pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Dmac for this bottle. Pours out black with a nice two finger brownish head. Aroma is interesting, chocolate, dried fruits, and maybe even some rum going on there. Taste is very complex, very smooth velvety mouthfeel. Rich, roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruits and some rum-like sweetness. No sign of the 13%. Very well done!
Habanero (2008) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Bottle. Pours black with a little tan head. Nose of liquorice and coffee. Flavour of burned carmel, light alcohol, coffee and chocolate. Pleasant bitter finish. Full bodied. Complex, balanced and very enjoyable.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Bottle from a shop in Brussels. Pours dark black with a nice thick tan head. Aroma is of cherries, almost fruity, some rum, and bakers chocolate. Taste is of burnt carmel, light alcohol and moderate bitterness. This isn’t as bitter as I’ve read, has alot more going on in the palate as it warms. Overall, a very nice beer for my 100th and one I’ll seek out some more. Good job Struise!
Update 3Jan09, so I did an imperial stout blind tasting over the holidays. Four beers, this one, Hercule stout, Southern Tier Oat, and Stone 12th Oatmeal Bitter Chocolate. Black Albert was far and away the top rated of the 4. Looked the best, smelled the best, and rated about the same in flavor as the Stone 12th. This coming from non-craft drinking guys that do not know the hype behind any beer. Therefore I think the results speak for themselves, Black Albert is a special beer. Can’t wait to try the oak aged version.
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Bottle @ EPBF Nice black color with some beige foamy head. Aroma was darl chocolat and lots of fruits, almost blueberries. Mouthfeel was really smooth an nice. Flavor is lots of roasted malt and chocolate with some cherries and plums in there aswell. Really nice fruity touch to it all!
Bullit (3823) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Joes. Black colour, tan head. Aroma has bitter roasted malts, vanilla, fruits and chocolate. Odd flavour of cherries, roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Amazing.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dorman and Eric for sharing this one with me. Gorgeous black pour and a rich foamy tan head. Cascading carbonation. Purely opaque. Not the overly viscous consistency of some other imperials. Great on the palate - raisin and dried fruit notes, mild coffee and chocolate note. Delicious. This would pair excellently with desserts.
jerohen (1959) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Bottled from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Black coloured, beautiful lasting brown head. Malty nose, caramel, dark fruit. Lots of liquorice in flavour, overwhelming, bitter, malts. Lasting bitter finish. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but i found this one a bit disappointing. Quite "Belgian" for an imperial stout, not extremely complex, perhaps "under-aged".
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. (Thanks Brad). Pours black, with a large, brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, smoke, and dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, sugar, coffee, alcohol, and smoke.
larsniclas (5287) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2011 Bottled.
Black with a huge, beige head.
Slightly sourish aroma with licorice, coffee and salty tar. Also some chocolate and toffee.
Vinous flavour with sweet, dried fruits.
Rerate: Bottled from Systembolaget Batch ’0’
A bit sweeter than i remembered, but still with loads of salty licorice. Full-bodied and very enjoyable!
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled shared with Toncatcher. Darkest pour with nice head. Excellent chocolate and coffee aromas. Flavor was dark and sweet and bitter chocolate that only left me slightly disappointed after reading all about this excellent beer, but yes, it was an excellent beer, from the best brewer on the planet.