Outblack - De Struise Brouwers
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3.8/5 rDev -4%
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
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
A - Dark black, bit of brown around the edges, finger of frothy khaki colored head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Roasted milk chocolate malts and caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, and light pine hops, rye, wheat, Belgian yeast, spices, light booze.
T - Roasted milk chocolate malts, caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, pine hops, bitterness, spicy rye, wheat, Belgian yeast, spices, hint of coffee, light booze.
M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, bitter, dry, warming finish.
D - Really nicely balanced and complex.
01-20-2013 03:47:54 | More by ngeunit1
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.
A. Poured 3+ finger head. Head is a light tan. Thick lacing. Really good retention. Color is big surprise, black.
S. Very interesting. Not sure I have smelled a beer like this. Almost smells like a cookie. Quite a bit of spices, fruit, and sweetness. Fruit cake comes to mind. For pure novelty of smell I almost have to give this a 5. Cinnamon, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, baked goods.
T. Very interesting taste as well. Quite a bit of spice going on in the flavor of this. Molasses, spice, dark chocolate. Can't really describe what the spice is almot mint like, cinnamon. Very unique tasting beer.
M. Medium/full bodied. Medium/low carbonation. Finishes with some spicy sweetness.
O. Can't say that I have had too many beers that smelled or tasted like this one. The spiciness is pretty unique. It is hard to pin down beneath the big body of this beer, but almost reminds me of mint or juniper. Its a unique and good enough beer.
12-31-2012 22:12:39 | More by siradmiralnelson
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Lot# 01/01/2011
(A)- Pours practically pitch black. Produced a giant head of frothy tan colored foam. Superb retention and lacing all over the place.
(S)- Deep aromas of a woody roasted pecan and raisin. Bits of cocoa and even more wood that turns slightly yeasty to an almost earthy funkiness.
(T)- Very similar to the smell. Loads of a nutty pecan and raisin/prune combo up front that turns into an almost creamy but earthy cocoa yeastiness.
(M)- A great smooth carbonation level. A smooth balance too. While it has some dense fruit characters to it, this is the essence of a creamy smooth profile overall. Was surprised this is at 10%ABV.
(O)- Honestly, I was rather impressed with this. With a little age on it, it sure is smooth city despite the ABV and dense flavors. A fun play on the style for sure.
11-14-2012 21:28:58 | More by sweemzander
4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
Purchased from Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket in Covington, Louisiana. (Bet you never thought your beer would make it to a random shelf in Louisiana) for like $6. Awesome.
Poured from 11oz bottle into tulip. Lot 01/01/2011...bottled on or bb..not sure.
Pours a spectacular deep brown with amber hue and a crazy tan thick foamy head. It looks soooo creamy and good.
wow..big chocolate aromas, dried plum (prune), and sugar aromas pretty much dominate this one. Taste is so unique. Really dark chocolate, cinnamon/spice, dried fruit, spicy, then the dark chocolate hits again. I dont get much of the IPA on this, but I deff see the belgian dark.
Its a super tastey brew, creamy yet a slight sharp/bitter mouthfeel, but you would never know the abv... overall this is a fantastic brew. De Struise is just simply amazing...way to go Carlos! (and Stillwater).
10-12-2012 03:29:56 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.93/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured into my De Struise "Cervoise" glass.
Deep brown color, almost black with a foamy light beige head.
Nose: Notes of spice and dark, ripe fruits dominate (raisins & black currant) a touch of chocolate; don't pick up on any hop aroma...probably due to the fact this bottle has been around for a while.
Taste: Mellow milk chocolate upfront, dark fruits, a touch piny resign and citrus hops balanced with a brown sugar sweetness and mild bitteness. Finishes with some roasted malts, brown sugar, and lingering burnt toast/ bakers chocolate...some warming alcohol as well.
Mouthfeel: insanely creamy and smooth; just amazing.
Overall: as it warms up, the complexities really come out but the real draw to this beer is it's ridiculously creamy/milky mouthfeel that makes it quite memorable.
10-08-2012 17:26:14 | More by pixieskid
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottle is labeled: Lot 01|01|2011| Bottled 02/FF
A: Pours a dark brown with lots of floaties. Big fluffy medium brown head. Fades slowly leaving tufts of fluffy lacing on the glass.
S: Prominent raisins and earthy belgian yeast. Has a roasted malt character though I think - a little chocolate in there? Nice combination, like a bsda and a porter mixed together.
T: Nice mellow fruitiness up front with some raisin and fig. Turns bitter in the middle with a little bit of chocolate and a hint of char. Very earthy in the middle and into the finish. My mouth feels dirty, almost. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate in the lingering aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied, not nearly as heavy as you'd expect for 10%. Fairly smooth.
O: This is a tough one to rate. It's basically a BSDA and a black IPA combined I guess. Decent roasted malt, decent bitterness, decent earthiness to boot. It's got good flavors and an even better aroma. But somehow it just doesn't quite work for me and I can't exactly place why. Just an odd mix, albeit unique.
09-29-2012 03:27:21 | More by Dope
4.23/5 rDev +6.8%
Appropriately black colored beer. Meaty head makes my goblet look like a St. Bernardus snow globe. But with beige snow.
Smells like cola, real cola (with real sugar, not corn sugar), licorice and brown sugar in a rich, complex melange.
Corresponding with the aroma Outblack tastes rich and complex. Molasses and brown sugar sweetness with some hoppy dank spice for balance. Not as hoppy as I would have guessed but noticeable. Little sour tang in back which is non sequitur. Soft, tongue massaging mouthfeel.
Good stuff. Haven't had a less than great beer from these guys and or gals.
09-28-2012 00:16:18 | More by donkeyrunner
3.6/5 rDev -9.1%
33cl into a wine glass. Pours a deep black walnut, dense light tan head retains nicely as a cap, ok lacing.
Aroma is yeasty, cocoa with a bit of citrus hops, burnt coffee and rye.
Taste includes dark fruits that were absent in the scent. Earthy with bitter chocolate and an underlying roastyness. A mild bitter in the finish but more of singed coffee than hops. Aftertaste fades fairly rapid. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.
No conclusion that this has the breeding of an ipa, seems more stoutish.
09-16-2012 06:24:34 | More by impending
United Kingdom (England)
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2016. Bottled on 1/1/11 (?) - New Year's day? Acquired from a Belgian webshop and cellared in my garage for quite a long time. A collaboration brew between De Struise and Stillwater - a blend of Belgian strong dark ale and US black ale. Not sure what the bizarre eclipse picture on the label is supposed to represent.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. A thick layer of yeast sediment clings to the bottom of the bottle. Dark brown; appears totally black in the glass. Produces a huge head of creamy tan foam with great retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Aroma of sweet, faintly fruity malt with a herbal character. Notes of brown sugar, dried fruit, mild liquorice and hints of coriander, peel, bay leaves, eucalyptus, rosemary/thyme and earthy yeast. A warming whiff of booze in the background, though this blends nicely with the other aromas.
Tastes of rich dark malt with a fruity, herbal character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt, coffee/cocoa, coriander, orange peel, herbs and earthy yeast. A warming, solventy hint of alcohol in the background. Pretty dry, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with a spicy quality. Feels somewhat flat and undercarbonated. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet malt and a herbal bitterness.
Unusual - rather hard to place this beer. To be honest I have a hard time even picturing the style that this is categorised as, which doesn't help. It's big and well crafted, just odd. The herbal notes are the mystery, as the ingredient list only mentions grains and hops. I was expecting more of a black IPA character, but perhaps the hop aromas have faded and left a herbal flavour behind. Sweet, fruity and boozy, but dry and herb-like. I'm surprised there isn't more of a yeast ester presence. Overall, it's charismatic but weird. Worth trying once, though I'm not sure I'd revisit this.
09-16-2012 02:40:45 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
A - Creamy tan head with fantastic retention and nice lace. Cherry cola body.
S - Surprisingly bright, tart and tangy sour cherry.
T - Wow, just like the nose the taste is exceptionally bright. Concentrated cherry cola, brown sugar, and pop rocks. Aggressive sweetness. Lightly tart backend.
M - Lively carbonation and a medium frame. Thick sweetness.
O - A really interesting flavor profile, I can't say I've had a beer like this before, but overly sweet.
09-02-2012 14:45:16 | More by vfgccp
4.23/5 rDev +6.8%
330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. I love it when I coordinate. Bottle dated 1/1/2011, maybe?
Appearance - Dark brown with a huge khaki head. Settles quickly, but never vanishes. Contiguous layer of foam on top that climbs the sides of the glass.
Smell - Whoah. I don't even know what I'm smelling. Like a fruity coffee aroma with strong herbal tea notes. Remarkable.
Taste - More along the lines of a BSDA, I suppose, but still way out there in terms of flavors. Coffee is strong. Herbal hops are also strong. Hefty fruit presence, but hell if I can identify what it is. This is a very interesting. Maybe cola? I think that's what it reminds me of.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation. Delicously creamy.
Overall - I'm impressed. Struise never ceases to amaze me the way they flip styles around. I expected a standard BSDA, but this is truly fascinating. Herbal, cola, tea, and coffee all at once with a nice earthiness. I'd love to have this again.
08-29-2012 00:42:12 | More by Alieniloquium
4/5 rDev +1%
Hazy dark brown color with a billowing, light tan head. Decent head retention.
Unique herbal, spicy aroma. Nice sweetness. Slightly honeyed. Eucalyptus. A little strange but it works.
Sweet malt flavor with some spicy yeast character and interesting herbal hop flavor. Lightly fruity with some echinacea and anise notes.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.
A solid beer and truly unique. Curious flavor profile but I quite like the way the whole thing comes together.
06-21-2012 10:24:31 | More by dgilks
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
My first beer from De Struise, finally. Have a few others waiting to drink, but this one is calling my name.
Pours very dark brown, essentially black in the glass. Despite that, I could tell from the pour that it was clear, and light behind it shows deep reddish hints at the edges. Two big fingers of dense medium coffee-tan head. Fantastic retention - come on, I want to drink the beer! And big clumps of foam sticking up the sides of the glass. Wow.
Smell... I'm not really sure what to expect. Candy sugar, some light herbal hops. Smells fuzzy. It's faint, but I like it.
Where the smell was a little bump, the taste is a big strong punch in the mouth. Bold and rich, with tons of dark fruits, followed by an alcohol burst that carries some a mild hop bitterness with it. I've heard people describe a leather taste in beer before, but never experienced it until now. Interesting. Prunes are the predominant fruit. It's rich, malty, and quite varied. I like it. Aside from that initial punch I felt, the alcohol is quite well hidden.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Mouth-filling, with tons of tiny little bubbles generating a soft foam in my mouth. Finish fades away like I'm chewing foam.
A very tasty beer. Not sure what I'd call it, but BSDA seems close enough. Big and malty, with a medley of interesting flavors all blending together well. Yum.
06-08-2012 02:20:04 | More by zeledonia
Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.