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Outblack | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
204
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 204
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 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 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 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 Bubba83
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle is dated 1/1/2011. Poured into a small tulip.

The appearance is quite nice indeed. Very black body topped by a nice two finger widths of light tan head. The head is comprised of very small bubbles. Lacing and retention are both great.

Smells like a lot of candi sugar was used, has that kind of quadrupel type smell to it, but it is too heavy on that artificial cherry cough syrup smell. There's some other dark fruits too, like raspberry and black currant, but it's mostly that artificial cherry. Minty herbal/medicinal to the max.

Tastes much like it smells, but there's a little more going on. It is definitely loaded with residual sugar and has a big artificial cherry flavor like cough syrup. Underneath that is a bit of char and oxidization, along with some earthy, minty, herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, and the head texture feels fine.

Overall I am very unimpressed. I'm not sure if this is a bad bottle or if it was kept improperly before it got into my hands. I'd find it hard to believe the beer is intended to be this way.

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