Kabert - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 217
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 106
Gots: 72 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Smell is outstanding. Nice and roasty, sweet, rich, fairly robust, and finishes fruity. Starts with a sweeter style of very dark chocolate with tones. A little bit of fresh cut grass and then some strong fruits (various grapes, cherries), maybe some tobacco, and finishes with a hint of brown sugar.

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.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Full bodied, great carbonation level. Starts smooth and works its way to a niiice dry bitter earthy finish, like a high class dry red wine that gets you right at the ends of your jaw. Woody at the end with some natural vanilla feeling sweetness. Bold without feeling like you have to chew it, not too heavy. Great slow sipper, but this is by choice and sheer determination, you can easily drink this way faster if you're not careful. Alcohol is well hidden. Very upset this is my only beer here. I don't know why this beer isn't talked boat more, it's wonderful. Thanks Ron for an absolutely KILLER extra!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Brought this to our epic tasting last night, shared with good people.

Poured deep, intense, jet black with the faintest gingerbread hue in the edges when held to a light. A very nice, mellow aroma of chocolate, espresso, and toast starts us off, but is joined by a wonderful berry-like touch that adds depth and complexity to the experience. A bit of wood and earth tones as well. Fantastic beer that is super smooth, velvety, and rich. We drank this side by side with Batch 0 Black Albert and we found that this had less fruit and more roastiness than the Black Albert.

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Photo of GJ40
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 330ml bottle from Ruds.

A - Deep, dark black with a big tan head. Outstanding!

S - Firm and inviting with chocolate, coffee and molasses. It's really stands out without being overbearing.

T - Very flavorful yet smooth and well balanced. Chocolate, brown sugar and a hint of coffee. Low on roasted malts and bitterness. The 11+% alcohol is extremely well hidden. Fantastic from start to finish.

M - Thick and chewy. But the carbonation, with its fine bubbles, makes it also seem light and airy.

O - Rich, flavorful and satisfying. I really enjoyed this beer. I was sorry to see it go.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured in Struise DSB tulip glass, thick and black with a light, two finger tan head which carried through until the end with a little swirl of the glass. Unusualy carbonated for an RIS.

S-Light fruit smell; unk berry of some sort. Rich, roasted malt profile with a touch of cocoa. As the beer warms, the fruit becomes more apparent.

T-Definite hints of port and chocolate on the backside and the alcohol at 11.5% carries well; not overbearing in the after taste; silky, smooth flavor carries longer without the high ABV punch.

M-Light for a RIS, medium carbonation, ending with a touch of caramel sweetness.

O-Delicious! Definite Struise familiarities; very solid, complex and enjoyable sipping beer. But as always for Struise, on the expensive side.

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Photo of Brabander
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what an entrance this beer makes when you pour this beer into the glass. Looks just like the Black Albert. Pitch black with a super big head. Nice lacing, a bit oily.

Notes of coffee and dark chocolate, barrels. Perfect. The taste is as good as can be expected. Very very drinkable.

A pleasant boozyness comes into the mouth when you are starting to drink this beer. The carbonation sizzles in the mouth.

Overall one of the best brews Urbain had made for us beerlovers. Buy this one, you will not regret it!

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Photo of lanbewardin
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with my wife. The label looks amazing , very regal. Total blackness with a good amount of tan head.

Preface this by saying I have never tried KtG, and I'm not sure if I have ever had port. I've had black albert several times though.

Smells like sweet chocolate, some fruits like kinda an apple cider spice kind of thing, some quad fruits, smells pretty sweet, sweeter than black albert

The taste took me on an arc of black albert -> wine -> bitterness. I can definitly taste the black albert at the beginning, but then the winelike mouthfeel takes over, then at the end I'm back to some stout bitterness. Really awesome taste. Lots of stuff going on. Quite a bit of alcohol warmth too but not in an overpowering way.

Lowish carbonation which is what I prefer on these, very drinkable & smooth.

Really a great beer. Wish I had bought more.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle courtesy of an infinitely generous Tim, thanks a lot! Bottle reads: KAB NO. 42. Poured into Lost Abbey stemware with Sons of Winter and Stars accompanying me (m/).

A: A soft pour yields two inches of dense light brown froth and half an inch of liquid. I guess this is highly carbonated. Ebony body. Very good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Molasses, dark chocolate, earth, and licorice. Moderate roasted malt presence with a bit of charred character. There's a decided sugar note that's redolent of Belgian candi sugar with almost a cinnamon thing going on that I'm really enjoying.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate with some milk chocolate as well. The roast is restrained. There's a touch sugary character with an interesting vanilla frosting note. I'm probably losing my mind. No big deal. I'm getting some caramel and a little licorice. An evenhanded moderate bitterness is present throughout. Flawless flavor.

M: Full in body with a lower high level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, chewy, sticky, and smooth.

Overall: I don't often drink straight up Russian Imperial Stout because there are so many barrel aged offerings out there now and I prefer the style drowned in -bal. However, rated to style, this is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I can remember having. Do you really care about unbarreled Russian Imperial Stouts, though? Probably not, because they're better after having been in a barrel, but this is a must try either way. At least this particular bottle of KAB NO. 42. I don't know how consistent the beer is and it's probably not worth the effort of obtaining if you have to buy it from an international shop or trade for it because, after all, you can probably just buy some barrel aged RIS locally. Anyway, this beats the shit out of some of the more popular unbarreled RIS I can think of off the top of my head, such as Darkness, Dark Lord, or Totality.

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Photo of BobZ
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a De Struise Cervoise.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a very nice 1" to 2" tan head that recedes to a thick creamy cap, very, very nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and dark fruit all with a very noticeable vinous aroma from the port. A high level of complexity which only intensifies as the beer warms.

Taste: Cold this is a good beer but only as it warms does it become extraordinary. The vinous character from the Port really is the dominant element that stays with the beer as all of the flavors come together. There are dark chocolate, some coffee, plum, fig, and raisin flavors throughout this beer. The chocolate flavors are more dominant that the dark fruit. Again, the port barrel just cloaks everything and really intensifies as the beer warms. Really an exceptional stout.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, perhaps a little thin but very clean on the palate.

Overall: Another work of art from De Struise, I have never had KtG but have had a lot of Black Albert. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of metalgdog
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, now this is a man's beer! Pour is near black with a nice heady foam that lingers for a bit and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Has a delightful aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. The port is noticeable as you get a slight but pleasant alcohol tinge on the nostrils as you take a whiff of this bad boy.

The port provides an exceptional backbone as you are sipping this. Pronounced chocolate flavor with some sweet maltiness makes this divine.

Decent body to this with good carbonation. Overall it is an exceptional beer - unique in many ways and a must try. Agree with the others in drinking this one near room temp. Just wish it wasn't so hard to obtain.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

shared a bottle of the new batch with maddogg a bit earlier this evening side-by-side with a batch 0 black albert.

a - poured a sludgy black with a nice creamy tan head. the head hung out for pretty much the entire time that i sipped the glass. lacing was there, but spotty...milky looking. conversely, the black albert was way more darker with a shiny watery look and the head was gone right away from black albert.

s - smells amazing. the port barrel really leads the way. there is a strong caramel vanilla fruit which i realized actually smells like fresh granny apples. the black albert is a TOTALLY different monster when it comes to the nose. very malty whereas the kabert is juicy and has some fruity complexity, but after the realization of the apples in the smell, that really describes it perfectly. smells awesome, like nothing else...and has vinous qualities.

t - the flavor leads with the kate in the mix as opposed to the black albert. the port barrels really come out in the taste as in the smell. there is some chocolate in there as well, but the vinous quality of the port puts the chocolate and malts into the backseat. finishes sweet and roasted.

m - super creamy. puts the black albert to shame in the mouth.

t - smells like fresh apples...which carries into the taste with some chocolate and wraps up a bit bitter and malty. this beer is a winner, for sure...the feel is SUPER smooth and creamy. that being said, if i had to choose between kabert, black albert and kate, i'd go first for the kate, then the kabert, and then the black albert...all world class beers, but the kabert seems to fall somewhere in between the awesomeness of the two beers blended to make this. REALLY glad i got a chance to try this long time want. thanks to de struise and portsmouth for round 2 of this. very much looking forward to enjoying a few of these.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Rating. Rated shortly after the release of this beer.

33 cl. bottle @ home / purchased @ Sruise store in Bruges: black with a real mocha, coffee head, that is one lovely head / smells like chocolate, mocha, barrel, porto, touch berries / taste is very creamy, plenty of vanilla mocha, chocolate, ice-cream, dark fruits, followed by barrel, porto, touch porto, hint sour berries / excellent basebeer or just “beer” because this is close to BD XI in terms of deliciousness, this is a lovely beer, could use more love.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 330mL bottle to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for swappin', normyk --

A: More of a rich brown leather, with the center of it being dark and black. A standard pour yieelds a .5 finger head that's creamy in presentation. Both the collar and lacing are top shelf.

S: My God. It's like my nose landed right square in the middle of Wonka's factory. Chocolate dipped cherries overwhelm the bouquet. This is easily the highlight of a spectacular RIS.

T: Red vine fruit, as the port is all over this young BA RIS from the start. Kate makes her star appearance on the mid. The back to finish highlights all that is Black Albert. Delicious. The lasting quality that remains in my mouth is cherry and cocoa, and it lasts for a long damn time.

M: Very dense. Very rich. This drinks like liquid dessert. Just marvelous.

O: What a splendid beer. I really fell in love with Kabert, and sincerely hope that more folks get a chance to try this thing of beauty. Every component here shines, as do each of the two beers in their own right. Knowing how Kate ages, and how intense the port character is on this beer already, I'd recommend drinking this young, as I don't suspect this will age gracefully.

Two big thumbs held very high. Seek this out, and with haste.

*Please serve at or near room temperature for peak drinking conditions.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this over.

The beer is a dark molasses brown color with no light escaping even from the edges of the glass. A small dollup of froth actually foams up higher after each swirl of the glass than it did originally.

The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt primarily. Raisins, plums, a bit of port, vanilla, and some coffee provide support.

The flavor is blended together exceptionally well, to the point that it takes a few sips to unravel the flavors. A medium strength firm sweetness manifests itself with some dark semi-sweet chocolate flavors and very mild dark fruits. Raisins and plums stand out, and I get a little bit of the port barrel. Some vanilla notes lead in to a medium - dark roasted malt character and more chocolate. The end of the sip has a bit more port and finishes mostly clean.

This full beer has everything that I want in a big imperial stout. It is full-bodied with enough malt to make it almost chewy, with a creamy carbonation that does not get in the way of any of the flavors. There is a slight tingle on the tongue from the alcohol, and it noticeably warms the stomach as well.

It is not surprising that the result of blending two outstanding beers is another outstanding beer. The port barrel does not get in the way of the primary flavors at all, and in fact is a very subtle flavor. Glad I have a few bottles of this tucked away.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Alvinne Beer Shop during their Craft Beer Fest. Pitch black pour with nice one finger tan head with decent retention and great lacing. You get an astringent whiff of the port right off the bat. It's nicely complemented by roasty dark chocolate, cocoa, and coffee, along with hints of oak, and a touch of dark fruit and booze. The taste is wonderfully complex thanks to the port barrels. Roasty, bitter dark chocolate and cocoa with hints of coffee, tobacco, dark fruits, and vanilla. Very vinous with subtle tannins and oak. It's smooth as silk with a subtle creaminess, and totally drinkable for an 11.5% beer. And it only gets better as it warms. I've never had Kate the Great, but I have to guess that it is a big part of why this beer kicked my ass. I'm kicking myself for only getting two of these, and seriously contemplating opening the second! World class offering from De Struise and Portsmouth!

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Photo of seeswo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stem. Pours black with a nice large cocoa head. Looks really enticing. My goodness, this beer smells delicious. Vinous grape flavors - like a dry version of grape soda, mixed with the dy roasted flavors of a European imperial stout. Blends together very nicely - vibrant. Flavor of cocoa powder and that same grape soda from the port. Blends together fantastically. A slight bump of hops in the finish. Yum. The mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, this beer is really, really nice. It's Cherry Adam for the drier European Imperial Stout, meaning not as sweet. Serve it at a warm cellar temp, as its not quite as smooth straight out of the cellar.

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Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a thick, creamy head. Good head retention. Great legs.

Big chocolate aroma with plenty of port and oak. A little sweet but rounded and awesome.

Big and chocolatey on the palate with a whole lot of wood coming through. There is definitely some port here and it adds a nice, fruity overlay to the ashy base beer. Well integrated and tasty.

Big, thick and oily with moderate carbonation. Really nice and creamy on the palate.

This is a big stout but it is sufficiently restrained to be thoroughly enjoyable. The big body, restrained but present bitterness and a great malt and barrel character makes this awesome.

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Photo of PolarBear3
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of Slatetank
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extreme gratitude to Stakem for sharing this bottle, poured into two tulips shared w/ tenderbranson69.

This stout is a beautiful black color almost totally opaque with a rusty hue and thick tan cream with ultra-fine bead and lace that clings in spots. A really beautiful stout. I love the way the Port is so expressive from first whiff with dark brown sugar and roasted chocolate notes coming along for the ride. The dark berry and cherry-like accent to the aroma brings a slight prune note w/ mild floral aspect and light alcohol ester. The nose is full of spice and lots of vanilla w/ some cocoa notes, but lightly woody with a mostly port dominated odor.

The feel is slightly sweet at first with some mild roasted and lightly bitter tinges with subtle warming and lots of residual sugar in the middle giving a nice amount of body. There is strong vinous tinge with light tannin and mild wood influence with a lot of dry and smooth roasted grain and slightly creamy aspect with a sweet texture that emerges with moderate carbonation and full viscous body that brings along a mildly toasted and sugary dryness in the finish with a very limited alcohol impact.

The stout is delicious I should mention that from the start. The malt is not overtaken by the port in any way, rather the two flavor components work in tandem with a sligtht dark sugar and vanilla with light molasses tinges. The vinous elements are very rewarding to pick out as the light spice and slight alcohol accent brings a mild tannic quality which is very well integrated. The flavor hasa lot of cocoa notes with slight bitter herbal and dark cocoa astringency which seems controlled into the finish with light biscuit and caramel.

Overall I could not have enjoyed this more, a perfect beer for a cold winter night with great port wine contribution to the taste and the stout itself is just great, the way it is sublte yet it still feels full and sturdy as a 12% stout should. You sense the strength but don't taste it, so drinkable. This is not cloying or aggressive and I could not fault it in this category, the only problem I had was trying to keep from drinking it too fast since I was enjoying savoring every drop. The best part is the balance you get in such a complex Imperial stout.

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Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks goes out to beerisheaven for procuring this bottle thorugh his contacts in Narnia, Middle Earth, or wherever it is he gets all this great beer. 330CL bottle.

Pour is dead black & surprisingly carbonated, very frisky, & I'm forced to put mouth to foam to keep precious drops from being wasted. The moment the cap is minimally cracked, I whiff Kate, that distinct melding of port & malts. Roast, licorice, chocolate peek.

Kabert is like a hen's tooth: a collaboration that's as good or better than what the brewers originally put out. Large roast mingles with the port barrels as the big-sticks; the port is exquisite. Bitter chocolate & more licorice. The bitterness & port linger. Drinkable as drowning; bottle is already 4/5 gone, wishing the glass container had been bigger.

This doesn't have Marina Trench depth or in-your-face anything, but it's delicious. Kate was good not great for me - this here is what I was hoping for. Top-notch, excellent beer that's a shadow away from elite.

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Photo of MikeReserva
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml Bottle into Struise Glass

A. Deep black, smooth, with a nice beige head that hangs around and drops slowly.

S. Malts, coffee, small hint of vanilla, dark fruits, licorice. Boozy.

T. Roasted malts, coffee, a hint of port although very subtle, and there's some oak as well. Some dark fruits. Nice long & bitter ending. I never had Kate The Great but there is definitely Black Albert in this bad boy. Very tasty.

M. Smooth mouthfeel, not too thick. Only a very little carbonation.

O. A brilliant collaborated stout with a rich, complex yet balanced character. The barrel ageing adds a nice extra, this time no bourbon, which results in a surprising, unique beer. Grab it when you see it.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan for sharing this one!

Pours a thick tan head. Good retention. Color is black.

Aroma: A lot of port up front. Raisins, molasses, plums, and other dark fruits. Belgian yeast. Cocoa and chocoalte. Oaky with vanilla.

Taste: Port and oak spiral flavors. Raisins, plums, and molasses again. Vanilla with a lot of barrel flavors. Belgian yeast. Cocoa. Light roast. Pretty malty.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and warming. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasty.

Overall, this was quite the surprise. Lots of great port flavors. A good amount of kate with not an overpowering amount of albert. Solid brew.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Rhettroactive. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a great chocolate covered cherry presence to it. The dark chocolate and sweet, fruity flavors compliment each other very well. The port is a lot more forward compared to regular Kate which gives it a bit more of the fruity characteristics. The roasty, dark chocolate flavors handle it pretty well though.

The taste shows more of the dark chocolate and sweeter fruits to it up front. In the finish I get a little more roasty, coffee, bitter chocolate flavors to it. A little of the chocolate covered cherry flavors are there, which I love.

The mouthfeel is thick with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer, I loved the way the chocolaty flavors mixed with the fruity port flavors. The port was a lot more forward in it compared to regular Kate, but it worked well for it. Everything really comes together in it well, excellent beer overall.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the webshop. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Ample mocha foam with superb retention eventually settles to a thick cap, but lacing is spare. Body is near-black, displaying only the faintest brown tinge to it.

S - Plenty of milk chocolate, light roast, lots of vinous port notes, and some implied coffee - I'm guess from the combination of roast and acidity. There's an undercurrent of Belgian yeast as well. If forced to speculate, I'd guess this is two-thirds Black Albert. In any case, it smells quite delicious.

T - The taste reveals more barrel influence, with some dry wood mid-palate before yielding to vinous, sweet port in the finish. Plenty of milk chocolate, honey cake, dark and red fruits, tobacco, and licorice, and only modest roast characteristics. Mild char and oak bitterness in the finish.

M - Silky smooth, full body, with a mouth-coating liquid chocolate character to it. Carbonation is low but present, and alcohol is present but never exceeds the listed 11.5%.

D - I crushed the entire 33cl bottle on my own and wanted more. A really excellent beer, with nice elements from both blend components working in harmony. Not the beer you'd drink all night, but something I'd gladly purchase again in the future. I liked this significantly more than the version brewed at Portsmouth.

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Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Kulminator

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of tan head. Head has amazing retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Starts off with a slightly musty aroma, but quickly, chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of smoke come through.

T - Depp roasted malts and big chocolate taste with dark fruits and a vinous character. Creamy milk chocolate mixes with some bittersweet chocolate. Also some sweet port taste and a bit of smoke. Very nice.

M - Thick and creamy mouthfeel that finishes with roasted bitterness.

O - Nice blending of Black Albert. Maintains some of the quad-like characters of Black Albert. Very tasty.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle with No. 42 on the label.

It pours black with a 2 finger head of tan foam and does well with the lacing.

The aromas I get are Port, chocolate of the very sweet kind, and roasted malt.

The taste brings big chocolate sweet, a near domination flavour of Port, roasted malt, a hint or 2 of some bitter notes that's dark chocolate and coffee like, and more Port with a nice snap of vanilla. It's VERY warming but comforting.

Full bodied with sometimes medium, sometimes lightish levels of carbonation, this is a brew to relax and enjoy but I dare not drink back to back. This sucker is potent!

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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.