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 FreshHawk
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, almost black with some sediment. Full, creamy, frothy, almost meringue like, light khaki colored head. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Starts with a great mix of dark fruit (raisin, fig and date) and grapefruit citrus. Slight fruit punch-like and a blueberry/pomegranate juice (maybe cranberry) aroma. Touches of coffee and chocolate along with a touch of roasted malt. Interesting.

T - Starts with an interesting fruitiness. Dark fruit (fig especially and a fair amount of raisin and date) along with citrus (grapefruit and orange). The combination of the two provides that blueberry/pomegranate/cranberry juice kind of flavor. I enjoy the mix. Mid sip and in the background throughout there is a nice earthy and sweet cocoa and coffee flavor. Sweet, tart and earthy mixture.

M - Light to medium body and above average carbonation. Slightly sticky finish but there is a prickley feel mid sip.

D - I throughly enjoyed the bottle and it went a little too fast. I liked the mix of flavors and thought it was well balanced and enjoyed how the flavors complimented each other.

Notes: Overall I quite enjoyed this and thought it was pretty unique. Two different styles mixed well (in my opinion) creating something unique. Not sure how often I'll get this (price) but I'm really glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle 02/FF, early 2011, poured into a tulip glass

A- Black with a four finger tan head.

S- Chocolate, dark fruits, hint of alcohol, citrus hops, really nice nose.

T- Chocolate, caramel, licorice, hint of dark fruits, and a citrus hoppy finish, good complexity and unique.

M- Medium to full body, creamy with a crisp finish.

O- A nice beer that is very unique. A good collaboration between De Striuse and Stillwater, not as good as Jaded though. Very happy that I finally got to try this, definitely will pick this up next time I find it.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle. Lot 01/01/2011

A: black, opaque color with nice full rocky tan head that dissipated but kept it all the way
S: incredibly full and rich, intriguing with deep roasted malt, caramelization, EtOH, dense
T: very good beer - deep roasted malts up front that carries through with nice bitter finish but not overpowering, reminded me of a bitter chocolate pudding, EtOH is very noticeable in finish, this probably should age for a few years and will be amazing, drinks well beyond its age
M: chewy and creamy at the same time, very smooth
O: very good beer

To my taste this is not a black IPA as described. reminds me more of an aged old ale and a young American imperial stout.

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Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. It has a pure black color with a good tan, foamy head and some lacing.

S. It has an extremely strong scent: minty scotch scent.

T/M. It has a very toffee taste. Very carbonated. Full bodied. It has a figgy, chocolate taste to it. A dark fruit raisin taste underneath. Perhaps some plum. Sugary. High in alcohol.

O. Very strong and only good in doses, but it is really very flavorful and well made. It will put you on your ass, but it is very tasty.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a ruddy mahogany hue and is capped with a tight and tidy tan froth that picks up the appearance a bit.

S - The brew is strange from the get-go, and the more I try to get into it, the less I can. Smells of bubblegum, chiefly; other very unusual notes abound. I am thinking Elizabeth Taylor 'Poison' perfume, but perhaps I have my old lady perfumes mixed up. As I begin to come around on the taste-side of things, I am starting to think that this smells a lot like Aqua-Fresh toothpaste.

T - Nicer taste than the aroma, doubtless, albeit still quite unusual. I get a bit of black tea and lavender flavors, atop a light somewhat raisin-bready malt. The bubble gum that I discerned and disdained in the nose is present in the flavor as well as a strange mint chutney note. Everything about this beer is ridiculous in decidedly good or bad way.

M - The feel is just fine; enhancing, expansive, softly effervescent.

O - Not my cup of tea, so to speak.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from De Struise, finally. Have a few others waiting to drink, but this one is calling my name.

Pours very dark brown, essentially black in the glass. Despite that, I could tell from the pour that it was clear, and light behind it shows deep reddish hints at the edges. Two big fingers of dense medium coffee-tan head. Fantastic retention - come on, I want to drink the beer! And big clumps of foam sticking up the sides of the glass. Wow.

Smell... I'm not really sure what to expect. Candy sugar, some light herbal hops. Smells fuzzy. It's faint, but I like it.

Where the smell was a little bump, the taste is a big strong punch in the mouth. Bold and rich, with tons of dark fruits, followed by an alcohol burst that carries some a mild hop bitterness with it. I've heard people describe a leather taste in beer before, but never experienced it until now. Interesting. Prunes are the predominant fruit. It's rich, malty, and quite varied. I like it. Aside from that initial punch I felt, the alcohol is quite well hidden.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Mouth-filling, with tons of tiny little bubbles generating a soft foam in my mouth. Finish fades away like I'm chewing foam.

A very tasty beer. Not sure what I'd call it, but BSDA seems close enough. Big and malty, with a medley of interesting flavors all blending together well. Yum.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark thick black with 2+ inches of slow dissipating head. took a good 5 minutes just to start drinking this. great retention and lacing.

sweet dark fruit, slightly funk yeast and candy like malt.

very spicy through out, mainly up front. hints of black licorice. spice and berry carry through out and finish with a hint of mint and charred coal.

velvet like with a mild to moderate carbonation.

very nice, a bit of a slow sipper but perfect for a cold evening.

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Photo of Jayli
2.02/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had at Armsby Abbey 4/16
Served in a snifter

A: This beer pours an opaque brown with a one finger of khaki head. head recedes quickly, leaving wisps of sticky lacing.

S: Nose is medicinal cherries - almost like Vicks 44. There are faint hints of chocolate, but the Vicks 44 aroma is the most dominant.

T: Taste is... nothing belgian, nothing stout. And here comes that Vich 44 cherry taste in the flavoring, hints of sour funk and a bit of vinegar. As the beer warms up, the previous flavoring does not disappear, but added is a bit of bitter chocolate amidst the tart... and a weird citrus, pine bite in the after taste.

M: Medium body, higher carbonation, light prickly feel feel and finish.

O: Goes down.. better as it warms, not extrodinarily tasty, somewhat filling, decent kick, and not a very good representation of style. I was very excited for this beer but it just didn't hit at all for me and would certainly not seek it out again.

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Photo of randylangford
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

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

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle labeled Lot 01/01/2011 with a “best by” date of 01/02/2016. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a rich dark brown color and has a 1” tan head that recedes to a layer of foam with a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on one side that slides back to the liquid while on the other there is a pattern of small patches and legs of lacing. The ring of foam persists quite a long time.

Smell: The aromas include some cocoa and licorice along with spices like cardamom and nutmeg. There isn’t much in the way of either hops or alcohol showing but there does seem to be some pine in here as well.

Taste: The flavors include roasted malt, dark chocolate, the cardamom and the licorice. The hops don’t really show in the flavors but the alcohol does even though it is not at all hot.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium and smooth with persistent gentle carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins with the sweetness of the chocolate and spice mixture then begins to dry out and as it does a hint of smoke appears then disappears again. At the end there’s some dark roasted malt flavor in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Drinkability here is good, but it’s not a beer for regular consumption. With this ABV and the strength of the flavor profile this is one to save for a special occasion. While I’d be willing to have it again I can think of lots of other beers I’d enjoy as much. My overall impression is that this is an interesting and imaginative beer that mostly works. That said, for my tastes the there is are not enough hops showing and a bit too much in the way of spices.

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Photo of ajzy
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Brabander
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at the old school building last monday with my buddy Apophis666, his girlfriend Lore and her father Henk. We had a great time with Urbain and one of the beers he opened for his visitors was the new Outblack. I was the driver so i had to wait to drink this beer at home. That's what i did last night.

Poured (of course) in my Struise glass the beer looks perfect. What a deepdarkbrown colour! The bulblight has problems to go trough it. Some carbonation in the glass. The perfect head, that's what Struise is all about, a nice view and even better taste.

The smell is good, some spices and candysweetness.

The taste is outstanding because of the ingredients used. I tasted some 'salmiak' and 'drop'. Two dutch words for dark candy. Very very well done.

You did it again Urbain!

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Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of impending
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B

33cl into a wine glass. Pours a deep black walnut, dense light tan head retains nicely as a cap, ok lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, cocoa with a bit of citrus hops, burnt coffee and rye.

Taste includes dark fruits that were absent in the scent. Earthy with bitter chocolate and an underlying roastyness. A mild bitter in the finish but more of singed coffee than hops. Aftertaste fades fairly rapid. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.
No conclusion that this has the breeding of an ipa, seems more stoutish.
cheers
jd

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Photo of polishkaz
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of brdc
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle. Poured into a snifter. From notes.

It is a very good looking beer, true to belgian and Struise tradition. Pitch black, lots of dark tan colored head, lots of lacing, very good retention.
The aroma was a step down, still quite good, but not as great. It has notes of freshly brewed coffee, chocolate, but also a piney hopiness that does not quite belong, if very subtle. Closing up some very slight smokey notes and a hint of dark fruits.
The mouthfeel is not as rich as I expected, medium to full. Taste is unfortunately where it unravels, with a dark chocolate taste, along with coffee, and the black IPA notes that although expected simply did not go down well.
There is a recurring earhty hoppiness that keeps getting in the way of the dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and smokiness that would be otherwise quite good.
Not that good. A miss in my opinion. A very expensive one for that matter.

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Photo of mattfancett
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of pixieskid
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my De Struise "Cervoise" glass.

Deep brown color, almost black with a foamy light beige head.

Nose: Notes of spice and dark, ripe fruits dominate (raisins & black currant) a touch of chocolate; don't pick up on any hop aroma...probably due to the fact this bottle has been around for a while.

Taste: Mellow milk chocolate upfront, dark fruits, a touch piny resign and citrus hops balanced with a brown sugar sweetness and mild bitteness. Finishes with some roasted malts, brown sugar, and lingering burnt toast/ bakers chocolate...some warming alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel: insanely creamy and smooth; just amazing.

Overall: as it warms up, the complexities really come out but the real draw to this beer is it's ridiculously creamy/milky mouthfeel that makes it quite memorable.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown color with a large off-white/tan head. Scent has a ton of toffee, carmel, and roasted chocolate. Some dark chocolate and cocoa as well. Taste is initially a ton of dark fruit with some chocolate notes. I also pick up some green apple flavors with a lot of toffee and hints of caramel. A bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some delightful crisp bite to it. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a very enjoyable strong dark ale.

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Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a deep brown to black color. Forms a quite big and dark beige head when poured. Quite aired. Retention is low, however it never disappears completely leaving an almost brown and bubbled layer. Many lacings are left

S: Strong on dark chocolate. Belgian yeasts. Fruity and liquorous. Very spicy, notes of anis, cinnamon and mint. Intense flowery hops. Perfect nose

T: Very tasty beer, an Struise (thanx god :p). Sweet upfront. Chocolate, roasted malts, hints of coffee, Belgian yeasts. Again, very spicy. Hints of anis and mint. Stingy hoppy bitter end

M: Extremely creamy beer. Molasses. Medium carbonation. Delicious bitter aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable beer despite the 10% ABV. An Struise, nothing else to say

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Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
3.94 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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