Outblack - De Struise Brouwers
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3.73/5 rDev -6%
Somehow never reviewed this beer, and this one has been there a while. Lot 01/01/2011, bottled 02/FF.
Pours an off white fizzy slight fluffy 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly, nice soapy lacing as well, pitch black beer with no light getting through.
Nose is interesting and different than I remember, maybe a bit too aged although this was supposed to age well... I get fresh sweet bread, toasty grainy malts, hint of biscuit a bit of a raisiny fruit, mild cinnamon and baking spices as well, mild toasted cinnamon raisin bread interestingly, some caramel, hint of cocoa, and little phenolic booze.
Taste brings more dark malts, creamy and a little roasty, mild acrid roast and burnt flavors, caramel, burnt coffee, etc. Then more toasted malts, little sweet bread again but not nearly like the nose, toasty, biscuity, etc. There is a fairly strong warming tingly phenolic booze still which is surprising after all those years on it, a little chemically booze and quite hot. A mild fruity raisiny flavor too, boozy raisin and very light baking spices. Hint of cocoa and mild bitter acrid roast round off the flavors. Finish is dry-ish, quite hot and boozy, bit more bitterness lingering too and some dark roasty malts.
Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, tons of carbonation, tons of hot booze too.
Overall not like I remember, not sure if this was a bad batch, or the aging didn't do it well. Gotta re-review when I find fresher version or on tap hopefully sometime.
02-12-2014 02:17:11 | More by jlindros
4.11/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours dark brown with amber hues and some sediment. Aroma of bourbon, smoke, and concentrated beer, soy sauce, mild oxidation. In the taste, chocolate, bourbon, dark malts, vanilla, marshmallow, alcohol. Interesting and complex beer. Has a lot of char, booze and sweet, savory flavors. Oats, wheat and rye all are used and add to the beer. Medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated. A really nice brew. Enjoyable, the different layers on this one.
02-02-2014 02:21:15 | More by Stinkypuss
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
Lot 01/01/2011 bottles 02/FF
(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a opaque black body with a sea of microbubbles that support a thick meniscus of beige cream.
S- The clean dry earthy black molasses hint has some dark raisins and tannin hints come through as it opens.
T- The soft dark roasted toffee flavor has as slight chewy oats taste with some soft tartness mixed in and a dark dry candy note in the finish. There is some woody molasses flavor that takes on more of a black licorice aftertaste. Some vinous sherry hints grow in the finish as it warms aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat till it is pretty warm.
O- The flavor is very light with lots mysterious qualities. There are lots of hints and nice flavors but it is all very soft and a bit underwhelming. Some dark sugar and different grains are pleasant but just too soft to get much character.
05-02-2013 20:54:44 | More by rhoadsrage
3.64/5 rDev -8.3%
This pours a nice dark brown that is quite cloudy. You can hardly see light through it. There is a small creamy tan head that doesn't last long, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
This has the expected sweet scent to it for such a high abv brew. I get hints of licorice and maple syrup. This is about what I expect from this beer.
There is not as much sweetness as I would expect from the scent. It has a fair amount of plum to it that is quite enjoyable.
There is a nice sharpness to the carb that helps break through the thick sweetness and helps to balance out the overall feel.
Overall, this is a very nice, balanced beer.
03-28-2013 00:53:32 | More by VWBuggirl
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
A: Otterbrown pour appears a deep black while sitting in the vessel. A light walnut brown head dominates the glass with a towering presence and soapy large voids along the glass walls. Retention is good while leaving whispy lashes of lace with spacious proximity.
S: Boozy sweet licorice and fresh prunes for first impressions on the nose. Alcohol is even toned at 10%. Burnt caramel raisins with a touch of bready yeastiness.
T: Flavor of sweet roastiness and chocolate, sugary figs with some dark fruit of prunes. Boozy licorice tones combine with raisins and a soft burbon presence and sweet dark malts. Dates, sweet plums, with a roasty fade closes things out with a good fresh bready yeastiness touch.
M: Syrupy slick mouthful, quiet carbonation nice resistance on the tongue.
O: Nice complexity of dark fruit and sweetness with a well mannered abv. Very easy to consume and enjoyable, smooth and polished.
02-18-2013 17:47:38 | More by beerthulhu
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
(Aged for 1+ year)
Nearly black in color with a huge, quickly forming, very persistent dark brown head of very large bubbles. Once this recedes, it leaves messy splotches of big, sticky bubbles all the way down the glass. Pretty, though perhaps some excessive carbonation.
A very interesting, complex, and unique aroma: initially, there's good amounts of earth, mint, tobacco, and faded hop character, but as the beer warms some roast, earthy yeast, clove, and dried leaves come to the forefront. There's perhaps some pepper and floral notes as well. Like I said, this is quite complex.
Lots of dark roasted dark malt, toast, some clove, anise?, dried leaves, and tobacco in the flavor, with incredibly well hidden alcohol. I probably wouldn't have aged this one on purpose if I had been aware they used the term "black IPA," in the bottle description, but it has aged incredibly well, turning into something quite complex: a Belgian, hoppy, black saison, if you will.
Medium bodied with moderate/high carbonation, though not at all prickly. Long, lingering roasty finish. A joy to tip.
With very few expectations, I came away loving this beer.
02-06-2013 04:55:09 | More by ehammond1
4.16/5 rDev +4.8%
A. It has a pure black color with a good tan, foamy head and some lacing.
S. It has an extremely strong scent: minty scotch scent.
T/M. It has a very toffee taste. Very carbonated. Full bodied. It has a figgy, chocolate taste to it. A dark fruit raisin taste underneath. Perhaps some plum. Sugary. High in alcohol.
O. Very strong and only good in doses, but it is really very flavorful and well made. It will put you on your ass, but it is very tasty.
02-03-2013 02:57:40 | More by Amalak
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, lot 01/01/2011. Pours cloudy fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, chocolate, roasted malt, light char, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, pepper, herbal, earth, and yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; very unique. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, coffee, brown sugar, pepper, clove, herbal, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, coffee, brown sugar, clove, pepper, earth, herbal, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with a nice malt/spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian dark ale. Nicely complex with unique flavor and nice balance; and very smooth to sip on. I enjoyed this quite a bit.
01-25-2013 05:28:48 | More by superspak
Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
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