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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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1,406 Ratings
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rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

100th review!
11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Deep dark brown with a thick brown head. Mild lacing left on the glass.

S - Chocolate, but very mild. Some carmel and sugar.

T - Carmel, Brown sugar, malts, chocolate.

D - Nice carbonation.

O - Nice and smoth. I ate a brownie with this and they paired perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:00:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an snifter. Batch 14. 11.2 oz bottle.

4.0 A: Black color. Two+ fingers of light brown creamy/frothy hybrid head. Average retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.5 S: Wonderful mixture of sweet and roasty. Deep sweet chocolate backbone with enough roasted barley to give a good balance. Behind all this, there is a vinous fruitiness concentrating on plum, black currants, and grapes. Candi sugar and a light booziness. Complex with complementary flavors.

3.5 T: Taste is a bit of a strange departure from the nose. The chocolate and roastiness is thrust into the backseat to allow the dark fruitiness to take the show. Again the vinous fruitiness as if it were wine barrel aged. Plum, raisin, tobacco, prune, and black currants. There's also a significant hoppy fruitiness and herbalness in there as well. The strange part is that there is also a strong lactose like sourness to it. Chocolate and roasted barley come in behind these flavors. Soft bitterness to round out the beer.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation is active on tongue Fairly smooth except for a slight mouth drying on finish.

3.5 D: Pretty good beer. Interesting taste with a great smell. Average mouthfeel. However, I doubt I'll have this again because the $10 price was nowhere near worth the size and quality of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 03:15:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a dark black completely opaque liquid. The head is the color of a brown paper bag, it is tight and very creamy looking. The head retention is rediculous, it lingers and doesn't move leaving a thick lace all over the glass

S-interesting, wild yeast sets in first with notes of raspberries and a touch of candied fruits. Sweet rum lies behind with a touch of roasted malts. Light notes of dark chocolate are present at the very back with more dark fruity sweetness.

T-very tasty! Much more like an imperial stout in the taste but still a hint of the belgian yeast. Roasted malts are right up front balanced by just a touch of wild yeast. Dark chocolate is quite strong, notes of toffee and a hint of coffee. Dark fruity sweetness takes over in the back, lots of cherries and plums.

M-full bodied and extremely smooth and creamy. Low carbonation but holds up throughout and doesn't fall off. So soft on the palate, wow this is tasty.

D-this is a delicious brew. I was thrown off a little by the nose with all of the sweetness and yeast. However, the taste was beautifully done and brought a fantastic variety of flavors. Great feel and so smooth!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 02:17:42 | More by cpetrone84
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ADZA

Australia

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as tar with a three finger head chocolate laced head and some leggy lacing,the smell is booze,rum,currants and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is big,full and lush with big tastes of rich dark chocolate,molasses,dark fruits and finished with a dry boozy roastiness and overall what a big beer and perfect for today's grey outlook cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 06:29:25 | More by ADZA
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ehammond1


4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Nearly black but truly a very, very dark brown with a thin brown head. Spots and specks of lacing are left down the glass.

Rich aroma and a lovely combination of roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, and plenty of dark fruit characteristics (prunes, black cherry, and currant).

The flavor follows the aroma, though leading with the roasted malts and rich chocolate flavors. The dark fruit flavors are more of an afterthought when compared to the aroma.

The highlight of this beer is its mouthfeel. It's thick, creamy, with relatively low carbonation, but rich and luscious. Velvety. Delightful.

A wonderful, complex, big RIS. A joy to drink, particularly because of the rich mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:54:06 | More by ehammond1
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a glass alongside another bottle of black albert, cuvee delphine and black damnation.

Albert pours out a brownish black color out the bottle, settling into a black sea once all is said and done. A nice build of mocha colored foam on top with not much lacing. This is not the thickest looking stout i've seen, but thick enough.

Smells don't really explode out alot but with some significant warming the stout in albert comes out. Roasted malt is at the top with chocolate and minimal coffee. A big fruity plum and others with a nice vanilla creaminess. A small hop build ala light storm king in the fresh bottle of albert.

The fruit component comes into play in taste a bit more than I was expecting. I heard that some albert's have some quad tastes and I concur, sort of like a split in between the two styles. Plums are between alot of malt with chocolate and a somewhat spicy belgian yeast in the end.

Not the thickest stout out there but I won't dock points for that. I will however give mad points and props to De Struise for masking that damn 13%, it really is nowhere to be found. Not hot and no alcohol detected, amazing! The body is a above medium build with light but noticable carb pop.

I cant drink a ton of this stuff and Im not quite sure it's worth the price of admission but it's a well crafted stout that strays a bit from the 'sameness' of most rizzes out there. The belgian yeast and slight quad aspects will throw you for a loop.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 15:20:18 | More by BARFLYB
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to alpineclimber for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with one finger of light brown head. Looks thick and creamy.

S - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee and a nice hop bitterness. Some noticeable alcohol, but not surprising for a 13% ABV beer.

T - Chocolate, licorice, some coffee. A noticeable alcohol bite.

M - Medium body, thick and sikly. Lightly carbonated.

D - A touch boozy, but overall a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 19:06:06 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a rich dark black, an even thick mocha head of one to two fingers. Looks like it would lace but most of it slides back down into the brew.

Aroma - some good darkly roasted malts, a bit of metallic in there as well initially, but they disappear after a minute or so.

Taste - a good intense roast right outta the gate. Some sweet note of syrup and soy, a chocolate and nut mix following. Some char tends to build al the way to the aftertaste, which would be distracting if there weren't lots of other good stuff going on. A light kiss of alcohol warmth at the end, very subtle as the char and roast make their final stand.

Mouthfeel - a pretty big body, and rather crisp for as heavy as it is. Smooth feeling and easy to drink.

Drinkability - excellent stuff, worthy of enjoyment fresh or aged.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:07:33 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a thick used motor oil black color. The head is a thick tan two inches of foam that recedes at a glacial pace. This is a very nice looking beer. The aroma is roasted malt, and graham cracker. For a beer that clams to be 13% ABV this is a very weak aroma. I would actually expect more aroma from a 5% ABV oatmeal stout. The taste is more of the same, but with a harsh alcohol presence. A hint of alcohol is something I would except from a beer with so much alcohol in it, but here it seems to be a major part of the flavor instead of something in the background. Again, this taste is weak. The mouthfeel is full bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a huge disappointment. This beer is simply poorly crafted. Good beers with high alcohol content have the high alcohol content so they can have stronger aromas, and stronger tastes. This beer seems to be strong in alcohol simply to be strong in alcohol. I can't see myself ever being in the mood where I what to drink something strong and flavorless. But if for some reason I find myself in that mood I think I would head for a a malt liquor, and save twelve dollars.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 01:34:24 | More by KarlHungus
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best before April, 2013

A: Pours a shade of black I can only describe as Norwegian Black Metal black. Capping the obsidian body is a thick and creamy two-finger dallop of dark mocha colored foam. Excellent retention and tons of lace left behind.

S: Strong aromas of blackened malt, rum soaked raisins, tart dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, bitter espresso, fudge brownies, cherries, yeast, and boozy alcohol burn.

T: More of the same with a distinctly tart and bitter fruit edge. Dark chocolate covered espresso beans bathed in hot boozy alcohol. Pretty healthy burn during the finish.

M: Big and bitter with sweet, bittersweet, tart, roasty, and tangy things going on inside.

D: The way I've described it above, this has all of the hallmarks of something that's a real chore to drink. Not so. The booziness takes a little getting used to but once you forget about that concentrate on the other things going on here you'll be rewarded. I've been lucky enough to try this on draft and I'd say I prefer the bottled version. Plus, it doesn't hurt that I've been sitting on this bottle for almost a year!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 22:55:22 | More by GbVDave
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srandycarter

California

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re reviewed since 12.08.08 as my last reviewed was disappointing.

A - Pours nice black and huge heavy sticky head.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T- Nice, burnt coffee, black licorice, but ends with burnt taste in mouth.

M - Medium to heavy, good carb, not great balance.

D - Overwhelming after one.

Better than I thought, but it is still not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 05:15:08 | More by srandycarter
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 0 poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours black as midnight with a hint of tan head that goes away almost immediately.

Smell: Quite sweet and slightly roasty. There is some dark chocolate, overly ripe dark fruit, and perhaps a hint of soy sauce here. May be picking up what reminds me of port as well.

Taste: Amazingly smooth and complex. I'm picking up some roast and dark fruit. The soy sauce from the smell doesn't really show up. There is a roasty bitterness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick with hardly any carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer. Quite complex. I would have another, but I don't know how often I'll search it out due to the price and the number of great stouts that are out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 05:29:39 | More by oline73
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours completely black with a light brown head. Opaque. Booze coats the glass throughout.

S - Big espresso, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt character complimented by a little bit of booze and molasses. Very explosive aroma to it.

T - Everything from the aroma comes out here and mingle together in the mouth quite well. The finish is quite bitter as well.

M - Full bodied, sort of thick with not alot of carbonation, velvetty in a way.

D - How could you turn down another one of these? Packed with flavour and the alcohol doesn't make itself all that apparent but still shows up to class.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 21:55:03 | More by tbeckett
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Pencible

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque black with tan head. It smelled like dark chocolate and prunes, with some creamy vanilla and grape and a hint of coffee. It tasted like bitter dark chocolate and sweet prunes, with some roasted coffee with cream. It was somewhat thick with mild carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had an interesting smell and flavor. It tasted very clean and masked the alcohol disturbingly well. It had good body too, but not as full as desired. The prune/grape character really threw me off and kept me from loving this, and there wasn't much depth or complexity beyond that. Definitely an enjoyable stout, but it didn't quite seem to live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 15:15:21 | More by Pencible
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billab914

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. It poured thick and black in color with a very dense and thick tan head to it. It kept a nice covering on the top of the beer as I drank it and left some great lacing as well.

The aroma shows a lot of chocolate and roasted malts to it. It has a nice sweetness to it but also stays very smooth and balanced. It almost has the smooth aroma of say an oatmeal stout.

The taste has a rich, sweet milk chocolaty flavor to it at first. It develops more of a roasty, bitter, coffee flavor towards the finish. it also has some smoky and molasses flavors going on that just add to the complexity. It's very balanced for such a big beer and has such a great range of flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being on the lower side. Drinkability is very good, it's a fantastic imperial stout. It had such a range of flavors to it but managed to be very balanced overall. I also really liked the smokiness that came through in it. Excellent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:39:05 | More by billab914
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Floydster

California

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with brianj555, he originally spent 33 dollars on this beer which is extremely steep but I had to try it, decided to open this bottle for my 800th review a week ago, reviewed from notes, poured into my Flying Dog imperial pint glass

A-Deep dark black with minimal light going through which makes it a little red, 3/4 inch creamy light brown head, stuck around for close to ten minutes, great retention, fantastic lacing
S-Coffee, dark chocolate, dark sugar, burned malts, plums, figs, smoky accents, Belgian yeast, raspberries, ether, black cherries and currants, earthiness, and blueberries
T-Starts off with lots of dark chocolate and milky texture, roasted malt in the middle, finish has a hint of booze that is not very noticeable, gets a little dry at times, later on gets a little sweeter and the cocoa comes to the surface more, creamier at the end as well, warms up nicely and its aroma is also evident in its flavor, great brew
M-Rich, roasted, dry, creamy, and bitter mouthfeel all at the same time, full thick body, perfect level of carbonation, taste lingers
D-Alcohol is hidden incredibly well, ABV is high but barely there in the taste, complex and inviting, smooth as can be, goes down surprisingly easy

One of the best stouts I have had, way different than a Russian Imperial Stout, I have said it once and it will say many more times, De Struise is a phenomenal brewery, crazy that this worked out to be three dollars per ounce but it was great to try it once, probably would not drink it again since I had such a good taste this time because I have heard about bad bottles from a few different people now and do not want to damper my experience, highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 04:56:53 | More by Floydster
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cosmicevan

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a deep dark black with a deep dark brown head into my southampton RIS snifter. There is an almost purple tint to the beer. Lacing leaves sparse trails when I swirl the glass and the thin head is easily rebuilt.

s - Yowza. Chocolate dessert...some dark fruit undertones that are almost grape juice like. Candied sugars and chocolate syrup.

t - the booze jumps out at first followed by chocolate covered fruit...settles as a chocolate sangria. once warmed the chocolate flavor is just fantastic.

m/d - as smooth as humphrey bogart but heavy handed on the booziness. Leaves a soft tingle, but the chocolate coats my mouth so it is almost like eating one of those booze filled chocolates. The chocolate richness is fantastic, but this is a sipper. As with all of these huge beers...once the alcohol warms you, you don't notice it as much and the flavor really comes out without distraction. this is a great beer...just hot as hell (although the label says black as hell).

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:31:17 | More by cosmicevan
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in a trade with Wildone, so huge thanks to Dave for sending this highly regarded brew to Toronto. I really enjoyed this stout, but wasn't as blown away as I thought I'd be. Everything was really solid, but nothing really pushed it over the top. I understand that some bottles are phenomenal, whereas other are merely very good, perhaps this batch belongs to the latter.

The appearance, though, is great A midnight black on a moonless night with a large mocha head that leaves a lot of lace on the way down. Its how a big stout should look. The nose is quite sweet, with toffee and treacle upfront, with the roast underneath. Flavours are full and satisfying, with cocoa, treacle, anise, and vanilla dominating, and the roast being far more subtle than I expected. The alcohol is still evident in the finish, but not to the detriment of the beer. Moderate body and restrained carbonation. Decent, but perhaps not the greatest I've come across.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 14:36:31 | More by bobsy
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Albert

Thanks to CharlesW(Charles) for this!

A- Deep cola brown/ black with a huge foamy tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S- Good deep dried fruits like cherries, raisins, and figs come out. deep chocolate and A touch of solvent alcohol present.
T- Sweet cherries/ raspberries come through up front with a good dose of smooth dark chocolate with raisins and figs (sorta like a chunky bar?)
M- Thick and sweet with a good tangy finish. Alc. is present in the end but not obtrusive.

Overall- Very smooth! At 13%, the alc isn't as present as you'd think. Delicious nightcap!
(Thanks Charles!)

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 00:10:46 | More by NJpadreFan
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illidurit

California

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to yespr for sharing this at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Poured into my La Chouffe goblet. Darkest brown with a tan head, not much lacing. Aroma is rather weak. Cocoa powder with a bit of dark fruit. Flavor is roasty with some malted chocolate and plum. This really isn't much different from Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence but somehow this is rated world class. The one outstanding aspect of this beer is that you would never guess that it was 13 percent abv. Literally zero alcohol flavor. Drinkability is insane. Overrated.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 20:23:39 | More by illidurit
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scottfrie

California

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a deep black with a finger of dense, creamy, light brown head that lasted forever and left great streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Rum soaked raisins, bitter coffee with a slight metallic twinge, and dark roasted malts come through on the nose.
T: Strong flavors of both dark and milk chocolate along with big notes of raisins and toasted grains. There are some hints of molasses, caramel and maybe honey in there as well. Finish is almost sweet with dark fruits (dates, figs, prunes, raisins) and honey, and the aftertaste has a light dark-chocolate/grassy hop bitterness that isn't overpowering.
M: The first thing I noticed when this beer hit my mouth was not its flavor but its incredibly velvety soft yet full and chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation is very light and gives this beer a fluffy texture on the palate. For 13% AVB, the alcohol is masked extremely well. I only get the slightest flavor of it, rather than the warmth or burn.
D: Definitely a little different from a standard RIS, but oh man is this one good! One of the easiest drinking beers out there that contain this much body and flavor. I can only wish this bottle was bigger (and cheaper) so that this glass can never end.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 18:20:44 | More by scottfrie
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The long-rumored kegs, all three of them, arrived in Oregon and one happened to land at our neighborhood watering hole, Concordia Ale House (thanks to libertygrails for the timely posting of this news). We arrived early on a Friday evening, my wife and I each taking the $9.50 plunge for a snifterful of this rarity.

A: Impenetrably black; for reference, look to the left and right margins of this page. No real head to speak of - just a wisp of gauzy film and a pencil-thin ring of cinnamon orange. Oily - almost seems to trail 'legs'. Leaves no lace.

S: Ugh, why is this served so cold? C'mon CAH! On a chilly December night, the last thing I wanted to do was wrap my fingers in a death-grip around this frigid glass for 10-15 minutes. Aroma in those first minutes: nothing. After ample warming, the spicy Belgian yeasts and dark fruit overtones start to develop. Dark chocolate, sugared coffee, raisins, anise.

T: Roasted coffee, chewy dried fruit (raisins, prunes, figs, cherries), bittersweet chocolate with a fading hint of lactic tang. The spices grow with warmth: that clove/licorice sparkle that elicited a 'this tastes just like Pannepot!' from my wife (high praise). I found the flavors elusive, changing from chocolate bar, to sweet/tart fruit to iced coffee to a slightly oaken bourbon booze at its warmest. Interesting brew, though not really a 'Russian Imperial Stout' in the truest sense - an RIS/Quad hybrid?!?!?

M: Terrific feel - rich, smooth and enveloping. The coating isn't too clingy, grabbing on to the tongue and relenting slowly. Not too heavy; a seemingly lighter body than some of this style. For such a strong beer, the warmth is mellow and the alcohol well-concealed.

D: Plenty of hype surrounding this beer and, for the most part, it lives up to it. Terrific drinkability as a sipper, a fine take on my favorite style with that added 'Belgian' twist. We changed our dinner plans tonight specifically so that we could try this beer. Worth it? Yep.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 05:21:27 | More by msubulldog25
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Overlord

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to Bgramer for giving me the chance to try this brew.

Pours an attractive black with a bubbling dark brown head. Smells like ... not much actually. Very mild aroma. A whiff of chocolate ... some dark fruits (plums?), and that's about it. No roastiness, no coffee, very strange.

Taste is more robust, with chocolate, dark fruits, and an almost Belgian Dark/Dubbel sweetness. Not like any stout I've ever had. There is a very, very strange acid twang running through the brew. Again: not encountered previously.

It's hard to believe this was 13%, it was so drinkable. Mouthfeel was too thin, but maybe not for the style, as I have no idea what a Belgian Royal Stout is.

All in all, disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 07:02:51 | More by Overlord
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No. 14 it says on the side of the label. Candy is an ingredient as listed on the label. Pours a deep pitch black in appearance, impermeable to light with a tight creamy beige head.

Different layers and waves on the nose, but it smells more reminiscent of a strong dark Belgian than an Imperial Stout. Robust dark dried fruits like figs and dates, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, treacle, grapes, chicory, and orange gum drops.

Intense dry bitter malt and alcohol sucker punches you in the palate right from the start, although smooths out from there. Cocoa, chicory and creamy cafe au lait in the middle, dates and raisins, brandy-soaked cherries, a hint of grape, and indiscernable sweetness. Creamy chocolate, fig and hints of licorice in the finish. Dry dusty coffee ground aftertaste.

My lips and teeth are sticky from a sugary sweetness, that must be the candy. Light creamy and silky smooth mouthfeel, hard to believe such a high abv% and flavour profile can be delivered by such a light mouthfeel.

Impressive for what it is, except for the hefty price tag that is. Worth the hype but I'll save this for special occassions.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 02:25:57 | More by IronDjinn
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark black color with only a faint ring of brown head. Scent is very vinous with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Taste is more forward of the dark chocolate and coffee, dark fruit rounds out the taste along with an earthy quality. Both scent and taste are quite complex and offer different angles on the beer. Medium bodied, maybe a touch thinner than expected from the bold flavors, but still smooth. Overall a great tasting beer, that if it wasnt for the high price, would be a regular.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 14:24:29 | More by rfgetz
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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