Black Albert | De Struise Brouwers

Black AlbertBlack Albert
BA SCORE
92.6%
Liked This Beer
4.26 w/ 1,786 ratings
Black AlbertBlack Albert
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.

Added by brewandbbq on 08-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#732
Reviews:
858
Ratings:
1,786
Liked:
1,654
Avg:
4.26/5
pDev:
9.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
338
Gots:
400
Trade:
27
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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily black with a very small tan head that quickly forms a thin crown.

Big chocolatey aroma with hints of plum, cherry and bourbon. The taste follows the nose with a flipped script: bourbon like vanilla, cherry and alcohol; more plum and touch of raisin; and some chocolate and even molasses that prevents it from being overly sweet.

Thick bodied, creamy with strong carbonation.

This is indeed a treat. Lot No 230/2015.

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Photo of wanderingpints
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stortore
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. 2015 edition, lot no. 230, had 2/13/17.

Pours an oily looking dark brown, opaque, with only a smattering of a head and no real lacing. Seems thick. The smell is rich, roasted malts, Belgian yeast, coffee, some chocolate, molasses, smoke, raisins, prunes, a hint of vanilla. Really smells good. The taste generally follows the nose- roasted malts, more chocolate, cocoa, coffee, raisins, caramel, molasses, prunes, some yeast. A light level of bitterness, a sweet note on the finish. Smooth, fairly creamy, a great, full body, carbonated appropriately.

Big aromas and flavors, so much stands out. The heavy malt covers up some of the Belgian aspects, but still mostly retains the Belgian Stout identity. A bit pricey, but well worth a purchase when your see it.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chianti
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of khargro2
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deltoro
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Bottle dated late 2015; unknown storage, but purchased from a cooler. Pours pitch black with a half finger brown head that dissipates to a thin film and thick ring around the glass leaving ligh lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, cocoa, fresh and dried plums. Flavor is similar, with dark toasted malt with a little char, milk and dark chocolate, plum and black cherry juice, mild fruit esters from the Belgian yeast. Finishes with dark malt, plum and cherry juice with slight tartness on the end. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess and nice mouth feel. A dark, rich imperial stout with great malt depth and pleasant light fruit notes from the yeast, almost a hybrid of Belgian and Russian imperial stouts. The light cherry tartness in the finish would stop me from cellaring this, but the level right now is perfect, adding a light, sharp note to the dark malt. Very nice stout and one I've been wanting to try for a long time. Finally found this bottle in Southern California. Recommended.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevepat
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark cocoa color, rich chocolaty smell that supports a thinner than expected mouthfeel and a delicious though simple chocolate malty bitterness. A great stout that doesn't disguise it's 11+% fully but it very drinkable big beer.

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Photo of tigg924
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours opaque, dark black in color with minimal head. Taste is cocoa, dark chocolate,vanilla, dark fruit--prunes, and Belgian spices. This is way toooo smooth for a beer this big. This is the best RIS I have ever had by a long shot. Struise rarely misses and this beer is amazing...Everything you could want in a malty monster...Just get this one and be amazed.

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Photo of Ginger-tipple
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A top quality example of a Belgian stout, officially a Imperial Russian Stout. Great hoppy flavor. The head disappeared a bit quickly. Had a full body which cleverly masked the high alcohol content.
Add a shot of Cassis and it is a winning cocktail.

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Photo of drahodo
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2012; drank 2/25/14.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black liquid.

Dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Cognac, oak & chocolate nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Roasted coffee, milk chocolate, smoke, dark cherry & oak flavors. Somehow, all that is balanced & very palatable. Incredible!

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Photo of dwagner003
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 92.6% out of 100 with 1,786 ratings
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