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
Ranking:
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Reviews:
132
Ratings:
206
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a black color with a fluffy dark-brown head.
Smell: Malts, caramel, cherries, dark fruits, anise, hops and liquorish.
Taste: Raisins, malts, brown sugar, yeast, spicy phenols and alcohol. Finish is spicy.
Mouthfeel: a medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Well balanced brew, not too complex and easy to drink

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a few of these bottles from Urbain, much appreciated! A collaboration beer, and a hybrid to boot (Belgian Strong Dark + Dark IPA).

It pours dark brown color, nearly black, a little light showing through the edges. Thin tan foam on top. Smells to me a bit like a sweet RIS, lots of roasted character. Some citrusy hops but not as much as I expected from Urbain's description. This smells more like a hoppy stout than a dark IPA (or a Belgian Strong).

The hops come through in the taste, but mainly in the aftertaste. The main thrust of this beer seems to be roasted malts and some dark fruit, nearly quad-like in flavor except for the hops.

Thicker than an average IPA, maybe on par with a Belgian Strong in body, still drinkable with the dry and bitter aftertaste. Recommended, this went down easily despite the ABV.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liam's bottle

pours black to brown, tan head with some lace. Smell is spicy, dark fruit, cinnamon, chocolatey, all spice. Taste is quite roasty and toasted, light alcohol bite, some dark fruit in the finish, fig, big spicy profile, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Med-high carbonation, full body, good feel. Very good stuff here, quite complex and enjoyable, solid brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark brown color with a billowing, light tan head. Decent head retention.

Unique herbal, spicy aroma. Nice sweetness. Slightly honeyed. Eucalyptus. A little strange but it works.

Sweet malt flavor with some spicy yeast character and interesting herbal hop flavor. Lightly fruity with some echinacea and anise notes.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid beer and truly unique. Curious flavor profile but I quite like the way the whole thing comes together.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... copper in color with a light brown head that appears and disappears quickly leaving little lacing. No light is visible through it when held up to the light

S- Malty aroma, with notes of dark fruits, plums and cherries and hints of boozy heat

T- Malty, but not as malty and sweet as other strong darks that I've had. Actually has a distinct amount of bitterness coming through along with a hint of booze

M- Light in carbonation with a medium body

O- I got this as a freebee from a buddy, and am glad I got to try it... that being said, I'm glad I didn't pay what places are asking for it. It was decent, but not worth the $$$ they were asking for it. I will say, it did grow on me a bit as I drank it thought

CHEERS!!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Capone's in a 13 oz snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, borderline black body with a very light tan head. Some sporadic lacing is left behind and a thin retention ring lines the edges of the beer. As confusing as the style is, it's a nice appearance that defines both of its parts.

S: Spearmint, dark chocolate, spice, floral hops, spruce and pine all intertwine into a complex and delicious smelling beer. Again, an identity crisis seems to emerge but the beer does a fine job of blending everything together.

T: An initial spicy Belgian flair is evident with light yeasty notes. Some lightly toasted malts, mint, wood and a touch of sap all come through in the flavor. Rounding out the back end is a touch of sticky syrup. It's unique, complex and oddly very good in terms of flavor.

M: Prickly and bubbly, almost on the lighter end of a medium bodied beer. Although, the finish is really nice and clean, that almost has a certain crispness to it.

This was certainly an interesting beer and the cross between the styles really make this unique. I enjoyed the floral, piney and hoppy nature of the beer with the dark roasted malts. Some defining flavors that took this above my expectations.

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Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 206 ratings