VsXsV (1623) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
yngwie (11750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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, itís a fine ultra-high ABV beer. 120511
sic1314 (1976) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
omhper (18327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
OleR (4372) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hallinghansen (1684) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ CBC. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is strong coffee, chocolate, licorice, alcohol. Flavor is also coffee, chocolate, licorice. Boozy end.
thepeter (275) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - BLACK, and a thick creamy tan head that looks like a frappť.
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 itís 16.25%, no joke. I donít know where they hide the other 22.75%, Fantastic!
P - Like a velvety whiskey stout milkshake thatís 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.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
spdyfire83 (32) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 doesnít Mes (pun intended) around. Taste is rich, deep, complex, and robust. This isnít 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 youíd 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. Iím 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 donít think Urbain & Co. will be bottling it.
rvdoorn (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at BBF 2011 and CBC 2012 (from notes)
Look: the beer pours a pitch black color with a nice thick, creamy, sticky dark-brown head. This beer leaves a coating on the inside of the glass after drinking. Kind of like the Darklord, only Struise achieved this without additives in the beer (like glycerol, PEG)
Smell: Heavy on roasted malts and coffee. Vanilla, smoke and peat from the barrel.
Taste: Similar to the smell, the taste is heavy on roasted malts and coffee, with notes of chocolate and caramel. The influence from the barrel is present with smoked and peaty flavors. However, although the flavors are amazing, the heavy boozy taste of pure ethanol puts it all into the background.
Mouthfeel: super thick, creamy, sticky with medium-low carbonation
Overall: Great smell , but the pure, burning ethanol is too much present for me in the taste. I work in a laboratory, and the beer tastes like the smell of the 70%-98% ethanol that I use to decontaminate my instruments from bacteria. Of course, it is not surprising that an ABV this high cannot be hidden, but it shows that this time Struise went too far with pimping beers. The BD5 is perfectly balanced, this one not. This is not beer, but just a strong liquor. If I am in the mood of drinking strong liquor though, I will never refuse this one!