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

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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Black Albert was used in a new barrel aging project. More than a year ago, Carlo was able to get his hands on a stock of Four Roses Bourbon barrels, and we happily filled them up with Batch „0". This unique creation was originally to be named 4 Black Roses in honour of its heritage, but our friends in Kentucky strongly advised us not to do so! What to do? As the disowned offspring of Black Albert, the name Cuvée Delphine imposed itself. Savouring the Belgian irony, we are most honoured to have artwork by Delphine Boël shining on this label. You will not find this ale all over the globe. There is no export program, but we will try to provide stock through our web shop and some specialty beer pubs.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
2009 ’vintage’. Sleek and pitch- and I mean pitch- with a moussey, immovable tan collar the colour of strong coffee. Nose a cacophony of spiced apple peel, chocolate sauce, raisins, peat, coal, custard pastry and oaky, red wine/Mum’s spag bol notes off the barrel. Still, until the head dissipates, it could almost be an English stout of 4-5%- insane. Any such illusion dissipates with the first sip, which is viscous and puckeringly sweet with a red apple and cranberry-type fruitiness dominating, over a vinous, lactic undercurrent that tangs, but doesn’t quite turn sour. Drying and tannic; blackened finish with burnt toast, liquorice; alcohol buried in an avalanche of red apple and custard sweetness sticky on the lips with sugar. Clinging, cigar ash aftertaste restoring some balance. Drank this over a 2hr period, and it kept getting better. Quite a beer, but I prefer the original and..I dunno, too cloying and fruity to trouble my top 100. I’m a fussy bugger.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3724) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2010
330ml bottle from Bierkompass

Barrel-aged version of Black Albert. Can’t really say it’s better than the original one. Black and oily appearance, complex and bitter taste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6206) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2010
330 ml bottle.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beige, foamy head. Somewhat lacy. Aroma of oak, sweet malts and bourbon of course. Flavour of sweet bourbon, malts and hops with oak notes. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Very warming finish. Pleasant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2290) - JAPAN - OCT 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2010 Pitch black with a tan head that retains form for a good while. Nose is licorice, chocolate, spoilt vegetables, dark fruits and alcohol. Very luxurious mouthfeel, the barrel has really tamed the 13% and given it an extra dimension. Still reasonably thick with lots of soy, roast, chocolate and that lambic-ness coming through. The finish is long, bitter and bourbonesque.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
Pours black with a large light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, coffee and liquorish. Flavour is roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate and liquorish. Really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2010
33cl bottle-Thanks to grownfool for the trade-pours a rich brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-ashy/burnt/wood, acidic. Taste is rich dark malt-chocolate/ashy/licorice, wood/grain, some acidic/earthy hops, alcohol. Occasional.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle poured black with a nice brown head. Aromas of bourbon and roasted malt. A smooth stout, that might be a little too hoppy for my taste. Roasted malt, cedar, and medicinal flavors...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaboon (1554) - FINLAND - OCT 19, 2010
Pours a very dark beer with a rich head. Looks lovely. Coffee, dark chocolate and caramel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1350) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a really nice opaque dark brown color with a nice 2 finger tan head that looks really pillowy. The aroma isn’t as pronounced as I thought it would be with only really slight notes of leather, dark chocolate, and bourbon. The head laces rather nicely as it settles. Medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation. This has a really roasty, bitter underlying flavor that I am not that keen on. Starts with a sublte sweetness and transition to the aforementioned bitterness. Some booze notes. The bourbon makes itself slightly known towards the end. This one sort of has me baffled on how it is rated so high. It has a lighter mouthfeel than I would like and the roast is a little too overdown to me which I think leads to the bitterness of it. Yeah, not a big fan of this Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle at home. Pours an opaque black with a beige head and some lacings. Sweet with aromas of roasted malts and bourbon. Also tiny hints of honey. Nicely balanced between sweetness and roasted malts. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish with some residual sugars and more roasted malts. Good.


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