Muggus69 (2023) - 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.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma if chocolate, rye and sour cherries. Pours black and thick. Taste is smoky with peat, rye, and chocolate. Delicious and sticky.
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour was black black, with a dark brown foamy head and nice lacing. Aroma was rich and black. Just smelled black. The flavor was immensely complex with burnt wood, coffee, dark chocolate, ash and a boozy quality that was so subtle and interwoven that I wouldn’t have gotten it was whisky. Dark fruity notes gives it a sweetness, but an immense burned (but in a good way) roasted malts, the darkest and strongest coffee and a little funky milky sour. This just continually reminded me of a smoldering campfire on a wet morning. Just a wow’ing beer. By far the best of the first 3 in the series.
ContemplateBeer (1973) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Sergio’s World Beers. Aroma of peat, rum balls, bittersweet chocolate-really quite boozy. Appearance is black with mocha head. Flavor had a substantial amount of peat-more than I’ve personally ever tasted in a beer, a touch of smoke with a chocolate/boozy finish. As the drink warmed, I noticed some slight fruity esters, such as black cherry, which was nice. Palate was bubbly and terminated in growing bubbles, but not quite effervescent; the mouth feel was oily. Good for the style, but just too much brute force and not enough eloquence for me... I guess that was sort of the point, though. Mission accomplished on that front.
popery (1947) - 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 don’t seem to work as well as in the base beer. The aroma has a lot of Scotch whisky booze. It’s 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 isn’t bad. It’s actually a rather complex whisky note, just a bit strong. I think I might prefer this beer with some age on it.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours just like the original BD, pitch black with an enormous three-inch tan head that shows extremely good retention and sheets of lacing.
Well, there is little doubt the type of barrel this one resided in, as the Scotch aroma is massive with lots of oak and peat as well. The underlying dark roasted malts, coffee and dark fruits are still there but the whiskey stands out.
The taste has the same Scotch character up front which gives way to dark roasted chocolate malts and espresso. The finish has smoke and peat from the Scotch with a very dry character.
The mouthfeel is slick with moderate carbonation and a bit thinner than the original due to the heavy Scotch and barrel character.
This is an interesting take on the style with the Scotch lending a smoky character to the proceedings while keeping the hefty impy stout backbone. Surprisingly, it’s extremely drinkable given it’s a BA stout. Very good.
sir__v (1939) - Lille, FRANCE - APR 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2015 Color: deep dark black beer with medium brown head as espresso and no carbonation. Smell: malt, barrel, cognac, cane, sugar, raisin. Taste: malt and sugar complexity as cane, caramel, raisin, and whisky barrel. Aftertaste: a few alcohol taste but pleasant because not so strong, whisky, malt and cane.
Bottle (2010) @ Kulminator, Antwerpen - BE. Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: roasted malt and coffee domination, alcohol nose. Caramel finish. Taste: lack of body, the years didn’t help this beer... But you still have the coffee and roasted malt taste. Alcohol finish. Aftertaste: alcohol and coffee roasted malt.
Mortlach (1870) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
20/12/2013 Ma che siete venuti a fa (tap). Nera, densa, impenetrabile, schiuma color cappuccino, leggerissima, poco persistente. Al naso bretta, cuoio, note torbate, caffé, sentori di nocino, amaro dopo pasto. In bocca è caffettosa, con note torbate, liquirizia, finale acidulo, complessa ma confusionaria. Corpo medio, carbonazione soft. Indecifrabile.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Silky black. Nose presents a deep fragrance of chocolate cake and mocha, with a touch of peat. Drinks like a more mature Black Albert, with just light traces of peat and barrel. Insane richness. Decadent silky dark malt goodness, super chocolaty, roast, sweet dark fruit. Finish lasts for minutes, initially dominated by fudge and then black licorice. Will only get better with age.
zdk (1859) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap - brackish, brown pour, no head. thick milk chocolate shake with boozy, dry bitterness. Thick mouthfeel, bitter covers the palate. Resinous, piney hops with a roasted, warming finish.