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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 248   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (5758) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2011
Bottled. Strong alcohol warming, liquorice, smoke. Balanced in a weird way. Strong whisky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2011
Bottled@Mes & Sim’s Wedding (Thanks to the random guy with a bottle, who gave me a pour!). Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, some wooden notes, liquorice, mild toasted notes as well as some slight alcoholic sweetness. Flavour is being liquorice, vanilla, chocolate, some slight toasted notes as well as mild plum and wood as well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fugitive (1234) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 3, 2011
Sampled @ ACBF 2011. Color dark black with small head. Aroma smoke, chocolate, coffee. Taste sweet, malt, smoke, chocolate, coffee. Just great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7020) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2011
Was passed on a glass of this by Craig at Mes & Sims wedding, 18.06.11 cheers Craig! Pours black, like engine oil, really oily and sticking to the sides of the glass. Caresses the tongue like velvet, it is so smooth and drinkable I cannot quite believe that this is 26%. Loads of smooth rich chocolate in the mouth, some creamy vanilla and oakiness. Lovely beer and interesting to try alongside the Messy. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fratto (2524) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Handbottle from cavrowland. Motor oil pour with exactly three bubbles. Aroma is definitely alcohol, molasses, and roasted. Taste is chocolate, lots of roast, so much alcohol, licorice, and more alcohol. For all the alcohol taste and aroma, it’s incredibly smooth and fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Big thanks to darkguardian for sharin’ this beast. Gnarly syrupy black pour. Big bourbon nose. A rambunctious stout with all kinds of bourbon that gives way to muted chocolate, dark roasted malt, and expresso flavors. I’m impressed...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2011
75cl bottle. Rated over two sessions. Initially the nose is quite hot with alot of alcohol, wood, bourbon, dark chocolate and tons of roast. Now after 6 days of being opened but stopped, it has mellowed. Perhaps without the carbonation to push the alcohol up. Dark chocolate is most prominant but there is plenty of wood and bourbon. The roastiness has subsided leaving a nose much stronger than on the night I actually opened it. The beer itself is incredibly thick, with a huge oilslick like mouthfeel. Less burnt than on the initial tasting, it is still plenty bitter. Tons of dark chocolate, very little alcohol burn now, and alot of lingering notes of bourbon. This and Sink the Bismark are the only two super strong beers I have had that retained the characterisitics of their original style. This still is an imperial stout, just like Sink was still a double IPA. Quite a remarkable feet. I’m not sure if this is a top 50 beer, but its a damn good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Had the 2nd iteration of this in 2009 and again finally on draft at WLV in 2011. Wow, great to see it’s progress. I love that aroma... because it smells basically identical to Black Albert. Wish I could remember my exact thoughts on this one. Alcohol very well hidden, absolutely delicious, plenty more chocolate in this. It’s wrong for this to be so drinkable... sticky sticky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2011
(Bottle, courtesy of Cavie) Pours an opaque oily black body with a spare brown dusting of a head. Flavor of roasted malt, vinous, caramel, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some dried dark fruits, and plenty of alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3672) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Bottle with HUGE thanks to drowland and mlunger12! Those guys kick ass! Pours a super dark brown color that looks very thick. Light carbonation. Changes the color of the glass it’s so thick. Aroma is huge alcohol notes, dark malts, roasted notes and oak. Flavor is very chocolately, roasted malts and nuts with a sharp alcohol burn. Wow this is intense. Sweet chocolate and intense! Nice.


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