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


on tap


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RATINGS: 94   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fewa (41) - Beersel, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2012
I had this one on draft at the Kerstbier festival in Essen and from a 75cl bottle. The beer is pitch black, with a dark brown head. Smell is heavy roast, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and malts. Taste is very similar. Bitter coffee, chocolate, warming alcohol and spices. The bottled version was much milder and less boozy than the draft version. Bottled this is a fantastic beer, which is hiding the alcohol much better than the draft version. Equally brilliant to the BD5 in my opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Swaroga (2111) - Gdańsk, POLAND - DEC 18, 2011
From tap at Kerstbierfestival 2011. Point black with medium coffee brown head. Nose : Deep notes of coffee/toffee like malts. Cheese. Obvious alcohol and butterscotch background. Sip : The body is like coffee liquor : thick with surprisingly some little carbonation !!! The sip was an obvious shock ! Wow ! Medium bitter coffee with a spoon of sugar. Irish coffee like feeling but much thicker texture. Cheesy insertion is delicious. The aftertaste is still there even after hours so you got to make it the last thing you taste otherwise it will transcend and contaminate the palate. This is something ! But is it a beer ?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Rating # 650 – draft – sampled twice +/- 20 cl. & 1 smaller sample @ Kertbierfestival 2011: A: oily pitch/ utter darkness black with a chocolate mousse head, conflicting with the taste and mouthfeel this is indeed as liquid as any other RIS & not sludge syrup – S: wow, I would rather not stick my nose into this, when colder pure alcohol, disinfecting alcohol plain & simple, vodka,… when warmed up hint of chocolate, thick roasted malts, ice coffee as thick as a milkshake but the booze overwhelms everything – T: thick, very thick, thick syrup, super concentrated malt syrup, bucket of molasses squeezed into this, concentrated brown sugar, ice coffee & condensed coffee, sludgy, a roast which tries not to drown in the syrup & sweetly goodness, strong porto (calvados?) aftertaste, warming but not really alcoholic – B: syrupy sludge – delicious, I need more of this but don’t think that is going to happen /// Tried this one gain on draft @ brewery, seems like these should be drank fresh on draft. Still good but no longer spectacular, I hear that the bottles are drinking phenomenally now. Keeping the old score.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (8219) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2011
17/12/2011 on tap @ Kerstbierfestival (Essen) - BB: n/a (2011-716)

Very dark brown to black beer, big creamy solid brown head, stable and adhesive. Aroma: dark caramel, mocha, very little alcohol, wood, dried fruits. MF: ok carbon, full body, thick and creamy texture, alcohol warming the throat. Taste: caramel, mocha, some herbal hops, sweet sugar, little sour. Aftertaste: mocha, coffee, alcohol, bit of vinegar, maybe balsamic, pepper. Pretty impressive stuff. Once in a lifetime. Took me about 35 minutes to finish the 15cl sample.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grunx (367) - - FEB 5, 2012
Una altre joia de la saga Black Damnation. Per a degustar amb molta calma. Omple tota la boca i és infinitament llarga.

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
b79turner (252) - Birmingham, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Holy (837) - GERMANY - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle shared in KC with quiznoaz - many thanks to the master brewer Urbain! Wow. Nice. I like this one. A lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1917) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle. Color black with small head. Aroma malt, roasted, chocolate, alcohol, caramel. Taste sweet, roasted, caramel, chocolate, licorice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Shared with Holy (thanks). Dark pour, no head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with a hint of brown sugar. Long transitions in the flavor. Starts with a chocolaty, malty bourbon, with the body that’s almost like milk. Slowly moves to a heavy mocha, finally finishing with a feel of bakers chocolate. Very rich and very nice.

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