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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4128) - 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 (5228) - 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 (11058) - 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 (8930) - San Diego County, 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 (849) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3212) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 Sample @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Pours pitch black with a dark chocolate brown head that slowly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with wood, smoke, peat, single malt whisky, bitter chocolate and hints of vanilla, salty liquorice, alcohol and wet soil. Taste is sweet and bitter with peat, smoke, wood, salty liquorice, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, single malt whisky, resin, alcohol and hints of pine. Mouthfeel is tiny dry, sticky sweet, boozy, rich and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with coffee, bitter chocolate and scotch. Surprising a beer of almost 40% can be good. kind of like a strange but good take on a scotch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (2438) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2012
Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012: Tydlig fat, otrolig hetta, kompleka toner blandad med en tydlig whiskey karaktär. Mycket söt och lång eftersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (3169) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
12-MAY-2012, draft @CBC. Black with yellow/brown lassting head. Whiskey nose. Mostly just whiskey nose. A faint alcohol and some roast. The roasted notes really comes out on the taste. Coffee and chocolate with loads of whiskey. Very sweet, very very full body. Oh, and the alcohol? It is there, but no way 39% Difficult to rate such an extreme beast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lundy (47) - - MAY 13, 2012
Looks and feels syrupy on the tongue. Very sweet flavor and aroma. Black color. Molasses. Whiskey. Candy. Cannot believe its a 40%, like a beer-whiskey. Fullest body imaginable. Surprisingly smooth and crisp aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jramskov (51) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2012
Tasted at CBC 2012. Pitch black with little head. Expected the alcohol to completely dominate but this is surprisingly balanced and the alcohol is very well hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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