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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2012
From nites - tap at Borefts 2011. Incredible - complex aromas of whiskey coming through through the alcohol scents and taste and mouthfeel of a beer. Incredible twist of beer into something totally different while keeping all attributes of beer. Nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerdo71 (13) - - DEC 9, 2012
Malty, good balance between biterness and alcohol. Nice aromas and good carbonatation, really good beer to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2012
Tap @ CBC. Pours black with creamy brown head. Aroma is dark malts, dark chocolate, peat, alchohol. Taste is dark malt, syrup, roasted malts, peat, smoke, ash. it almost resembles Islay whisky. Full body, heavy sweet, sticky. More please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (6437) - Reval, ESTONIA - OCT 16, 2012
Tap @ SBWF 2012. Pours pitch black color. Smoky, woody, oak, malty, some alcohol in aroma. Malty, roasted, chocolate, licorice and alcohol. Its actually not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
Sample @ SBWF 12. Dark black colour with a small brown head. Strong tar, peat, chocolate, coffee aroma. Taste is whiskey like, strong, tarry, peaty. Feels that it is strong, but not as strong as it actually is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6488) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2012
Draught @ SBWF12

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 (3970) - Stockholm, 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 (16529) - 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, its a fine ultra-high ABV beer. 120511

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sic1314 (4775) - 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 (23729) - Tyres, 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.

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