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


on tap


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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abio (1683) - 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 it’s 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. Don’t misunderstand... Can’t say it’s 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 (3739) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
suprchunk (2510) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Black color from the tap. Huge dark tan head. Way more carbonated than I had imagined. Guess you would have to force carbonate this one though. No lacing. Roasted tire aroma. Weird. Band-aid taste. Kind of smooth, but a big bitter aftertaste mixed with the band-aid. Not even close to beer. Not good at all. Not much hope for the bottles of BD V I have stashed away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1574) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (6422) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (5205) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (6248) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2011
Draft @ Borefts Beer Festival 2011. Very thin off white head. Jet black pour. Amazing complex taste. Wow!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4162) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (33872) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
caesar (5598) - 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!

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