Outblack | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration brew with Stillwater Artisanal Ales (USA).

This Belgian Strong Ale was married to a still young but powerful style, the Black IPA.

You take a chocolate sweet strong ale together with the high & strong hop shedule of an IPA, and you get a fantastic result.

Added by beerpirates on 02-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This 10% Belgian dark ale pours a black color with a medium creamy tan head. The scent is strong, rich, and malty with elements of roasted grain, rye, chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor is really complex and unique. I can honestly say I have never drank a beer that was anything like it. It has all of the aforementioned flavors that were detected in the scent as well as licorice, cream, oatmeal, and a little spicy hoppiness in the aftertaste. The alcohol is not overwhelming, but it definitely has a presence and leaves a lingering pleasant burn. The finish is also exceedingly creamy. The body is somewhere between what I would classify as medium and heavy. It’s a little lighter than a stout or porter, but heavier than most other beers. I have to give this beer props for being one of the most strange and interesting beers that I have ever tried. I think some would probably really hate this beer, but for me it somehow works. I think it’s a really great winter or dessert beer.

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this laying around in the cellar for a while, so I figured I'd break it out for a tasting. It was quite different than I expected. Dark brown pour, with a small tan ringlet. Unexpected spice in the aroma, dark malts. Again, those spices in the taste...I don't think there were any spices used in this brew? Rye malt? Aside from cocoa abd dark malt, and a touch of prune, I got distinct flavors of mint and anise. Really nothing of a black ale in this, though being an older brew, I'm sure those elements, if they ever were dominant, faded long ago. Medium body, and pretty mellow overall, an interesting aging experiment if nothing else, but it was definitely not bad.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours really dark brown, almost black, a big fluffy mocha head that recedes soon. Lots of floating bits, no matter how gently you pour it.
Cherry brandy on the nose, dark chocolate, mint, plum, herb liqueur, peach, ice tea, dark licorice, light roasted malt, rosewater. A really nice herbal fruity mix on top of dark malts.
Really rich dark fruit and alcohol up front, somewhere between strong red wine and brandy. Lots of juicy plum, dark grape, date, fig, morello cherry, but also some blond fruit notes (apple, peach, cherry plum). All "flavoured" with a nice herbal mix, something like mountain tea, with some faint mint, cola, dark licorice and sweet floral notes too.
Chocolate to cut off the booze, backed by dark malts, not too roasted, but bringing a rich multi-grain dark bread taste for the finish. Light hops here, alcohol to dry things up, without being too heavy.
A pretty short and simple finish after the big complexity in the front. Aftertaste is pretty poor, some dark bread (rye in there), a bit of spicy yeast, faint cocoa powder, almost no fruit or brandy at all. Medium body, low carbonation, pretty smooth.
Reminded me a lot of BrewDog Abstrakt 06, especially because i had them both pretty old. Rich fruity jam up front, backed by mild dark malts and extremely well hidden alcohol. Only wished the nice flavors lingered a bit more.

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Photo of drewone
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lmaduells
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance: A foamy beige head builds and grows rocky, looking very Belgian, as it sits atop the fudge colored liquid

Smell: Very unusual phenols, smelling vaguely like paint thinner though there is also some chocolate and dark fruit in the mix

Taste: Ashen, up front, with dark fruit developing in the middle, though the burnt character of the beer persists; after the swallow, there is some candi sugar sweetness that develops and brings home the finish; spicy rye in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation; very Belgian mouthfeel

Overall: A disappointment, coming from these two fine brewers; perhaps this beer wasn't intended for aging because there are some real off flavors that have developed

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Photo of mattfancett
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of RobertH50
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Konkretek
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somehow never reviewed this beer, and this one has been there a while. Lot 01/01/2011, bottled 02/FF.

Pours an off white fizzy slight fluffy 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly, nice soapy lacing as well, pitch black beer with no light getting through.

Nose is interesting and different than I remember, maybe a bit too aged although this was supposed to age well... I get fresh sweet bread, toasty grainy malts, hint of biscuit a bit of a raisiny fruit, mild cinnamon and baking spices as well, mild toasted cinnamon raisin bread interestingly, some caramel, hint of cocoa, and little phenolic booze.

Taste brings more dark malts, creamy and a little roasty, mild acrid roast and burnt flavors, caramel, burnt coffee, etc. Then more toasted malts, little sweet bread again but not nearly like the nose, toasty, biscuity, etc. There is a fairly strong warming tingly phenolic booze still which is surprising after all those years on it, a little chemically booze and quite hot. A mild fruity raisiny flavor too, boozy raisin and very light baking spices. Hint of cocoa and mild bitter acrid roast round off the flavors. Finish is dry-ish, quite hot and boozy, bit more bitterness lingering too and some dark roasty malts.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, tons of carbonation, tons of hot booze too.

Overall not like I remember, not sure if this was a bad batch, or the aging didn't do it well. Gotta re-review when I find fresher version or on tap hopefully sometime.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with amber hues and some sediment. Aroma of bourbon, smoke, and concentrated beer, soy sauce, mild oxidation. In the taste, chocolate, bourbon, dark malts, vanilla, marshmallow, alcohol. Interesting and complex beer. Has a lot of char, booze and sweet, savory flavors. Oats, wheat and rye all are used and add to the beer. Medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated. A really nice brew. Enjoyable, the different layers on this one.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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