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Outblack - De Struise Brouwers

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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
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:
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 jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

Beer is black with a large tan head that fades to a film.

The smell is very unusual. Anise is prominent, along with candied ginger and sugar. Roasted malt as well. Very distinctive but not really up my alley.

Like the nose, the taste has a lot of anise in it. Ginger as well, and roasted malt. Somewhat bitter, but with some sugar hints.

Strongly carbonated, full bodied.

Overall, pretty unusual but not my bag. I did not like the anise flavours. I like De Struise a lot but this one is not for me.

jrenihan, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a thin rootbeer color that appears darker and more black in the glass. A super frothy tan head takes up 35% of the pour and is very slow to recede. Thick sticky lacing clings tightly to the inside of the snifter. Boozy smells of sweet malts and Belgian yeast dominate the nose while supported by a ton of candy sugar. First sip is super creamy with a bitterness that is surprising compared to the sweet aroma. There is plenty going on here, dark fruits, roasted malts, Belgian yeast, candy sugar all working happily together creating a very tasty brew. The creamy mouthfeel really stands out too. One awesome beer folks!

ATLbeerDog, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Kendo
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip-snifter-type glass. On the pour it appears brown as it glug-glugs out of the bottle, but in the glass it's more black, with a 1+ finger light tan head that retains well.

S: The nose is different from any beer I've ever smelled, so the brain is having some trouble putting it all together. I'm getting dark and dried fruits, something slightly smoky, some spice (cinnamon, perhaps) and chocolate malt.

T: I like this. Like the nose, the flavors bounce all around. Unlike some beers where too much going on is too much going on, here they play nicely together. I'm getting tart or sour cherries - if you'd told me there were cherries or cherry juice in this beer I'd say, "Ayup. No doubt." There is underlying chocolatey malt that oddly enough isn't noted up front in the sip; more like in the aftertaste. But chocolate malt is clearly there. Also some roasty malt. Alcohol is definitely noted, finishes a touch hot. Also a drying, roasty bitterness at the end so that it finishes pretty clean.

M: Fizziness is quite active (I'm burping a lot - my wife said it "feels foamy" and that's a good description), but gentle on the palate. Call it medium in heft, but the carbonation allows it to drink like a lighter beer.

O: Excellent. They say this is a hybrid/blend of a Black IPA and a BSDA - I don't get enough hoppiness for the IPA part, but whatever you call it, I like it.

Kendo, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
5/5  rDev +26.3%

polishkaz, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Teleweizen2, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of N8DAGR8
4/5  rDev +1%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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 drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -24.2%

drummermattie02, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of sendsilk
4/5  rDev +1%

sendsilk, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

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 bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. The head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is a bit spicy, it smells like licorice, cola, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, and some slight citrusy hops and a weird medicinal/herbal aroma that I can't identify. The brew tastes like bittersweet chocolate, 7-Up (or some other similar citrusy soft drink), licorice, dark fruit, and some coffee and an overall herbal flavor. It's certainly a unique flavored brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this beer. It was $6.99 a bottle, but I thought it was worth the price. Definitely worth trying.

bluejacket74, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +1%

ElGallo, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of bacher468
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

bacher468, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +26.3%

PEIhop, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%

A - Murky prunish cola, large bubbled huge tan head. Slow to leave. Lots of lace.

S - Sweet cooked dates, anise, vanilla.

T - Heavy on the licorice, some cooked fruit, bitter end.

M - Medium body, fair carb, balance kinda funky.

D - Don't really care for this one all that much. Fun to try, but won't be trying again.

srandycarter, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of djmichaelk
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

11.2oz bottle into a big cabernet glass. Jan 2011 bottling.

A - Pours a dark, murky black. Big three fingers of off-white head, fading to a thick cap with great retention and maybe slightly patchy lacing. Looks more like a nice stout than a BSDA or Black IPA.

S - Anise, spicy hops, dark chocolate, and cocoa. It almost singes the nose hairs. I like it.

T - Much more subtle than the nose indicates. Cocoa and hoppy spiciness dominate the front palate. Bitterness from the hops plus some roast in the mid, and the finish is all dark chocolate and coffee bitterness. Wonderful for the style(s).

M - Thick and creamy, with a long dark finish. Not dry so much as it's heavy and lingering.

O - I've seen this described as a Belgian IPA, a Black IPA, and now a BSDA. I think more than anything it's a Belgian Stout. At any rate, it's a solid beer. Much better than I expected. Worth importing, and recommended.

djmichaelk, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +1%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1%

dbrauneis, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of twelvsies
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

Collab beer from Struise and Stillwater?! Sign me up.

Pours a deep stout-y brown, almost black (as advertised) with an impressive pillowy head. Aroma is strong - I can't tell if it's an interesting mix of hops and Belgian yeast, or something else, perhaps a secret ingredient? Smells almost medicinal, or faint juniper, slightly off-putting or distracting actually, but underneath a robust maltiness comes through. At first sip however, I will retract my stance... The flavors seem to meld together pretty well. There is a nice hop profile battling the chocolaty malt base, and everything seems to come together. Smooth and velvety, a perfect balance to the richness of this beer. Has an edge to it for sure, a nice bitter kick, but not hot at all, impressive considering this is 10%. This is definitely a hybrid beer - not your average stout, and not really a black ipa. Pretty interesting and I guess what else would you expect other than a curveball from Struise / Stillwater. Worth noting, I'm enjoying this much more than a draught version I had a while back. I picked up a couple and put them in the cellar and after 6+ months I can only guess this would age really really well, and mellow out to be a unique and complex stout. Still curious as to what exactly I am smelling in the aroma... But I'll be content just to sip and enjoy this one.

twelvsies, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin off white head that left some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass; the lacing never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of dark fruits in the nose. Hops are not detectable.
T: The taste tastes like a pure hybrid between a Belgian Ale and an American IPA because there are flavors of dark fruits with notes of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is a good hybrid between the two styles and is very easy to drink.

metter98, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

Pours a solid dark brown color with a huge bubbly tan head that displays great retention and moderate lace. Smells of dark brown sugar, caramel, licorice, dark roasted grain, maybe a hint of menthol or pine. Quite a complex flavor on this one. It starts off with some yeasty esters and a mint or herbal flavor that I don't really care for. Next it throws out some sugars and a hint of chocolate. Finished with some roasted grains, a bit of ash, a touch of alcohol and a lingering hop bite. Medium body and level of carbonation with a slick creamy mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, but not my favorite from DeStruise.

johnnnniee, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Radome
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Attractive beer. It is an extremely dark brown (though not black) color in the glass and lets no light through. The head is thick and creamy in a dark tan color. The head and lacing are admirably long-lasting. Sediment in the bottle pointed to bottle-conditioning.

S - The aroma is totally dominated by a strong spice note (coriander? cardamom?). I do not detect any hops through the spice onslaught, unless maybe there is a pine-like aroma that is intertwined with it. I do get some malt and alcohol notes somewhere in the background. From the aroma I don't recognize any trace of a US IPA; this seems like a traditional, quirky Belgian strong dark. It is so spice-dominated that it could be a gruit or a heather ale on steroids, based on the aroma.

T - The spice is very strong in the taste, but the balance is better than in the nose. I also get strong hops bitterness and some piney hops flavor that melds with the spice. There is some bready malt and lots of alcohol.

M - Body is moderate. Alcohol burn that combines with hops bitterness to give a lingering heat on the tongue like hot peppers. Prickly feel from the carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish.

O - From the aroma I did not think I would like this beer, but it grew on me thanks to the overall experience. The sledgehammer of spice and pine in the nose is a bit unsettling at first. However, it is very well-made and becomes less unbalanced after it warms up and breathes in the glass.

Radome, Nov 26, 2011
Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
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