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.
RasmusOtt (1593) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2015 Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Aroma is smoke, peat, vanilla, dark sugary fruits, liquorice, light acetone and woody alcohol. Taste is bit strong and sweet. Add a bit more liquorice and roasted notes, but itís still very very sweet and the alcohol is there.
charule (1587) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to antonfred all the way from Greece. Spewed pitch black with crazy tan head. Was a gusher because they didnt leave enough airspace in the neck when bottled. Aroma strong with woody oak smokey lil peat roast choc. Light carb thick bod. Taste of smokey peat light bitter. Pretty good. If youre a scotch guy youd love it.
Psytron (1585) - 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.
Sevenlee (1566) - 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 (1556) - 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!
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Pre-ZBF 2010. Pitch black with a rich creamy brown head that slowly settled. Bitter dark chocolate, roast, vanilla and whisky on the nose. The flavour carries through the same but perhaps a little too much roast this early on. There is some berry sweetness that does cut through towards the end. Having said that it is very dry in the finish but Iím sure this will mellow out nicely in the bottle. Softly carbonated and one to sip on a cool night. Cheers Mes...good on ya mate!
Muggus69 (1533) - 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.
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12/11/10 notes. Courtesy of Michael. Most impressive beer Iíve tried in awhile. Pours opaque black with a lasting tan head. Aroma maintains almond, mocha, oak, powdered dark chocolate. Mature and sexy. Flavor has dark raisin, bitter mocha, woody earthiness. A most complex and decadent BA stout.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 33 cL bottle from the Struise Yeast Shop. The appearance is a thick almost sludge delicious black mess. A huge froth brown head. The aromas are full of coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder, whiskey, almost a funky scent. The entry on the tongue is full of rich dark roasted malts, dark chocolate mouse and truffles, wet coffee grinds. The whiskey really drives into the palate after a few sips and begins to dominate. It almost pulls away from the beer. A bit of a sour note in there as well. The mouth is full bodied and fairly hot. It is really thick on the tongue with a thinner finish where the alcohol burn is. Too hot right now but wow a whisky loverís beer that has some really complex underlying flavors that I canít wait to get to with age.