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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (4902) - 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 (4207) - 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 (9343) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4229) - SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2012
CBC 2012. Pours pitch black with a small brown rim of head. Aroma is smokey spicy roasted chocolate and coffee. Flavor is candy boozy sweet bitter peppery roasted. Finishes longlived bitter sweet and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (6328) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2012
On tap at CBC 2012. Black with a tan head. The aroma was sweet with a lot of Islay Whisky, roasted malt, salt and licorice. I cant understand how well hidden the alcohol was on this one, really impressive! The taste was very sweet and really heavy but still easy to drink in some strange way. Very interesting beer I must say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenrikSoegaard (12053) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2012
Draught at CBC. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Fantastic powerfull heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Strong Islay notes. Heavy bitter exstreem great flavor. Strong whiskey notes. Long intense powerfull finish. Fantastic palate. Worldclass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Tap at CBC. Poured about 200+ glasses of this bad boy for participants over two days. Appearance is definitely a 5/5. Ink black with reverse cascade coffee head when hit lightly with the aerator on the tap. Mega dense head formation. Infinite. This beer will stain your hands if you are not careful and not come off. Nose is surprisingly fresh, lots of dark fruits, even just fruity in general with more of a calvados nose with subdued Coal Ila 12 peat. Taste is fruity, roasty, sticky, mild ash. Creamy and super dense. Silky, richer syrup palate. Tastes exactly what you’d expect eisbocked Black Mes to be like, though the 40% is ridiculously hidden. Most people claimed it was physically impossible it could be this high alcohol. No way it could taste like this at 40%. Well, it’s lab tested so suck it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (1041) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2012
Tap at cbc. Pitch black with small amount of brownish foam. Nose is heavy boozy with tar and leather company. Some liquorice and roastness. Also alot of peat. Taste is liquorice and peaty tar. Sweet roasty malts driving it all forward. The alcohol almost nowhere to be found, subdued behind the tonnes of taste. Great work. I cant belive this is as strong as a whiskey. Or vodka.. Struise will probably and hopefully never cease to amaze me with their brewS. Thumbs up. Body is very oily and full with soft carbonation.

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