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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 (Cuvťe Delphine) Imperial Stout, processed in the Eisbock way.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 7, 2013
Pitch black color. Pours almost like molasses in January. Unbelievably thick, dark brown head. The nose isnít as huge as expected, bourbon and cacao with fairly moderate alcohol fumes. The mouth is fairly boozy, tons of bourbon, a bit rough with so much alcohol. My mouth is numbing. Tons of cocoa, lots of great favors but I think they are lost behind the booze. Then the aftertaste I nearly choked trying to get it down. Just too much. Very thick, almost syrupy though never cloying. A touch sour. Super duper over the top. Too rough. Not really my cup of tea.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (2515) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours a thick oily black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is intense bourbon and vanilla, alcohol if definitly perceptible but maybe not thrice as much as your regular imperial stout. It also has a nice depth with chocolate melding with dark dried fruits. Lots of wood and sweetness, but remains more elegant than beers like Black Tuesday. Low carbed but not flat. I can see there is some similarities with Black Albert. A nice experiment but a little too "hot" to be enjoyable. After KRE and KBE, Iíve had more eisbocks that night than in the last year.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle at home. Thanks kalle koks. Bottle from 2010. Pours an almost reddish black. Siruppy motor oil. No head. Nice light brown lacings. Aroma: of course you get a whiff of alcohol, caramel and burnt sugar. Lovely bourbon and vanilla notes. Along with sweet liquorice. Roasted coffee and dried fruits. Plums, figs and prunes. Mouthfeel is full and quite siruppy, you get some warmth from the alcohol. But the abv is actually well hidden. Low carbonation. Taste follows the nose. With emphasis on vanilla and dried fruits. Very sweet, but not cloying. Some nice roasted bitterness in the end. A pleasure to try this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Shocked at the drinkablility of this one. It isnít drinkable but it isnít as overbearing as it should be. It is extremely thick and complex.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Wow. This is delicious. Iím kinda blown away. Anywho, it pours motor oil black. Looks a lot like motor oil but with a tight dark brown cap. The aroma is huge with coffee and dark chocolate. Tons of it. Thereís some nice dark fruit in there as well. Lots of molasses and caramel. Massive flavor. Sweet with all sorts of chocolate. Itís like drinking a very fancy wonderful brownie. I canít believe there isnít more booze to the beer. Feel is thick. Very thick. This is one of the best stouts Iíve ever had. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (599) - Alpine, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
Poured from 750ml bottle. Pours black as night with thin tan head. There are a lot of soft floaty yeasts in this. Alcohol is up front. There is lots of smoke and some barrel. I suspect that this beer is a little overrated.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kimjongill (207) - - APR 3, 2013
This beer might be the fourth(???) Iíve ever given perfect marks to. It is 26%, but drinks like a 10% beer. The pour is black with minimal dark-tan head. The aroma and flavors are both very complex and full. In all, this drinks like a perfect version of Black Albert, which is a well crafted, yet deeply flawed (IMO) stout from Struise. The smoke and bite that overwhelm in Albert are present here, but well balanced with a malt that brings the flavors together in a way similar to Mikkeler Black Hole, but far superior in execution. Dying to get my hands on a bottle now...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Itís funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (2847) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
On tap with Barry and Andy at Monks after the NY shoobie crowd died down a bit. Seriously, younger sucked this year, stay in your own concrete jungle, Philly is ours. Pours pitch black with small beige head and lacing, palate and mouthfeel were super sticky and rich. Notes of heavy molasses, dark chocolate, light peat, roast, raisin, vanilla, toffee, and licorice. Medium to fuller bodied with an almost jizz stain stickyness to it. At 26 percent this might be the scariest beer of all time. Tasted like a 10 to 11 percent stout at most, i only had a glass, but if you indulged in multiples, its almost guaranteed that some innocents are getting deaded on your drive home. Cheers

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
On tap at Monkís Monday Madness, sampled side-by-side with the Single Black version. Completely opaque, thick, syrupy, with a medium-sized brown head. Aroma is slightly of Wheaties cereal, but as it warms, gives off huge fudge, chocolate, and oak. The flavor is like liquified fudge; massive chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla, surprisingly smooth, with a little bitter cocoa character. Full-bodied, smooth, creamy, sticky; a little booze is evident, but nowhere near 26%. Top-notch. A really, really good beer, that I could (for better or worse) drink quite a bit of. [1104]


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