Borresteijn (3646) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Borefts Bier Festival. Black colour, beige head. Aroma is sweet, whisky, roasted malts, chocolate, some weird fruity notes. Flavour is sweet, roasted malts and coffee, bitter chocolate, whisky. Nice bitter finish. Medium to fullbodied. A bit too much bourbon for me.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super dark black thick pour. Extreme legs on this. Aroma is huge. Some faint smoke, molasses, bourbon, wood, vanilla and roasted nuts. Flavor has more bourbon, vanilla, burnt toast, dark bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Very big.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
25cL bottle. Pours very deep brown, topped with a thin tan head. Aroma is a bit more subtle than expected, with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Flavor begins with milk chocolate, vanilla, charcoal, and bourbon. Medium bodied, with velvety smooth mouthfeel. Milk chocolate and ash linger on the palate, with alcohol becoming more evident several seconds after the swallow. This really grew on me as I got further into the bottle; I wish it were larger than 25cL!!
andersand (521) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a dense beige head. Aroma is somewhat acidic, oaky, slightly roasted with notes of berries. Flavour is vanilla, caramell, acidic roasted berry stuff with a lovely longlasting bittersweet finish.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jason. Murky dark brown color with a hint of ruby when held to the light. SMall tight lid of tan bubbles. LIght oak and currant scents. Very light aromas in general. A little molasses as it warms. Flavors start sweeter with light oak and stewed dates with brown sugar. Very little alcohol noted. Hints of chocolate and roasted nibs in the finish and into the linger. A nice end of the night type brew.
blankboy (5138) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [250ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a large creamy light-brown head. Nice lacing. Nice aroma is sour and tart along with coffee, chocolate, wood and some herbal hops. Flavour, sour and tart again, is also lightly roasty along with some chocolate, coffee and spices. Alcohol well hidden considering the abv. Soft mouthfeel. There’s Black Albert in there? really? You wouldn’t know it. Anyways, it’s a fantastic beer.
cgarvieuk (10980) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep brown ... light toffee ...some barnyard funk nose ... raisins ... toffee ... soft malts ... chewie ...light nuttyness ...quite a lot of alcohol ...
thewolf (9856) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bought @ Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam.
Pours completely opaque black with a big, staying, frothy, brown head. Heavy oaky aroma. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, tart raisins and plums, chocolate. Low carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour starts a bit astringent, lots of oak, sweet, cocoa, chocolate, tobacco, hazel nuts, vanilla, bourbon. Incredibly long, lingering aftertaste with lots of chocolate and oak. Vinious and a tad boozy. But very nice!
Sparky (2130) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 cl bottle courtesy of StFun – thanks for this gem Josh! Pours crude oil black with a thick 3 finger brown head the lasted through the entire glass. The nose is sour dark fruits, tobacco, light molasses and ashy cocoa. The taste is ash, dark chocolate, roasted malts, light oaky booze and coffee. There’s a slight astringency right at the front but that fades quickly. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Very warming and very good. Thanks again Josh!
kmweaver (3143) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #2300. 25cL bottle, courtesy of urbeer. Thanks, Urbain! Pours a very dark brown color; medium brownish-tan head with good retention and medium-bubbled lacing that coats the glass; a gorgeous pour on this one; a lot of the Struise bottlings seem to be overcarbonated at the front, but look great in the glass. Giving this a little shake to put the carbonation down a bit. Still, woah. One can smell this beer from across the table: intense leather, dried fruits, hints of anise and licorice; as with Black Albert, a heavy emphasis on a Belgian imperial stout rendition, with more dried dark fruits and leather than explicit chocolate or roasted malts; the bourbon character is an accessory, a perimeter of oak and warmth that never makes itself known too noisily. You really do have to shake the life out of this beer (I’m looking at you, Pannepot) to get the carbonation settled to any sort of approachable level; maybe decanting would help, but it would also help all of the other over-carbonated beers in the world; at least this one is worth the additional effort. Full mouthfeel: some slick oiliness and peanut character on the front of the palate, followed by roasted malts and dried dark fruits, leather, tobacco, and those touches of black licorice seen in the nose; it would be interesting to try this side-by-side with Black Albert; the barrel character seems quite soft; the core shows cola, lingering dried dark fruits, nuttiness and roasted malts. The palate gets a 3, just for the amount of effort it takes to get the bubbles down. Underneath, this is gorgeous. Heavily drinkable, all told. Lengthy finish, showing fruit leather, tobacco, and plenty of roasted malts and oily nuts.