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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,598 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 325
Gots: 384 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewandbbq on 08-23-2007

Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle today as an early birthday present. It's 11.2 oz with a plain gold crown cap.
Pours pitch black with a huge brown head that eventually settles down but a small wispy head stuck around pretty much the whole time.
Smells great. Lots of chocolate, and some coffee notes as well. Lots of roasted barley. But lingering in the background are all those lovely belgian aromas, dark fruit, and a hint of cherries, also the alcohol is very making itself known.
Taste very interesting. First things I'm getting are the belgian flavors coming through. Hints of plum, figs, and other dark fruit flavors as well. Then those typical stout flavors shine through with lots of burnt roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. But some how these two different blend together to make a very interesting beer. Can't wait to try the Pannepot later.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB April 2013.

Beer is black with a moderately sized tan head. Head fades fairly quickly. Some lacing.

Smell contains burnt caramel, candied dark fruit, fig, raisin, brown sugar, roasted malt. We are clearly in Belgian stout land. Has some similarity to the Pannepot series. Good smell.

Taste is similar to the nose. Burnt caramel, raisin, fig, candied fruit, sugar, roasted malt, wood, and a bit of chocolate. Reminiscent of port, or perhaps a dark rum. Aftertaste has a definite milk chocolate flavour. The alcohol is absurdly well hidden- is this really 13%? I would believe you if you told me it was 8 or 9.

Full bodied, low carbonation, velvety. Alcohol heat is present but shockingly low given the ABV.

Overall, very good. Not sure how far out they put the best before date, but this one clearly has a few years on it. Perhaps that is what has made it so smooth. It is a very nice beer but the thing that is most remarkable is how hidden the booze is- I just can't believe this beer goes down as easily as it does.

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.