HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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)
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!!!
EdKing (2093) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
KyotoLefty (7240) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Travlr (15065) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
sebletitje (7430) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
fonefan (38083) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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) 
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bobinlondon (1260) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.