doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from Badbeer. Marked Belgian Royal Stout, I heard that makes a difference as to what batch it is. Pours black with a nice, tan head, good retention, good lace. Smells of dark, sweet fruit. Some smoke, roasty malts. Tastes sweet and dark fruity with some toasty as well as sour malt flavors and alcohol. Full body, good carbonation.
larsga (6323) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown lasting head. Opaque black body. Harmonic sweet-acidic burnt citric coffee and alcohol aroma with vinegary notes. Sweet-acidic orangey burnt coffee taste, dense and harmonic, with vinegary notes. Sweet dry chocolate aftertaste with citric notes. Good, but less good than I expected. May have been influenced by the vinegar in the previous beer. Need to rerate. (0.1l taster from bottle at EBF ’08.)
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge plummy chocolatey beer with some spicy notes. Dry roasty, suprisingly not hugely hoppy end despite the motherload of hops that 100 IBUs suggest. Me likey.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black. Towering tan head that fills half the glass and leaves lace blobs. The aroma is sweet, mostly roasted nuts, brown sugar and chocolate, with a little licorice around the margins. Sweet and silky medium-full body with minimal carbonation. Taste of coffee, dried fruit, licorice, chocolate. LOTS of alcohol in this one.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is yeasy, belgian, lots of fruit, dark malts, sweetness, some alcohol, tartness.
Taste is yeasty, dominantly beligian in the profile. Creamy, dense, lots of dark fruit, sour berry, chocolate.
Finish is thick and creamy.
This is world class. Thanks for the chance to try this, Brad.
pineypower (2555) - 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 (2755) - 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 isnít as bitter as Iíve read, has alot more going on in the palate as it warms. Overall, a very nice beer for my 100th and one Iíll 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. Canít 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 (4030) - Burgos, SPAIN - 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.