Black Albert | De Struise Brouwers

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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
Ratings:
1,784
Reviews:
858
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
338
Gots:
400
For Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of Fux
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a liquid black as oil with a mocha head retracting quickly into a small film of foam.

S: full, malty (chocolate, roasted malts, molasses), fatty (walnut, chestnut). Lots of alcohol.

T: more on coffee than could be expected from the nose. Dark fruits, dark chocolate. Still lots of alcohol.

M: not as oily as could be feared from appearance and nose. Still full bodied, a bit sticky. Warming !

O: A great beer, not highly drinkable, but complex and strong. Even if I do prefer the aged version (Cuvée Delphine), this one do its job perfectly.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of gatorbreath
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gonna give this a rap on this empty stomach...

App. is ink black witha mocha head that reeks of alcohol. Some notable lacing. Nose is alcohol, malt, dark frutas. Taste is very malty/roasty lots of dark fruit and caramel/syrups. This stuff is BOLD. Mouthfeel is kind of dry and dissipating but the fluid is big bodied. Overall, just one for me please. Lots of ABV screams through this presentation.

Probably leaving this heavy one for you real connoisseurs.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MsRif
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had from a bottle purchased from Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured an oily black color with a viscous consistency. Chocolate head that quickly receded, leaving some spotty lacing. Had an aroma of BOOZE, roasty malts, dark chocolate, sweet malts and a bit of earthiness. Taste is of roasted/sweet malts, BOOZE, hoppy bitterness/earthiness, dark chocolate and coffee. The booze is VERY forward in this beer...there is no hiding of that 13% ABV. I almost found it undrinkable. I don't mind a high alcohol brew but I felt the booze overwhelmed the rest of the flavors/complexity of this beer. As it came up in temp, it actually tasted more booze forward to me.

Full bodied. Syrupy with light carbonation. Not creamy...sticky and thick.

Yes, it was good. Not "great." Hardly at the top of my favorites list. I'll pass on it in the future.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a dense, creamy tan head that hangs around awhile.

Aroma is dominated by rum soaked dark fruit, and woody oak notes.

Taste is rich charred dark grain and an intensely dry woody quality. Rum soaked dark fruit - notably date and raisin come on strong. Finishes with more of the oak and vanilla woody character. Lingering alcohol astringency.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a pleasant beer, but it doesn't really fit within the RIS category. I would consider this a strong ale. Still definitely worth a try.

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

Poured a deep black with a thick dark tan head.

The smell is heavy with anise and chocolate.

The flavor is very intense with a big smoky and chocolate flavor with sweet dates and raison notes mixing in nicely with layers of burnt malts, coffee, a bit of vanilla and a big blast of black licorice in the finish. Very chocolaty, the dark bitter chocolate notes become stronger the more I drink it,

The mouthfeel is very creamy, thick, and smooth.

A nice and complex imp stout, a bit on the sweet side, but good.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of robbrandes
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to baltimorebeerguy, great trade!
poured into a tulip. slightly cloudy, thisclose to pure black. minimal head, dissappears shortly after pour.

subdued nose, roasty malts, a bit of chocolate. similar taste - with some darker fruit coming in. big alcohol, oaky/earthy finish.

very enjoyable stout.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,784 ratings.
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