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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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1,532 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,532
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 320
Gots: 360 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased from liquidsolutions

Appearance: Ebony body with corners that bare the slightest hint of red/brown. Nice mocha 2 finger foam head that shows some retention and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Much more bitter hop presence than I was expecting from a RIS. Easy to find notes of coffee and roast malt with a touch of chocolate as well. I think the bitterness takes away from the nose.

Taste: Here is a brew that seems a touch disjointed fresh but also screams to me that it will be sensational with some cellaring time under its belt. Potent bitterness from the hops and coffee couple with chocolate and roast malt. Also the brew hits you over the head with a brick of molasses. A touch of sourness that can be mistaken to be astringency. All in all this is tasty!

Mouthfeel: A touch thin

Drinkability: Excellent for 13% ABV but considering its that strong I really can't score it higher than a 4.0

NOTE: This brew got much more tasty for me as it got warmer. I'm finishing the last 6oz at room temperature and find it to be a much better experience.

The beer isn't worth the price but is a delicious must try IMHO.

koopa, Apr 10, 2009
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - A gusher as soon as the cap comes off. Pours black as night with a thick, mocha brown head. Head retention is great, and leaves lots of sticky lacing. Surprising for a 13.00% ABV stout.

S - Very deep and complex. A rich array of dark fruits and candi sugar back by a subtle roasty backbone of charred malt and coffee. Figs, plums and prunes are strong. Underlying earthy notes of anise and tobacco. Molasses, cocoa, soy sauce, wood, cola syrup and some boozy dark rum alcohol notes all come through.

T - Certainly an interesting take on an RIS. The base of roasted malt, dark chocolate/cocoa, and coffee is there, but the Belgian influence is definitely there. Dark fruitiness reminiscent of a fine quad is strong; figs, plums, and prunes. A nice helping of Belgian candi sugar as well as cola syrup add a very sweet dimension here. Anise and woodsy notes make for a very earthy finish, with a strong presence of tobacco as well. Finishes with a boozy dark rum character, with lingering flavors of roasted malt, dark fruits, and molasses.

M - Very big. Thick, creamy, and boozy. Carbonation is actually more active than expected, but still very smooth all around. Warming finish, but that was to be expected. Bitterness is kept in check. Really sticky too.

D - While this is undeniably a unique brew, and a very interesting concept to approach an RIS with, it's not quite my style. That being said, I can't imagine an RIS with a Belgian twist being any better than this. True to its Belgian roots, this brew is rich, fruity, and not overly abrasive. I suppose I just prefer a more roasty and astringent profile with my imperial stouts. In the end, this probably wasn't worth the premium price, but I'm really happy I got to try it. While it didn't quite live up to the hype for me, it was still a very unique experience. Thanks to De Struise for crafting this one-of-a-kind brew!

Converge, Jul 17, 2012
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge - Lot A, Best Before April 2013

Appearance: Pours a jet black that makes no room for light at all. The head is tan and an enormous 2.5". Tremendous retention and lots of thick, foamy lace. Awesome for a RIS.

Smell: Sweet barley, licorice, cereal grain, and surprisingly, some deep cherry flavors. Wildly different than what I expected. Nice.

Taste: Sweet burnt barley malt, licorice, leather and booze. A bomb of a beer. The booze is the finisher that provides all the warmth you should need.

Mouthfeel: Pretty medium bodied, lots of burnt flavor and some carbonation. Lots of booze that soaks into your skin.

Drinkability: Pretty good overall. Probably way overrated when you consider the onslaught of fives that it originally got. A great beer though.

Risser09, Jun 08, 2009
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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.