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Outblack - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
89
very good

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 gatornation
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 11.2 oz bottle..loved the label

A-pours a black color with some black cherry striations in it with a big fluffy tan/cheery head that reveals chunky lacing

B- super fresh smell with ginger,spearmint,some chocolate a touch of dark fruit,a dash of nutmeg,..one of the best BSDA ive smelled

T- follows the nose..so good..again i get ginger softly coating citrus hops with light roasted chocolate malts, soft dark fruits with nutmeg and spearmint and a touch of funk..a treat

M- soft carbonation, smooth creamy velvet texture slightly dry with fruits and mints and citrus a nice funk taste on the palate nothing overpowers ..abv well hidden

O- a superior brew that i wish i could drink/buy more often i do have access to it,,but cant always buy it..superior ..highly recommended

gatornation, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a beaut! Maybe not black, but an incredibly deep dark brown for sure, with a firm, foamy, filthy-white (as in Peanuts' Pigpen "white") head that leaves bits of lace as it lessens.

Whoa...didn't expect such a minty vibe in the aroma, but there it is...spearmint and peppermint, with a kind of medicinal and/or intensely herbal edge. Not sure what to think, and certainly no idea what to expect, taste-wise.

The peculiar but pleasing minty vibe hangs around in the taste, and I guess this is the hop character. It transforms on the tongue into a more black licorice sort of vibe than I'm picking up in the smell. Yet another example of a Belgian brewer taking the hop-centric inclinations of younger, cutting-edge US brewers and incorporating that into their own unique approach (I do realize this was a collaboration with Nevada's Stillwater brewery). But there's more, much more: something like chili pepper-infused chocolate is a major component of the flavor, and there's a sweeter, gooier chocolate/fudge vibe as well, and also bittersweet baking chocolate. So, yeah, there's a chocolaty thing going on here. Seriously bright herbal notes take up their share of space, and wow, despite the uniqueness and peculiarities of this beer, it remains totally balanced, totally drinkable.

Texturally this is just terrific. Super-smooth, ultra-silky, it glides across the tongue and down the throat like liquid velvet. I wonder if the use of four different malts (barley, oat, wheat, rye) is a huge part of why this feels the way it does. And come to think of it, those are probably adding to the exotic taste of the beer just as much as the hops and yeast.

Drinking Outblack, you feel you're experiencing something rare and special, something worth taking slow, taking care to contemplate each sip but not think too hard about it and just enjoy it. Another totally unique and special Belgian ale. Oh yeah, I dig. This is just great. Highly recommended.

Metalmonk, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle ($6.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME) poured into Allagash chalice. Lot 1/10/11.

A: Pours an opaque, murky brown with cherry highlights and visible floating yeast. Massive tan head jumps out of the glass, require a couple slow pours to fill.

S: Dark fruit, alcohol and chocolate. Hops are there, but subtle and minty. Smells quite robust.

T: Chocolate, espresso and dark fruit take the front end, with grassy, melon-like cleansing hops in the center. Smoky aftertaste of oak. Not nearly as sweet as I had expected, which scores it points. Really nice, and with absolutely no detectable alcohol.

M: Carbonation is medium to low; creams up huge, yet drinks somewhat thin for the style.

O: This is a really enjoyable offering from De Struisse, who are quickly beginning to live up their self-proclaimed status as "best brewery in the world" in my book (I guess). I really dig the melon aspects of this, and the lack of noticeable alcohol makes this 10% beer dangerously drinkable. The price, however, does not.

Another solid offering from De Struisse.

sk8man121, Jul 12, 2011
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
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 billab914
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a Redhook glass. It poured close to black in color with a huge, foamy and fizzy tan head filling 2/3 of the glass.

The aroma has a lot of toffee, licorice, caramel and candi sugar sweetness to it. I get good dose of pine coming from the hops, as well a little bit of a mint flavor coming through as well.

The taste shows more of the toffee and pine like hoppiness to it up front. midway I start to get more of a chocolaty, caramel, sweet flavor to it that lingers into the finish. Moderate amount of Belgian yeast spice is present as well as a bit of the minty flavors I got in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer, but not an amazing one. They brought all the flavors together pretty well in it which was nice. Very interesting and unique flavors to it.

billab914, Jul 04, 2011
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 cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle scored locally from one of my staple shops. Before starting this review I should get it out on the table that I'm a really big fan of De Struise and Stillwater. I was very impressed with Jaded (although different style and brewed by Brian) and have high expectations for this brew.

a - opened the cap and filled my stillwater long stemmed tulip. beer flowed from the rim of the bottle as brown murky color with the appearance of yeast or sediment in the mix. it settled in the glass as an almost black purple with a generous yeasty head that one would expect to find on an authentic BSDA or even a Quad. Head was thick and frothy and the lacing held onto the glass for dear life as if a thick milkshake was being swirled around instead of beer.

s - Excellent. a nice yeasty spice with some tangerine type zest and brisk mentholation. not sure if sage is used in this beer, but i know that is a secret weapon for stillwater. the spiciness is very festive and almost potpouri in nature...very unique. the only thing that comes close to this would be ommegang's adoration ale, but this beer takes that theme and explodes it tripling the good part of the adoration smell. this pretty much hits the mark for me on as good as a beer of this style can smell.

t - much like the nose, but a bit of an overly bitter backbone that is fighting for attention. the beer is crisp and maybe the spicing in the nose is a bit over the top for the pepperiness and hoppy bitterness. it would be more of a cross of a black ipa and a BSDA then a BSDA...but it gives the beer a bit of an identity crisis. it is more of a battle for dominance in the flavor than a balance. i'd love to revisit this one when the hops have had some time to fade. glad i have a few more.

m - creamy...exactly what you look for in a classic belgian, but the hoppy bitterness seems out of place with that creamy vibe and leaves a bit of a pungent aftertaste.

o - there are certain things about this beer that pretty much hit the nail on the head...but those things seem to mostly be blended with another beer entirely. it really seems like 2 beers were brewed and just mixed together to make this and i'd really like to drink just one of those beers since the other one seems to be interfering with what i want. as my palette warmed up to the hoppy bitterness i was able to focus more on the creamy belgian dark ale of the mix and the spicing on that is just immaculate (in the nose and taste), but the hoppiness blended on top seems out of place and turns probably one of the better beers i've tried into just an interesting beer worth seeking out. as it warmed it became much more solid and enjoyable, but at first really seemed like an identity crisis.

cosmicevan, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

599th Review on BA
Bottle to Saints/Sinner
330ML

App- Classic Belgian brown with gigantic head to it. Split two ways, so the head was a bit tame. No cling to really speak off and it was a bit clearer than I thought.

Smell- I really love what the Belgians can do with a few strands of yeast, some rye and some candy sugar. This smelled so lovely. It was sweet, yeasty and a bit bready.

Taste- This is exactly why I love this style. This was a bit of a twist with the hops and brewed with a black IPA mix to it. The rye and the sugars bring out the balance of flavors.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a soft medium. The bubbles of the yeast and the rye are two great resounding flavors.

Drink- Damn I love this style. Flavorful, balanced, unique. This was done with a twist and it was so tasty. I'd love to have more of this.

FosterJM, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of UnDeadly
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Glass stein

Appearance - Strong black, though put up to a light I can see about halfway through to the underside of the foam. Very strong head, about 4 fingers. Persistent throughout the beer, though minimal lacing.

Smell - A little bit of alcohol, an interesting burnt toffee and black licorice smell. Minor oak/woody notes. Not overly impressive.

Taste - OK, the notes I got in the smell come together quite nicely. Not much in the front, then a nice creamy, oat-y middle that finishes with light toffee, dark chocolate, and black licorice notes. I don't like black licorice, but this is well executed. No real coffee bitterness that seems to be common in Black IPAs. Generalized bitterness I would guess from hops, but sorta hard to pick out any nuances there.

Mouth Feel - The best part of the beer in my opinion. Though well-carbonated, no sting. Quite creamy, moderate body. No alcohol burn at all, despite being 10%

Overall - A very nice, fun beer that was a great drink. I can appreciate it's execution, a very interesting take on the style. Still, I would like to see more hop notes come through, which is a flaw I find generally in the style...the dark malt notes seem to kill a lot of nice hop notes. Would drink again for sure, but not my favorite iteration of the style.

UnDeadly, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lot 01/01/2011
OB NO.41

A: This pours a murky dark cinnamon brown color and is topped with a MASSIVE tan colored head which slowly spiderwebs its way down the glass. This looks amazing. Oh and I rarely comment on this but it comes in a pretty bad ass bottle showing a sort of eclipse of the earth.

S: Smells very complex ... Strawberry and other bright red fruit starts and leads into a number of spicy notes. Tough to put a finger on just what this smells like but think baking spices notably nutmeg?

T: Spice driven stuff ... nutmeg hits the palate up front leading into suggestions of Rhum (with a hint of lime zest) and chocolate covered gram crackers. Subtle fruity notes finish out the package. In the end this is pretty dry finishing.

M: Sadly this takes away from the overall score of this one ... Chalky mouthfeel takes away from this.

O: These guys continue to impress, though this beer is not as good as some of the other selections (which are among the best I've had to date). I wonder if some age will help with the mouthfeel and thus develop some of the flavors.

flannelman808, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Duffman929
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at lord hobo in cambridge.

Pours dark black with a tan head that was light.

Smell is of cherries and chocolate with a floral aroma. Different than anything I have smelled.

Taste is of tartness from cherries and then transitions to a bitter floral nature from the hops and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body. Not much carbonation.

This is an interesting combination for me, as I adore cherries and dark chocolate. I would drink this again and again.

Duffman929, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of mmercede
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A: Jet black with some caramel colored head.

S: Some nice roastiness and dark chocolate with a great saison yeast characteristic.

T: Great dark malts and dark fruits typical of a quad. However, the saison yeast is an amazing addition adding levels of spice and esters.

M: Definitely full bodied but not overly syrupy. Actually goes down quite easy. Has a nice low level of carbonation.

O: An amazingly complex and unique brew. Would love to try it again!

mmercede, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of sitarist
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another blind review via the blind bif. Thanks to Brez07.

Pours a deep brownish color, almost opaque. A finger of khaki colored head. The head falls to a top coating that leaves a few spots of lacing. A fairly mild smelling beer, it still has a lot going on. I smell raisin bran, plum wine, plastic, damp earthy forest, and root-beer. Sweet, and earthy...It tickles my nose. Root Beer, dark dry wine, herbs, raisins, and Asian sauce(star anise?). It has a lingering, earthy bitterness. Light to medium body, dry, low carbonation, slightly sticky, and mildly astringent. A well made beer with some good quality's; It just had a war with my taste-buds.

No idea what Im drinking, maybe a black IPA?

The reveal is an Outblack, a collaboration between De Struise, & Stillwater.

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sitarist, May 30, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Max's, continuing my string of B+ beers.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through at the edges. There is a very thin layer of head.

Smell: Some mildly roasty malt with herbal hops. A bit spicy, very faint.

Taste: Some caramel and roast hit the tongue first. There are some herbal hops in there, but this was described as an IPA of sorts, so I thought there would be a little bit more. There is a spice from the yeast and a hint of molasses. Can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very little carbonation. Mildly dry finish.

Overall: Was expecting some more hops. Lots of malt sweetness and herbal notes. Still very good and I would have more.

oline73, May 27, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lord Hobo, 12oz pour

A: Pours black/dark brown, just under 1 finger light brown head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Tart dark fruits, very vinous, very similar to black albert minus the overload of chocolate (it is here though) and with more hops. Sweet, red wine, cherry, hint of rum. Raisins. Totally awesome nose. Completely took me by surprise.

T: Tart cherry and dark fruits, floral hops (with some citrus, though hard to pinpoint). Very vinous. Slightest bit bitter, very sweet. Lightly roasted malts, almost like a like RIS without harsh bitterness or char. Dried candied dark fruits. Fairly sweet finish.

M: Medium to light body, moderate carbonation. A little sticky/resinous, but not very much. Pretty smooth.

O: This was one hard to describe and hard to categorize beer! While some list it as a BSDA (as would I), a lot of people call it a black 'IPA' because of the strong hops. I'd say it's somewhere in between. A pretty awesome brew that I'll look forward to getting again when I can.

Satchboogie, May 24, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had a glass from this super solid collaboration on draft at ChurchKey. I was pretty bummed when I missed it at Paradiso-Georgetown's taps, so it was great to see it on the menu somewhere else. Can't wait to find a bottle, as well.

Overall, this beer had a lot of similarities to Stillwater's Existent - one of my faves among Strumke's beers. Very spicy, dark fruit, but where Existent has that thin farmhouse body and carbonation, the outblack is much creamier and softer.

petacutlasaurus, May 13, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a ruddy mahogany hue and is capped with a tight and tidy tan froth that picks up the appearance a bit.

S - The brew is strange from the get-go, and the more I try to get into it, the less I can. Smells of bubblegum, chiefly; other very unusual notes abound. I am thinking Elizabeth Taylor 'Poison' perfume, but perhaps I have my old lady perfumes mixed up. As I begin to come around on the taste-side of things, I am starting to think that this smells a lot like Aqua-Fresh toothpaste.

T - Nicer taste than the aroma, doubtless, albeit still quite unusual. I get a bit of black tea and lavender flavors, atop a light somewhat raisin-bready malt. The bubble gum that I discerned and disdained in the nose is present in the flavor as well as a strange mint chutney note. Everything about this beer is ridiculous in decidedly good or bad way.

M - The feel is just fine; enhancing, expansive, softly effervescent.

O - Not my cup of tea, so to speak.

ktrillionaire, May 13, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso.

A: The BSDA is dark, a deep brown color that doesn't quite verge on black. A thin white head comes with the pour.

S: The nose has chocolate, anise, raisins and hops, more or less in that order. Very rich, it lacks the telltale sage aroma that has defined many Stillwater collaborations. Very warming and roasted, but not scorched.

T: Sweet and dark, the ale capitalizes on its Belgian constitution, bringing candi sugars, raisons, anise and chocolate to the forefront. The ale, while dark, is not roasted, so there are not burnt off flavors to contend with. Several other reviews mention cherries, sorry but they missed me. The dark flavors are well at home amongst the caramel and biscuit malts. Hops aren't a key contributor. The like how cardamom-like flavors gradually work their way out, adding spicy depth to the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is spicy, but unlike all of Stillwater's previous offerings. This one doesn't rely on roasted malts or sage to make its mark, allowing the molasses and raisins to come to the forefront. I'd never guess that it is a 10% beer.

O: The intense strength drags the overall down a bit.

akorsak, May 09, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. I really like the aroma. I get a lot of brown sugar, molasses and dark cherry notes. There is also some candy sugar in the aroma. The flavor is a mix of candy sugar and toffee. There is also a strong ginger ale quality to the flavor with is unexpected. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but not as good as I hoped it would be.

Mora2000, May 08, 2011
Photo of crusian
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from one of the store in Brussels...
Pours a nice blackness with about 3 fingers if head that stick around for quite a while.
Nose is rather light, with some spices... nutmeg, allspice
Taste is a creaminess that is unique. A nice Belgian yeast infused light stout flavor with some coffee, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon...
This is incredibly hard to describe, because it is so damn complex. Bottles have zero cherry tartness, wondering about the taps out there... as this doesn't seem to be any kind of a sour. The abv on this is nowhere to be found, at all... nicely done.
Glad I picked some of these up... definitely worth looking for one.

crusian, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour cherries, roasted malts, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts off with a burst of tart cherries. Then some sweet flavors of chocolate and other dark fruits come in next. There are touches of hops and Belgian yeast in the background. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is tart but slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, not the best representation of two styles that they crossed, it’s a decent beer and it’s something a bit different but not something I would want to drink regularly.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a super huge thick foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma consists of semi-sweet Belgian malt with great notes of fruity ester. Taste is also a nice mix between some sweet malt with nice fruity ester and light residual candi sugar notes. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Another very nice beer from two of my favourite brewers.

Phyl21ca, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Jayli
1.98/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had at Armsby Abbey 4/16
Served in a snifter

A: This beer pours an opaque brown with a one finger of khaki head. head recedes quickly, leaving wisps of sticky lacing.

S: Nose is medicinal cherries - almost like Vicks 44. There are faint hints of chocolate, but the Vicks 44 aroma is the most dominant.

T: Taste is... nothing belgian, nothing stout. And here comes that Vich 44 cherry taste in the flavoring, hints of sour funk and a bit of vinegar. As the beer warms up, the previous flavoring does not disappear, but added is a bit of bitter chocolate amidst the tart... and a weird citrus, pine bite in the after taste.

M: Medium body, higher carbonation, light prickly feel feel and finish.

O: Goes down.. better as it warms, not extrodinarily tasty, somewhat filling, decent kick, and not a very good representation of style. I was very excited for this beer but it just didn't hit at all for me and would certainly not seek it out again.

Jayli, Apr 21, 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
Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.