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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   IBU: 340   EST. CALORIES: 1170   ABV: 39%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   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.

4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - 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 ...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5316) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2011
Draught @ BBF’11: 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!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (10175) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2813) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrelbelly (706) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1023) - 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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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 festival’s best beers for me. (Not one place in my notes have I written alcohol. Either I was too drunk which I wasn’t, or this is a fucken milestone in high ABV beers which it is)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11147) - 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.


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