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


on tap


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4331) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2012
Draught @ SBWF’12

Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma of heavy roasty and alcoholy notes, herbs, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is roasty and slightly smooth with malty and smokey notes, licorice and hints of herbs. Finish is slick and slightly roasty with hints of alcohol and licorice. Tasty, complex and balanced despite the huge amount of alcohol that is hidden extremely well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2629) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Draught at Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival. Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of licorice, booze, raw sugar, chocolate, biscuit and smoke. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of chocolate, raw sugar and booze. Full bodied with low carbonation. Just too much, but I prefer this one to double black.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
On tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. A beauty to look at with its big, dark tan head over a jet black body. The aroma is surprisingly low on alcohol, with the dark malts doing most of the work. Peat, licorice, burnt and roasted malts and some medicine hints. The flavor has an Islay whisky kind of peat, with licorice, roasted malts, some tar and saltyness. Lots of sweetness. Sticky, full-bodied and with a pleasant level of carbonation. Although too much on the sweet side, and in my opinion also too peated, it’s a fine ultra-high ABV beer. 120511

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sic1314 (4413) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2012
At Borefts 2011. After the wonderful Double Black I had high hopes for this, bit even Struise have limitations. Poured dark and treacley, not much nose and the flavour was more like hugely alcoholic syrup. Not really drinkable at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20555) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
Draught at SBWF. Very black, brownish head. Tarry heaty nose with whisky and peat. Very heavy with lots of licorice and treacle. Creamy, arming and whiskyish. Surprisingly non aggressive. Unsurpassed as a super iced strong stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2012
Sample from tap @Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Sinfully black. Low rusty brown top. Big malt aroma. Smell of extracted burnt caramel and whisky liqueur. Taste is hot and boozy. Big malt body as well. Rich, with black chocolate, burnt caramel and salty licorice. Distinct alcohol sweetness. Greasy mouthfeel. Full body. Well, I find it hard to appreciate those hyper-beers. This one was a pleasant surprise, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2219) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
Tap @ CBC. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is strong coffee, chocolate, licorice, alcohol. Flavor is also coffee, chocolate, licorice. Boozy end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepeter (320) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
A - BLACK, and a thick creamy tan head that looks like a frappé. S -big whiskey, peat, chocolate, coffee, smoke, booze and caramel T - So much like the smell, except even bigger on the peaty whiskey flavours. This drinks like it’s 16.25%, no joke. I don’t know where they hide the other 22.75%, Fantastic! P - Like a velvety whiskey stout milkshake that’s trying to have sex with your tongue. If I could give this a 6, I would be typing, "If I could give this a 7. . ." It is thick and gorgeous! O - Beautifully made for a beautiful couple. I feel very lucky to have had it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1600) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Urbain shared BD 5, 6, 9, 10 next to each other. Shit man! Pour is black with tan head. Nose has light medicinal note, some earthy peat, faint whiskey and loads of sweetness. Tinge in the nose from the abv. Taste is same, medicinal and light iodine. Rich chocolate and roasted malt fight big sweetness and a light spirit type heat. Full viscous body and fairly dry. Not too hot for the abv, whiskey notes in back but taken from fresh whiskey barrels and this was the intent. This is different, not for me but not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2012
On-tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 Poured in a CBC taster. Deep abyss-esque black. 3+ (mocha) fingernail head. Looks thick and coating. Smells of scotch and booze. Notes of charred dark malt, oak, espresso, chocolate, and toffee. Very bold and big! This beer doesn’t Mes (pun intended) around. Taste is rich, deep, complex, and robust. This isn’t your average high-ABV beer! Dark chocolate, roasted malt, Scotch (pronounced peatiness), oak, touch of fig, and espresso. Soft blend of caramel sweetness and vanilla towards the end. The depth of this beer is very nice and, as it warms, it becomes a bit more mellow - well at least as mellow as a 39% ABV beer can be. Not "hot", but certainly not cold. The ABV on this beer is amazingly high, but you’d never guess it was 39% by how it drinks. I do not recommend chugging this beer, but it is very enjoyable to sip on and savor. I’m not a big fan of scothc/whiskey (and the corresponding peatiness and "heat"), but the booziness from the nose is hidden deep in the taste and this beer simply warms the soul. I would love to enjoy a small snifter of this on a cold winters night, but don’t think Urbain & Co. will be bottling it.

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