MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, - MAY 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy yeasty roasty and vinous smell, some chocolate there too, quite vinous. The bourbon barrel aging is subtle and makes the beer softer. This is quite a bit better than the normal albert, the roasty fruity taste works so much better with the barrel aging, this was a beer that needed some taming. The hops are very present in the end and that is something I really like. Brilliant beer from struise.
zimbo (525) - SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full chocolate mocha nose. A smooth start leading to some furry fuzzy mouth impact before hitting some sourness and returning to a lengthy luxurious smoothness. Decent length totally resolved and fully integrated.
Pretty good stuff.
Wim (2667) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
taster at the school of struise black colored body with an off white head and a slightly spicy hop malt aroma a spicy malt hops caramel sweet fruity taste with a alcholic bitter finish nice one
Mad_Ferret (622) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fat 30 bishopfolk 16/2-14.
U: svart kort brunt grädd skum lite fläckar
D: kraftigt rostad kaffebönor kakao träig kaffedoft kaffelikör.
S: söt kaffekaramell, mörk chokladpralin, träig beska lite barr, russin fikon, alkohol som värmer. Lite lakritsrot. Lite bitter.
M: stor oljig kladdig mjuk.
T: stort och klibbigt. Snygg doft. Rough men välgjort.
Beerhunter111 (6776) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, schokoladig, Whiskey, Vanille. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, Alkohol, holzig.
solidfunk (3605) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great stuff. Just enough Belgian with some awesome imperial stout. Some Belgian yeast type funkiness underlies this and makes it different from a lot of the American styles. Dark chocolate, some booze. Bourbon evident but not overpowering. Bottle.
Hammy78 (724) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a trade with Slovaksniper, thank you sir. Midnight black colour, huge three finger dark brown head, that eventually dies down to a ring. Nose is a little bourbon, that gives way to sugary vanilla barrel character. Tastes silky smooth, a touch of bitterness, heat from the booze, and eventually if you hold it becomes a tongue numb-er. This puppy I was the first beer I had of the night and it’s a creeper.
andriesradu (454) - ROMANIA - APR 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From tap @ Bier caB. Pours dark brown to black with a small brown head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, sweet, caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, light alchool, very light sourness that can be felt in throat. A bit watery but it’s perfectly balanced, creamy. GREAT!
andregoncalves (1305) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at biercab, barcelona. Dark color. Thin head. Smooth smooth body. Low carbonation. Medium to high bitterness. Low sweetness. Aroma is alcohol, chocolate, roasted and light cofee.
RevBFG (53) - - APR 13, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Angel's Trumpet. Amazing imperial stout. Pours deep black with no head. Taste is rich dark chocolate and dried cherries, even a little grapey. Very syrupy. Delicious if you can find it.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Lord Hobo, 4/6/14
Been wantin to try this one for a while, so it was nice to see.
Opaque black pour with a very dark tan head that is small and recedes very quickly to a ring.
Licorice, sweet graham cracker, dark chocolate and moderate roast in the nose is slow to emerge...Barrel character is similarly muted/reserved giving only a slight grainy/acidic/fruity character that could easily be taken as oxidation/extremely dark roastiness or earthy, bitter yeast in suspension. Fortunately, there’s no overarching malt heaviness and it seems like it’s well attenuated from the nose, as Black Albert is/was. Light alcohol apparency, no flaws, though some dullness/oxidation at this point. Not sure how old this keg is, but I’d have to guess at least 3 or 4 years if not more.
The flavor has a very pronounced note of earthy, somewhat astringent, initially dirty malt character. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure it’s malt-derived and initially took it as a light infection or just too much old yeast. As the beer warms and breathes, it actually reveals itself to be just incredibly tightly wrapped dark maltiness. Bitterness, light roast/tobacco and even some sweetness all seem to gain strength in the beer and even despite the very low carbonation and slightly loose/watery texture (for the style, the beer is not actually watery), it really begins to grow on me. I find almost the exact same note in the Black Berry Albert. Astringent, bitter, black but really well-suited to balancing the light chocolate sweetness. Alcohol very well-hidden in the flavor, especially considering the looser texture. Good stuff. Interesting to try an aged sample.