Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Black pour with a tan head. aroma is chocolate powder, some subdued whiskey, wood, subtle barrel notes, some light peat. Flavor is an explosion of peaty whiskey, chocolate powder. Absurdly drinkable, smooth and creamy, this shit is dangerous at 13%. Delicious.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ink black pour with a massive tan cappuccino froth. The aroma is a bit more mellow that regular BD- much more wood and whiskey.The body of the nose comprises of cocoa nib, chocolate mousse, smokey peat, and roasted barley. The flavor is bursting with roasted barley with a massive twist of peat smoke. Bakers chocolate, espresso, and huge wood abound. The palate is thick, epically rich, and velvety with a dry chalky finish from the peat.
Dedollewaitor (13014) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Bir und Fud Beerstore, Rome. Pours black with a small creamy beige head and lacings. Hard roasted malts, coffee and soy. Oily and stikcy. A bit of alcohol warmth.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nice and black with a great looking tan head. Is it me or do Struise beers look great in the glass. The aroma is very roasted, tar, wood, chocolate, very big aroma. The taste is a very heavy brew, massive, will put hair on your chest, which is what you want out of an Imp. Stout right? Has oak, chocolate, bready, very smooth going down. The mouthfeel is very creamy and coats your whole mouth on its way down. The alcohol is totally hidden. F@cking awesome beer.
harrisoni (12070) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle thanks to MesandSim. I mean how do I talk about this beer without going completely over the top. I was there when Urbain first tasted the Coal Ila whisky up at Borefts BF in 2009 and witnessed his magical blending on the following Monday at The School in Oostvleteren. I went over with MesandSim and Paulís brother Nick as part of making the beer and then sat at the table at Pre ZBF as Glen from Alvinne introduced "The World Famous Tasting Couple," for the world preview of this beer. Not much comes close to this. Apart from the fact that MesandSim, every time I meet them, astonish me with their personality, generosity, knowledge and passion for beer, music, shoes and life. And this beer is a worthy tribute to them and to Struise. All good friends. And there is no higher accolade. So after being so subjective, I will try my best to be objective about the beer, as all involved in this brew deserve that at least. Pours (into a Struise glass, of course) black as black with a thick tan head. Yes, some peat from the whisky but not the over the top TCP of some other Islay barrelled beers Iíve had. The peat blends perfectly with the sweet roasted malts from the Black Albert. Some intense dark choc from the Black Albert. Smooth as hell in the mouth with just a prickle of carbonation on the finish. Full in the mouth too. Espresso coffee on the very lasting finish which is then just as dry as hell and gorgeous. The dryness was something we all noticed on trying it for the first time, back at The School. Some chewyness on the malts. Itís a pretty special beer that I would be happy to have a bottle everyday of my life and still look forward to it. Well all that is left is to thank Mes, Sim, Urbain, all at Struise and Glen and Davy at Alvinne for putting it on at Pre ZBF 2010. (oh and having read Reneís (thewolf) rating, he is completely correct and much better than me at describing the actual beer)
Neeskens (327) - SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with brown head. A heavy beer with tonnes of flavor. Coffee and roasted malt in the aroma. Same in flavor but a lot of peat and smoke in flavor that lingers on long after you left the pub. I like the oily palate and the mild sting from the high ABV.
teorn88 (1656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Pours black with a huge brown head. Foam is creamy and long lasting. Aroma is poor with soft dark fruits, alcohol and wood notes. Hints of whiskey too, but just too soft. Taste is much better to me: lots of initial sweetness with roasted notes, figs and alcohol. Finish is woody and a little bitter. Palate is thick as cream. Carbonation is good. To me, way better than the standard Black Damn. The barrel aging played his role, but the aroma is just disappointing.
jkwalking05 (3051) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with a small tan head. Aroma is of whiskey, oak, and roasted malt. Taste is of whiskey, oak, chocolate, and molasses.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep black with a long lasting dark brown head. Nose is huge malt and coffee roast with a very nice smokey note thats doesnít dominate. Smooth body that is full and rich, a little more palate and body than other variations of black albert the scotch barrel may have helped on that account. Big smokey notes throughout but nothing overwhelming, finishes with light lingering smokey tobacco like notes. Fruity and lightly roasty throughout the duration. Very very good, slightly better than the Coffee Club but not quite as mind blowing as the original Black Damnation. Makes me very excited to try Mocha Bomb, as that one uses Black Damnation instead of Black Albert.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Nick for the bottle! Poured very deep brown with a huge cap of dense beige head.. took a while to settle, but the colors were solid. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted whiskey, vanilla, and oak over molasses and burnt black patent maltage.. wafts of biscuits, honey, and treacle all showed at times, but the whisky factor was the most prominent and most enjoyable component.. dark and seductive with great balance. The flavor opened with tart, tangy oak and lightly smoked whiskey.. molasses and honey settled onto the core.. increasingly peppery and hot as it made its way across the palate.. the whiskey overpowered the base beer and threw off the balance a bit.. finished with dry, grainy oak, toasted molasses, and tangy bourbon. Medium-bodied and rather slick across the palate, missing some of the carbonation that the appearance indicated.. the whisky was nice here, but it needed the base beer to hold up its end of the bargain a little better.