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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepeter (324) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1658) - 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.

4.6
   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 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.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
rvdoorn (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (12147) - DENMARK - MAY 30, 2012
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2012. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice with notes of alcohol. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, medium sweet, warming with notes of alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dashimus (226) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2012
Cask. Pours jet black with a extremely generous dark tan head. Very thick and syrupy. Very malty aroma with sweet, dark chocolate smell. Flavour is hints of coffee and chocolate with intense alcohol warmth that doesnít over power. Slight spice Iíd left in the mouth but fades quickly.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (7368) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2012
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Pours pitch black with a huge creamy light brown head. Impressive ! Aroma of rich roasted malts, strong coffee, islay whiskey, peat, dark chocolate, plums. Taste is everything a great imperial stout should offer - rich roasted malts, stong coffee, whiskey, peat, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, ofc some alcohol shows aswell. Dull body, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, but its there. Very nice beer, wich actually drinks like a beer, not whiskylike as i kindof expected. Impressive and fantastic. 120512

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (12882) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2012
CBC. Black with a brown hed. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and peated smoke. Flavor is extremely sweet and very bitter. Extremely sweet and very bitter finish with lots of alcohol. Oily. Hides the alcohol well. 120512

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5469) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Tap @ CBC. Deep brown color with a tight tan head. The nose is strong oaky alcohol bourbon, deep roasted chocolate. Some vanilla, and hints of sugared cherries. The taste is hot sugary oak, roasted chocolate. Full maltiness. Fat and heavy, so oily and viscous. Yet this is amazingly drinkable for itís nearly 40% abv (or are the rumors true? ;)). You would swear you were drinking something about half as stong. Overall, very interesting to try.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4548) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2012
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Itís time to taste Struiseís great warship; the super-eisbocked Messy! Pours a tar black body, with - surprisingly enough - a small caramel-hued head retention! Now how did that happen? Only the Magicians of Struise would know... :-) Nose is coffee essence, tar, port-like dark fruity notes, dark malts, hints of molasses, alcohol and smoke. Taste is almonds, huge sweet alcoholic malt tones, muscovado sugars, smoke, peat, ashes, wood and hints of dried dark fruits and sawdust. Amazingly balanced and complex, without ever going into "booze"-territory. Well, almost. Towards the end, itís like a powerful imperial stout and a peaty whisky have a handshake in my mouth but by GOD this is well made! Mouthfeel is semi-dry and not too alcoholic at all. Warming but still: this is a beer. A real beer! At 39 %! Applause for Struise, once again. :-)


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