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

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1,784
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858
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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Photo of UA8
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a big opaque black body with a huge actually overflowed my tulip creamy brown head.

S- Funky yeast notes, red wine scents, roasted malts, a bit of smoke.

T- Leads with roasted malts and a touch of funky yeast twang, mid palate and I would swear this was aged in wine barrels has hints tannin and red wine grape notes. Finishes late and long with sweet charred malt flavors. Wow the complexity on this one is impressive.

M- Rich and thick with a carbonation that is silky smooth and stay out of the way of the flavors.

D- Wow I wasn't expecting much out of this one since I've read so many conflicting reviews of this beer but this is outstanding. Not sure which variation or year I have but this has one of the highest levels of complexity and most interesting flavor profiles of any stout I've ever had.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 11.2 ounce bottle purchased at State Line in MD. Uncapped and poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a dark brown color with a good two inches of fizzy, creamy tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of fruity gumballs, molasses, bakers chocolate, dates, figs, slightly sour, prunes, alcohol is hidden quite well here. Somewhere between medium and full bodied with adequate carbonation levels. This is a tasty beer, but I find Weyerbachers XIII to be far superior. Good but certainly not worth the price.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a heavy brown that is basically black and opaque when held to the light. A 1/8 inch mocha colored head forms and reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma is good with a nice grouping of alcohol, coffee, and dark chocolate. Some dark fruits are present, as is a vanilla component.

The taste is very good to me. Coffee, dark chocolate, with a very nice hoppy bitterness make the taste complex but good. Dark fruits and yeast round out the taste with a tick of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is also very good. It comes across medium bodied with a little more carbonation than I expected. However, this leaves a clean, crisp, and dry finish, particularly when combined with the bitter and sour notes.

This beer is quite drinkable. It has a high ABV that seems reasonably enough hidden and the flavor is intense but it is smoothed out by a nice mouthfeel and dose of carbonation.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. I can detect some chocolate as well. I can also detect some figs and raisins. The alcohol content is not very well hidden in the aroma.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Malty caramel sweetness. Alcohol also. Dark fruits make an apperance. Also, a slight chocolatey flavor is present.

This beer is low in carbonation, fitting the style. It warms on the way down. It leaves a malty sweet aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt be the greatest session beer. At 13% ABV, I dont know many beers that would be.

Overall: I had this beer while at the Trappist in Oakland CA. I have wanted to try it for some time, and was pretty happy to get the chance. This beer was pretty good. It was cool to try a beer from Belgium that is not typically available.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/4/2009 (Bottle LOT B6BB):

Pours an extremely dark brown colored body, with a huge foamy tan-brown colored head, lastingish. Aroma of dark fruit, dark grape, fig, and floral, somewhat sweet. Not much roasted notes, but the floral is definitely muted by something. Dark fruit taste, immediately followed by roasted and chocolate flavors. Roasted aftertaste. Dark grape. Like a combo Belgian ale and an imperial stout. Tasty.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. Bottled poured into my Short's pint glass.

A: Very dark brown with a small mahogony tint around the edges. The pour produced almost 3 fingers of tan head that receeds and leaves nice lace.

A: Sour dark fruit and a Belgian yeast influence. I get nice chocolate, molasses, dried fruit, and smoke.

T: Good amounts of chocolate and dried fruit. The belgian aspect is a little offputting to me in a RIS. Also get smoke and maybe a little vanilla. The beer finishes dry from the hops.

M: A little thin for the style. Aggressive carbonation gives it a tingle at the back of the throat.

D and overall impression: I'll give this just above average marks on drinkability, the dried fruit and belgian influence is just a little much for me. I'm glad I shared the small bottle with two other guys. Overall, this is a good beer, but nothing to write home about. Would have again, but won't go out of my way for it. Skal.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7ways is to thank for this one, thanks buddy.

The appearance is dark black with dark ebony edges. The bottles pops aggressively once opened, I thought it was going to come out of the bottle it was so aggressive. A pour reveals an easy two finger tan head. Crisp CO2 carbonation that sounds like coca-cola.

The smell is sour. There are Belgian yeast notes as well. Oh no, this is not what I thought it was going to be. Hints of chocolate malts and some alcohol.

Oh thank God it tastes really good. The smell was worrying me. Chocolate malt and a Belgian brewers yeast are the first tastes. It has a bit of sour taste that goes with the smell, really adds a complex flavor to it. Its like just a small percentage of it was spoiled and then added back in to the entire batch, much like Guinness. The ABV comes through at the end as well and cleans the palate a bit. Sourness is really unique though because it comes in at different times. Love the complexity.

The mouthfeel is great because it is just a bit over carbonated and really lets some of the flavors stand out. Brings up the chocolate malts really nicely while the mouthfeel also lets the ABV bounce around as well. Enjoyable.

The drinkability was good considering it was such a small bottle. Would drink this again for sure.

J

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Photo of kbeals
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to masterchiefMD for this one!

A- Pours jet black with two fingers of dark brown head. Head retention on this beer was excellent along with the lacing.

S- Smells of dark fruits and chocolates. A bit of a medicinal smell also, perhaps from the alcohol.

T- I wasn't real impressed by this one. It tastes as though someone mixed a tripel with an RIS. Hints of dark fruits and a bit of chocolate and roasted flavors come through. The flavors just seem to clash too much in this one.

M- Lots of carbonation, seems to be a bit much for an RIS. Pretty smooth however.

D- Surprisingly drinkable for 13% ABV. I had no idea it was this high until I just looked at it online.

Overall, a decent brew. Definitely not my favorite RIS but it was interesting. Thanks again Chris!

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Photo of Tom8Analise
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Extremely dark with a thick carbonated tan head.

S- Has a very strong alcohol smell with some notes of dark fruits and some chocolate.

T- The first sip was OK, but then after taking a second sip the flavors burst!! Lots of coffee, fig, caramel, chocolate and some smokiness. A very excellent taste indeed!

M- Very light and very carbonated.. This was our lowest rating.

D- Drinkability is good! If this beer wasn't so rare I would like one as offten as possible! Goes down nice and smooth and leaves a nice warm feeling in your chest!

Enjoy!

Tom and Analise

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

Opaque, black pour into a DFH Snifter. Dark tan head sticks around for a long time with a persistent collar on the beer.
I thought the alcohol was going to dominate the aromas, but chocolate accents emerge along with some booziness. Dark fruits soaked in some kind of liquor weigh in too.
Slightly bitter chocolate dominates the flavor. Boozy alcohol is part of the flavor as well. Roasted malt flavors and increasing hop bitterness emerge as the beer warms up.
Decent mouthfeel with a touch of warming from the alcohol, but I have to admit that it is well masked for it's strength.
Not my favorite RIS, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a viscose engine oil coloring with a 1 finger creamy cinnamon tinted head that was flat and smooth as it leveled off. Retention was good with a mostly lasting coating that remained for the remainder of the drink. A small sheet lacing that slides down the glass as the drink recedes finishes things off here.

S: The nose had a strong display of dark fruit (prunes, dates, and raisins) with a earthy moss and mineral notes. Some syrup and scorched wort add sweetness while a booziness of rum raisin was smooth and light. Hints of dry semi-sweet chocolate rounds things out. Overall the aroma was very polished and refined with a smooth delivery, but ultimately was boozy and full of dark fruit.

T: The flavor was dark burnt molasses with a earthy moss and fresh minerality The initial flavor was strongly bittered and full of dark fruit (prunes, dates, and raisins). A boozy rum raisine and milky creamer with wet lemons also add into the mix. A semi-sweet dry chocolate and a scorched sweet worty flavor adds sweetness as well. There is an apparent booziness from the 13%abv but not as much as one might think, it is really hidden here behind a very smooth flavor that goes down effortlessly. Bitter roasted barley, with dry milky creamer and a touch of charred wet woodiness also is well noted here. Overall the flavor was boozy but well mannered and with flashes of scorched malt sweetness and full of dark fruit well suited per style.

M: a good deal of carbonation with a edgy feel and texture. A fresh wet burnt earthy woodiness and roasted barley laces the tongue after the swallow leaving a dark and earthy bitter feel. The consistency was medium full slick with a warming of alcohol and a light chalkiness. This was perhaps the drinks best feature.

D: Very smooth drinkability especially considering the 13%abv which went down like a 7-8%. Well toned and you never feel the alcohol coming. Amazing drinkabilty considering its relatively high abv. Overall this was a good drink but probably not worth the price of admission $10 for a 12oz bottle. Good but ultimately not that good.

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Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml slim brown bottle, with a BB date beyond comprehension; served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a near-black hue, coming with an unknown level of carbonation and a super thick dark tan froth to last throughout the drink, leaving uneven lacing as it patiently retreats. Simply elegant.
S: the aroma is as "deep" as a dark ale can get, not extremely roasty or bold, but rather like a well-aged English RIS - vanilla and chocolates abound, but not really sweet, while sour black-prunes, marinated berries, faint staleness of old wood barrels, and aromatic tobacco manifest themselves in a truly elegant way. At the second layer of the aroma goes yeasty saltiness with a touch of chilli, while roasted/dark malts have almost dissolved amidst the fruitiness and sour elements.
T: a decently sour foretaste consisting of high-quality prunes and dark fruits precedes a clean palate of sweet roastiness of black/tarred malts, light cocoa, bitter-chocolate-flavoured toffee, and licorice-like herbal notes; the hop bitterness gradually chimes in along with bitter nuts and sweet coffee, resulting in a truly soothing and lightly chewy palate in the finish. But the quoted "100 IBU" is almost overly camouflaged indeed, if not printed wrong on the beer label ...?!
M&D: the mouthfeel is really really good, showing very little intervention of carbonation but still healthy & soothing in terms of fizziness. The 13%abv. alc. is definitely nowhere to be found, not even in the form of a belated kickback... In many ways, this RIS rings a bell of a young vintage English RIS that shows a good level of staleness and a settled profile of roastiness, albeit with a little bit more yeast presence, while the texture is still "young" and not quite to the level of being oily or lubricant. All in all, I find it a truly remarkable and well-crafted strong imperial stout that might NOT be so appealing to those hopheads who crave for their excessive hops even in this rather traditional beer style.

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Photo of Damian
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 330 ml bottle
BA No.14
Lot A; Best before April 2013
Served in a chalice
Acquired in a trade with deepsouth

What was once the number one beer in the world, Black Albert has slowly fallen down the charts over the past year. (As of this review, it was no longer one of the top 100 beers on planet earth.) Let us see what the hype (and the controversy) was all about.

The beer poured a deep, ashy black color with brown tinges when held to the light. An impressive looking (especially for a beer this high in alcohol), dense, creamy, silky smooth, saddle brown head slowly faded to a resilient cap of froth. Small blocks of lacing stuck along the sides of the glass.

The aroma was intense and extraordinarily complex. Dark, sweet, fruity and earthy with indications of must and leather. A distinctly Belgian yeast note was apparent. The yeast gave off a fragrant, almost floral nuance. (Perhaps some jasmine or lavender.) Indications of dark Belgian candi sugar came through strong. Toffee and roasted nuts were also noticeable. Dark rum and brown sugar notes appeared as the liquid warmed. All in all, the aroma was unlike anything I have experienced before in a beer.

The taste was every bit as impressive and as intense as the aroma. Fruity, raisiny, plummy and sweet up fronts with lots of dark malt flavor. The alcohol warmth appeared immediately but it was balanced by a plethora of captivating flavors. Slightly roasty and woody in the center. Dark chocolate, molasses, rum and vanilla notes also came though strong. A milky, lactic-like flavor was detectable as well. Slightly coffee-ish on the back end. This stout was definitely geared more toward "fruity and sweet" than "roasty and bitter" however. The finish was sublime. Yeasty and silky smooth with no hint of the 13% ABV detectable.

The mouthfeel was simply flawless. Super creamy, frothy, slick and silky smooth with a medium-full body. This beer was heavier than a typical Belgian quad but lighter than most Russian imperial stouts. After each sip, the residual sugars in the beer left a sticky coating on my lips.

Drinkability was literally off the charts. I never have (and probably never will) sample a 13% ABV beer that goes down so easily. I did however feel some numbing on my tongue near the drink's end. This beer was simply a joy to consume.

Simply put, Black Albert was one of the finest beers to have ever touched my lips. I am perplexed as to the reason behind this beer's quick descension down the charts. (I did hear however that different batches taste remarkably dissimilar. This may explain some of the discrepancies.) If you have not tried this beer before, I suggest you to do so. If you have tried it and did not experience what I did, I urge you to try it again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of dark brown head on a completely black body with no light showing through. The foam settles slowly and leaves a fine film of lace.

S - Significant nutty chocolate with clove, ginger, and allspice notes. Some spicy alcohol and mocha (more chicory than coffee though).

T - Smooth, bittersweet chocolate malt up front with some mocha coffee notes. Spice comes out in the middle, clove and cinnamon with a bit of pepper. The spice lingers into the finish, which is full of chocolate and nutty malt. Complex malt notes linger on the palate and create a smoky, pipe tobacco flavor coats the mouth.

M - Thick, heavy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet, but not cloying finish.

D - It is surprising to find that, according to the bottle, this beer weighs in at 100 IBUs because the flavor is all about malt. The bitterness is hardly descernable and it barely manages to contain the sweetness of the finish; though it does a good job of masking the 13%ABV. The nose is pleasant, but a bit mild; while the flavor is quite complex, especially the finish. A nice, big stout that hides its borderline insane alcohol content dangerously well; this is a great beer, but not one that I could or would drink very often.

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Photo of erz316
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 floz bottle into la chouffe snifter.

A - pitch black body with a good sized two finger head, made of medium sized bubbles. the size of the bubbles inhibits some of the creaminess of the head but overall the head is pretty creamy. the head takes a good while to dwindle down to a thin, but completely full layer across the top.the colour of the foam is a light brown, maybe a dark tan. I cant find any major wrongs with it aside from the lack of creaminess in the head and the lack of lacing.

S - it might be that the brew is cold, but I'm not getting that much of an aroma from it. The most I can get out is a light coffe/choco combination and a medium roasted malt backbone. some very dry alcohol int he midground, smell almost a big like chlorine. upon tasting the beer the sour aspect becomes apparent. as the brew warms up the coffee becomes the dominant flavour

T - thats quite a peculiar combination of flavours. the initial taste has a big roasty malt body, some of the coffee/choco flavour, and a tangy sourness. I guess that's what makes it a belgian royal stout. there is a general bitterness, which seems to be a combination of a chocolate like bitterness (sans the choco flavour) and a general hop bitterness. the finish is an interesting combination of sour, bitter, and light sweetness. the hops are clearly identifiable and compose the majority of the bitterness in the finish. the aftertaste is more like a RIS than any other part of the process; big roasted dark malts, chocolate bitterness, and a slight sweetness embrace the palate.

MF&D - the feel is kind of off by a long shot. the belgian candi sugar doesn't do this brew any good, it makes too much small scale carbonation. the is necessary, however, because the body of the beer is light, and in order to bump it up to a medium the excess carbonation is needed. a pretty good beer, but not one for which I would again pay a ten spot.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle received from funkydelic in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured this one into my snifter. Pours a thick viscous deep black with a good inch and a half of dark tan head on top. Retention is fair, and it leaves a nice sticky coat of lace on the side of the glass. Right off the bat, this beer smells of freshly shaved cocoa, big coffee notes, and a slight twang of soy sauce. Maybe I'm getting used to it, but this characteristic fades quickly.

This is a very creamy, smooth beer. A soft silky creaminess just coats the mouth with each and every sip. This is how I like my big stouts to feel. Well done. Where cocoa and coffee are big in the nose, they lack a little depth in the flavor dept. This beer is a little too tart for my liking. There's definitely some dark chocolate bitterness present, but the predominant flavor I'm getting is a slightly sour fruity flavor. I'm not sure about this one. I can sense the alcohol definitively. This is a slow sipper for sure, and one at that.

Some characteristics on this brew were spot on in my opinion, but lacking in others. Still, this was a pleasure to quaff. Thanks, Cameron, for the opportunity.

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Photo of BeerShirts
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- No light will break through this beer. The head was small but retained well

S- Rich roasted/burnt smell and underlining of alcohol.

T- like others have said WOW. No taste of alcohol. The dark fruit and raisins taste really seemed to come through a lot to me, almost a quick splash of sour but fades just as fast as it hits you, has a nice lingering taste from the roasted malt

M- Smooth, very little carbonation

D- Would drink this beer every day if I could. It goes down probably to easy for the ABV.

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Photo of beveritt
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from an 11/2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is black, with a picture that is a strange mix of paisley and tribal pattern. Back describes the development of this beer and recommends listening to The Brabançonne while drinking. There is notching for lot number, but no clear indication of production date.

Appearance: Pours with just over three fingers of dark brown head. This settles very slowly, essentially just slowly compacting. Eventually it drops to a still substantial coating and a more robust island of foam above the nucleation point. Decent lacing. The beer itself is black and opaque. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Chocolate and soy sauce upfront with alcohol sweetness. Hints of cherry and vanilla.

Taste: Buttery chocolate upfront, incredibly smooth. Hints of cherry and strawberry follow. Roasted barley and hop bitterness in the finish, but extremely mellow. Warming alcohol sensation, but otherwise, the 13% is extremely well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is amazing; seems to stay in solution, giving this a creamy, milkshake-like mouthfeel. Great, thick body.

Drinkability: I must admit, I went in to this one wondering how much would be hype, but am now a believer. A great beer, in all respects. I wish I could get this in Ohio. Or maybe I don't because I would be on my way to buy several cases right now.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This black bodied beer has a fluffy brown head with great retention and substantial lace properties. Nice aroma of anise oil, cocoa powder, rummy alcohol and oily black malt. The flavor and mouthfeel are letdowns right from the get go. Body is medium at best. And gaseous and over carbonated. Oily feel to it, which is not bad in and of itself, but there's not much substance to it in the mouthfeel or flavor. Roasted chocolate malt flavors with some black licorice and winey characteristics. Tannic astringency is noted as well. I was expecting more out of this.

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Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp in a crystal snifter. Brownish black with a light brown head of soapy bubbles that slowly settles out and leaves a ring around the insides of the glass.

Rich aroma of vinous grapes, bitter chocolate, and port wine.

Flavors of dark chocolate, rich espresso, sasafrass, licorice, notes of woody oak, brandy, leather and smoke. Velvety flavors meet a fruity tangy finish as hints of raspberry and currant rise up.

Full mouthfeel, pretty round, moderate carbonation but tingles on the tongue and warms the cheeks. Dry and powdery tannic finish.

Very tasty, good sipper, scary smooth for such high ABV. Thanks to barleywinefiend for pssing this beauty my way.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared by Treyrab. Had know idea whether or not I should look forward to this beer after hearing of its comparison to Weyerbacher 13.

This beer was poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a darker brown with no visibility through. A beautiful creamy khaki colored head retains better then most I have seen, but I would have prefered the body to be a little bit darker.

The smell is of darker fruits, raisins, alcohol, rich cocoa. Some plums and light cherries are prevalent and pronounced. There is a scent of Belgian Dark candies.

The taste is magnificently smooth. The mouthfeel is on the lighter end for the style, but nonetheless creamy and soft. The taste is very sweet. All that comes out in the scent is present in the taste. There is a roasted malt taste that starts to show as the beer warms. The alcohol on the end is my only complaint to this otherwise great tasting beer.

After trying this beer, I am now anxious to seek out some more De Struise offerings, and would love for the opportunity to cellar some of this stuff.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.02 oz bottle poured into wide snifter. Room temperature. Don't know much about this beer, but seen in mentioned a couple times.

A- BLACK as midnight. Impressive head for 13%... damn impressive. Head is cookie-dough brown.

S- Potent. Alcohol is there. I took too deep a whiff and got overwhelmed a bit. Roasted malt, caramel, toffee, molasses, candied sugary goodness. More 'potent' smelling than your average RIS, but I guess this ain't that. Label calls this a "Royal Stout".

T- Wow, considering how borderline I felt about the smell, the taste is amazing. Strong yet subtle in its layers, simple at first. I pick up roasted coffee, bitter (baking) chocolate. Deeper I get fruity banana and mandarin orange tastes.. some earthy/woody notes as well. Finishes with a green apple tartness and a molasses mouthfeel.

M- Thick, smooth, heavenly. Where's the booze? Tastes like 8%-9%. 13% is outrageous... how'd they do it???

D- Moderate but tasty . I like this beer, it's very good. Worth seeking out... belgian royal stouts kick ass!

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Photo of cbros
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type- 11.3 ounce bottled poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter. Got this in a trade with djrn.

This beer pours a jet black like motor oil. There is a nice two finger tan head that is present after the pour that eventually fades into a small nonexistent head. There is a good cling in the glass that stays around till the end. The only smell notes I am getting from this is alcohol. The taste is remanisent of a mainstay RIS. There is a subtle coffee undertone which has a mellow undertone followed by an strong alcohol finish. The strength of this beer is nowhere near present as you drink it. The mellow flavor of the beer masks the very high ABV and this could make the beer very dangerous if you were to drink more than one or two. As far as taste goes this is seems to me to be a run of the mill RIS but the strength of the beer is where it seperates itself from other Russian Imperial Stouts. I am happy I was able to have this beer finally but it is probably not something I would trade for again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.72/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at K&L in Redwood City for something like $12.

A: Pours a pitch black at first glance, but it's actually a dark brown with some ruby highlights (judging from the stream that comes out of the bottle). In the glass it has zero light penetration. The head is half an inch of espresso brown bubbles, and it recedes quickly into a light cap on the brew. Nice lacing during each swig, but most of it falls down the glass instead of sticking.

S: At first it had a strong waft of earthiness and coffee, but as it warmed, the smell became very muted. Some general sweetness and chocolate. Nothing pronounced.

T: Licorice and chocolate-covered cherries dominate. There's also a strong earthy hop flavor, but it gets hidden as the beer warms and the sweeter flavors take over. Pepper, coffee, and roasted malts are strong on the finish, with just the tiniest hint of licorice lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Full, heavy body. Carbonation consists of fine bubbles, and it's a tad high for an RIS. Gives it a little sting on the finish to work with the pepper bite. Only the lightest hint of a boozy warmth in the aftertaste. Really smooth.

D: It wasn't offensive, but I have no desire to pay $12 for this again.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle courtesy of upsjeff.

A: The stout opened with a fizz and slowly foamed up, leaving a coffee-and-cream colored head slowly creeping out of the glass. In my snifter, the stout is dark, appropriately black for an imperial offering. Spots of lace result from the head.

S: The nose is interesting, dark and malty on one hand but fruity/spicy on the other. There is even a dry Irish stout aroma floating in there.

T: An interesting stout, continuing from the unique aspects of the nose. Dry malts, dark and roasted, lend a Guinness-like flavor, followed by a Belgian yeast profile of dark alefruits. A lactic creaminess is strong, adding a mildly sour, stale taste to the stout. The 13% pricetag is well hidden but this imperial stout seems more like an imperial Irish stout.

M: I'm not sold yet. The sweet lactic body is a little too sour, a little too loosey goosey. I like the fruit flavors that follow the lactose but they don't last long enough.

D: A tough drink with a heavy pricetag. It is certainly imperial, an ale that isn't afraid to shatter boundaries. Based on that, I kinda like it.

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