Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Smokey aroma, like the end of a cigarette with chocolate. Straight up black in color with tan-brown head. Very smooth with strong smokey, chocolate and coffee tones. An intense beer and deceptive considering the ABV! Notes: On tap at the Alvinne CBF ’11, at the Schoolhouse and Borefts BF

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 11, 2011
Draught at ACBF. Second beer of the day - ouch. What. A. Beer. Darker than the bowels of hell itself. Massive dense bubbly dark brown head. Nose is green, lots of burnt charcoal, some paprika notes. Strong espresso. Mouth is smoky, burnt, thick, charcoal, saltiness, along with lots of roasted malts. Not a hint that this is such a strong beer. Excellent, lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2011
Draft @ Ørsted Ølbar, Copenhagen. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma with some hints of licorice. Roasted malty warming coffee and chocolate flavor with some bitter hints. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sebletitje (6678) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2011
Au fût @ ACBF2011. Seigneur et miséricorde, aurais-je donc trouvé là le Graal des stouts? Une chose à dire, impressionnant comment Urbain réussit à faire passer une bière de 26% qui se boit facilement et de plus qui s’apprécie avec chaque gorgée. Comme toujours, une bière noire venant des profondeurs des abysses, une mousse soyeuse moka qui perdure et cela malgré le niveau d’alcool. Arôme est quant à lui malt, caramel grille, fine note de bourbon avec un peu de sucre candi? et des notes de café. En bouche, l’expérience est surprenante et jamais je n’aurai pu imaginer que une bière de tel volume se laisse boire avec tant d’aisance. Une bière bien malté avec des notes de chocolat/moka ainsi que de café, le tout a un côté agréable limite sirop qui colle un peu aux lèvres. Le bourbon est présent sans pour cela prendre le dessus. Ici et là, je note de fines touches d’amertume et de fruits noirs. Un chef d’œuvre dont seul Urbain en a le secret. Une bière que je voudrai encore goûter au calme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2011
head: thick, creamy, brown
colour: black as hell ;-)
smell: chocolat, loads of malts, cocoa, coffee, intense !!
taste: start is dark chocolat, coffee, slight sourness, bitter, loads of burned malts , alcohol noticeable at least pretty more than with the struise darkest night :)
good brew !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5045) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2011
On tap at Borefts beer festival. Tastes like a good imperial stout with more sweetness, the extreme alcohol volume is hardly detectable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2010
Black with a big and lasting tan head. Aroma of fruit, chocolate and boozy alcohol. Sweet roasted flavour with fruit and berries. Strong roasted to burned finish. For what it is, excellent balance and drinkability - wins the "extreme eisbocking" race when it comes to drinking pleasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2010
Black with a large beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, dark chocolate, liquerice, hops, coffee liquor. Sweet flavor with burned malt, dark chocolate, espresso, liquerice, hops and burning alcohol towards the end. In a good way though. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2010
On tap. Black and completely opaque with a small light brown head. The nose is rich in intense dried dark fruits, vanilla and alcohol. Very full-bodied, low carbonation (but it’s there!), somewhat sticky hard roasted malts and again vanilla and dried fruit. Plenty of chocolate notes with a salty mineral edge. Has a light malt bitterness with a warming but not overly alcoholic finish. Interesting indeed. 141210

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2010
Tap @ Ølbaren, Cph.
Pours utterly, completely black with an amazing, staying, creamy, light-brown head. And the head just stays throughout this amazing 10cl sample. Aroma has liqourice. Sure it’s vinious, but not overpowering at all. Mild sweetness, dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. A hint of carbonation that nicely prickles my tongue. Wonderful fat, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is just out of this world. Blackberries at first, lending a mild astringency to the brew. Probably derived from the intense power of the roasted malts. There is elegant use of coffee, dark chocolate and liqourice. The vinoiusness is there again, but just adds positively to this amazing experience. There is also a bit of hops bitterness in there, resiny, piney and light grassy and quite dry. Notes of plums, port, oak. Lingering chocolate finish that feels like eating 70 % cocoa chocolate. This is truly a masterpiece and beyond any of the other high-alcohol beers out there. This maintains elegance and composure and does not neglect the fact that you need balance in malts and hops to tame the high alcohol content. The aroma is all that drags it down (to an 8!) because it simply isn’t as powerful as I’d hoped - probably due to the low carbonation. Otherwise a simply stunning masterpiece.

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