afksports (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black Albert was opened solo, sadly, and poured into my snifter from it’s 11.2oz previous home. Holy macaroni. Besides the smell that is dominated by alcohol and not much else, this beer is damn near the perfect stout. Its big and thick mouthfeel complements the rich brown head and lace that coat the snifter. It’s motor oil thick. And rich in taste. This is batch 14, so it’s got at least a year of age on it, but still the chocolate and espresso notes are strong. There’s even a bit of sweet citrus, likely from the active Belgian yeast. Black Albert is an absolutely perfect dessert beer and night-ender. And I even added a little hot sauce (hint: it’s awesome).
mixmasterob (975) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Santa. This is on the verge of perfection, a real gem. Oily black pour with a tight dark brown head. Aroma was super deep and complex. Rich roasted malt, melted candy bar, vanilla, nouget, cocoa, light fruity esters, cherries, awesome. Flavors followed suit with lots of cocoa and vanilla, roasted malt, light fruit with a lingering roasty, bitter finish. Viscous, velvety mouthfeel with light carbonation. Yowzer, hard to ask for anything else in an imperial stout. So rich and smooth.
Tide (2282) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beergium. Black color, minimal brown head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, nuts, toffee, vanilla and some wood. Bitter finish with nuts, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits and a bit of honey. Exquisite imperial stout.
Klimaet (755) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours pitch black with a medium dark brown head. Aromas of licorice, dry dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, cocoa, dark fruits, hops, pepper, malt. Taste is fudge, pepper, dark fruits, licorice, dark cherries, malt, dark chocolate.
Nicolas_M (104) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First approach, I got the feeling of caramel and maybe chocolate. For the apparence, to bad there wasn’t any foam. Maybe it was a "bad" bottle, but it would have been a perfect 5 on 5 with a thick brown foam.
On the same time, as it may be also due to the bottle, we hadn’t any gas in the beer.
For the taste, it’s an insane (in the good way) imperial stout. You have to take the time to drink this beer.
florent.janssens (228) - - AUG 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pas de mousse. Bière quasi plate. Bonne onctuosité. Goût de chocolat avec une très subtile amertume. On ne sent pas l’alcool (13% quand même )
Ulysse (316) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surprisingly no head at all. Caramel droplets on the table. Strong roasting without the off flavour. Feels like eating chocolate. Sticky chocolate aftertaste.
chrisbruce (18) - SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black colour with a medium tan head that quickly diminishes but maintaining a thin layer. Aroma is toasty, dark cofffee, chocolate and red fruits. Flavor is very similar as aroma, with roasted malts notes, traces of red qnd dryed fruits, vanilla, cocoa. On palate is smooth, rounded and very dense. The final is long with notes of dark coffee, caramel, chocolate and light bittery.
aleigator (496) - GERMANY - AUG 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Struise Black Albert ’14 vintage
Pours a viscous motor oil color, with a very small head, immediately falling to pieces. Reveals thick alcohol legs after swirling, wandering to the edge of the glass, showing the beers immense viscosity.
Smells of cinnamon and earth infused dried fruits, together with caramel and molasses. Coffee beans and aridly wood contrast the upcoming sweet alcohol bite, showcasing a convincing balance on the nose. Dried plums, cinnamon and booze build the foundation of this complex smelling beer.
Has a low carbonation, featuring a creamy mouthfeel and a medium body, resulting in a varying taste.
Cinnamon is weaker on the palate than on the nose, which gets replaced by smoky malts and a huge amount of charred coals. The beers sweetness gets provided by molasses, rock sugar and dried plums, balanced by bitter chocolate and dry coffee, directly blending into sweet, hot booze. Finishes with alcohol and its burning aftermath, coated up by earth, coals and caramel.
Very heavy on the booze, once it becomes visible, tamed only by the malts during the very end. Before that, spices and coffee build up a very interesting mixture, which gets lost in most parts, due to the hot burn. The beer creates a different taste then, which still relies heavily on the booze bite, countered by a profound sweetness, but missing its initial, wooden bitterness.
zenkis (677) - Ogre, LATVIA - AUG 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one opens up as become more warmer. I describe it as perfect balance cause there was not specific detail what jumps off nor in aroma nor in taste, flavor. More dark malts than choco or coffee notes. Was enough sweet to balance the bitterness but wasnt sweet at 13%. Compared with Mikkelller George this wasn’t so thick, at least in my perception. Just good, tasty imp stout with inviting next sip. Medium to light bitterness, full body, light dry finish.
The_Niels (62) - DENMARK - AUG 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours a tar black creamy body with a brown head. Intense flavour explosions of chocolate and mocca, along with roasted caramel malt.