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Outblack - De Struise Brouwers

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89
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%


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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Reaper16

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 04:42:36 | More by Reaper16
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 23:51:13 | More by ATLbeerDog
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a De Struise order I put a month or two back, shared with the group. Into a snifter. Lot 1, January 2011, best before Jan 2, 2016.

Poured a very dark brown, with some lighter highlights within. A light brown head, that leaves some retains quite well and has good lacing. Nose is full of spcie, licorice/anise, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg as well? Warming notes of milk chocolate and dark bread come through as well. Taste is roasty chocolate, rich dark fruits, some alcohol and lesser brown sugar notes. Maybe a hint of dark roast coffee? Roastiness dominates the palate here, but nuances begin to reveal the complexity of this with warmth. Medium full body with a lingering flavour. A complex and flavourful offering, I'm glad that I've got a couple more to spare.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 17:41:28 | More by liamt07
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a bit foamy tan colored head with a rich dark looking body. The lacing is light, nothing too impressive really. The smell of the beer has a little bit of roasted aromas and a light sweetness too. The taste of the beer actually impressed me. As I drank it there was a nice amount of chocolate upfront, with some big herbal rye flavors in the aftertaste. The aftertaste almost reminded me of anise or menthol. The mouthfeel of this beer had a good thickness to it. Overall the beer was smooth and and creamy, really pretty good in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 23:50:02 | More by Knapp85
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notchucknorris

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nearly black dark brown color with a huge tan head that took almost 10 minutes to settle.

S: At first, a faint citrus hop aroma coupled with a lot of freshly baked whole wheat bread. As it warms, some darker quad-like aromas emerge. Dark fruit, chocolate, bananas, figs and a hint of booze.

T: Not getting a lot of the IPA here, but it's a tasty beer anyways. Lots of dark fruit, roasted malt, yeast, bread and some subdued hop resins and charred grain on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:54:14 | More by notchucknorris
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, really good stuff, but I don't pick up much a the hop. After warming a bit out of the fridge, poured with a giant, fluffy, foamy, frothy, sudsy, light, pale tan head with some clingy lace. Color is super dark, perhaps clear or slightly hazy mahoganey with some sediment in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is first yeast, then malt, licorice, rye, wet grain. Flavor is like nose with an excellent sweet, tang, bitter balance. Body and carbonation are great. Finish is like flavor and has some legs with just a bit of alcohol warmth in there. Don't know about the ipa designation tho.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:35:00 | More by drpimento
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pitch brown beer with a missive beige colored head. The retention is very nice to watch because it goes so slowly.

S - A strong fruit like smell mixed with pinely hops, very inviting. I could be a black IPA.

T - A strong taste of what? I can't really bring it home. I taste spices & hops. Who matters anyway is tastes great and the 10% ABV is nowhere to be seen. I would say there is some red pepper in there as well.

M - Medium bodied with prickly carbonation that fits the taste nicely.

O - A good beer and surprisingly different.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 22:11:23 | More by Mar02x
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few of these from the Struise webshop. Served in a Struise cervoise. Best before February 2016.

A - Pours with a finger of dark tan foam that settles to a thick collar and partial cap. Body is a near-black that reveals some chocolate brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - The aroma is very unique, with heavy perfume, nutmeg, cardamom, pine, cocoa, smoke, licorice, candi sugar, toasted grains, and a faint whiff of alcohol. It's very complex, but it's not something that I find completely appealing - too much cardamom and spice character for my preference.

T - The taste is much more enjoyable for me, with a medley of Belgian chocolate, rye, dark fruits, estery yeast, and anise bitterness in the finish. Not much overt hop flavor, but alcohol is better hidden.

M - Carbonation is a bit higher than I prefer, but is still appropriate for the style. Not much alcohol heat at all. Medium body that finishes chewy and sticky.

D - Where did it go? As Jason Allen would say - this is absolutely crushable. I finished a 33cl bottle in 15 minutes. The name is certainly appropriate, and I always marvel at Urbain's ability to concoct easy-drinking beers likely to leave one passed out on a sack of grain.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 05:05:24 | More by MasterSki
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/1/2011

Purchased through Struise Yeast Shop, Belgium

Price - $12.87 U.S. including shipping/bottle.

The appearance is a deep burgandy color with a 1 inch creamy tan head. Lacing tries to stick around but struggles. Fairly clean with no sediment or floatables evident.

An intense aroma of ginger hits the nose, wow. Banana, brown sugar, dark fruits, hops and a fair amount of spice follow it up. The smell is very different from anything I've ever experienced. It reminds me of incense.

Full flavored and closely resembles the aroma. Ginger, spices, raisin, hops, alcohol, all there.

The mouthfeel starts off smooth and with very little heat considering the alcohol content. The carbonation is lite and near perfect for the style. The finish is slitely bitter and dry.

Overall this was a unique beer. Not what I expected but good. Having said that it did quickly vanish from my glass. I have several more and will revisit it through out the summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:14:39 | More by 05Harley
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a few of these bottles from Urbain, much appreciated! A collaboration beer, and a hybrid to boot (Belgian Strong Dark + Dark IPA).

It pours dark brown color, nearly black, a little light showing through the edges. Thin tan foam on top. Smells to me a bit like a sweet RIS, lots of roasted character. Some citrusy hops but not as much as I expected from Urbain's description. This smells more like a hoppy stout than a dark IPA (or a Belgian Strong).

The hops come through in the taste, but mainly in the aftertaste. The main thrust of this beer seems to be roasted malts and some dark fruit, nearly quad-like in flavor except for the hops.

Thicker than an average IPA, maybe on par with a Belgian Strong in body, still drinkable with the dry and bitter aftertaste. Recommended, this went down easily despite the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 20:40:21 | More by TurdFurgison
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 20:27:58 | More by drtth
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 22:41:08 | More by akorsak
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cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:57:12 | More by cosmicevan
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a black color with a fluffy dark-brown head.
Smell: Malts, caramel, cherries, dark fruits, anise, hops and liquorish.
Taste: Raisins, malts, brown sugar, yeast, spicy phenols and alcohol. Finish is spicy.
Mouthfeel: a medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Well balanced brew, not too complex and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 15:08:50 | More by rvdoorn
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liam's bottle

pours black to brown, tan head with some lace. Smell is spicy, dark fruit, cinnamon, chocolatey, all spice. Taste is quite roasty and toasted, light alcohol bite, some dark fruit in the finish, fig, big spicy profile, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Med-high carbonation, full body, good feel. Very good stuff here, quite complex and enjoyable, solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 21:10:46 | More by peensteen
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DaveHS

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours cola brown with over 2 inches of bubbly, dark khaki foam. Reduces quickly, leaving behind sticky lacing.

S-Menthol,candi sugar, stale hard candy. A similar herbaceous aroma to Pannepot. Black licorice.

T/M-Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Flavors of anise and black pepper are a great complement to the light roasted malts. The Pannepot-esque herbaceousness comes in strong on the back end., along with muted dry/bitter hops. Carbonation is light, but supportive.

O-Leave it to Struise to make something so interesting that it leaves me without a concrete opinion. I think I like this...maybe. It's damn interesting in any case, and worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 04:38:22 | More by DaveHS
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... copper in color with a light brown head that appears and disappears quickly leaving little lacing. No light is visible through it when held up to the light

S- Malty aroma, with notes of dark fruits, plums and cherries and hints of boozy heat

T- Malty, but not as malty and sweet as other strong darks that I've had. Actually has a distinct amount of bitterness coming through along with a hint of booze

M- Light in carbonation with a medium body

O- I got this as a freebee from a buddy, and am glad I got to try it... that being said, I'm glad I didn't pay what places are asking for it. It was decent, but not worth the $$$ they were asking for it. I will say, it did grow on me a bit as I drank it thought

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 05:01:53 | More by bbeane
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish black color, with a tan head. In the aroma, caramel, a small alcohol, and a bit sugary. In the taste, sweet alcohol, a small fruitiness and a small caramel presence. An alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and small fruitiness in the aftertaste. A bit boozy but nice caramel and fruity presence, nice and still punk rock!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 18:38:55 | More by OWSLEY069
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dgilks

Australia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 10:24:31 | More by dgilks
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller Bar. From notes.

A - Sort of a muddy brown and black mix. Red on the edges. Light gets through on the sides. Ring of khaki head around the top is the only head. No visible carbonation.

S - Alot of lemon came through for me. Some grassiness and a nice floral element. Whatever the black portion of this is supposed to be is not present in what I smell. Just smelled like an IPA or more like a saison.

T - Small amount of roastiness with more lemon, grassy, floral notes. Some hops show through also. Alot going on here. I wrote down that this was interesting and deep. Some roastiness in the finish.

M - Mild carbonation with a full to medium body. Lingering roasty bitterness in the finish.

D - Quite complex and tasty. Different and worth a shot. I like the combination of flavours.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 11:11:56 | More by tbeckett
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 02:42:52 | More by Gosox8787
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:24:16 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Capone's in a 13 oz snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, borderline black body with a very light tan head. Some sporadic lacing is left behind and a thin retention ring lines the edges of the beer. As confusing as the style is, it's a nice appearance that defines both of its parts.

S: Spearmint, dark chocolate, spice, floral hops, spruce and pine all intertwine into a complex and delicious smelling beer. Again, an identity crisis seems to emerge but the beer does a fine job of blending everything together.

T: An initial spicy Belgian flair is evident with light yeasty notes. Some lightly toasted malts, mint, wood and a touch of sap all come through in the flavor. Rounding out the back end is a touch of sticky syrup. It's unique, complex and oddly very good in terms of flavor.

M: Prickly and bubbly, almost on the lighter end of a medium bodied beer. Although, the finish is really nice and clean, that almost has a certain crispness to it.

This was certainly an interesting beer and the cross between the styles really make this unique. I enjoyed the floral, piney and hoppy nature of the beer with the dark roasted malts. Some defining flavors that took this above my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 14:15:04 | More by ShanePB
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown, almost black. Head is 2-fingers, popping bubbly, somewhat soda-like and beige. Little lacing.

Smell is subtle coffee & caramel malts with a hint of burnt toast. The taste is dark cocoa but there is also an interesting citrus and herbal hop component that adds some sassafras flavor to it. Mouthfeel is carbonated and biting at first, but then ends thick and smooth; a lot like a root beer float.

This is unique and delicious. The taste and mouthfeel really have root beer float qualities.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:52:56 | More by theghost3
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 16:22:52 | More by beerdrifter
Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.