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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
Ranking:
#749
Reviews:
858
Ratings:
1,791
pDev:
9.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Beerzebub
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 madtrixter787
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH tulip from a bottle I picked up in maine a year or two ago (can't remember, I have two bottles from two different trips!). After deciding it's about time to drink down my cellar I figured I'd start with this. Pours a jet back with little to no head (though I poured slow because of the sludge at the bottom of the bottle). Smells like belgian candied sugars with a hint of booze, very nice. Very good taste, quite bitter from the 100 IBUs and not as much of an overpowering booze aftertaste as I anticipated, just a very well balanced imperial stout. Another great beer from de struise, just wish I could get them here in VA!

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

From 2.9.09. Black - deep, deep black, almost purple. cappuccino colored head that is big and pillowy that sticks and stays for quite some time. Lacing is plentiful. Hints of booze and figs and cherries in the nose. A bit of coffee and espresso. Taste is burnt coffee. Rich, bitter with hops. Cherries are up front. The booze is so well hidden it is ridiculous. Plenty of carbonation, but was missing a bit creaminess. Deceptively easy to go down despite 13%.

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

Thanks to BeerisHeaven for this one.

Poured from a bottle nice and dark and inky. Head was amazing at least 3 fingers tall, and dissipated at a good rate. Smells like a typical RIS coffee, chocolate, malts and fruit. The taste is balanced and no alcohol make it odd. I can taste the chocolate, malts, and coffee. It actually is rather watery considering the ABV. Had a velvety smoothness to it though. I could drink these all night and not care. Mainly cause if I did that I wouldn't remember the next day anyways.

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

11.2oz bottle purchased from liquidsolutions

Appearance: Ebony body with corners that bare the slightest hint of red/brown. Nice mocha 2 finger foam head that shows some retention and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Much more bitter hop presence than I was expecting from a RIS. Easy to find notes of coffee and roast malt with a touch of chocolate as well. I think the bitterness takes away from the nose.

Taste: Here is a brew that seems a touch disjointed fresh but also screams to me that it will be sensational with some cellaring time under its belt. Potent bitterness from the hops and coffee couple with chocolate and roast malt. Also the brew hits you over the head with a brick of molasses. A touch of sourness that can be mistaken to be astringency. All in all this is tasty!

Mouthfeel: A touch thin

Drinkability: Excellent for 13% ABV but considering its that strong I really can't score it higher than a 4.0

NOTE: This brew got much more tasty for me as it got warmer. I'm finishing the last 6oz at room temperature and find it to be a much better experience.

The beer isn't worth the price but is a delicious must try IMHO.

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

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - A gusher as soon as the cap comes off. Pours black as night with a thick, mocha brown head. Head retention is great, and leaves lots of sticky lacing. Surprising for a 13.00% ABV stout.

S - Very deep and complex. A rich array of dark fruits and candi sugar back by a subtle roasty backbone of charred malt and coffee. Figs, plums and prunes are strong. Underlying earthy notes of anise and tobacco. Molasses, cocoa, soy sauce, wood, cola syrup and some boozy dark rum alcohol notes all come through.

T - Certainly an interesting take on an RIS. The base of roasted malt, dark chocolate/cocoa, and coffee is there, but the Belgian influence is definitely there. Dark fruitiness reminiscent of a fine quad is strong; figs, plums, and prunes. A nice helping of Belgian candi sugar as well as cola syrup add a very sweet dimension here. Anise and woodsy notes make for a very earthy finish, with a strong presence of tobacco as well. Finishes with a boozy dark rum character, with lingering flavors of roasted malt, dark fruits, and molasses.

M - Very big. Thick, creamy, and boozy. Carbonation is actually more active than expected, but still very smooth all around. Warming finish, but that was to be expected. Bitterness is kept in check. Really sticky too.

D - While this is undeniably a unique brew, and a very interesting concept to approach an RIS with, it's not quite my style. That being said, I can't imagine an RIS with a Belgian twist being any better than this. True to its Belgian roots, this brew is rich, fruity, and not overly abrasive. I suppose I just prefer a more roasty and astringent profile with my imperial stouts. In the end, this probably wasn't worth the premium price, but I'm really happy I got to try it. While it didn't quite live up to the hype for me, it was still a very unique experience. Thanks to De Struise for crafting this one-of-a-kind brew!

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

Very good Russian Imperial Stout with a big flavor and good alcohol heat. This beer pours black and opaque with a light brown head. It's certainly a good looking stout. The nose is a bit milder than expected, but nice toasted malt notes come through. The flavor is big and strong with some alcohol heat. It is a very malty beer with smoky chocolate and caramel flavors running roughshod all over the place. This beer might be able to garner a perfect flavor score with a bit of age on it. I envy anyone with vintage bottles. To be fair, I have no idea if Black Albert iis old or new, so that could be impossible. The feel is slightly sticky but very good. It's very drinkable given the high abv, but at 13% and relatively fresh, it's still a bit too hot. It pairs well with sweet, ripe Cornice pears.

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

Black as sin, rich, and all around great strong stout that masks the alcohol very well. Cheers!

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

pitch black pour with a dark mocha colored head that is extremely dense, sticks around forever and leaves good lacing behind.

aroma is boozy, with raisins and other dark fruits, dark molasses, maybe some lactic acid or something that makes it tart, some dark chocolate and licorice.

mmm. taste differs a bit from what I picked up in the aroma. less booze and raisins, but more cocoa and dark malts take center stage. a bit tart and with some hop bitterness that balances the hugeness of the malts. very nice and complex.

not heavy bodied, but with significant weight and subtle carbonation makes for a decent velvety feel.

drinks pretty well. definitely boozy, though not terribly harsh, with a plethora of flavors that keep me sipping and the 330ml just does not seem enough.

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

from bottle in pint glass.

A: Black and opaque. 1/4inch head and light lacing.

S: Chocolate, Molasses, Vanilla, Caramel, Coffee, and spices.

T: Chocolate and coffee.

M: Syurpy. Not as thick as ten-fidy, but think.

D: It's a pretty heavy hitter and masks the alcohol really well. I could have a couple of these in a session.

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

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JamisonM
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

A: black as night poured out a huge head with tiny bubbles this thing looks great! the head was even brown! great look!

S: roasted notes Belgian yeast and some sweetness but not a hell of a lot of character on the nose

T: Roasted notes with dark chocolate hints of coffee smooth beer no alcohol here its blended perfectly

M: med to heavy mouth with med carbonation

D: very drinkable and balanced beer

overall: I am glad I got to try this its a very good beer I would like to have more roasted character to this beer. thats my only complaint.

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Photo of Buebie
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtasy of gford217

Poured from a brown bottle into a snifter. Upon opening, this thing is a real gusher. I tried to put my finger over it and let out pressure slowly so not to lose to much liquid.

a good inch of fizzy cola like, dark brown head sits atop this dark black beer. Leaving thin spotty lace.

Aroma is very sweet with lots of sweet dark chocolate and moist chocolate cake like aroma. Hints of black licorice and more sweetness mixed with a chocolate nutty character. Wiffs of a whiskey like alcahol aroma.

This is very rish and alcahol warmth rushes in, warning me to sip it a little slower. Big black licorice flavors mixing well with pungeant dark, sweet chocolate cake. This is pretty highly carbonated, reminding me its a belgian after all. Is it a RIS with a belgian yeast strain?
Some dark fruits in here with an almost red grape/ chimay like flavor.
Finishing chocolaty and becoming a bit more dry with a dark chocolate bittering roastyness.

Very delicious and quite different from any other imperial stout I've had.

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Photo of harryhops
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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 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 Odysseyalien
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of virinow
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,791 ratings
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