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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

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.

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131
Ratings:
204
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
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Photo of Mar02x
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -16.2%
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 mrand01
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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 drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +6.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -11.2%
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 -6.6%
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 +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 notchucknorris
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +5.8%
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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Photo of rhong187
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a tulip glass

A - fairly aggressive pour without much head rentention. very black (as the name implies)

S - Smells very nice, with light notes of chocolate and slight vanilla. I read that this is a hyrid of a stout and black IPA, but I don't detect any hop cdharacter whatsoever

T - you get hit with roasted malts and chocolate right away, but again, not much hoppiness.

M- medium bodied, light carbonation.

Nice collab, and I hope to see more in the future.

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Photo of Philousa
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black in the glass, with a hint of purple in the light, and with a lot of tiny bubbles. Let's just say it's well carbonated. First thing my nose says is mint. Kinda strange for a beer of any sort, but it's an interesting, inviting aroma. I also get chocolate, toast, vanilla and slight sugar, alcohol and, oddly enough, rosemary aromas. Creamy and toasty flavors fade to chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. I get some of the spices described earlier, but it's muddled and I'm not able to pick them out as easily. An alcoholic burn lingers on the palate, warmly reminding you of the nectar you just consumed.

This is one hell of a beer. It's categorized as a Belgian strong dark, but it reminds me more of an imperial porter because of the mouthfeel and lack of yeast flavors. It seems to me that the ingredients had more to do with the flavor of this beer than normal, which is not typical of a Belgian beer, but I ain't complaining. It's very complex and smooth. I can't say enough how smooth this is, and I guess that's where you can distinctly label this a Belgian, as the yeast has so much to do with the mouthfeel. I tried this on nitro tap at City Beer Store but didn't take notes. It's just as smooth from the bottle. I usually can tell that one thing or another offset a high ABV, but this beer conceals the alcohol on all fronts. It's careful to remind you of its potency in the lingering aftertaste, though. This is a beer with many levels and one which I hope to be enjoying many times in the future.

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Photo of rudzud
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark rich brown. It looks black with a nice clear deep brown along the edge. There was a two finger mocha almost rocky head that faded to leave nice clouding and minimal side lacing.

S - Dark sweet malts, chocolate, alcohol. No hop presence.

T - More of the sweet, almost candi malts, and rich belgian chocolate. Some light belgian yeasts. Again, no hops at all, and more ABV on the pallet.

M - Good amount of carbonation, slightly sticky. Mor eof the higher ABV. I've seen it hidden better.

O - Overall, this wasnt that bad of a beer. Just, for the price its not worth it. And of course, it didnt deliver on its promise of being a belgian strong dark black IPA. Pass.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a bit foamy tan colored head with a rich dark looking body. The lacing is light, nothing too impressive really. The smell of the beer has a little bit of roasted aromas and a light sweetness too. The taste of the beer actually impressed me. As I drank it there was a nice amount of chocolate upfront, with some big herbal rye flavors in the aftertaste. The aftertaste almost reminded me of anise or menthol. The mouthfeel of this beer had a good thickness to it. Overall the beer was smooth and and creamy, really pretty good in my opinion.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.94/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the darkest brown with red bits here and there. Nice head, bits of lacing.

It's a De Struise, so basically nothing on the nose. Maybe some burnt sugar.

Subtle. Toffee, burnt raisin, prune, coffee. Lasting cloyingly sweet finish.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Nicely done, but a tad boring.

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Photo of jsh420
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark dark brown almost black with a a 1+ finger tan head that had great retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of dark sugary fruit with lots of xmas spice

taste dark fruit dark chocolate but again i get a spice that reminds me of xmas ales - i think maybe its allspice?

mouthfeel is light medium body with low carbonation - very smooth and creamy

overall - very different then the normal BSD - crazy drinkability @ 10% abv - maybe this one just threw me for a loop

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Photo of ShanePB
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Fulkrum78
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle I picked up at Bruisin Ales. Pours pitch black out of the bottle with a thick tan head that hangs around. Smell is complex, and very interesting. Somewhat piney, kinda reminds me of something I can't put my finger on. Taste is thick and rich, almost syrupy in the mouthfeel. Very full bodied. More of those pine notes. Interesting, lots of complexity.

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Photo of bbeane
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting idea for a collaboration beer. Not two styles I would expect to marry well.

A: Has the deep, red color of a BSDA with possibly a slightly darker appearance from the Black IPA. The head is a splotchy tan, with some effects of lacing on the glass.

S: Has a surprising tartness followed by a bit of roasted malts. You can really pick out each style of beer here. The slightly citrusy hops are taking this beer to a place it shouldn't be, way too strange on the nose. When you can focus on the BSDA part of the beer, it becomes quite enjoyable. The problem is that it's hard to do that. Definitely full of dark fruits and a lovely bready character from the yeast. Has some delicate apple and pear aromas that sneak through, just can't get over the Black IPA layered into it.

T: A bit sweet and almost cloying, the roasty malts don't really come through strongly here. A mouthful of dark fruits and some funky Belgian yeast qualities. Small amount of cherry tartness that fades into a chocolatey, dry cocoa bitterness. Since the BIPA doesn't show itself so much on the palate, the beer actually showcases the nice BSDA aromas that were found earlier.

M: Somehow light but syrupy at the same time. Finishes with a bit of prickle and leaves the lips sticky.

O: A bit too wild of an idea here. I don't necessarily find the flavors of either beer to shine or accommodate each other well. Flavors are all across the board, lacks cohesion.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.61/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lot: 01/01/2011/bottled 02/FF

Pours black with a thick, rich and firm khaki tan head. Lovely to look at and the head holds nicely.

Nose has an initial assertive camphor and mint character that, while interesting and pleasant, not nice on a beer. The mint mellows a bit with some air but the camphor "Vicks" nose persists, with undertones of mint chocolate. Some of the "sweet" character in the nose is the assertive alcohol which may be confused with fruit or esters.

Mouthfeel is medium full, with a nice rich feel but is overwhelmed by the mint/camphor nose that carries over into the flavors. Mint, camphor, bitter pine and undertones of purple plum and mint chocolate prevail in the flavor profile. The alcohol is evident and not well hidden and not helped by the camphor character which seems to highlight the assertive alcohol.

The chocolate and cooked stone fruit undertone teases but never comes forward to overpower the camphor/mint. Flavor profile is very herbal and medicinal.

I can't think of a food with which I'd drink this beer. Not terrible as perhaps a sipper or an appertiff perhaps. Flavor profile is simply too strange for me to consider drinking alone for pleasure or with a meal. Also a bit strange for even after dinner cigars. Perhaps I just "don't get" this one.

Having now "lived with it" in the glass for a while, I can only imagine it as an appertif. Final bitter pine finish saves it for me.

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Photo of ComposerZero
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and brooding. . . a beer to be reckoned with - if you don't dive in and figure this beast out, this beer will be lost on you. But those with the fortitude will be amply rewarded.

Thick pour of espresso color with a head like you would expect from a double-shot. Big malty molasses on the nose with wonderful scents of smokey hops, honeysuckle, herbs (thyme, oregano, and a bit of lavender), and ash. The palate is intensely dark, dry, and slightly bitter with tons of ashy molasses flavor. The nuances are where the beer really excels with notes of cacao bean, smoke, Christmas spices, and butterscotch all framed by a nice lift everything so things don't get too heavy. The malts continue all the way through the finish as smoke and ash linger on the back end.

At first taste this beer is a tad overwhelming. But once you sit and break this motha done, it is complex enough to keep your attention. That being said. . . it needs your attention.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Deep dark brown, almost black pour with huge caramel colored three finger head with great retention and lacing. Very unique, spicy, complex nose dominated by licorice, cola, and raisins, with a hint of black cherries, pine, alcohol and chocolate. The taste is much the same, again dominated by the licorice and dark fruits. Also getting some cinnamon, nutmeg, cherries, pine, coffee and chocolate. It's a little thin in the mouthfeel, but the alcohol is well hidden and it's pretty drinkable for a 10% ABV. It's kind of a cross between a Black IPA and a Christmas beer. Very unique!

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Batch 01/01/2011 BBE 01/02/2016

Appearance: Living up to its name, Outblack appears black in the glass, but transforms into a very dark red when backlight. As with all Struise beers the head is perfect. Massive, creamy light tan head that displays superb retention and leaves good lace.

Smell: Wow, not what I expected at all. Lots of chocolate, dark fruit (liqueur cherries, figs and plums), rum and tons of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and cardamom). Smoke, licorice and piney hops are noted in smaller quantities.
This is really one of the stranger smells I have come across - but who is to say that’s a bad thing? I actually really like this. The combination of chocolate and pepper reminds me a little of Lindt's chili chocolate.

Taste: After the smell, I guess I shouldn't be surprised at how far off my expectations were on the taste. Bitter chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, touch of coffee, cherry, raisin, cardamom, nutmeg and a touch of hops in the finish. Great Abv. cover up, alcohol is not noted at all.

Mouthfeel: Just fuller than a medium body and quite sticky. Carbonation is typically Belgian, but a little too much for my taste.

Overall: Struise has yet to disappoint me - another great beer that I would like to have again.

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Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.
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