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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 rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

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
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +1%

cadaugherty, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

BayouBengal1537, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of VWBuggirl
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%

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
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +1%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

beerthulhu, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +3%

Bottle (2011)

Texas Wine
Carlsbad, CA

(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.

ehammond1, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Amalak
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Amalak, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of KillaB
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
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.

ngeunit1, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of cosmonick
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

cosmonick, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of ricoch3t
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

ricoch3t, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of siradmiralnelson
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.

siradmiralnelson, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
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.

sweemzander, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +1%

samEBC, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
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).

DrinkSlurm, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
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.

pixieskid, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Dope
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.

Dope, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
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.

donkeyrunner, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1%

t0rin0, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of impending
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

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 jazzyjeff13
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.

jazzyjeff13, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

cfh64, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +1%

WynnO, Sep 08, 2012
Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.