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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:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
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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Photo of pixieskid
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

pixieskid, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Brabander
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at the old school building last monday with my buddy Apophis666, his girlfriend Lore and her father Henk. We had a great time with Urbain and one of the beers he opened for his visitors was the new Outblack. I was the driver so i had to wait to drink this beer at home. That's what i did last night.

Poured (of course) in my Struise glass the beer looks perfect. What a deepdarkbrown colour! The bulblight has problems to go trough it. Some carbonation in the glass. The perfect head, that's what Struise is all about, a nice view and even better taste.

The smell is good, some spices and candysweetness.

The taste is outstanding because of the ingredients used. I tasted some 'salmiak' and 'drop'. Two dutch words for dark candy. Very very well done.

You did it again Urbain!

Brabander, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Damian
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 330 ml e. bottle
Lot 01/01/2011 goed tot, a consomer avant 01/02/2016
Served in a tulip
Thanks to Douglasjamjak for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured super deep and dark brown/black and was topped by a billowing, three-finger head of bubbly, tan colored foam. Streaky rings of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass. The head slowly faded to a persistent ring of froth.

The nose was rather tame. Chocolate malts were noticeable, as was a dry, powdery yeastiness. Slightly roasty. A touch of piney hops came through as well. There was also an interesting herbal (perhaps sage?) component. Some booziness became noticeable as beer warmed. The aroma also turned much sweeter and fruitier.

The flavor profile was dark, roasty and quite hoppy, yet it also contained some Belgian-like characteristics. A dry, powdery, Belgian yeastiness appeared on the front end. Chocolate and roasted malts were also noticeable. Slightly fruity and spicy in the center with discernible raisins notes. The finish was dry and hoppy and had a moderate alcohol bite. The hops were quite piney and bitter and they resonated on my palate after each sip. The hoppiness also intensified as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was fairly average. Medium bodied with a crisp, bubbly, lively effervescence. The liquid could have been smoother and creamier.

De Struise's Outblack is a unique but forgettable beer. Furthermore, it is a bit rough around the edges. I was expecting this to be a nice melding of a Belgian strong dark ale and an American black ale, but the flavor profile seemed to lean much further toward the latter.

Damian, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

bmur112, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
5/5  rDev +26.3%

polishkaz, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +1%

ryanpj, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a deep brown to black color. Forms a quite big and dark beige head when poured. Quite aired. Retention is low, however it never disappears completely leaving an almost brown and bubbled layer. Many lacings are left

S: Strong on dark chocolate. Belgian yeasts. Fruity and liquorous. Very spicy, notes of anis, cinnamon and mint. Intense flowery hops. Perfect nose

T: Very tasty beer, an Struise (thanx god :p). Sweet upfront. Chocolate, roasted malts, hints of coffee, Belgian yeasts. Again, very spicy. Hints of anis and mint. Stingy hoppy bitter end

M: Extremely creamy beer. Molasses. Medium carbonation. Delicious bitter aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable beer despite the 10% ABV. An Struise, nothing else to say

eduardolinhalis, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

mattfancett, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown color with a large off-white/tan head. Scent has a ton of toffee, carmel, and roasted chocolate. Some dark chocolate and cocoa as well. Taste is initially a ton of dark fruit with some chocolate notes. I also pick up some green apple flavors with a lot of toffee and hints of caramel. A bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some delightful crisp bite to it. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a very enjoyable strong dark ale.

DovaliHops, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle labeled Lot 01/01/2011 with a “best by” date of 01/02/2016. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a rich dark brown color and has a 1” tan head that recedes to a layer of foam with a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on one side that slides back to the liquid while on the other there is a pattern of small patches and legs of lacing. The ring of foam persists quite a long time.

Smell: The aromas include some cocoa and licorice along with spices like cardamom and nutmeg. There isn’t much in the way of either hops or alcohol showing but there does seem to be some pine in here as well.

Taste: The flavors include roasted malt, dark chocolate, the cardamom and the licorice. The hops don’t really show in the flavors but the alcohol does even though it is not at all hot.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium and smooth with persistent gentle carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins with the sweetness of the chocolate and spice mixture then begins to dry out and as it does a hint of smoke appears then disappears again. At the end there’s some dark roasted malt flavor in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Drinkability here is good, but it’s not a beer for regular consumption. With this ABV and the strength of the flavor profile this is one to save for a special occasion. While I’d be willing to have it again I can think of lots of other beers I’d enjoy as much. My overall impression is that this is an interesting and imaginative beer that mostly works. That said, for my tastes the there is are not enough hops showing and a bit too much in the way of spices.

drtth, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

kevgod, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle. Lot 01/01/2011

A: black, opaque color with nice full rocky tan head that dissipated but kept it all the way
S: incredibly full and rich, intriguing with deep roasted malt, caramelization, EtOH, dense
T: very good beer - deep roasted malts up front that carries through with nice bitter finish but not overpowering, reminded me of a bitter chocolate pudding, EtOH is very noticeable in finish, this probably should age for a few years and will be amazing, drinks well beyond its age
M: chewy and creamy at the same time, very smooth
O: very good beer

To my taste this is not a black IPA as described. reminds me more of an aged old ale and a young American imperial stout.

wisrarebeer, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle 02/FF, early 2011, poured into a tulip glass

A- Black with a four finger tan head.

S- Chocolate, dark fruits, hint of alcohol, citrus hops, really nice nose.

T- Chocolate, caramel, licorice, hint of dark fruits, and a citrus hoppy finish, good complexity and unique.

M- Medium to full body, creamy with a crisp finish.

O- A nice beer that is very unique. A good collaboration between De Striuse and Stillwater, not as good as Jaded though. Very happy that I finally got to try this, definitely will pick this up next time I find it.

larryi86, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of impending
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B

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.
cheers
jd

impending, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of cosmonick
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

cosmonick, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +1%

leitmotif, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

De Struise and Stillwater my intrest is piqued.

Pours a sold super brown (almost black) with a quarter inch of head. Decent lace for a 10%.

I can't really say the smell does much for me (and this is my second bottle). Band-aid, crest toothpaste not for me.

The taste does not follow suit (which is great). Solid dark, fruity malts, slight chocolate, candy sugar, roasted coffee, citrus and herbal hops are all pretty noticable. This beer packs in a buttload of flavors. Very smooth going down.

Stinky (gross) but tasty (not gross). A very interesting beer that I was very glad to try. I know they have another collaboration coming out soon and I can't wait.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Served a bit chilled and brought to room temperature.

Appearance: Dark to medium brown and cloudy, definitely not the midnight oil appearance I was expecting based on the name. Pours a nice fluffy, light brown head that sticks well to the glass throughout.

Aroma: This is really different than any other beer I've had. Big star anise, licorice, mint and Belgian candy sugar notes. A touch of booze, but overall it is well balanced. Extremely unique.

Taste: The licorice and star anise flavors are definitely strong on the tongue upfront. Some nice chocolate and caramel notes are there as well. The mint and candy sugar are much more in the background here. The booze is well hidden and the balance is nice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Plenty smooth.

Overall, a really unique and style defying beer. Unlike any other beer I have ever had. Big licorice and star anise are a highlight, but the mint and Belgian candy sugar add a whole other element. Might not be my favorite beer, but it is certainly fascinating. High points for originality.

Gosox8787, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 into tulip at 45.

Pours with a thick, foamy brown head over a deep brown to black body. Nice lacing.

Plenty of yeast, dark chocolate, burgundy wine, oaky tannins, and caramel latte. Aroma is the winner here, by a hair.

Flavors include the aforementioned dark chocolate and red wine, a nice roastyness, and plum.

Rich mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

Delicious, that is all.

BeerImmediately, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a dark cola brown. Completely opaque; it looks like rich mahogany. It appears to have a decent viscosity to it when I swirl it around in the glass. Two fingers of sand colored foam leave some spotty lines of lace.

Outblack has a pretty interesting nose. I pick up on the hops first: a tasteful amount of grapefruit and orange. Distant pine. There's some cocoa powder and breadcrust coming from the malt profile. This beer is pretty spicy, surprisingly. I'm getting lots of green cardamom and clove-like incense in the nose.

The taste follows the nose. Lots of spice right up front: cardamom, old clove, toasted cinnamon. The malt flavor is mostly like Cocoa Puffs, Hershey's Chocolate Syrup and caramel candies. There's a flutter of plum, but it gets obscured by the soft grapefruit pith flavor from the heavy hop dose. It's pretty tasty, but the spice bill keeps it from elite status. It's interesting enough to appreciate, but it clashes with the rest of the beer's flavors for me, ultimately.

Outblack is a nicely medium-bodied beer. The part of your palate that tastes the heavy malt flavors wants it to be thicker and stickier, while the part of your palate digging on the soft hop flavors wants it to be lighter. Together, the beer reaches some sort of compromise. It's creamy yet light. Add in a satisfying level of carbonation, and you have all the indications of a very well-crafted beer.

Overall? Outblack is a decently complex experimental beer that is well worth drinking. It's certainly good, but the heavy handed spice bill holds it back a bit. Even though drinkability is gone, I have to say a good word for it here. You can't tell that this beer is 10% ABV. It drinks way too smoothly for its size. If Drinkability were still a scoring category, I'd give it a 5.0. Sorry for not reviewing you before the scoring change, Outblack.

Reaper16, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of yamar68
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330ml to Duvel tulip:

Pours with very minimal clarity and an excited medium brown head. Milky, stubborn consistency with decent lacing. Head is incredibly dense, like insulation.

The nose is scattered with caramelized sugars. Honey, oats, milk duds, not much of an alcohol presence, cocoa, brown sugar, hot chocolate bits.

Taste is extremely unique. The nose suggested something run of the mill but this is far from it. Grapes and booze up front... all those various chocolate hints don't show themselves as clearly on the tongue. Some Belgian yeast surfaces after a bit of warmth. Very interesting.

Overall, this is exactly what I want from a pricey brew - not a textbook example of the style, but an adventurous take on a genre that you thought you knew. Very good.

yamar68, May 02, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a chimay goblet.

A - Dark cola brown, big foamy mocha head and tons of lacing and retention. Some mocha colored yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass, which I've come to expect from struise brews.

S - Hmmmm. Licorice, piney hops, chocolate, some roasted malt and herbs. Not that great to be honest.

T - Dark fruits , sweet malt, yeast and smooth licorice/anise. Then BAM, the aftertaste of an IPA. Bitter hops and some citrus notes. The mouthfeel is velvety and rich.

O - A bit of a letdown. Id rather spend my $7.99 on a pannepot. I'm not a fan of anise and licroice, and those were some of the flavors I was getting.

davey101, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of beerdrifter
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Deep dark brown, almost black pour with huge caramel colored three finger head with great retention and lacing. Very unique, spicy, complex nose dominated by licorice, cola, and raisins, with a hint of black cherries, pine, alcohol and chocolate. The taste is much the same, again dominated by the licorice and dark fruits. Also getting some cinnamon, nutmeg, cherries, pine, coffee and chocolate. It's a little thin in the mouthfeel, but the alcohol is well hidden and it's pretty drinkable for a 10% ABV. It's kind of a cross between a Black IPA and a Christmas beer. Very unique!

beerdrifter, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Hallertau
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Hallertau, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of andrewinski1
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Large light tan head looks very creamy and leaves behind lots of sticky lacing. The body is very dark brown with slight amber notes.

I got a bit of the hoppiness when I was pouring the beer but once it got in the glass this was quad all the way with lots of figs and raisins and brown sugar sweetness.

The taste is again very much quadlike but the hops do add a unique angle to the presentation in the start of the taste; adding slight vegetal qualities. The finish is mostly sweet with plum and raisin flavors; the fruitiness dominates. There is a slight minty flavor in the finish. Very unique.

Nice medium mouthfeel, this is pretty easy to drink with the crisp carbonation to go with it.

Not bad, I could see myself drinking this again and enjoying it if it weren't for the myriad other options available from De Struise. Still, a fun take on the style worth trying at least once.

andrewinski1, Jul 06, 2011
Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.