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Outblack - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
87
very good

193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Collaboration brew with Stillwater Artisanal Ales (USA).

This Belgian Strong Ale was married to a still young but powerful style, the Black IPA.

You take a chocolate sweet strong ale together with the high & strong hop shedule of an IPA, and you get a fantastic result.

(Beer added by: beerpirates on 02-23-2011)
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Ratings: 193 | Reviews: 128 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

trxxpaxxs, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Texasfan549, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

kjkinsey, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%

Appearance: A foamy beige head builds and grows rocky, looking very Belgian, as it sits atop the fudge colored liquid

Smell: Very unusual phenols, smelling vaguely like paint thinner though there is also some chocolate and dark fruit in the mix

Taste: Ashen, up front, with dark fruit developing in the middle, though the burnt character of the beer persists; after the swallow, there is some candi sugar sweetness that develops and brings home the finish; spicy rye in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation; very Belgian mouthfeel

Overall: A disappointment, coming from these two fine brewers; perhaps this beer wasn't intended for aging because there are some real off flavors that have developed

brentk56, Sep 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

mattfancett, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

RobertH50, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Konkretek, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

DrBier, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

ryanpj, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

jlindros, Feb 12, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Stinkypuss, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Ciocanelu, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

leitmotif, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

kevgod, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

simoen, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

acurtis, Jul 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

djrn2, Jul 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Hallertau, Jun 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

ajzy, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

randylangford, May 22, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

rhoadsrage, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

cadaugherty, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

BayouBengal1537, Apr 11, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

VWBuggirl, Mar 28, 2013
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Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.