madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th March 2010. Pre ZBF. Opaque black beer. Dark malt and some green vegetable on the nose. Rich dark malt with a little fruit in the undertone. Dark red fruit plus subtle dentyne/bubblegum. A little unsweet dark chocolate. Finishes dry. The Caol Ila is quite subtle but the peaty dryness comes through. TLingering bitter hop aftertaste. Tasty and complex.
cgarvieuk (13188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pre-ZBF ... deep black ... bubbly tan head ... soft chocolate malt ... deep roast nose ... little chocolate ... bitter chocolate ... light dry finish ... hint of raspberry ... mostly 80% bitter dark chocolate ... its the dark chocolate linger that makes this work
Theis (12763) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Pre-ZBF 2010. Black - brown head. Whiskey, burned, coffee, alcoholic, chocolate, smoothness, high malty, light lactose, licorice, caramel, smokey, dried fruits. Very nice.
yngwie (12714) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A black one, topped by a two-finger light tan head. Licorice, dark chocolate, some cofefee, a touch of dark dried fruits, some alcohol and a faint note of mocha in the aroma. The flavor has pretty much the same elements, with more focus on sweetness and mocha, finishing with chocolate and coffee. Maybe, just maybe, it would be nice with some citrusy hops. Full body, a bit flat on the carbonation, but still smooth. Overall, a quite nice one, but I donít think itís world class. 120107
harrisoni (12674) - 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)
TBone (11925) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (BB 03/2015)
Thanks Pat for buying this for me. Opaque black color, big cloudy brown head. Strong nose has dark roasted aromas, coffee, licorice, bourbon and cellary notes. Medium-bodied (thinner than expected). Lots of whisky-bourbon in the flavor, alcohol. Sticky. Licorice, peat, burnt malts, same cellary notes than in the aroma. Lingering roastyness in the aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Quite typical whisky barrel aged brew - original Black Albert is better.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33cl bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a black body with a small brown head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, charred, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, char, smoke, toffee, caramel, and coffee with a dry finish.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle, thanks Travlr. Brown-black body, no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, faint raisin. Sticky full body, no carbonation.
thewolf (10783) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bought @ the Struise Beershop.
Pours is entirely, completely black. Really firm, creamy, cappucino head. Great looks for a stout. Aroma is sweetish, there is clear vanilla, roasted, dark chocolate, oak. Light tartness, blackberries, a hint of whiskey and port. A bit of figs and plums. Lovely, complex. Lowish carbonation, wonderful creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is really fabulous as well. Roasted malts, wood, dry, chocolate, some slight grainy cappucino coffee sweetness. Magnificiently balanced, almost no hint of the 13 %. Good choice of cask, my good Mes! Impressive!
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small, light brown head. Aroma of licorice, ink, wood, and a faint hint of peat smoke (just the way it shuld be). Sweetish rich licorice flavour with smoke, tar and charcoal adding to the complexity.