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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:
-
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
205
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
42
Trade:
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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown color with a huge bubbly tan head that displays great retention and moderate lace. Smells of dark brown sugar, caramel, licorice, dark roasted grain, maybe a hint of menthol or pine. Quite a complex flavor on this one. It starts off with some yeasty esters and a mint or herbal flavor that I don't really care for. Next it throws out some sugars and a hint of chocolate. Finished with some roasted grains, a bit of ash, a touch of alcohol and a lingering hop bite. Medium body and level of carbonation with a slick creamy mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, but not my favorite from DeStruise.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Radome
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Attractive beer. It is an extremely dark brown (though not black) color in the glass and lets no light through. The head is thick and creamy in a dark tan color. The head and lacing are admirably long-lasting. Sediment in the bottle pointed to bottle-conditioning.

S - The aroma is totally dominated by a strong spice note (coriander? cardamom?). I do not detect any hops through the spice onslaught, unless maybe there is a pine-like aroma that is intertwined with it. I do get some malt and alcohol notes somewhere in the background. From the aroma I don't recognize any trace of a US IPA; this seems like a traditional, quirky Belgian strong dark. It is so spice-dominated that it could be a gruit or a heather ale on steroids, based on the aroma.

T - The spice is very strong in the taste, but the balance is better than in the nose. I also get strong hops bitterness and some piney hops flavor that melds with the spice. There is some bready malt and lots of alcohol.

M - Body is moderate. Alcohol burn that combines with hops bitterness to give a lingering heat on the tongue like hot peppers. Prickly feel from the carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish.

O - From the aroma I did not think I would like this beer, but it grew on me thanks to the overall experience. The sledgehammer of spice and pine in the nose is a bit unsettling at first. However, it is very well-made and becomes less unbalanced after it warms up and breathes in the glass.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Cstromberg57
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Mar02x
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pitch brown beer with a missive beige colored head. The retention is very nice to watch because it goes so slowly.

S - A strong fruit like smell mixed with pinely hops, very inviting. I could be a black IPA.

T - A strong taste of what? I can't really bring it home. I taste spices & hops. Who matters anyway is tastes great and the 10% ABV is nowhere to be seen. I would say there is some red pepper in there as well.

M - Medium bodied with prickly carbonation that fits the taste nicely.

O - A good beer and surprisingly different.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a cloudy caramel brown with two fingers of tan head that had good retention. Sticky lacing all down the glass.

S – Coffee, toffee, mocha and vanilla.

T – At first taste I get some of the mocha and coffee flavors. Does turn a bit medicinal somewhere in the middle. Odd. Big dark fruit flavor as well with definite citrus notes that give it a twang. Warming alcohol at the end that you do feel.

M – Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Bitter on the aftertaste.

O – Interesting collab but not overwhelming for me. Just had a bit of an odd taste to it. Not bad but not good. Middling for me.

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Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of mrand01
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a generic Crate & Barrel tulip.

A: Pours with about 3/4" tan head. Body is dark brown, almost black. Lots of head retention a couple minutes after the pour. Pretty sticky, decent lacing.

S: A mix of dark fruit and citrus hops. This is a bit of a "hybrid" belgian black IPA, and it smells as such.

T: Malty with big dark fruit tones. Fades into a fairly hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

O: This is pretty good...not as hoppy as I would have liked, however, it could be that this beer sat for too long, losing some of it's hop character in the process. What I'm left with is a mildly hoppy dark ale.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DocDownUnder
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, really good stuff, but I don't pick up much a the hop. After warming a bit out of the fridge, poured with a giant, fluffy, foamy, frothy, sudsy, light, pale tan head with some clingy lace. Color is super dark, perhaps clear or slightly hazy mahoganey with some sediment in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is first yeast, then malt, licorice, rye, wet grain. Flavor is like nose with an excellent sweet, tang, bitter balance. Body and carbonation are great. Finish is like flavor and has some legs with just a bit of alcohol warmth in there. Don't know about the ipa designation tho.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 into tulip at 45.

Pours with a thick, foamy brown head over a deep brown to black body. Nice lacing.

Plenty of yeast, dark chocolate, burgundy wine, oaky tannins, and caramel latte. Aroma is the winner here, by a hair.

Flavors include the aforementioned dark chocolate and red wine, a nice roastyness, and plum.

Rich mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

Delicious, that is all.

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Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been meaning to review this for a while.

A- Black ale into a pint glass with a massive mocha head with great retention. Tons of legs and a good coat of Belgian lace.

S- Pine and lemon lime up front and a dark roast malt background. Very strong and unique. Mint.

T- Like nothing I have ever tasted. An insane lemon lime presence with a massive pine hop flavor as well. Roast malt somehow takes a backseat to the pine needles lemons. Lemon zest, slight spice and raisin.

MF- Foamy moderately thick body with good carbonation. Fairly bitter after taste.

Intense lemon lime pine flavor on top of a solid dark beer. Slight Belgian flavor but this insane hop flavor dominates with lemon lime pine straight up.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe stemgoblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of slight tan colour, good cream, nice thickness, and excellent retention, especially for the ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Very unique. Bacteria yeasty notes give it a distinct character alongside caramelized malt, heavy candied sugar, and rye. I'm intrigued. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Very flavourful and unique, with wonderful candied sugar providing the foundation, and nice chocolate atop. Some nicely handled hops are present about the climax, which is a nice touch. The rye comes through in a strange way that doesn't quite feel right. Some tart flavours as well as oats. Complex but scattered. It's a mess, but there are some quality flavours to be had in it. I wish it were more focused.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with nice thickness. Suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV. The cost is a bit rough on account of those bastards at Shelton, but I'd have it again in Belgium. As aforementioned, it's quite a mess, but otherwise I fancy it. Give it a go if you're a fan of Struise like me.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really need a Struise glass.

Beer served in a New Belgium tulip. Beer is black and aggressively carbonated with a tan head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet but has a tea like bitterness to it.

Beer is medium in body with a mildly dry finish, the bitterness at the back is tea like with only a mild hop presence. The entire beer has this ashy roastiness sort of bitter throughout. It is interesting but not great. I've had a lot of better beers from both Stillwater and Struise.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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 notchucknorris
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nearly black dark brown color with a huge tan head that took almost 10 minutes to settle.

S: At first, a faint citrus hop aroma coupled with a lot of freshly baked whole wheat bread. As it warms, some darker quad-like aromas emerge. Dark fruit, chocolate, bananas, figs and a hint of booze.

T: Not getting a lot of the IPA here, but it's a tasty beer anyways. Lots of dark fruit, roasted malt, yeast, bread and some subdued hop resins and charred grain on the finish.

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Photo of Casey10
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wicked beer nice intense head once poured into a tulip.

Frothy head and pitch black so light shines through.

Light smell some sugars as well as light chocolae notes.

Taste masks the alcohol way too well.

While it is a bit pricey another great brew from Destruise as well as a nie colab brew from stillwater.

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Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 205 ratings
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