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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   EST. CALORIES: 780   ABV: 26%
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Bourbon barrel - aged Black Albert (Cuvée Delphine) Imperial Stout, processed in the Eisbock way.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8366) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
750mL. Pour is very heavy black ink. Huge, deep red head. Massive retention. Looks like a miniature version of something awesome. Big ass retention, massively dark SRM. Big red head. Wow. Nose up front is strawberries, white sugar, milk chocolate, intense red apple. Taste is silky up front moving to some massive onslaught of bitterness. Big heat and chili pepper. Whoa whoa whoa. Massive melted dark chocolate character. Pretty hilarious. Feels like drinking melted black chocolate. Great heavy melted dark chocolate mousse palate. In taste, chalky and ashy finish but enjoyable. Spicy wood, spicy bourbon, dark raspberry truffle. Hilarious, very intense, not my favorite RIS but much better than what I was expecting at nearly 30% abv. My lord, if you drank this entire bottle by yourself you would die. And go to hell.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Nose is fairly decent, some chocolate, lots of roast. Doesn’t really warn you to the skull-fuck you’re about to receive. Taste is very sweet, very bitter, grossly hot and fusel, finishes with concentrated ashtray juice. Finish is unmercively long and astringent with more ashtray. I need to brush my teeth. Texture is actually nice and velvety. Not even the honey badger would drink this and he doesn’t give a shit.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy roast and chocolate malt, prunes, licorice, oak, light alcohol, and light hops. Flavor is heavy chocolate and coffee malt, medium roast malt, prunes and licorice, alcohol notes, medium malt bitterness, sweet with a dry finish. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10772) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2012 Draft at ACBF 2011. Pours black with a huge, beige head. Sharp chocolate aroma, lots of peat and moss growing in the nostrils. Chalky. Wild (as in crazy) flavor. Tons of booze, sure, though well integrated with the roasty malts and baking cocoa. Full bodied with tons of carbonation. Burning finish, sweet and sticky, lots of peat and dark chocolate, some modest coffee grounds. Excellent beer. (4.3)

Bottle shared by Paul Scopey at the Beer Geek Wedding. Stellar beer. (4.3)

Bottle shared by Mes. It’s a very strong beer but not at all cloying. Some modest alcohol sting. Lots of brownies. Excellent. (4.3)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2145) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
Sample at SBWF 2011. Pours oily black. Typical fruity struise aroma with everything extra, syrup, rye bread, licorice, heavy malt. Very Penguine like. Good but the regular Cuvée Delphine is more enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hirigalzkar (2283) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
Sample @ SBWF. The small sample I had was really too much for me. Aroma has got notes of chocolate, licorice and fruit. The taste is somewhat sticky due to the high abv. In other words - not the most pleasant mouthfeel. Notes of dark chocolate and licorice

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10275) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2011. Black beer, small head. Malty oily aroma, licorice, figs, raisins and alcohol. Malty alcohol flavor, figs, raisins, rosted, hops, tar, oak. Very nice but almost too much alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2696) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle generously shared by Ughsmash...thanks Jason! - Pours black as night with a dark brown head. A bit of heat on the nose, but not much for 26%. Brown sugar, soy sauce, roasty and charred, but with lots of sweet molasses layered over the top. The taste is a better--smooth, with a smoked, charred roastiness that cuts through the brown sugar sweetness and balances out nicely. The mouthfeel is fantastic--like a milkshake--incredible. I haven’t been big into impy stouts lately, but this was pretty damn good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Thanks Jason! The beer pours to a pitch black body with a coating deep brown head and nice lacing. The aroma is sugary sweet barley and chocolate brownies with a light tangy vermouth. The flavor is deeply grainy with lots of clean barley grain and sweet residual grain sugars. There’s a rich chocolate and subtle oak with vanilla and bourbon. Very complex and delicious. The palate is surprisingly not boozy for 26%. By that I mean, its not sharp, but alcoholic up front, and not alcohol on the finish. Not warming at all.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured inky black and highly-viscous, with a fairly well-retained dark tan head.. giving it a swirly bumped it up to a "5". The aroma picked up a whole lot of sugars with booze amplification.. chocolates, molasses, and raisins were joined by vanilla and some soy.. alcohol wasn’t nearly as apparent as it should’ve been. The flavor opened viscous with a blend of chocolates, candi sugar, vanilla, licorice, and soy represented.. fresh grains, black pepper, and some tangy oak around.. finished warm, but not overly hot with chocolates, vanilla, raisins, and dates.. warmed up the belly and fogged the mind after the swallow. Heavy-bodied, warm, and sugary on the palate.. maintained a lot of Cuvee Delphine character.. great beer, and I love how it masked the boozage.


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