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


on tap


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RATINGS: 88   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (5204) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2012
750ml bottle pours an oily black with zero head. Looks like soy sauce. Nose is boozy, coffee liqueur, apples, toasted bread, prunes, toffee. Flavor is straight booze, sweet brown sugar, coffee liqueur, soy, coffee beans. Full bodied (duh) hot finish. Heart burn city.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11871) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
Tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Pours black with a thick, beige cream head. Like topping. Nose holds musty cocoa, earth and roast. Medium sweet with lots of dirt, earth, some dark fruits, some baking cocoa. Very mellow considering the ABV. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mild warming finish with earth, raisins, cocoa. Nice, and inordinately mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2060) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2012
Tap at CBC ´12..... It pours jet black with a thick creamy tan head..... The aroma is dark fruits, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate....The flavor is dark fruits, roasted malt and licorice......very nice....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rvdoorn (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
Picked up some bottles for myself and some fellow BAs in the struise shop in Brugge some time ago. Only between 300 and 400 bottles are made of this one. Look: the beer pours a deeep black color, with a dark espresso brown thick head. Smell: coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits and fruity port notes. Taste: Dark fruits, freshly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak port notes. A bit spicy, warming alcoholic aftertaste. There is incredibly much going on in this one. Mouthfeel: Thick creamy body with low but perfect carbonation Overall: This beer is extremely well made. Right now, still a bit sharp/spicy, however, age will do this one very well and will surely make it a true worldclass beer! Can wait to open one of my other bottles in the future!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours a dark brown color with a thin head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, raisin, sherry. The taste is roasted malts, bitter hops, raisins. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUN 18, 2012
Sampled at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Pours a pitch black beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, coffee and chocolate. The flavor follows the nose with additional alcohol. The palate is roasted with sweetness. Overall a really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7430) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
Tap at CBC, May 2012. It pours jet black, with a thick tan head. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, wood, liquorice, treacle, dark fruit, toffee and varnish. The taste is rich-roasted coffee, ash, roasted malt, touch of soy sauce, liquorice, salted caramel, tar, burnt tire, hint of tanginess, dark fruit and wood, with a dry, warming finish. Full body, fine-high carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Complex and full on flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrChopin (3474) - 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 (3186) - 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 (11642) - 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.

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