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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (4974) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2011
Draught @ BBFí11: Brown head on top of a black beer. Smell medicine, elastoplast and a hint of roasted malts and spices. Taste is way better than smell, really spicy, roasted malts, warm, coal, smokey, burned wood, tar and liquorice. Good and firm bitter aftertaste of liquorice Low to medium carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture. Heavy spicy taste but well balanced. They hid the alcohol very well!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (9436) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled at Borefts Beer Festival @ De Molen, Bodegraven. Pitch black, opaque color, light brown head. Smell alcohol and some liquor, peat smoke and roastyness. Taste heavy alcohol, peat, smoke and roastyness. Strong carbonation, but somehow still a soft mouthfeel considering the 39%ABV. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2011
Draft @ 3th Borefts 2011. A pitch black colored beer, with a dark beige/brown head. The aroma of peat, some tobacco, burned malt, with wood notes. The taste of peat, wood, alcohol, burned malt. A little burny. The aftertaste is bitter for a while, peat and some notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrelbelly (658) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2011
Pitch black and very thick. Aroma of whisky, wood and leather. The black albert can not really be retrieved in the taste. The taste is very much overwhelming with a whisky taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - SEP 26, 2011
Tap @ Borefts Beer Festival. This beer is sick. I have literally never had anythins like this. Pours thick black, and not just "black", but I mean black as the conscience of Jack The Ripper with the darkest head Iíve ever seen on a beer. Aroma has lots of smoke, intense liquorice, islay whisky, but also smooth chocolate, fudge, burnt sugar, intense dark chocolate and strong liquorice. Taste is MASSIVE with liquorice and smoke, lots of chocolate, intense coffee and liquorice. The palate exceeds anything Iíve ever tried before, both in massiveness and thickness. It literally drank like a smoothie, but with carbonation. It was insane. I feel sick liking this, but this was easily one of the festivalís best beers for me. (Not one place in my notes have I written alcohol. Either I was too drunk which I wasnít, or this is a fucken milestone in high ABV beers which it is)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10800) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2011
Tap @ BBF 2011. Almost black. Lovely aroma of pipe tobacco and peat. Thick and syrupy. Viscous. Sweet flavor, very malty indeed with pipe tobacco, peat and dark chocolate sauce.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1354) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2011
Tap @ Borefts Beer Festival. Last beer of the first day on the festival. This s.o.b pours black with the darkest head I have ever seen. Aroma is smoked, espresso, strong tobacco, huge liquorice, dark bitter chocolate, woody big and sick! Taste is crushed liquorice sweets, salmiak, coffee, smoke, creamy chocolate, vanilla, ashy, liquorice roots and motor oil. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Mouthfeel on this one is the sickest thing ever. Itís like a beersmoothie, I mean literally chewy. You could enjoy this beer with a spoon. Amazing experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9908) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2011
Tap to jug to very full glass freebie, courtesy of Lucky Pierre, the most generous incarnation of Magic Dave yet - a million thanks. And congrats to Mes and Sim for the wedding without which this may not have been brought over to England!
Well, it looks lovely. Beautifully black and even topped with a rich tight chocolate-coloured head. Woof - it really hits the nose! OK, you can tell this is a bit of a gimick immediately, but even gimicks can be fun sometimes, so itís worth persevering. Itís a massively rich burnt dark roast, thatís for sure, sticky and heavy. In the mouth, at first thereís an acidic tingle which is quite harsh, thatís backed up by a pretty serious alcohol burn. Strangely, taking smaller sips made that worse, youíd just get a mouth full of vapours and no "beer" that way. However, Iíve had boozier 18% beers, so at 39% this is quite impressive. Certainly very full in the mouth and finish, but thatís kinda obvious when you consider how far this has been cranked up. In fact the palate is aggressively slick at times. So, a weird one, and hard to score. Plenty of positives, but perhaps as many negatives too. Gimmick? Certainly. Well executed? Even more certainly. Brilliantly if anything. Bottom line - hedonism: did I, with Annaís assistance, drink every last drop, and miss it when it was over? Yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abio (1678) - Waasland, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2011 Very, very dark, like pitch black in the glass, with a small head. Liquorish, leather, to much alcohol, yes itís hidden for 39%, but for a beer it just feels as to much... both at smell and taste. The alcohol really is in overdrive, and where I loved the Double Black, cause it still tastes as beer, this one really is overkill for me. An experiment that has gone to far in my opinion. Donít misunderstand... Canít say itís bad, not at all! But for a beer, I chose the 26% above this one in all aspects.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3711) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2011
Draught @ BBF 2011. Black pour, thick dark tan to copper head. Aroma is intense spicy and roasty. Flavor is strong bitter roasted, warming but not at all boozy. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden, but the double black was a tiny bit better.

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