lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh good god yes. This was wonderful. First aroma was straight black coffee at 5am, with a good amount of head for an Impy and carbonation to go with it. Pour looks good, but not chunky like some other big imperial stouts. Huge rich taste of coffee beans, massive chocolate everywhere and some hidden cherry and vanilla flavors. Hops that i can almost pick out underneath the huge malt bill. A slight burn in the aftertaste, which i cant tell if its the alcohol telling me its there, or the burning coffee. Does not taste like a 13%-er, maybe an 8 or so, all the alcohol is well hidden under the mountain of flavor. I wish i could pick this apart more, but god himself couldn’t tell you all the flavors in this. Syrupy on the mouth and clings to the glass just a little bit. The only thing lacking is the palate really, but its almost lacking in a good way because of the ease you can drink this. A great beer that doesn’t need any mellowing. Awesome.
jbuskirk (930) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another great Struise beer courtesy of Travlr. At 8 years, Black Albert was the middle child of our aged Struise session. Unlike most middle children, though, Black Albert wasn’t easy to ignore. Thanks to midnight body and a rich, boozy aroma this Imperial Stout grabs your attention right away. With flavors of chocolate and coffee, Black Albert is like many Russian style Imperial Stouts. However, the dark fruit notes add an unmistakable Belgian flair. The latter elements give Black Albert a character similar to Port. While its complexity didn’t match that of Pannepot (older and less boozy, impressively), Black Albert was my 2nd favorite Struise. Damn, 2 out 3? It’s in the middle, again...
kapusil (887) - HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
0.33l bottle thanks to Cristobal37. Black body, thin and lacing light brown head. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, dark rum, reisins and some caramel. Taste of chocolate, figs, caramel, floral hops, woody and dark rum again. Smooth and delicious.
Cristobal37 (458) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2015 Cognac figs and fruits aroma. Super dark thick brew. Very tasty slight bitterness at the end. Sweet dry earthy fruitiness. Delicious. Heavy brew a great nightcap. Rummy sweetness heavy brew very balanced. Unreal considering 13% alc a fantastic beer.
HuskerTan (1160) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Thanks, Gene! "Travlr")
A- Dark fruits, red wine, booze, oak.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Red wine, chocolate cake, dark fruits, booze, subtle sourness.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, strong finish.
O- While I would say that this certainly doesn’t live up to expectations, it was still good. And it did have like 8 years of age on it. According to the Lot B/06/BB, it was from 2008 so hey, age effects things. Not a lot of coffee or cocoa that I expect in an Imperial Stout but it was a good beer.
CapFlu (4910) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a near headless brownish head atop an opaque coloured body. Nose of soya sauce. Very soya flavour, deep prune, fig malt, and red wine. Pretty nice. Says the Best Before is April 2013 so I’m drinking this 2.5 years later.
mstrcrwly (782) - New York, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle poured into a snifter..jet black with a thin light brown head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,licorice,molasses,bread..tastes of coffee,molasses,bread,
chocolate,dark fruits..thick and chewy..good stuff.
Luengus (37) - - NOV 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Average creamy dark diminishing head with muddy dark body. Molasses, licorice an pepper. Full oily body with soft carbonation. Long duration flavor lightly acidic and harshly bitter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Humlehode (366) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with brown lace. Sweet smoked roasted aroma, coffee, dark chocolate. Full bodied, intense, very flavorful and well balanced.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
borre_m (814) - NORWAY - NOV 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours Pitch black, very little head. Aroma is raosted, malty licorice. Taste is complex, very Nice Balance. creamy.
Inbreak (3337) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Old rating rerated 14.11.2015, tap @ Mikkeller Bar:
Small light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry boozy, weeds, oak, dark fruits, dark malts, dark sugar, grass, minerals, unripe banana, caramel, chocolate. Taste is slightly harsh boozy, weeds, minerals, oak, grass, dark malts, dark sugar, fruit stones, unripe banana, caramel, chocolate. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. As fresh, not my cup of tea. Will be rerated at some point, with a well aged bottle...