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


on tap


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 340   EST. CALORIES: 1170   ABV: 39%
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.

rvdoorn's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
rvdoorn (13) - - JUN 23, 2012
On tap at BBF 2011 and CBC 2012 (from notes) Look: the beer pours a pitch black color with a nice thick, creamy, sticky dark-brown head. This beer leaves a coating on the inside of the glass after drinking. Kind of like the Darklord, only Struise achieved this without additives in the beer (like glycerol, PEG) Smell: Heavy on roasted malts and coffee. Vanilla, smoke and peat from the barrel. Taste: Similar to the smell, the taste is heavy on roasted malts and coffee, with notes of chocolate and caramel. The influence from the barrel is present with smoked and peaty flavors. However, although the flavors are amazing, the heavy boozy taste of pure ethanol puts it all into the background. Mouthfeel: super thick, creamy, sticky with medium-low carbonation Overall: Great smell , but the pure, burning ethanol is too much present for me in the taste. I work in a laboratory, and the beer tastes like the smell of the 70%-98% ethanol that I use to decontaminate my instruments from bacteria. Of course, it is not surprising that an ABV this high cannot be hidden, but it shows that this time Struise went too far with pimping beers. The BD5 is perfectly balanced, this one not. This is not beer, but just a strong liquor. If I am in the mood of drinking strong liquor though, I will never refuse this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (2512) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2015
sample provided at the Moeder Lambic cellar session 2015. poured an oily black colour with a non to long lasting small dark head. first notice are clear salty peat notes. which i personally have net get in the ’regular ’ black mes. smell is alcoholic like a peated whisky, but still with a combination of dark sticky malts, chocolate, oak, and toffee notes. some licorice as well shining trough. mouthfeel is full bodied, with still a little bit of carbonation to it. wow.. what a difference between the new cdos / baos version. this is way more enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1763) - GREECE - JUN 20, 2015
From old notes. From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Black color with beige head. Aroma is malty, roasted, chocolate, alcoholic, some smoked notes. Sweet and biter like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. Alcohol seemed like 15% not 39%!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (6904) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2015
18/IV/15 - on tap @ Struise Schooltje (Oostvleteren) - BB: n/a (2015-449) Thanks to Fokke for the beer! Thanks to Bart and Jolien for driving!

Clear dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige to brown head, unstable, non adhesive. aroma: very peated, smoky, caramel, dried fruits. MF: soft carbon, full body, very thick, syrupy texture, almost chewable. Taste: caramel, very sugary, heavily peated, hoppy, some dark chocolate, pretty dry. Aftertaste: peated, caramel, sweet, bit of alcohol, more peat, pretty bitter and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamChandler (3920) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Totally pitch black. Insanely boozy....tobacco. Well, this is a ’mess’ insane! Like a campfire, smoked chocolate, marshamallows, a lot of rye and bourbon whiskey. some tree-nuts, maybe walnut/almonds. very interestin but also very extreme. Double Black is ’balanced’ compared to this :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PotjeBier (2170) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
Messy in the making, about 30%, straight from the barrel @ Schooltje. Black color. Dark head (not much). Aroma’s: whisky-ish, alcohol, sweet, wood, licorice/drop, something herbal? Flavor is like licorice, droppig, moderate sweet, somewhat salty. Very strong alcohol feel. Dense mouthfeel, syruppy. Not there yet, but anyway a bit over the top for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4988) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 11, 2015
Biggest want now finally happening. Pours jet black with a small, dark head. Smell is intense peat, yet still in the ok zone to me. Taste is peat, byt also dark malts and bitterness. Very balanced. Drinks like a 10 percenter, wtf? Acxording to Urbain, because of the temperature. To me this is juat proof yet again of great brewing skills. What a mouthfeel! Perfect carbo, intense and long lasting aftertaste. Even though it is to peated for my taste, i can only commit that i secretly do like it. If obly it were for the experience and the mouthfeel of it. Thnx Urbain!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bernatbeer (418) - barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 10, 2013
En tirador CBC2012-Que peligro de cerveza,contundente pero entra sola.Me bebo una pinta entera.Gracias Urbain & Carlo and Struise team

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kappldav123 (5591) - GERMANY - JUN 25, 2013
On tap at CBC2012. Deep black in the glass, very small head. Heavy malty and alcoholic aroma. Starts extremly malty, strong, alcoholic. Intense malty-earthy notes. Notes of strong coffee. Burning finish. All in all a bit too much, should be more balanced. I liked the Double Black more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3548) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2013
On tap at CBC 2012. Pours black with a light brown head. Quite sweet with a medium bitterness.Malty aromas of toffee, peat and hints of caramel. Also aromas of leather. Full bodied. withn oily mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Long dry and peaty finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (4737) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2013
On tap @SBWF12. Pitch black. Smoky, woody, oak, malty, some alcohol in aroma. Malty, roasted, chocolate and alcohol.

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