Kabert | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 01-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of tylermains
2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of jethrodium
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle. Pours a dark black with a small tan chocolate head the disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is fruity, with some plum and wine apparent. There is also some light chalk, a bit of roastiness, some coffee, and light alcohol. Taste is sweet and also quite chalky. There is plum, wine, light chocolate, and roastiness. The finish has a bit of alcohol and leaves a chalky aftertaste. Medium body. Low carbonation. Pretty disappointing. This could have been a pretty good beer, but it was just way too chalky.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle at Saturday’s tasting. Served in a Struise cervoise. Pours near-black with a good tan head and some spots of lacing. Nose brings some dark fruits along with light notes of port and oak. Some roast and a bit of chocolate there s well. Flavor has darker fruits and chocolate (mostly dark), plus some roasty notes and a touch of yeast character. Body is medium and a bit dry. Lightly ashy. Not as interesting as I had hoped it would be.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Holland
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: huge deep khaki head, about 2 inches poured cold. Dark brown to black, very little light comes through if any, even on the edges.

S: roasted notes and berries are the big flavors I get right off the bat. A bit yeasty and fruitier than I figured.

T: very roasted with some smoke and little else while it's cold. Later I get some roasted malt, some burnt sugar, and the barrel and berry flavor.

M: highly carbonated, which just barely cuts the big body. Feels smooth and not grainy like some heavily carbonated beers.

O: really interesting brew, just not quite my style. Seems that it has too much heavily roasted malts, where I tend to prefer stouts without that smokey profile. Probably goes really well with the interesting berry flavor I got if you're into such things. Bottom line: probably not worth what it takes to get this done unless you're interested in a smokey IRS from a port barrel.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good, but no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Moderate supple roastiness and nearly as much toastiness. Chocolate comes next, then the port, which is surprisingly not that vinous. Light coffee, light cherry, prune, and raisin. Light Belgian yeast spiciness. Smokiness to round things off.

3.0 T: Much more vinous than the nose suggests and also much more astringent. Roasted barley with notes of char and ash. Strong port vinousity, light vanilla and oak from the barrels, and tannic astringency to follow. Chocolate, cherry, raisin, tobacco, and prune.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good active carbonation. The creaminess of Kate comes out, which I love, but the astringency leaves a harsh aftertaste.

3.0 D: Not quite sure how this is getting the reviews it is. I think this is far from spectacular. There are some good flavors in there, but also plenty of bad ones.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of DangerDawg
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this Rich (and shared again by Richard).

The beer is almost black in color with a surprising amount of tan foam. A really rough nose to this. Intense alcohol and roasted malt aromas are almost overwhelming. There is some dark fruit, maybe a bit of a port like sweetness and licorice. The flavor does not feature the alcohol quite so prominently, but it is certainly there. Roasted malt, licorice, raisins, and prunes are quite prevalent, too. Wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Struise/Portsmouth Kabert pours jet black, with about three fingers of mocha foam crowning the beer. Head retention is good, but lacing is a little bit spotty. The nose is nice but smells almost like straight port than an imperial stout. Huge aromas of dark fruits, along with maybe a little bit of vanilla. The flavor profile brings the base beer to bare a little bit more, with some rich chocolaty notes leading things off. Port flavors come through next, along with a bit of nutty, woody notes. Some harsh alcohols appear to close the beer out a on a more down note. The mouthfeel misses the mark by a little bit, as the body is on the thin side, and the carbonation a little too harshly bubby for an imperial stout. I was excited to try Kabert, and I have to say I'm a little bit let down by this collaboration from two great brewers.

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Photo of Photekut
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Trailmix242
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle 11,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 29/12/2016

Appearance: Kabert looks pitch black in the glass, with even a strong back light only revealing a hint of dark brown along the edge. A gentle pour yields a massive (as only Struise can do!), thick, creamy, dark tan coloured head. The head lasts pretty well for the Abv. and leaves a few patches of lace as it recedes.

Smell: The initial nose is dominated by big dark fruit notes (raisins, dates, cherries and stewed plums), oak and port. After a few minutes the nose begins to open up, with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, a little roasted malt, a touch of ash, black liquorice, molasses and hints of toasted almond and warm spices. As the beer approaches room temperature, the nose seems to deteriorate in terms of both power and composition. Tart cherry and yeast seem to dominate.

Taste: This is certainly a big let down. The flavour is dominated by a lightly tart dark fruit character (cherries and plums) and there is a distinct green apple peel flavour in the aftertaste. Other, more subtle note include: Chocolate, raisins, oak, a little roast, smoke and raisins. The finish is very lightly bitter and quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Hmmm, this certainly doesn't seem quite right - medium (or just under) bodied and quite thin. The carbonation is of a very high level, but thankfully quite smooth.

Overall: I am not sure what to make of this beer, the nose seemed pretty good, but the taste and specifically the mouthfeel gave the impression that this bottle wasn't quite right. I guess I will have to hunt down another bottle and see.

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Photo of HipHopsHooray
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Doodler
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Bill's Big Stout tasting aside a 2011 KTG and a Struise Double Black. Poured a pitch black with a thin tan head and decent lacing.

Nose is dark chocolate, bread and roasted malts.

Taste starts with coffee and a light oak flavors. Offers up dark fruits along with hints of cocoa nibs, vanilla and sweet, boozy port notes. The side by side was the way to go - as it brought out the Struise and Kate elements to notice.

The mouthfeel was oily and medium bodied. Had a thin, slighlty bitter finish

Overall decent, with bready euro elements taking over the big chocolate flavors that Kate usually holds.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, johndoe8!

Black as can be, thick, and substantial with a small dark brown head. This looks oily, decadent, and rich, and leaves very little stick to the glass.

A rich, bold, expressive, sweet aroma, with lots of molasses, chocolate, dark fruits like raisins and figs. There's a bit of alcohol heat here, but it's complementary and not distracting.

The flavor is more simple than the aroma, even after significant warming. It's excessively sweet with the molasses and rich dark fruit flavors dominating, with a bit of alcohol, raisin, and a bit of alcohol. The problem with this beer is that it's just overly, cloyingly sweet in anything but the smallest quantities. Rich and sweet, though still tasty.

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Though I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to try this beer, it doesn't rank as one of my favorites.

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Photo of Treebs
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle served in a FFF teku. Received this an extra in a trade...can't remember from who, but thanks!

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Fruity yeast with big notes of grapey port. Big oak with some roasted malt and nice chocolate notes.. The port mixed with the struise yeast makes this very fruit forward for a RIS.

T: The barrel really comes through over the base beer. Huge notes of oak and port with a big roasted malt presences. Underlying notes of dark chocolate and fruity yeast, but the port barrel is the star of the show.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth and fruity finish. Medium carbonation level.

O: Nicely hidden booze with a big port barrel. I've had other port barrel beers and this was probably the most port heavy. It distracted slightly from the actually beer, but overall it was nice.

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Photo of baggio
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Apperance: Black brownish with a beige head and some lacing.

Smell: Ripe fruit, Chocolate and roasted malt. Not a very impressive aroma. Kind of weak.

Taste: Coffee, Roasted Malts, Ripe fruit, Vanilla and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smoth and creamy with low carbonation and a dry ending.

A very nice stout but Struise has better offerings than this in the stout-department. Very drinkable but no complexity kind of ruins the experience.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light sweet notes is subtler then I would have expected. Taste is a good mix between some roasted malt notes with light dry bitterness notes mix in with some light oak and black chocolate notes. Port barrel is not that discernable and probably would not have noticed if it wasn’t for the mention on the bottle. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad though I think I would stick to with the regular Black Albert.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
4.16 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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