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


on tap


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RATINGS: 276   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Huge thanks to Eric for this top 50 tick... pours a dark viscous black with a dark tan head, surprising amount of head and retention... the nose is super deep and complex with dark fruits and molasses some smoke on the back, shockingly light alcohol, hides the 26% amazingly... the taste is equally impressive as the alcohol is hidden perfectly, I would have thought this was around 12%-15%, very chewy, brownies with dark fruits and raisins... really good and worth tracking down

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (7183) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2011
On tap (served from a decanter) at Het Oude Schooltje, thanks to Carlo. It pours deepest, darkest black, with the largest, heaviest-looking tan head I’ve ever seen. The head seems to keep falling into itself under it’s own weight, but never thins. The nose is charcoal, varnish, paint stripper, sesame seed, soy sauce, caramel, toffee, coffee, vanilla and lots of dark fruit. The taste is sesame seed, wood, soy sauce, brown sugar, plum, dark cherry, fig, liquorice, wood, tobacco, dark chocolate, some coconut, vanilla, and burnt sugar. It is rich, complex and the alcohol is somehow well-hidden. An imperial of stout of epic proportions.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (5030) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2011
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011

5/04/2011 on tap @ Struise Oud Schooltje (2011-134) Thanx to Urbain!

Completely pitch black beer, beige to brown creamy head, very stable and adhesive. Aroma: caramel, fruity, berries, mocha, chocolate, wood, dusty and some yeasty notes. MF: light carbon, full body, extremely thick and texture like heavy whipped cream. The beer is almost chewable without being cloying, amazing. Taste: mocha, dark chocolate, cream, vanilla, wood tones, charcoal, very earthy touch to it. Aftertaste: sweet caramel, hops, spices, ginger, alcohol pricking in the back of the throat but also on the gums. This is some serious stuff. Why not 20/20? Because there’s 7 more to come! ;-)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
grunx (367) - - APR 1, 2011
Només comparable amb la Black de Mikkeller. Sense paraules. La cervesa ho diu tot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mumares (98) - BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2011
Draught at ACBF. Astonishing, a 26% beer that still has a nice head is quite an achievement. Pours black as night with a nice tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla,dark bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Very smooth and even carbonated, with only a slight hint of alcohol. Great experience!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kappldav123 (5114) - GERMANY - MAR 15, 2011
Draught at the ACBF 2011. Deep black in the glass, a bit oily, nice creamy head. Heavy malty aroma. Starts fiery-malty, extreme earthy-malty, notes of chocolate and strong coffee. Warming finish, a bit scratchy-woody, not as alcoholic as exspected. Very impressing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2158) - 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 (17215) - 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 (6859) - 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.

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