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Kabert - De Struise Brouwers


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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-03-2012)
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Reviews by Reagan1984:
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Masterski for this. Quite excited to enjoy this treat. I drink this with the news that Tod Mott is leaving Portsmouth Brewing… What’s the future of Kate? Who the heck knows….

The label on the bottle is upside down. Wonder if I should have just sold it on EBAY… ;-) (um, that was a joke) Enjoying out of my Smuttynose Big Beer series glass that I got at Portsmouth Brewing.

A rather large dark tan almost bronze colored head forms in the glass and stays for quite a while. Glossy deep brown in color.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt, some black licorice and perhaps a note of wood. Perhaps some dark plum.

Wood, dark roast malt and again a touch of anise or black licorice. There are certainly notes that do remind me of Kate and I am assuming that’s the Port. There is a richness and almost a note of dark chocolate in the background… but subtle. As it warms the malt notes just get deeper and more complex. Very nice. Notice more of the port/barrel notes as well.

Soft, rounded, yet not totally full bodied. Seems a touch less thick than straight Kate.

The more I work through the glass the more I believe what I perceive as black licorice are the notes from the Black Albert and the Belgian yeast in that portion of the beer. Pretty damn complex and a really nice beer.

Big Thanks, as always, Alex

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 00:32:24 | More by Reagan1984
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A - Pours a thick oily black colour with terrific deep coffee coloured head that retains well

S - A hint of port notes with some burnt but slightly sweet chocolate/coffee and dark fruit.

T - Get some Molasses, dark chocolate,earthy, liquorice, with some sweet candied sugar, loads of dark fruits with a hint of vanilla, oak. Wow!

M - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation

O - Well I haven't yet tried the Kate the Great but I look forward to it. With out a doubt its right up there with one the best beers I have had. Full of flavour and gets better as you drink it, with no hint of the 11.5% (2011 NO.42). Definitely recommend and one to savour. Enjoy!

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Pours a deep crimson- approaching black in the center with feigned highlights. Dark teen tan head with tons of carbonation.

Smell is slight roast with notes of vinous sherry and milk chocolate. Hints at slight oxidation.

Flavor plays heavier on the sherry and roast, but doesn't taste completely balanced- it doesn't have the lush finish that I associate with Black Albert.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but the carbonation is nice.

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According to the bottle this is a RIS that was blended out of Kate the Great and Black Albert then aged in port barrels…. woa! Not sure exactly but based on several other reviews of bottles mentioned a 330 ML bottle, so I'll go with that, poured into a Duvel stemmed Tulip Glass. Pours out of the glass brown but makes it's way closer to black as it rises up in the glass. Coffee with a touch of cream colored head that basically sticks around the whole time various sized bubbles. Great lacing from both the head and the liquid itself that, sort of a nice syrupy effect.

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Taste is unbelievable, here's were you can tell it's a port barrel aged beer, I'm not always a fan of that, but they nailed this one. Plenty of sweet and bitter chocolate, not as strong of a coffee tone, but still some mild roasted tones and some over toasted dark crunchy grains. Plenty of both dark dehydrated and red fruits (figs, cherries, raisons, grapes…). Some nice wood oaky and vanilla earthy and leathery tones that don't get too bitter either. Possibly a little bit of licorice as well towards the end.

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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
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