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


on tap


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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 660   ABV: 22%
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.

rvdoorn's rating

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (993) - - JUL 5, 2015
Black pour. Nose is brownies, port, dark fruits. Taste is the same with booze, although I’d never have guessed the abv right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2015
(Rating #10,000) Bottle… Pours black and opaque with no head. The nose offers rich notes of fudge, dark chocolate, port and medium-dry sherry, dates, dark raisins and a rumor of dried plum. Full-bodied and chewy with adequate carbonation. The flavor is red-hot. Ouch! Charred malts and burnt chocolate are layered upon a huge, boozy, vinous, alcoholic foundation. Finishes like a dark chocolate-infused fortified wine. A sipper for certain. Bottle generously supplied by 50belair!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour with fleeting kaki head. Oil like sheen. Sweet Port and caramel bouquet. Sweet caramel and chocolate with huge booze notes. Oak and vanilla backbeats. Good body and mouthfeel. Tasty and uber dangerous with 22% ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (569) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle - Pours dark black with brown head, almost no carbonation. Nose is port, chocolate, figs, currants. Taste is fudgy dark chocolate, port, vinous, dark berries, figs, currants. Damn tasty!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
15th March 2015
Almost opaque dark brown beer, small tan head. Palate is viscous and quite silky but still has good fine carbonation. Rich dark malts, soft and thick. A bit of coffee liqueur and dark chocolate liqueur. Trace of marmite. Spice. Very mild wood. A little blackcurrant and surpressed red berry fruits. Malt cream before a smooth and slightly spicy finish. Impressively drinkable for a 22% beer. I remain frustrated with Struise, they appear to have retreated from most of Europe and the few beers that do make their way out are nothing like as good as this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (6203) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
bottle with friends, many thanks bros. pours murky dark brown with a small light beige head showing minimal retention and lacing, acknowledging it is clocking at 22%. peppery and slightly perfumey booze, very warming (duh), burnt caramel, vinous and liquorous, slightly ashy, hint of metal, acrid coffee berries. light to low carbonation, medium to full body, sticky, boozy and peppery-piney finish. interesting experiment.. result is a-o-k.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2793) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Pours jet black with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of apples, fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, coffee. Taste is of extreme alcohol, very ashy, roasted malt, coffee. Palate: Full bodied. Light carbonation. Overall: Good, but not really awesome. Maybe a bit too much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (4633) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting. Oily black pour, no head. Aroma is really rich, volatile alcohol carries tons of chocolate, fudge, light winey aromas, port, roasted grain, thick caramel. Taste is rich, boozy, intense mouth coating chocolate and port flavors, roasty bitter finish, very very rich. Palate is mouth warming and coating with still a bit of carbonation. Delicious stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (4231) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Side by side with Kabert. Thanks to Evan for this one! Deep black with a small beige head and little alcohol legs. Aroma is of port with the expected alcohol presence, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits and hints of liquorice. Taste is of dark chocolate at first followed by port and light acidic notes along roasted malt, alcohol warmth and molasses. Ful bodied. Moderate carbonation. Liquorous. Long lasting warming finish, but not burning. Rich and so complex. Balance and "drinkability" are amazing too considering the abv. I was expecting a tiny bit more considering how good were Double Black and Kabert when I had them a few months ago, but this is still a world class RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (2480) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Pours a dark brown with no head, no lacing. Maybe reddish brown after all. Nose is of alcohol and port, pretty intense. Taste is ash-y but not necessarily in a bad way (I know this sounds strange), chocolate and slight peppers. It is also really hot but not burning. Body is full and carbonation moderate, feeling liquorous. This was pretty intense but still really good and I’m glad to have had the opportunity!

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