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


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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.

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bobhund (441) - - DEC 1, 2014
Köpt på Systembolaget Boländerna, Uppsala. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 (5302) - 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 (3333) - 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 (3740) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2013
On tap @SBWF12. Pitch black. Smoky, woody, oak, malty, some alcohol in aroma. Malty, roasted, chocolate and alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1320) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2012
From nites - tap at Borefts 2011. Incredible - complex aromas of whiskey coming through through the alcohol scents and taste and mouthfeel of a beer. Incredible twist of beer into something totally different while keeping all attributes of beer. Nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerdo71 (13) - - DEC 9, 2012
Malty, good balance between biterness and alcohol. Nice aromas and good carbonatation, really good beer to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pentaz (1254) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2012
Tap @ CBC. Pours black with creamy brown head. Aroma is dark malts, dark chocolate, peat, alchohol. Taste is dark malt, syrup, roasted malts, peat, smoke, ash. it almost resembles Islay whisky. Full body, heavy sweet, sticky. More please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (3316) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 16, 2012
Tap @ SBWF 2012. Pours pitch black color. Smoky, woody, oak, malty, some alcohol in aroma. Malty, roasted, chocolate, licorice and alcohol. It’s actually not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndySnow (4396) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
Sample @ SBWF 12. Dark black colour with a small brown head. Strong tar, peat, chocolate, coffee aroma. Taste is whiskey like, strong, tarry, peaty. Feels that it is strong, but not as strong as it actually is.

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