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


on tap


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5812) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 17, 2012
[5/11/12] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Black with a brown head. Big espresso and dark chocolate aroma, pretty burnt, with some fruitiness and alcohol notes. Flavor is a bit liqueur-like, coffee-ish with a burnt bitter finish. Thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4058) - SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2012
CBC 2012. Pours pitch black with a small brown head leaving lace. aroma is roasted dry malty bready nutty and coffee. Flavor is heavy roasted peppery pungent coffee chocolate sweet fruity and bitter. Finishes bitter coffee and fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
Draught at CBC 2012 Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and dark chocolate with notes of stearine. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, licorice and dark chocolate. Sweet and roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13913) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2012. Pours black with a small creamy beige head. Roast, coffee, charcoal and alcohol. Not even boozy. 22% ?? I doubt it. Warming finish. Really dry end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
Draught. Roasted aroma. Black colour. No head. The flavour is sweet and roasted. Does not taste that strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
From tap. Pours pitch black wit a small tan head. Aroma is dense malty and dark chocolate, roasted. Smooth roasted and liqourice. Dense malty and roasted, liqourice. Smooth and dark malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2012
Enjoyed from tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Deep black with a good chocolate brown head. Aroma is raisins, plums, figs, cherry, chocolate. Oily mouthfeel, well balanced and not boozy, dry finish. Taste is chocolate, raisins, plum, brown sugar, touch of oak, hint of soy sauce and a touch of coffee. Definitely wouldn’t pick it as a 22%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8434) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Tap at CBC 2012. Poured a good number of this bad boy but unfortunately everyone was all about the Messy instead. The pour is ink with sheets of Martian red lacing after a reverse cascade head. Nose is a bit too much apple for me, some acetaldehyde, red apple. The Messy had a similar off character but the sharp Scotch blends in to make the acetaldehyde smell more like calvados. But I’m thinking it’s an oxidation problem during the eisbocking process. Taste is roasty, bitter, sharp, loads of pithy and zesty citrus hops. Mild lactic acid in the palate with yogurt really bitter roastiness. Dry finish with muted vinous port character. Simpler. Easier to enjoy than you would think. We’ll see how the bottle I have holds up but methinks it’s time to crack it at the next tasting. 5/12/2012 7/5/8/4/14=3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (703) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2012
Tap at cbc. Pitch black with small amount of tan foam. Roasty notes with hints of booze and coffee. Taste is roasty and malty sweet wirh hints of coffee. Finish is not too sweet witch is good. Full body and soft carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5061) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2012
Draft at CBC. Black pour with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet, fruits, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Sweet flavour with fruit, port, bitter chocolate. Expected alcohol warmth but hidden in the flavour. Full bodied with low carbonation. Another great high alcohol beer by Struise!

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