77ships (4411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to Beerlover_Ben. Lightly red hue, very dark brown / black. Lovely smell, sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla oak, faint hops, milk chocolate. Taste is faintly bitter mocha, sweet coffee, touch molasses, faint hops in the back but clearly there, lovely, very interesting, vanilla oak, light bourbon in the finish, sweet coffee. Lower carb. Very easy to drink. Wasn’t expecting too much from this one & I was wrong, this was really good, even more since I felt that the other new Black Albert based beers which recently came out weren’t on par with the first batch. I have never had the first batch of this one, all I can say is that this one was really lovely.
gEUS (1284) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had both the bottled version and the draft version at the Schooltje. Whereas the draft version is softer and smoother, the bottled version has more outspoken notes; both were excellent (review holds the bottled version). Pours deep black with a massive marroon brown/dark beige head. Beautiful how the head builds up from within the beer, incredible thick lacing. Aroma unveils rich coffee notes on the fresh and fruity side a bit more than the roasty and green side. Aromas of vanilla and liquorice as well. Outspoken and complex. Body is typically Struise: massively rich and full with a marvelous balance between the roasty malt characteristics and fruity hopiness, making this a flavour bomb... with a surprising finish and aftertaste of - I shit you not - orange peel and "orangettes" (confit orange peel covered in bittersweet dark chocolate). Drinks away dangerously easy...
SimonBeer (105) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2014 (Drinking date: 20 February 2014) (Black Damnation Eight. Vintage 2012, alc. 12%.) Pitchblack colour, no light comes through it. Very small layer of creamy beige foam. Lovely sweet aroma of alcohol, vanilla, coffee, ripe dark fruits (figs and plums) and milk chocolate. I expected the aroma to be a bit more powerfull, that would have been better. The taste is exactly what I love: sweet and bitter, the aftertaste is coffee. The beer starts sweet, with a sweetness of sugar, ripe dark fruits and alcohol. Then the bitterness of coffee and pure chocolate comes through, you really taste coffee. The beer leaves a coffee-bitter taste in your mouth. The mouthfeel is perfect. Flat to medium carbonation, and really lovely thick in the mouth. The beer is really ?warm? in the mouth and throath, which stays for a time. The alcohol causes that. So overall, I am really enjoying this beer. Unfortunately this beer was 25 euro for a bottle of 0,75 litres, otherwise I bought a hundred bottles. This is one of the best beers I have ever had. With a bit more powerfull aroma this beer would have been perfect. But now, it?s close to perfection. That?s why it gets the total score of 4.6!
Douberd (2728) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 750ml at home, into a big tulip glass. ABV 12%
Looks impressive with its almot totally black coloured body, its shades of ruby red where the light manages to pass through and with its tall and thick brown head. Really good retention too, it never actually collapses, but it persists in the form of a thick layer of foam on the beer’s surface. Heavy lace that creates a dark brown wall around the glass.
Aroma of chocolate, hops, light vanilla, booze, dark roasted malts, some smoke too, all nicely blended together.
Wow, what a great taste! Lots of whiskey notes, vanilla, alcohol that intensifies all the flavours, roasted malts towards the finish, plenty of wood, hops struggling to surface, really great!
Full thick body, carbonation on the right levels, good dryness on the palate, smooth and silky texture.
Not much to say about this beer, a total must!
DwarfeD (1240) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cl bottle at home from ’t Drankenhuys. Very dark brown with a tiny off-white head. Full body with low carbonation. Sweet and boozy with bitter tones. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, yeast, vanilla, some dark fruits, little bit of grapefruit, spices, licorice, raisin and bourbon. A very rich full bodied brew, which is quite awesome!
ABT_S54 (220) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2014 75cl bottle shared in a Struise glass. Pours black with a light brown head which starts voluminous and is still present some 45 minutes later. I was reluctant to try this as I didn’t want to break my Struise record (all being fantastic) as I am not an IPA fan at all. I need not have worried. This is pure stout all the way - the IPA may have made the mouthfeel slightly lighter but the stickiness of Black Albert is still present. The aroma is strong burnt malt and candy sugar with (dark) fruits. The taste is perfectly sweet and the hoppiness of the IPA is not overpowering at all and even though it is only 40% Imperial Stout it is nothing but a testament to the power of Black Albert that it is not overpowered - in fact the contrary! Toffee, caramel and a hint of treacly toffee. Seems to be more of a sipper than the pure Albert variants such as Coffee Club however, it was a warm summer’s evening so maybe on a cold winter’s night this would have been devoured with more ferocity. Only one way to find out...
ST247 (425) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @Het Oude Schooltje. Pours black with light brown foam. Aroma is dark malt, light bitterness, little alcoholic. Taste is roasted malts, bit sweet.
Maarten1993 (402) - - FEB 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Drank with Thijs at Sophie’s birthday 16-2-2014. Great beer. Typical dark. Complex taste. No weak points. Great!
kraddel (3732) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black , good white foam . Smell aint intense , bitter .
big mouthfeel, combined with a bitter enter and back , realy intresting !
Lads and gents , THIS is how a black ipa should be like !
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Roast, chocolate, some earth / woodiness, and dark fruits. Alcohol hidden with a smooth body. Softer but I enjoyed it.