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 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11911) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dashimus (225) - 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 doesn’t over power. Slight spice I’d left in the mouth but fades quickly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (6811) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (12436) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5343) - 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 it’s nearly 40% abv (or are the rumors true? ;)). You would swear you were drinking something about half as stong. Overall, very interesting to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4442) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2012
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. It’s time to taste Struise’s 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, it’s 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. :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2012
Tap at CBC. Pours very dark black with brown head. Aroma is like whiskey, some oakyness, roasted malts, alcohol. Taste is very much chocolate, some coffee, oak. The alcohol in the taste is not as prominent as I thought. Liked it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (2552) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2012
CBC 2012, Copenhagen. Black beer with a beige head. Spicy, chocolate, coffee aroma. Spicy, peppry flavour with alcoholtaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, - MAY 17, 2012
[5/11/12] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Black with a tiny bit of brown foam. Powerful alcoholic aroma, kinda whiskey-like, with some burnt notes. Sweet flavor of whiskey, burnt malt, some coffee and dark chocolate notes. Too much - kinda whiskey-like.

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