cocoa, dark fruits, and some light roasted flavors. Getting some decent heat towards the end that gradually builds. Finish leaves an odd metalic taste towards the back of the tongue that really isn't that welcome.

M: Medium to big body, low carbonation. Fairly smooth and easy to drink for a big (13%) beer.

D: Generally, disappointed. The flavors were simply too muted and the it didn't finish well. My last big stout was Parabola, which absolutely blows this away.

oregonskibum, Jun 08, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite dark with swirling head, aroma of dark malt crossed with rubber tires and licorice. Flavor is a bit rough, with some burnt caramel malts. Decent but not as I remember it from a big bottle years ago that Chris Q determined was not perfect and I deleted my review from Ratebeer, but I thought it was very respectable. This bottle is decent, but not stellar like a Alesmith Speedway Stout or even a Yeti or Left Hand Imp Stout.

DenverLogan, Jun 06, 2010
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.