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


on tap


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 660   ABV: 22%
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A blend of Kate The Great (10.79% ABV) and Black Albert (13% ABV), brewed by master brewer Todd Mott of the Portsmouth Brewery in USA and Urbain Coutteau of Struise. This time our beer was fractionally frozen to -15 ° C over a period of 20 days. This method allows the water which is present in beer, slowly but surely to be separated from the alcohol, and allowing the volume % to rise. Another Eisbock process but modified a la Struise, still allows the result to be called beer. "Special K" has previously been aged 10 months in Noval Port barrels before undergoing the Eisbock process.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
dark brown, thin tan ring. Nose is muted oatmeal, chocolate brownie, cake. Flavor of chocolate liquor, finishes hot, sticky, heavy booze throughout, oily and thin, heavy ethanol thin finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Hot and boozy nose, lots of smoke and ash, chocolate. Taste is grossly sweet astringent and ashy, boozy. Did not enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
75cl bottle, thanks GT2. Small dark brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some burnt, chocolate, alcohol. Taste is sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some roast, alcohol. Sticky full body, light alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Pitch black pour with a medium off white head. Huge raisin and port with burning alcohol and chocolate mocha. Huge thick rich palate with a super sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (10781) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Black with a small tan head. Mild roasted aroma with fruity notes. Sweet and fill bodied roasted flavour with a touch of apple peel, some ink and lenty alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2012
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorish, alcohol and chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, alcohol, liquorish, soy and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (9853) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2012
CBC. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 110512

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (3520) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2012
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Another mammoth from Struise, let’s see what we got: jet black body, tiny caramel head. Aroma is syrupy dark malts, sour water melon-like tones (!), leather and hints of ashes. A bit odd, actually. Taste is hard espresso, leather and water melon-like sour-ish sugar tones...eh...this may sound strange, but I’m having a really hard time putting this into words here... Full body. Not my favorite from Struise, but still very nicely balanced for the ABV. Should have tried this before Messy, I guess. :-P

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (15568) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2012
Draft @ CBC 2012. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma with hints of dark fruit. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice with hints of coffee. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (10785) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2012
Tap @ CBC, 2012.
Pours utterly black with a wonderful, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has sweet, light milky chocolate, viniousness, blackberries, light roasted. Softly carbonated, lovely creamy palate. Flavour is soft, chocolate, vinious, coffee, light roasted. Warming, but never too much. Elegant sweetness to the finish, even it is too sweet to really make it to the top.

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