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


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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 į 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rvdoorn (13) - - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
In short: A monster big dark ale that
How: From a 750ml bottle at Drunk Monk, Matarů, Spain.
The look: Very dark burgundy body (near black) with no head to speak of.
In long: Nose is rich malts with a certain fruitiness reminiscent of port wine. I ordered this beer almost out of morbid curiosity, because Drunk Monk was selling decent size 4oz samples from the bottle so I could try it without having to subject myself to a 750ml of a supposedly 22% brew. This is a monster big dark ale that tastes a bit like some kind of malted port wine (if that makes any sense). It offers plenty of flavors, rich fruitiness, mollasses, wet tobacco, etc. I donít think I could enjoy a full bottle all the way through, but I sure enjoyed my 4oz sample. Named after a breakfast cereals that was engineered to provide an alternative to customers who didnít want the deafening snap crackle and pop of the Rice Crispies.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1719) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
Another collaboration in the Black Damnation series and another one frozen to enormous strength, tasted at the OBER Kerstbierfestival in 2011. Very creamy, deep beige, dense head, remarkable stable in relation to the alcohol, colour black, very thick, motor oil-like consistency. Very concentrated, ípiquantí aroma, more of a beer essence, roasted, smoky, coffee-like, bakerís chocolate, dates, raisins, leather, soy sauce, sherry, old port wine, old madera, tobacco... Very thick and dense taste, extremely heavy, oily mouthfeel, syrupy, complex and very concentrated, sharp, finishing in a very long, thick, smoky and roasted bitter ending. Though a little bit less strong than the Double Black, I found this one to be even more challenging and demanding, with a thicker consistency. Just a little bit too much, perhaps.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
b79turner (223) - Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2013 750ml bottle, corked and red wax sealed. Pours jet black with a small tan head. Nose is port wine, huge rich malt profile, port brandy and grape really dominate the smell. There is some oak here too. Taste is incredibly rich! Fortunately I split this bottle with 2 other guys, 2 small glasses is plenty! Strong beer, a fair amount of burn, but not bad for 22%. Highly recommended if you can find it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (5334) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle shared at Franks, courtesy of CallmeMickey - huge thanks Ryan! Pours a super pitch black body with nice, thick rich chocolate brown head. Aroma is molasses, rich port, chocolate, and cake. Mouthfeel is super rich and full with notes of bouron, chocolate, caramel toffee, dark fruit, and finishes with a warming oaky character. Would have never guessed the strength of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle compliments of Ryan at Franks. Pours pitch balck with medium head. Nose of toffee, fig, mollases, port and chocolate. 22% is somewhat approachable. Flavors were super rich with warming booze, caramel, licorice, and dark fruits. Long lasting finish. Wow, this beer kicks your dick in the dirt alright.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1342) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle. Color black with small head. Aroma malt, roasted, chocolate, alcohol, caramel. Taste sweet, roasted, caramel, chocolate, licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5000) - GERMANY - OCT 13, 2012
Tap at CBC 2012. Deep black in the glass, small head. Intense malty aroma. Starts intense malty, modest alcoholic, not as strong as exspected. Malty, modest fruity like plum. Finish dry and a bit boring malty, modest soapy-alcoholic. All in all a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13562) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
On tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Looking just gorgeous, a dense, finger-thick, light tan head sits on top of a black body, releasing aromas of roasted malts, dried fruits, something sugary, a hint of vanilla, some licorice and a quite pleasant alcohol scent. A bit too warming maybe, both in the nose and the mouth, but itís not extreme in any way, almost making me suspicious of the claimed 22% ABV. Roasted malts and sweetness, some dried fruits and licorice, and a touch of vanilla in the flavor, with a pleasant bitterness showing up after a while, combating with alcohol and sweetness for attention. Full body, as expected. Certainly a beer worth drinking, but itís also a beer you should share, no matter what the bottle size is. 120511

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2012

Draught @ [ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 ] @ Spartas Lokaler, Faelledparken in Osterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dark dark black colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dark chocolate, light alcohol. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, licorice, portwine. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Hidde the alcohol very well ... Nice beer ;O) [20120511]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (2779) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Pitch black body. Thin dark khaki head. Nose is roasted with brown sugar, molasses, caramel, chocolate, and booze. Not getting much in the way of port barrel here. Flavor is similar with caramel, roast, and chocolate taking center stage. The port barrel (dark fruits and oak) starts to show a bit. Big, thick, and slightly boozy on the tongue. Lingering roasted finish.

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