yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, - NOV 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2010 Bottle at the European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. Black as can be, with a tan head. Licorice, roasted malt, alcohol, coffee and chocolate on the nose. Sweet in the mouth, full-bodied and almost sticky. Nice alcohol warmth as well. Chocolate, coffee, some licorice and even more sweetness. The finish is of the lasting kind, with alcohol, sugar, chocolate and coffee. Not an easy to drink beer, but wonderful. Rating: 8-4-8-5-17-4.2. 080912
Bottle. It’s a pitch black beer topped by a finger-thick creamy beige head. It tried to escape the bottle on its own. Coffee, dark chocolate and a subtle berry-like sourness in the aroma. Cocoa, dark dried fruits and some caramel too. Quite dry on the palate, full-bodied and faintly warming. The flavor has dried fruits and fresh berries, cocoa, coffee and roasted malts. Lasting burnt finish with the flavors found initially and some alcohol warmth. A really pleasant one, layers and layers of flavors. Yummy. 101208
ronaldtheriot (1243) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Black Albert has a thin, tan head, an extremely dark-brown (essentially black), opaque appearance, with brown highlights at the edges, under strong, direct light, and minor lacing left behind. The aroma is of super-sweet, dark-roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, fruit cake, and nougat. Taste is of all those elements, plus high bitterness, astringency, black cherries, licorice, raisins, and other things indescribable. Mouthfeel is thick, oily, and syrupy, and Black Albert finishes semi-wet, strong, rich, and surprisingly drinkable. RJT
goodleuven (7) - - SEP 11, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The taste of this beer is almost too big. It reminds me of Laphroig whisky- the flavor is so big and distinctive that you don’t want to drink it all of the time.
Holmen1 (2467) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske delt på Mandag i Annen, Cardinal sep-14: kveldens siste, og for en avslutning! Brunt skum og kølsvart øl. Kaffe, solbær, bjørnebær, sviskeplommer, ristet brød, alkohol. Velidg søt og vinøs. Bærsødmen blir enda mer fremtredende ettersom temperaturen stiger (i glasset). En syntese av alt som er godt og kan helles i et ølglass,
martin00sr (632) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, black. Creamy tan head. Aroma has prunes, licorice, coffe. Flavour is similar plus dark fruit with perfectly balanced bitterness and espresso finish. Not as sweet and cloying as you would perhaps expect from the aroma. Alcohol perfectly controlled. Very, very nice.
Holmen2 (890) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown. Small brown head. Aroma of alcohol, nail varnish, juniper and pine. Too heavy aroma to be only inviting. Fine and complex taste. Juniper, pine, roasted barley. Fine mouthfeel, with no carbonation.
Sigmund (5101) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle, as Struise Black Albert Batch ’0’ - BA No. 14 BRS Brew. ABV is 13%. Pitch black colour, moderate brown head. Exquisite aroma of roasted malts, fine chocolate and coffee, liquorice and hops. Warming mouthfeel. Rich and medium sweet flavour of roasted malts, chocolate, fortified wine and coffee.
Lele (110) - Padova, ITALY - AUG 27, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Semplicemente...un capolavoro di birra! Complessissima, da meditazione.
Colore nerissimo. Schiuma, fitta densa e persistente, di colore marrone scuro. Al naso è subito chiaro che ci troviamo davanti ad una birra straordinaria e carica di sapori: si avvertono marsala, Rum, Cioccolato dolce al rum, crema zabaione, panettone con uvette e gocce di cioccolato. Un bocca è vellutata, scivola via che è una bellezza, grazie anche alla sua scarsa carbonizzazione. I 13 gradi assolutamente non si sentono. Presenta al gusto tutti i sapori avvertiti al naso, e ancora di più, come prugna secca, uva passa e un leggero tostato. Il liquoroso avvolge la bocca, lasciando un retrogusto persistente e assolutamente piacevole. Corpo pieno, quasi masticabile: sembra quasi di bere una cioccolata calda con del buon liquore dentro. Personalmente non l’abbinerei a nessun piatto, tanto meno dolci (come spesso si dice, ma che, secondo me, esaltato sì il tostato, ma tolgono via tanti sapori che rendono unica questa birra).
Ritorno a dirlo...un vero capolavoro, che evolve e stupisce ad ogni sorso.
wvhoran (237) - Tasmania, - AUG 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is intense and warming, a miasma, with heavy roast malts, caramel, cocoa, strong coffee, plums, licorice. The flavour is sweet and heavy with chocolate of a dark variety, dark and sinister fruits, immoral fruits, satan, and the whole setup has a syrupy texture that is unlike cream. The cream is also present. Really plummy, on the whole. Fuck.
Beerconnaiseur (92) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black bliss. Dark viscose head that lingers on. Lovely. Deep body aroma plus flavours. Mocha, cinnamon, bitter herb, caramel, toffee and floral barley roast. Hints of tar and roasted malt even. I’m looking forward allowing these tastes to evolve.. Dig a deep pit and drop 33 bottles inside... then hope to forget for a substantial number of years. Body + aroma + flavour = more body... / A family member once helped an uncle digging house foundations in the 80’s. They realised my uncle bought land where the Germans has their base, after this find... one day they stumbled upon an iron oval construction full of French red wine from the 30’s... approw 3 meters below ground... Most were sour, some were beyond amazing...
Cunningham (4486) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An usual black color with a fine big beige head. Rich chocolate aroma with some licorice and coffee. Solid body with a fine balance. Not to sweet. Dangerously well masked alcohol. Really smooth and easy drinkable. My goodness. This beer maybe changes a lot. This sample at this moment was really rich chocolate. Quite one dimensional. But also some licorice and mild coffee.
[Bottle from Kolding Vinhandel in Kolding, Denmark – not easy to understand the BB time. But it is sometime in 2015]