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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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1,591 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,591
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 319
Gots: 378 | FT: 24
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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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this twelve ounce bottle came from Jonmich, thanks for the opportunity. Cool looking label with 4-14-09 written in black marker. Pour reveals a totally black beer, with a huge, billowing, frothing brown heading. Smell is of light cocoa, char and smoke, and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is of dark malt, chocolate truffles, dry grains. Body is much lighter than one would expect considering the high ABV of 13%. The best way I would describe the body is as velvety and smooth. Drinkability is good, though this is one to sip and savor. Worthy of the hype? No, but certainly a good stout that I would purchase again. I would imagine the blend between this and Kate the Great that was planned would be very interesting and damn tasty. Cheers

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. No idea what the vintage is (stamps over B, 6, B on the label) but I'm guessing its from the last release. Reviewed 07-17-2011. Not sure I have ever seen an RIS with so much sludge and sediment. The bottom of the bottle looks like it got attacked by mocha algae.

A - Deep, dark black body. An aggressive poured yielded a nice mocha head that came down to some nice edging. The bottom of the glass, that's a different story. Lots of loose yeast and mocha colored sediment which reaches up a half inch or so. Yikes! 3.5/5

S - Coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla notes, and just a hint of alcohol. 4.0/5

T - Really great balance. Deep roasted malts, light coffee, rich vanilla/oak and bourbon and that familiar RIS aftertaste. ABV is hidden dangerously well. Creamy and smooth mouth feel with a nice bit of carbonation. I'm not sure if its diacetyl, but I do detect a slight butter flavor at the end, however it blends seamlessly with the flavor profile. 4.0/5 Mouth feel 4.0/5

O - Very pricey, but extremely good. De Struise continues to amaze me. This is one of the better RIS's I've had. 4.0/5

Batch '0', Lot D, Best Before September 2015. Making this a September, 2010 vintage. Reviewed 08-21-2012

A - Dark black body, tight two finger high mocha head. Great deal of lacing and retention for the high abv. 4.0/5

S - Very quad like with some red wine and dark fruit elements. Layers of chewy toffee, chocolate, coffee beans, and liquorice. Cordial cherries and and an acridic balsamic vinegar finish. Highly unusual... 4.0/5

T - Less quadrupel like than the nose. Starts off with acrid red wine and cherries which give way to charred malts, coffee beans, liquorice, tobacco and bittersweet chocolate. The finish is sweetened with a unique fruitiness. 3.5/5

M - Unbelievably silky and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The abv is completely hidden. 4.5/5

O - Just a really odd and unique stout. I think the Batch 0 is a notch better than the later batches. Just seems to be a bit more integrated. I can't imagine this improving with age though. 4.0/5

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.4/5  rDev -20%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2-oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to brandoneast for this bottle.

A = Deep mahogany, rich dark reddish tan head of foam.

S = Treacle, Chinese candy, dried plums, baker's cocoa.

T = Molasses, treacle, cocoa nibs, rose buds, spun sugar.

M = Heavy body, excellent mouthcoating, frothy feel with slight alcohol burn.

D = A sipper, but one to come back to time and again.

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3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. Bottled poured into my Short's pint glass.

A: Very dark brown with a small mahogony tint around the edges. The pour produced almost 3 fingers of tan head that receeds and leaves nice lace.

A: Sour dark fruit and a Belgian yeast influence. I get nice chocolate, molasses, dried fruit, and smoke.

T: Good amounts of chocolate and dried fruit. The belgian aspect is a little offputting to me in a RIS. Also get smoke and maybe a little vanilla. The beer finishes dry from the hops.

M: A little thin for the style. Aggressive carbonation gives it a tingle at the back of the throat.

D and overall impression: I'll give this just above average marks on drinkability, the dried fruit and belgian influence is just a little much for me. I'm glad I shared the small bottle with two other guys. Overall, this is a good beer, but nothing to write home about. Would have again, but won't go out of my way for it. Skal.

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4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip with a large, creamy looking brown head. Nice super dark brown color. This looks delicious.

I smell dried fruit, cherry, and a bit of licorice. I can detect from the aroma this one might be a little hot.

Great tasting beer. I get a lot of mocha and coffee flavor. The finish largely consists of raisins or dates. Each sip is a little different because I can choose to focus on the roasted malts or the nice fruity yeast flavor. The heat is not an issue here as I worried, but there is a slight sharpness, so 4.5 instead of 5.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, which for me makes or breaks a stout. Good stuff here as well.

Considering this is a monster of a stout, it's very drinkable Glad I have another one of these for later.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

A- pretty thick black color with a dense packed tan head of super-fine bubbles. Pretty good retention.

S- strange. Like a sweaty yeast character, almost sour, but not really. Lightly roasted grain in the wayyy background. Other types of fruity notes at low levels also.

T- combination of weird yeast funk, chocolatey dark malts, and some fruit weaved in there.

M- pretty darn thick.

D- I wasn't loving this beer completely. It was good but I wasn't wanting more than my half bottle.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (cap not cage and cork) poured into a la fin du monde tulip.

Semi hard pour produces a 3 finger head. Beer is pitch black with some brown yeasty bits floating around. Takes awhile to die down to a thick layer of foam on top. Some chunks of lacing left behind.

Smells of sherry and pecan pie. A bit of chocolate in there as well. Some doughy yeast.

Tastes follows smell. There is pecan pie, sherry, chocolate fudge cake, doughy yeast, and some vague dark fruits. A smoky roasted coffee and sherry flavor lingers. Really interesting and different. Not very much like anything else I have ever tried.

Mouthfeel is thick with low carbonation. Nothing too surprising here. Pretty much what you would expect from an RIS.

The alcohol is well hidden. This is a really interesting and tasty beer that works really well as an after dinner drink.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours, aptly, an opaque black with a copius tan head that lasts, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

Aromas of prunes, dark cherries, coffee, brown sugar, wet hay, and some barn funk.

Tastes of prunes, dark cherries, coffee, brown sugar. Nice dark fruit flavors dominate, with a refreshing tartness for an imperial stout. I can appreciate why the brewers claim this is a Belgian Royal Stout as opposed to the Russian Imperial Stout it is classified as.

Rich, sweet, creamy mouthfeel, like melted chocolate and cherry ice cream.

This is a night capper at 13 percent ABV. However, the alcohol is not so evident in the taste (until after you drink it), and is balanced by the delectable strong flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,591 ratings.