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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2011
Hand bottle from Craft Beer Co, London. Pours a black color with a small fast disappearing tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and thick chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate, licorice and molasses flavor. Has a roasted malty warming chocoalte and licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 21, 2011
Sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2011. Pours a pitch black beer with a chocolate head. The aroma is malt, roasted, smoke and peat. The flavor follows the nose with additonal licorice and chocolate. The palate is sweetness and alcoholwarmth. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2011 RBESG August 2011, Craft Beer Co - and Boreft Beer Festival 2011. Same numbers both times. Jet black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of licorice and peat smoke with a touch of dried fruit. Thick and sweet licorice and smoked flavour with intensely hot alcohol, yet still a certain elegance. A bit of bitterness in the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Tap @ BBF. If this was not such a delicious and interesting beer, I’m fairly sure you could pour a couple of bottles of this in your truck and drive for the rest of eternity on its energy. Such colossal thickness, richness and potency! Black as the darkest nights! Aroma has a million tonnes of roasted malts, whisky, booze, chocolate, coffee, tar, campfire, ash, coal mine, espresso, burnt branches, forest fire and the apocalypse. Taste is exceedingly bitter from all the roasted malts, liquified into something that is neither liquid nor solid. More sick than enjoyable and yet strangely beguiling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3437) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2011
Black beer, nice brown head, fading quickly. Relatively mild aroma, coffee, slight chocolate, big malts profile, earth, dark fruits, slight hops. Quite alcoholic, but not overly so. Sweetish flavour, liquorice, malts, whisky, light hops. Dry bitter bit alcoholic ending. Overall hefty, but still nice flavours, and very drinkable.
(Draught @ Borefts ’11)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (4473) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2011
Pitch black, opague colour with an almost orange coloured head. Smells whisky, alcohol and very roasty. Tastes chocolate, roasty and alcohol. Very full body, long warming sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2011
Draught @ Borefts 2011. Black, with a beige head. Plum, dark chocolates, ash, smoke and alcohol in the aroma. Heavy body, medium carbonated. Alcohol well hidden. A serious one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrejes (32) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2011
On Tap Borefst@Bodegraven, very dark, lots of alcohol , sticky, thick, no sweets, overall very heavy but the taste is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2011
@ borefts festival 2011

Head: thin, off white
Colour: black
Smell: earthy, clay, peat, smokey, tiny bit of booze
Taste: oily, chalky, peaty, very smokey, bit of booze, thick, coffee, roasty, chocolat, end is dry and bitter , good especially for a 39% , ver wel hidden alcohol , tough must say Double Black is more balanced tough ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10286) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 6, 2011
Hand bottled. Huge thansk to yespr. Pours a totally pitch black colour, has no head. Sweet aroma, lots of roasted amlt, liqourice, alcohol and dark fruits. Good sticky mouthfeel. Sweet roasty malty alco liqourice dark fruity flavour, sweet well lasting liqourice roasty malty dark fruity finish. Alcohol quite noticeable. Good stuff!

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