Black Albert | De Struise Brouwers

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Black AlbertBlack Albert

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

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

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

Photo of domtronzero
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle. Batch #14. Poured into a Duvel Green tulip glass.

Dark black, near opaque with a large, lingering tan head. A little lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smells of chocolate, cherries, and a little alcohol. Faint roast similar to coffee. Estery with a little bit of fruity aromas. This batch isn't nearly as strong as the previous batches that I've had.

Dark chocolate malt flavors along with a nice fruity bouquet flavors up front. Dried stone fruits, raisins. Yeasty esters of pears and a little bit of apple. Hop bitterness is right on allowing a very pleasant finish. The dark malts accentuate this, but don't have the acrid, burnt flavor that typically associates itself with these types of beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. No astringency and the finish is dry, with a lingering aftertaste of dark malts.

Overall an excellent beer, but a little less spectacular than previous batches; however, this is still an excellent Belgian-influenced RIS. Very good drinkability for such a big beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lot B, bottled June 2007.

Opens with a nice 'tsst'.

A. Pours a thick black with a creamy coffee colored head that rises two finger breadths above the liquid and slowly recedes to a thin cap leaving no residual lacing.

S. Dark chocolate, some sweet milk chocolate, coffee, and cocoa. Figs and some tannic red wine character really come out as it warms. You also get a nice mix of cherry and woody aromas - like macerated whole cherries with pits.

T. Bitter dark chocolate, some fruity tartness on the tail, and some espresso bitterness. Quite a bit of ethanol on the end and in the aftertaste; although the beer is 13%, I'm surprised that you still get this after nearly 4 years of cellaring. It ends on a dry tannic red wine like note.

M. Super thick and creamy. Luscious.

D. A beer clearly designed for sipping. This is certainly an interesting beer, but I don't think it diverges enough from an RIS to be considered its own style (Belgian Royal Stout).

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

Photo of Kerne
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jpmclaug
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS snifter. This is a Batch 0 bottle I got from the Struise webshop.

A - Black body with a big brown head resting on top

S - Roasted notes on top of a bit malty body, also picking up hints of dried fruit, vanilla and a hint of coffee.

T - Smooth roast flavor mixed with chocolate and coffee. Picking up on some raisiny type flavor as well. The more I drink the more I keep thinking dark chocolate.

M - Real smooth, thick mouthfeel. Very lightly carbonated. This is dead on.

D - Pretty awesome RIS. The more I drink it the more I like it. Nice notes of chocolate and coffee and a a bit of a warming boozy feel as it goes down. I haven't had any of the later batches of this but I hope they can come close to this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of WeedKing4
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark jet black with caramal foam forming in a brandy snifter. Tastes of dark roasted malts and chocolate, with a hint of dark fruits in there too. Honestly, its a little on the hot side with the 13% alc. I was hoping for more from this big stout. But the flavour isn't wowing me away.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch '0' - I rarely give a beer a 5 for appearance but this beer is nuts. Black, but the head looks like a well frothed cappucinno. Some lacing. The aroma is complex and layered, coffee, cacao, dried fruit - raisin, plum and prune, + some licorice. Alot of interesting Belgian yeast driven flavors are happening here. Dried fruit, plum, and figgy jam flavors. These come coupled with your typical chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and bitterness. A strange marriage that works with harmony. Brialliant blending of flavors.
Amazingly full body and somehow dry. No presence of the high alcohol content, not hot just perfect. Really such an exceptional beer = period.

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Photo of kk73
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my glass.

A - Jet black and looks thick with a one finger coco colored head that dissipates very slowly. A slight reddish tinge as I hold it up to the light. Some lacing.

S - Aroma of dark chocolate covered cherries, raisins, plum, and dark roasted malts.

T - Wow, not what I expected. Very subtle, bittersweet chocolate and earthy notes. Deep, dark roasted malt with a very pleasant dry finish.

B - Creamy, and decadent mouthfeel. The abv is well hidden.

D - Very drinkable, almost surprised at how good it was to me. Read the reviews and maybe my expectations were low because many reviewers rated this between a RIS and a Quad. But this was top notch IMO. The heat if any was well hidden if any, but would still classify this as a sipper.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 14, lot B-6-BB, 11.2 oz bottle poured into a large wine glass.

Almost black, with an inch of dense tan head that leaves plenty of finely textured lace.

Nice stouty aroma of dark caramel and roasty coffee.

Tastes surprisingly fruity, like berries, which works well with the coffee, caramel, and chocolate flavors. Full flavored, tasty, smooth, well balanced. Long slightly bittersweet finish of coffee and fruit.

Medium bodied, with smooth tiny-bubbled carbonation. Nicely balanced, easy to drink.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours black with a medium, creamy brown head.

S - Cocoa powder, smokey burnt coffee beans, alcohol, maybe some dark fruits.

T - Espresso, dark rum, dark chocolate, warm, lingering alcohol finish. While the basic components of a RIS are here - the chocolaty/coffee essence, there are subtle notes of things like dark fruit, rum, and the like that set this one slightly apart.

M - Viscous, chewy, lots of carbonation.

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Photo of biglite351
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - slight Ted around the edges. Tall tight light brown head.

S - dark dried fruits. Roasted malts. Some caramel and possibility dark chocolate. A touch of bock in the finish.

T - almost raspberry-chocolate like up front. Malts and raisins in the finish. A touch of alcohol flavor as well.

M - heavy coating, you can feel it. Mild tingle all over tongue and some in throat.

D - if it were cheaper I would have one every night out.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of djmichaelk
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch 0 (or at least it has "0." in marker on the cap -- it came directly from the brewery so I'll have to assume that's correct).

11.2oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Black as night, with a slim finger of head. Not much in the way of retention, but I'm expecting that given the 13%. Plenty of short-lived lacing.

S - It's definitely chocolatey, with some sweet notes of burnt sugar and toffee. There's a fruity aroma to it, mainly in the background, with blackberry and plum. I can see where people get the quad-like qualities.

T - More interesting than I thought it would be. Plenty of dark chocolate, with vanilla and almost an oaky flavor, although I don't think this was aged at all. The dark fruit is much more subdued, and is more in the area of cherry than anything else. An earthy quality that I enjoy in an RIS. This is outstanding.

M - Not as thick as I'd like. The carbonation is very fine, which makes it feel too thin. This beer could definitely benefit from a heavier consistency, but it's not bad.

D - I could go for another one of these for sure, but the abv would keep me from drinking them all night. Very little alcohol detected in the finish, which is surprising for a 13% beer.

O - This one was pretty hyped, and while it didn't quite live up to that it was definitely a nice beer. If it weren't for the price and rarity I'd drink it a lot more.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

Batch 14 poured into a snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a two finger mocha, creamy head. Excellent retention that ultimately leaves a very dense lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, dark malt, dark stone fruit, cherry coke. This smells wonderful.

T - WOW!!!! This is one of the coolest, best tasting beers i have ever had. There is so much awesomeness going on here. Dark cherries, prunes, chocolate and espresso. Whats unique about this one is that it has a distinctive Belgian yeast flavor to it which is different from the other imperial stouts i have come to love. Almost like a quad. Oh yeah, it reminds me of a flat cherry coke as well, really unique.

M - Ridiculous mouth feel. Very full bodied, yet smooth as silk. It's thick and chewy but something about it, perhaps the gentle carbonation and the fluffy/creamy head make this beer truly amazing. Luxurious.

D - This is definitely drinkable, but i don't want to "drink" it, i want to sip and savor it for as long as possible. For a 13% high abv, it doesn't burn at all. Has a slight warming effect, but again is extremely smooth. Someone else said it well, this beer blurs the line between Quad and Russian Imperial Stout. The cost is a bit prohibitive, but really, who cares with so much awesomeness going on.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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