Travlr (19541) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
First sampling at the schoolhouse in December 2009, courtesy of Urbain who described it as "it’s what people dream about, but what we drink." Second tasting on draught at pre-ZBF, March 2009. Further samplings on days #1, 2 & 3 of bottle fermentation.
Black. Dark tan head, even apparent on day #1 after bottling. Aroma of roasted malts, dark bitter cocoa, prunes, very subtle whisky. Flavor has rich chocolate, wood, dark fruits. Bitterness progresses rapidly after bottling, bitter dry finish in other tastings. Wonderful.
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Řlbutikken, Copenhagen, bb 2015-03
Black color, with giant creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, cream, cardboard, yeast, light phenol; amazingly, later it develops fruity notes of strawberries. Full bodied, with a round mouthfeel; good flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate, although the roastiness seems just a tad too high, but at least there is some moderate sweetness to balance it; some dry liquorice, coffee, low sourness from the roasted malts; strong bitterness; more roastiness in the final. Powerful but not fully cohesive.
Leighton (17225) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during Paul’s 30th. Pours oily black with a creamy tan head. The aroma has some lightly aged dark malts, cocoa, soft roast. Medium to heavy sweet flavorbwith meaty dark fruits, burnt wood, ash, baking cocoa. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with more rich chocolate, earthy bitterness, chewy cocoa, raisins. Great stuff.
harrisoni (16587) - 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 Paul’s 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 I’ve 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. It’s 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 Rene’s (thewolf) rating, he is completely correct and much better than me at describing the actual beer)
rlgk (16555) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black beer with a huge brown head. Malty chocolate aromam roasted, oily, some cocoa. Malty vinous flavor, roasted with cocoa, licorice and some alcohol. Oily palate.
yngwie (16227) - 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 don’t think it’s world class. 120107
Rasmus40 (15776) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ DŘE tasting. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and whisky. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 211112
Koelschtrinker (15599) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Süßer und deutlich kaffeeartiger Antrunk, ausgeglichen. Dazu deutlich malzlastig, was sich schnell steigert. Dabei gleicht die Süße aus, so dass die Malzigkeit nicht so stark erscheint, wie sie eigentlich ist. Sehr schokoladig, herllich aromatisch, gleichzeitig wirkt der Hopfen frisch und bringt so neuen Schwung in das Bier. Sehr gelungenes und erstaunlich weiches Bier. 8/12/12/10//11
Theydon_Bois (15554) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home (thanks to Dennis for an IP trade) 22/10/12.
Pitch black with a big coffee head that retains well.
Nose comprises dark fruits, booze, light roast malts, cocoa, plasticine, whisky.
Tastes of roast malt, dark vinous fruits, dates, raisens, chocolate, woody tones, light smoke, touch of booze/whisky but the alcohol is expertly disguised !
Very smooth full bodied beer fine carbonation, great on the palate, dry and sweet finish. A little too sweet overall to make this a great, but none the less ticks most of my beer boxes!
TBone (15525) - 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.