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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 275   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hirigalzkar (2321) - 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 (11036) - Göteborg, 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 (2759) - 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 (3338) - 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 (7158) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dazz3 (1552) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled at SB & WF 2011. Pitch black with a brown head. Smells chocolate and barry. Tastes chocolate, barry, malty and abit alcobole.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4082) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2011
Sample @ SBWF 2011. Pours thick dark black brown few bubbles as leaving lace. Aroma is sweet alcohol dark fruity raisins. Flavor is alcohol fullbodied sweet raisins madeira bitter. Finishes with warming alcohol fruity bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2854) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2011
Sample @ SBWF on September 29. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smell is sweet and intense. There is a chocolate character to it but it’s dominated by a warm smell of alcohol. Taste is sweet and incredibly rich. There’s alcohol ofcourse but it suits the rich and complex taste nicely. You can also find lots of roasted malts here mixed with some quality coffee.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pelik59 (15) - FRANCE - SEP 30, 2011
Une bière à 26% ? Surprenant et étrange à la fois. J’y ai mis le nez avec un gros appriori, peur d’un produit trop sec ou au contraire trop liquoreux. Que Nenni ! Cette bière après dégustation fait partie de mes bières préférées désormais. A la vue: du pétrole ! Un noir très foncée, une mousse (bien présente malgré le haut titrage) très "crémeuse" et marron. En bouche: une fine petillance fait remonter les saveurs surprenantes de cette bière: chocolat, café, crème.... une explosion de saveur. Quelle réussite pour ce produit !

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Draft on Zwanze day at WLV. Pours inky black leaving iodine film on the glass. Minimal head. Nose is very vinous with no hop notes, some faint vanilla and a strong char note. Really big nose. On taste, really big and quite bitter. More of the burnt charcoal notes and chocolate. The barrel character is pretty restrained with some light coconut notes coming through. Big and chewy with a stickiness. Surprisingly not hot and not too boozy. Just a bit muddy and lacking In sweetness. A really cool beer but not really my thing.


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