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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (13254) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (22451) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2011
Hasndbottled from tap. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel, peat, liquorice and alcohol. Roasted flavour of caramel, peat, liquorice and dried fruits with notes of soy sauce, tar and whisky. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14338) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2011
Entered to celebrate my 8200th Rating. Cask @ Craft Beer & Co, RBESG, 2011. Pours black with a small creamy brown head on top. Smoke, roast, coffee and alcohol. A bit hot. Very sippable and quite elegant. Lovely dark roasted notes. Silky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (1074) - DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
(Sample at Papsøe’s) Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma is peat, cough syrup, licorice. Full-bodied, flat, thick texture with a long, dark finish. Taste is dark and bitter with notes of licorice. Doesn’t seem like 39% alcohol to me neither in smell, taste or effect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
Handbottled. A black beer with no head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and iodine. The flavor is sweet with iodine, malt, roasted malt, and wood, leading to a dry, woody finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
Handbottle. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a pitch black with a tiny, tiny beige head. The nose has some iodine and thick, sticky overripe fruits and dark malts. Very solid body, no carbonation, hard roast, smoke and iodine, very salty and minerally with a heavy booze finish. Not bad, but not exactly thrilling either. 240811

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2011
Cask (RBESG 2011, London) at Craft Beer Co. Pitch black - small brown head. Smokey, ashtray, peated, burned malts, salty, sweetness, high malty, high smokey, hard burned, high burned, burned dryness, a bit boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
About an 6-8oz pour. Wow. Huge thank you to Mes for the share. My voice reminds me that I said I can rate this in seven words: "MMMMM! ISLAY. ROAST. GOOOOOOOOOD. 39%?- NO WAY!" Seriously, this was creamy, totally not boozy in aroma or taste (Black Hole is much stronger in alcohol on the palate) - black, black, black, so much going in in aroma and taste, where to begin? Oily hugely roasted nutty malt, somewhat vinous, coffee, other fruits, underpinned by lush herbal bitterness, definite alcohol, some dark chocolate ... incredible. I will never have this again, of course. "Why do I think I’m going to be incredibly drunk when I finish this? Thank you, MES!!" (I wasn’t actually drunk - I treated it with respect)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2011
Draft @ Craft Beer Co with MagicDave, Mes and HogtownHarry. Pours a thick black, staring death in the eyes. Thick brown head sits on top. Thick as susan boyle. Only slightly boozy considering the abv. Malty, slight medicinal kick, peaty. Definately some whiskey in there. This beer is fucking awesome!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2073) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2011
Served in a shot glass: Craft Beer Co. Colour is black like a stout with a stout like off white head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, but also apple, pear, earthy and a massive dose of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter chocolate, burnt toffee, bananas, wood smoke, liquorice, toasty malt. Surprisingly drinkable and tasty for a 39% beer, although has a bitter and alcoholic welly kick in the balls at the end.

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