popery (1703) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, The Trappist. Good beer with some interesting barrel notes, but the flavors donít seem to work as well as in the base beer. The aroma has a lot of Scotch whisky booze. Itís just a bit overwhelming. Roast, chocolate and coffee notes lurk below, but Black Albert has such a great aroma that this was kinda disappointing. The mouthfeel seemed a fair bit thinner than normal BA, presumably from the barrel time. Taste was also a bit too boozey but otherwise had some nice stout flavors and big barrel note. The barrel note really isnít bad. Itís actually a rather complex whisky note, just a bit strong. I think I might prefer this beer with some age on it.
Dazz3 (1695) - Hšllefors, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/5 in darkness. Smells smokey malty. Chocolate, coffee malty, abit smokey with a chocolate smokey finish.
LoFi (1688) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black, quite a dark brown head.
Aroma: dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast, light butter.
Taste: licorice, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, light peaty, creamy chocolate.
Would have like to get a more pronounced Caol Ila influence in this beer.
Psytron (1610) - Turku, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell of tar. Pitch black colour, tiny brown head. Aroma of red wine, malts, burnt sugar. Sour, slightly bitter. Flat carbon.
Muggus69 (1609) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle BB 29/12/2016
Diabolical black sump oil in my glass. Holds a pale brown espresso foam.
Intense nose; vegemite, vinous plums and cherries, darkest of espressos and chocolate, treacle, vanilla, charred oak, with an earthy smokey spice.
Seriously thick, oily stuff. Low carbonation, clings to the palate, yet dries out with a big hit of acrid roast.
Delivers a big dose of treacle sweetness upfront on the body. More intense black coffee and cocoa powder, followed up by port-like vinous fruits. Lingering oaky spice and subtle earthy smoke. Warming finish with firm bitterness.
Sinister stuff, very full on. Despite it all, probably underdelivers compared to its parent beer, Black Albert.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottle. Courtesy of Black Mes of course. Iím very proud my brother has a beer. And Struise kick so much arse. Cheers Mes. Cheers Struise. I met the guys when we took the whisky down. Great people. Great place. Had a great time at the school. Props to all. Anyway, itís black as the ace of spades with a lovely tan head. Aroma is pan handle worthy from across the room. Chocolate, just the right amount of whisky. The flavour has the perfect compliment of whisky in. Gives it the peaty smokey characteristics of the whisky but making sweet love with the stout-iness. The finish is long, smooth and sexy. Iíve drank a few bottles of this since and itís always a great example of exactly what he intended to brew. I donít know that but it just drinks like it should. Love this style of beer and with a hint of whisky and this is certainly up there with the best Iíve had (trying not to be biased). Other people as always will be able to describe the beer better than me. Beer geek Iím not but I love drinking it.
mmahut (1589) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Delirium. Deep black body with medium tan head. Aroma has light toffee, evident alcohol, whiskey character, very smooth, almost creamy. Taste has medium roasty bitterness, short lasting astringency, dry on tongue. Dark chocolate. Light dark fruit sweetness, whiskey notes. Body is full, light oily buy dry on finish, medium carbonation.
WillRunForBeer (1586) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared by Eric, thanks! Gushed a bit on opening. Pours black coffee with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, acetic, cherry. Flavor follows nose. Slight sour cherry probably not intended. Metallic finish. Still, not too shabby.
Sevenlee (1585) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours totally black with a dark brown head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, caramel, chocolate, soy sauce, smokiness and peat. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a big roasty finish. Awesome!
bluejacket74 (1584) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, Scotch whisky, smoke, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some wood. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, Scotch whisky, dark fruit, coffee, wood, smoke, and some caramel and molasses. Itís sweeter than I was expecting it to be, not that Iím complaining. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís a bit slick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks way too easy for being 13% ABV. I think this is a good overall brew, definitely worth trying!