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

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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   EST. CALORIES: 780   ABV: 26%
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Bourbon barrel - aged Black Albert (Cuve Delphine) Imperial Stout, processed in the Eisbock way.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (6768) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2014
@Zythos Festival 2014. Black beer with a beige head, medium duration. Heavy, dark, roasted aroma, alcohol too. Flavor is heavy, soy-sauce, coffee, sweetness too, dark notes. Syrupy, alcoholic texture.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (2268) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
I appreciate this experiment, but this is just too much. The alcohol burns in your mouth and stomach and makes it hard to detect the other tastes.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abijen (1498) - s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a pitch black beer with a nice brown head. Smells glue, roasted and rye. Tastes chocolate, coffee, roasted. Little bit alcohol. Thick body, low carbo and a sticky texture.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bosbouw (1301) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Volle zwarte kleur met een matige gouden kraag. Ruikt koffie ,vanille, alcohol. Smaakt vol, vanille, drop en alcohol. Goede alcohol nasmaak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (3968) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 30, 2014
(draught, rating #3500) pours deep black in colour with a frothy deep brown head. aroma of roasted malts, hazelnuts, cherries and espresso, a touch alcoholic, with a light hint of sugar icing. flavour is heavily alcoholic and slightly perfumed, with a medium sweetness and additional notes of roasted malts, earth, hazelnuts, yeast and plum cake. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tom10101 (2919) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
On tap @ Zythos Beer Festival. Deep black with a medium fully lasting beige head and little lacing. Aroma is stunning! So rich and complex with tons of chocolate, caramel, smoke, roasted malt, bourbon, red fruits, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is sweet, but not nearly as much as some of the big RIS from USA. Again, this is so rich and theres a ton of chocolate, caramel, well-integrated bourbon, smoke, fruity notes, vanilla and a heart warming finish. Full (!) body. Moderate/medium carbonation (very impressive for a 26% abv beer). Super thick mouthfeel. Wow! One of the best - if not the best - Imperial Stout I had yet, Amazingly rich and complex. The alcohol is never burning, just pleasantly warming. Its not even nearly as boozy as Black Tuesday and some other high abv beer. Its even "drinkable" considering the high abv. Great balance. Im blown away by this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SVD (596) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2014
Sample glass at ZBF 2014: black beer, dark brown head, roasted coffee aroma, taste is bittersweet, roaster coffee, syrup like texture. Nice !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2014
From the March 2014 Pittsburgh Ratebeer gathering. +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a large foamy incredibly dark brown head that lingered forever and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet and malty with notes of sugar, anise and chocolate. The flavor was chocolate, malty, anise and port wine. It really sticks to your mouth and refuses to leave. Amazingly long finish. Booziness is present but hell the beer is 26% so it was reasonably controlled all things considered. Thick, full and creamy body. Some chunks towards the end. Really interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1156) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Batch 1 thanks to Beerman6686. Poured oily jet black with no head slight chunks. Aroma of pungent vanilla fruity bourbon wood that stings a bit. No carb thick bod. Complex dark choc wood roast taste. Killer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4419) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
This one poured a jet black color with a suprisingly normal sized dark tan head. Aroma was big smoke, soy, dark chocolate, dark fruits and booze. Flavor was similar, big soy and smoke, very sweet, but not tooth hurting, definite alcohol burn but actually hidden pretty well given its strengnth, got hotter and a bit chunky towards the end of the bottle.


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