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.

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grunx (367) - - JAN 7, 2012
Provada al Borefts. Increible. Beure aquesta cervesa fa que tot el que et prenguis desprťs sembli aigualit. Gran i perillosa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2011
A Mes rate. Tap at Project Space 176.
Well, as a wedding day gift from someone, it doesnít get much better than a keg of this stuff to get your mates drunk on. Blacker than black with an insanely dense rich chocolate brown head. How something this high can look after a head like this does I just donít know. Itís about as attractive as you could imagine a stout to be. The aroma is huge. A barrage of sweet malt, coffee, chocolate and glorious Whisky notes. In the mouth it almost defies belief. How can something this strong be so approachable? Itís just so bloody drinkable. Yes, youíre aware itís a big beer of course, but not one other of the really big strong beers can hold a candle to this as far as quaffability. What made me so happy about it more than anything is that itís so clearly Black Mes but with balls that are easily bigger than mine. The depth of flavour is immense, each layer has other layers. All the same stuff that springs into the nose when you sniff is even more apparent in the mouth. The lick of dryness is a hint of sheer genius and again, so unexpected given itís strength. Iíve known the guys at Struise for many years now and have often struggled to comprehend their unrivalled generosity. For this beer to be dedicated to Sim and I on our wedding day however, well itís just totally off the scale. One of the highlights of the night was looking over at Ian who had found a large glass and had getting on for a pint of this in his hand. One thing I can say without any doubt is that it CERTAINLY lives up to its name. This caused a fair bit of carnage on the night! Struise we love you. Thank you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenrikSoegaard (13282) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2012
Draught at CBC. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Fantastic powerfull heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Strong Islay notes. Heavy bitter exstreem great flavor. Strong whiskey notes. Long intense powerfull finish. Fantastic palate. Worldclass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2012
On-tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 Poured in a CBC taster. Deep abyss-esque black. 3+ (mocha) fingernail head. Looks thick and coating. Smells of scotch and booze. Notes of charred dark malt, oak, espresso, chocolate, and toffee. Very bold and big! This beer doesnít Mes (pun intended) around. Taste is rich, deep, complex, and robust. This isnít your average high-ABV beer! Dark chocolate, roasted malt, Scotch (pronounced peatiness), oak, touch of fig, and espresso. Soft blend of caramel sweetness and vanilla towards the end. The depth of this beer is very nice and, as it warms, it becomes a bit more mellow - well at least as mellow as a 39% ABV beer can be. Not "hot", but certainly not cold. The ABV on this beer is amazingly high, but youíd never guess it was 39% by how it drinks. I do not recommend chugging this beer, but it is very enjoyable to sip on and savor. Iím not a big fan of scothc/whiskey (and the corresponding peatiness and "heat"), but the booziness from the nose is hidden deep in the taste and this beer simply warms the soul. I would love to enjoy a small snifter of this on a cold winters night, but donít think Urbain & Co. will be bottling it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2011
I like most to rate this so far had it on tap at MesandSimís wedding. Thought itís a fitting beer to celebrate my 1000th on Ratebeer. Something from their wedding day is fitting but especially as itís base is Black Mes. Black with a dark brown head. After drinking another beer of similar strength that day, this is a much different animal. Of course itís strong but tastes nothing like 39%. Of the real insanely strong stuff, this is easily the tastiest and most palatable. I wanted to stand there all night drinking it but I heroically and unselfishly let others have some. Go me. It was funny watching the queue just pop up out of nowhere. I hadnít heard the call of it going on but my beer sense started tingling and asked someone what was going on. "Messy" was the reply. So drinkable for the strength. You have to pay it respect though. Whisky, chocolate, coffee, coconut even. All backed up by alcohol like a big brother. Cheers to my big brother and his new wife, congratulations. And cheers to the Struise guys.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40865) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (11258) - Where the wild whales are, 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5565) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2012
On tap at Mes & Simís wedding June 2011. A growing warmth with soft chocolate and c ream. Builds like a whiskey in the mouth. Really quite wonderful. Sweet and seductive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
12-MAY-2012, draft @CBC. Black with yellow/brown lassting head. Whiskey nose. Mostly just whiskey nose. A faint alcohol and some roast. The roasted notes really comes out on the taste. Coffee and chocolate with loads of whiskey. Very sweet, very very full body. Oh, and the alcohol? It is there, but no way 39% Difficult to rate such an extreme beast.

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