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


on tap


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 340   EST. CALORIES: 1170   ABV: 39%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
Handbottle. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a pitch black with a tiny, tiny beige head. The nose has some iodine and thick, sticky overripe fruits and dark malts. Very solid body, no carbonation, hard roast, smoke and iodine, very salty and minerally with a heavy booze finish. Not bad, but not exactly thrilling either. 240811

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2011
Cask (RBESG 2011, London) at Craft Beer Co. Pitch black - small brown head. Smokey, ashtray, peated, burned malts, salty, sweetness, high malty, high smokey, hard burned, high burned, burned dryness, a bit boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
About an 6-8oz pour. Wow. Huge thank you to Mes for the share. My voice reminds me that I said I can rate this in seven words: "MMMMM! ISLAY. ROAST. GOOOOOOOOOD. 39%?- NO WAY!" Seriously, this was creamy, totally not boozy in aroma or taste (Black Hole is much stronger in alcohol on the palate) - black, black, black, so much going in in aroma and taste, where to begin? Oily hugely roasted nutty malt, somewhat vinous, coffee, other fruits, underpinned by lush herbal bitterness, definite alcohol, some dark chocolate ... incredible. I will never have this again, of course. "Why do I think I’m going to be incredibly drunk when I finish this? Thank you, MES!!" (I wasn’t actually drunk - I treated it with respect)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2011
Draft @ Craft Beer Co with MagicDave, Mes and HogtownHarry. Pours a thick black, staring death in the eyes. Thick brown head sits on top. Thick as susan boyle. Only slightly boozy considering the abv. Malty, slight medicinal kick, peaty. Definately some whiskey in there. This beer is fucking awesome!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2375) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2011
Served in a shot glass: Craft Beer Co. Colour is black like a stout with a stout like off white head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, but also apple, pear, earthy and a massive dose of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter chocolate, burnt toffee, bananas, wood smoke, liquorice, toasty malt. Surprisingly drinkable and tasty for a 39% beer, although has a bitter and alcoholic welly kick in the balls at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9123) - 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 (21169) - 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 (9073) - 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 (43533) - 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 (4303) - 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.

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