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:
1,783
Reviews:
857
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
338
Gots:
401
For Trade:
28
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Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Uber black, 1/2" tan head on it. Aroma was jacked up roasted malt resulting in a bitter harsh coffee ground aroma.

Taste was a chewy, thick experience, hid alcohol. Dark chocolate, weird interplay with the belgian yeast. Thankfully the dark fruit notes weren't prominent.

Very expensive being a drawback here, even though its good, that will probably prevent me from having it again given the other cheaper options.

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

L: jet black, thick tan head, inch or so, good retention and some lacing
S: smoky, cocoa, coffee, earth, tobacco
T: heavy on the tobacco, dark chocolates
M: thicky thick
O: super good, aggressive but not boozy or overwhelming.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Uvinum. In Teku glass. Watching True Detective 1x03. Very thick and smooth body. Superb nose. ABV very well hidden, very drinkable. Tasty and leaves you yearning for more.

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Photo of AlexSenft
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 wisrarebeer
3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

#14
Poured with nice head that kept it nearly all the way to the finish.
Sharp roasted malt with pronounced bitter finish.
Still some heat after several years aging. Surprisingly thin for EtOH.
Not impressed at all with the beer.

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Photo of brayton
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of amano_h
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of mcrawford
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Bottlecraft stout glass
From: Botlecraft North Park in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $9.00
Purchased: Feb. 10, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 10, 2016
Misc.: N/A

First time going to this place. Only four beers on tap, but all were legit. Picked this one out of the bunch and realized after the face that it was on my “want list” on Beer Advocate. Was already looking forward to it, but realizing that it was one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts in the world had me looking forward to it even more.

Poured a dark mahogany, almost black color with 1-to-2 fingers of fizzy, tan head when I got it. Average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled a huge beautiful punch of smooth alcohol and smooth malts from the get go. Specifically got caramel, toffee, roasted chocolate, maple syrup, hints of dark espresso and Rolos candy. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste follows the nose nicely, just a tad too cold when I got it. Toffee, caramel, roasted chocolate, dark cocoa nibs, Rolos candy, maple syrup and roasted coffee malts but not overwhelming. Very smooth for 13 pct. ABV. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Sticky-to-slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, smooth finish. Got much better as it warmed. (Feel - 5.00)

Just an awesome, smooth Russian Imperial Stout. Glad I got to try it, even if it was $9 for eight ounces. (Overall - 4.50)

4.51 | 100 | A+

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Photo of ericat78
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque pitch black. No head or lace to speak of. Soy sauce and faint dark chocolate on the nose. Massive dark chocolate flavor. Thick and syrupy. Borderline cloying. Vague dark fruit.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black with just under a fingers worth of fizzy brown head that disappeared to the edge of the glass quickly. The smell is chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruits. You get a little bit of booze on the back end as well. Flavor follows suit as you get chocolate, raisin, a little bit of coffee and booze as well. There is definitely a Belgian taste to everything adding another great layer to this complex stout. The feel is thick and chewy going perfectly well with all the flavors. This is exactly what you'd want your Russian imperial stout to taste like!

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Photo of matthieudupont
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dav0
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mtomlins
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 version. Slight mocha head that dissipates quickly on this very dark black pour. Enticing aroma of coffee and wonderful chocolate covered dark fruits. Flavors consist of dark roast coffee, some bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits. A full bodied stout with a thick and syrup like feel on the palate. Abv is very much not noticeable so a nice sipper on a cold night. Sweet, a little sticky, but this RIS is so flavorful and the nose matches the taste. Black Albert is a truly fantastic brew that should be tried at least once!

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol - Pours dark black with a large tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Smell - coffee, dark stoned fruits, light alcohol. Taste - coffee, roasted malts to the fore with warm alcoholic finish. Fantastic imperial stout. One of the best I've tasted.

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,783 ratings.
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