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

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   IBU: 340   EST. CALORIES: 1170   ABV: 39%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
On tap @ Borefts 2011. Pours black with a decent golden brown head. Aroma is oak, chocolate, vanilla and smoke. Taste is smoke, chocolate, burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is slick, a little boozy but surprisingly well balanced, it is quite an interesting beer but you certainly notice the alcohol after a glass of it!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (4910) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2011
Draft at BBF 2011. Thick black pour with a brown head. Strong peat aroma with coffee and some smoke. Sweet, peaty flavour. An amazing achievement that it actually still tastes like beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (4618) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2011
On tap at BBF ’11. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of peat, smoke, salty, roasted malts, chocolate. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, peat, earth, roasted malts, liquorice root, chocolate and roasted bitter finish. Thick, sticky, fullbodied, glorious!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (5164) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2011
Draft @ Borefts Beer Festival 2011. Very thin off white head. Jet black pour. Amazing complex taste. Wow!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3770) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2011
Draft @ bbf. Aroma is liquorice, roasted malt and chocolate extract. Times 10. Faint alcohol. Flavour is the same, beer syrup. Alcohol very well hidden and actually still a beer. Wow.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
From tap at Cask. Pours pitch black with a chocolate brown head. Bitter, smoked, thick chocolate and dark malty. Thick, smoked and dark malty flavoured. Dark roasted malty and chocolate thick finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
caesar (5043) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2011
Tap @ BoreftsBF ’11. Dark color, thick fluorescent brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, slight alcohol. Thick and creamy. Huge roasted and coffee notes, only slight alcohol burn. Dangerously drinkable (again) and absolutely the best extreme alcohol beer made until now!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
meerbier (1473) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2011
Tap@BBF2011. Very peaty aroma. Black as hell, brown head, fair lace. Sweet, peat, licorice, loads of chocolate. Thick, sticky. Very warming.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2011
(Draught at Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell, London, 23 July 2011. With many thanks to Mes and Tom/MagicDave6) Pitch black colour with lasting, brown head. Malty, vinous nose with notes of roasted malt, dark rye bread, liquorice, cocoa and strong balck coffee (or coffee liqueur). Malty, fruity, roasted taste with strong black coffee, liquorice, raisins, prunes, tar, fresh asphalt and a solid coffee bitterness in a long, warming finish. Massive body, almost ridiculously heavy. Sweet. Ok, it packs a brutal punch, but alcohol is fairly well hidden for its size (however, it kind of turns up the morning after). Stunning beer. Impressive!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10674) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2011
Keg at The Wedding. Pours black with a dense (unreal dense), beige head. Boozy nose, some tar and peat, touches of mocha. Flavor is medium sweet with tons of heat, notes of wood, whiskey, burnt chocolate. Full bodied with heavy and active carbonation. Very oily. Finishes hot and lightly burning, notes of scorched wood, baking cocoa provides some dry bitterness. Lingering sting and burnt mocha. Excellent beer.


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