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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 321
Gots: 358 | FT: 20
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)
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BSuter, May 19, 2014
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #14

A - Pours very black, just like any stout. There's some tan bubbles floating around but not much of a head.

S - I'm picking up a smell almost like a red wine. Very fruity and complex smelling.

T - Dark cherries, raisins, plums with a dark chocolate undertone. The aftertaste is when the bitter cocoa and coffee show up. There's a lot going on in here and it is melding together wonderfully.

M - Great carbonation, just heavy enough to coat your mouth.

O - A sipper of a beer. If you're not open minded and expecting something else then you won't like it. From what I gather, this beer should be aged and I could only imagine it'll get much better.

cvm4, Feb 26, 2012
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle split between myself and a friend. Poured from the bottle into two snifters.

Appearance: Dark brown to chocolate brown in color. Some yeast settling toward the bottom of my glass. Two to three finger dark mocha head, that has very good retention.

Aroma: Chocolate and coffee. Lots of fig and sugar notes in this. Smells really sweet. Not a ton of booze noticeable.

Taste: Roasted coffee notes hit the palate first. Then an explosion of sweetness, candied figs and raisins are the strongest notes. Chocolate and coffee notes in the background provide for an incredibly sweet stout. No noticable hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and relatively smooth. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability: The ABV doesn't feel like 13%. The sweetness keeps you wanting more, but it does feel like a heavy hitter after half a bottle.

Overall, a really unique and sweet stout. The dark fruit flavors really come in full force and mkae this unique. Definitely worth the tasting. Certainly memorable.

Gosox8787, May 07, 2010
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to exiled for this one. It was part of one of our many trades. Poured into my duvel tulip from a bottle.

A: Pitch black brown. Nice cascade. Full thick two fingers of mocha hued head. Thick lace rings and a solid cap left on top.

S: Sweet rich chocolate fudge cake. Roast malts and coffee. Molasses and hints of campfire. Just a hint of heat. Which is amazing with the abv being as high as it is.

T: The flavor pretty much mirrors the nose. Perfect balance of roasty bitterness and sweet dark chocolate. Molasses and campfire are present as well. Again just a touch of heat.

M: Medium body. Just a touch thin for a RIS. Low carbonation.

D: Overall very well done RIS. Easy drinking and super flavorful.

beerwolf77, Oct 17, 2010
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtasy of gford217

Poured from a brown bottle into a snifter. Upon opening, this thing is a real gusher. I tried to put my finger over it and let out pressure slowly so not to lose to much liquid.

a good inch of fizzy cola like, dark brown head sits atop this dark black beer. Leaving thin spotty lace.

Aroma is very sweet with lots of sweet dark chocolate and moist chocolate cake like aroma. Hints of black licorice and more sweetness mixed with a chocolate nutty character. Wiffs of a whiskey like alcahol aroma.

This is very rish and alcahol warmth rushes in, warning me to sip it a little slower. Big black licorice flavors mixing well with pungeant dark, sweet chocolate cake. This is pretty highly carbonated, reminding me its a belgian after all. Is it a RIS with a belgian yeast strain?
Some dark fruits in here with an almost red grape/ chimay like flavor.
Finishing chocolaty and becoming a bit more dry with a dark chocolate bittering roastyness.

Very delicious and quite different from any other imperial stout I've had.

Buebie, Jan 22, 2009
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served just off temperature in a wine goblet. Batch 14

Black Albert, along with similar stouts aged in different ways such as Cuvve Delphine which I sampled in the cosy and eminently gracious and friendly, t' Brugs Beertje. At €7 a bottle some may pout at my exuberance but the dark, rich, oaked stout aged in bourbon barrels was fantastic.

The rich sticky stout pours with a slightly viscous, oily body with a dark mahogany brown bo
dy with no visible light penetration. A little whisp of a light cocoa head with little bubbles of snake like lacing up and down the edges of the balloon wine glass it calls home this evening.

Despite my rather sniffly demeanour this 13% whopper doesn't lead with subtleties in any respect. The initial waft of alcohol laden tobacco tinged chocolate and espresso soon subsides with a sweet tinge of vanilla, lavender and Turkish delight.

Buttered slightly burnt toast on the palette, huge amount of charring, smoke and cigarillos (it sounds anal but certainly not the depth of a Cohiba or Montecristo) Surprisingly thin mouthfeel for a stout of this size, not comparable to the rich creaminess of something like Stone 12th Anniversary Oatmeal or Victory's sublime Storm King. Low on carbonation with a deceiving drink-ability, the finish is full of the usual plethora of bitter chocolate, espresso and of course the obligatory roasted malt.

This is stout number two from the young brothers and based on comparison with the bourbon aged Cuvee Delphine I do prefer the whiskey aged monster. It might have been the traditional Flemish surroundings or the four or five beers that I had before it but the Cuvee takes pride of place as the best Flanders stout I've had thus far.

cypressbob, Sep 18, 2010
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey.

A: Pours a deep black color with a massive dark tan/mocha colored had that takes a good couple minutes to dissipate. Leaves some serious lacing.

S: The scent consists of sweet chocolates, dark fruits (strong aroma) with a slight roasted scent and a bit of alcohol. The beer has a very sweet aroma to it.

T: The taste is much like the smell, there is a rich chocolate flavor up front with dark fruits and sweet malts. There is a roasted flavor with a bit of alcohol as well. The finish is creamy.

M: Full bodied with not much carbonation. The feel is creamy throughout and sweet as well.

D: This is a very good beer, it is very smooth (for 13% ABV) and well balanced, between the sweet and roasted malts. As mentioned above, the 13% is not unnoticed, but it is only slight.

mavbrew, Apr 21, 2011
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.