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


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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   IBU: 340   EST. CALORIES: 1170   ABV: 39%
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Black Mess was processed the double icebock way to proceed to 39% of Abv. This ale still drinks as a real beer, containing carbonation and a nice rocky head, the alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
Keg at Craft Beer Co., RBESG 2011. Woody, coffee, chocolate, whiskety nose, with apples, pears, and alcohol burn. Black with great legs, lace. Flavor is hot alcohol, wood, chocolate, berries, whiskey. Tasty. Hot but doesn’t feel anything like 39%. Slimy, viscous mouth. Very complex, though too over the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (14377) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Holy cow. Courtesy of urbeer. Last years at Urbain’s place I saw an earthmonk gliding across a field near the ostrich farm, at 4 AM after a night of drinking. I’m surprised that no apparitions appeared after drinking this one. It was very dark brown with an amazing dark brown head. Delicious whisky aroma. Taste was typically rich but the strength is not apparent. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7120) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2011
Cheers Urbain for the share of these four new beers. Comment donc décrire une telle expérience gustative? Une bière de 39% qui retient en évidence le profile d’une bière sans pour cela comme c’est souvent le cas tomber dans une bière banale qui reste trop axée sur l’alcool et non la qualité du produit. Struise propose un produit de classe, mais aussi de goût. Comme dans la lignée de la série, une bière noire, profond avec pour un alcool si élevé une mousse qui garde du corps couleur café au lait. L’arôme est très lourd sur le profile tourbe, fumé intense venant de l’usage de fût de Islay et ce sera la mon seul reproche car je n’ai jamais été grand fan de ce profile en bouche. Qu’on se le dise, l’alcool est bien présent, le tout avec des notes de malts grillé, chocolat, café gardant la base du Black Albert mais avec une présence de cette tourbe/cendre avec des notes de fumé. En dégustation, une bière encore épaisse en bouche, profile malt, grillé, chocolat et qui semble être plus légère que la Double Wood. Ce qui me marque le plus, au delà de la facilité de boire cette bière ainsi que sa consistance pour un tel alcool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (37272) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011

Draught @ MesandSim Wedding.

Clear dark black colour with a large, creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, burnt, caramel, sweet malt, sugar - honey, oak - peat, vanilla - chocolate, dark chocolate, alcohol. Flavour is heavy to harsh sweet and heavy bitter with a long long duration, wood, peat, dark dark malt, coal - ash, sugar - syrup - honey, chocolate. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. Great beer hidding the 39% very well - but very very sweet and a very nice look - great head - special for a 39% beer - so a messy beer no - but you will quick get messy you self if you drink to much - Cheers to a lovely couple and we wish they will have many great and happy years .. Love J&C >;O) [20110618]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Urbain shared BD 5, 6, 9, 10 next to each other. Shit man! Jet black, thin coffee head, larger bubbles than the 5. Nose is even sweeter than the 5, sugar, paper, light cocoa, hints of cardboard. The only hint of the alcohol here is when it sits in your nose, stinging like a spirit. The caol ila is more noticeable in the flavor, accompanies the sugary, papery cocoa and explodes in the salty finish. I prefer this to the 5, but again, it’s too much for me personally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobinlondon (1258) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2011
UPDATED: APR 30, 2014 Keg at Mesandsim’s wedding. Black with a thick off black head (yes, I’ve never seen a head this tanned before)!. I was very wary of this high octane beast and requested that my glass not be over filled, as I didn’t want tocompromise my enjoyment of all the other delightful temptations on the bar that night. This was unbelievably drinkable for it’s strength and despite double ice distillation it still had plenty of smooth carbonation. Brilliant balance of immense complexities, but I find it hard to believe it is anywhere near as strong as 39%. Having said that, I have no reason to mistrust the brewer. I can’t wait to try this again, at any price.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2011
I like most to rate this so far had it on tap at MesandSim’s wedding. Thought it’s a fitting beer to celebrate my 1000th on Ratebeer. Something from their wedding day is fitting but especially as it’s base is Black Mes. Black with a dark brown head. After drinking another beer of similar strength that day, this is a much different animal. Of course it’s strong but tastes nothing like 39%. Of the real insanely strong stuff, this is easily the tastiest and most palatable. I wanted to stand there all night drinking it but I heroically and unselfishly let others have some. Go me. It was funny watching the queue just pop up out of nowhere. I hadn’t heard the call of it going on but my beer sense started tingling and asked someone what was going on. "Messy" was the reply. So drinkable for the strength. You have to pay it respect though. Whisky, chocolate, coffee, coconut even. All backed up by alcohol like a big brother. Cheers to my big brother and his new wife, congratulations. And cheers to the Struise guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8196) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
Small rim, probably black beer, but the light circumstances too low for adequate estimation. There’s some Islay malt in the nose. In fact, the Coal Isla whisky I tasted so far, rarely smelled that strongly iodine and phenolic. Alcohol bomb. Whisky in a beer disguise. Beyond mere words, like liquid brown bread with seaplants, drowned in maltwhisky. Heated, viscous, total spirit feel, and yet... This is truly impressive. Utterly beyond the scope of normal beer, neither spirit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6312) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2011
Draught at Mes & Sim’s wedding. Is it a beer? Is it a whisky? Pitch black, no carbonation to speak of. Smoke and liquorice, I feel this is more like a whisky with a sugary malt extract in it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2011
Draught@Mes & Sim’s Wedding. Pitch black colour, no head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol, some slight smoked notes mild sweet maltyness. Flavour is liquorice, alcohol, some mild toasted notes as well as wood, dark dry fruits and raisins. Rather balanced, and actually a very pleasant sipper.

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