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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,579 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 318
Gots: 374 | FT: 24
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Lunch and nyrangerfan for sending a bottle each of this as extras in past trades! Lot B-6-BB per the bottle. Served from bottle into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Poured pitch black with a three finger fluffy tan head that very slowly resided to a one finger. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, molasses, alcohol, and a sublte sour note (infected?). The flavor was of roasted malt, sweet malt, molasses, sugar, alcohol, and a very very sublte sour note. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Was it infected or not? Maybe a little bit, but to be honest it didn't really kill any of the flavors in the brew and also helped to cut down on the booziness quite nicely. This brew infected or not is definitely worth trying for sure.

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Photo of errantnight
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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, brdc, for making drinking this bad boy a reality.

Well, it's not really a Russian Imperial Stout... but it's a big, delicious, exceedingly drinkable stout.

Pours a deep, opaque jet black with several fingers into my Bruery tulip... It has superb sticky lacing and a lasting head. What? Big stouts that don't look like sludge?!

The aroma is a ton of chocolate, more milk than dark chocolate, with some fig and/or rich, dark, ripe fruit aromas. Surprisingly, as it warms, this really pulls back a bit... it seems a bit flat.

Even before I get to the taste, I have to mention the mouthfeel here, it's a velvety smooth texture that's practically unlike anything I've had. It feels full, but complete, without being sticky. Amazing.

The taste, like the aroma, actually seems to get flat as it warms. But what's there is a dark caramel sweetness, maybe with some mincemeat qualities, a hint of roasted coffee, and some milk chocolate around the edges. It's bitter, but it seems like a hop bitterness, not a roast bitterness, but no hop character to speak of.

Y'know, I was super impressed when I first poured this, but it seems to lose it's more exciting fringe character as it should be opening... that said, this is amazingly drinkable, with a clean flavor and a great aftertaste. If this were readily available, I'd purchase with regularity, but at a high cost, via trade or cash, I'm not sure, even if my first reaction was: this is amazing!

Photo of ThaCreep
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color. Nose of dark chocolate liqueur, old twisted hoses and molasses melted.

The palate is dark chocolate, which reigns supreme with a rate of ABV well camouflaged. It then releases the flavors of roasted coffee, caramel and black too, and this is particularly noticeable when you let the beer sit in the glass, slightly candied black fruit (blackberry me being the first that comes to mind) .

This adds a subtle touch of acidity to an imperial stout that incorporates all these elements well, despite a less impressive finish and persistent than its American counterparts.

One of the best Belgian stouts, definitely.

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,579 ratings.