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

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RATINGS: 590   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Geokkjer (5967) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle.Pours black with a nice beige head.Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted and burnt malt, berries, alcohol, strawberries and bourbon.Flavor is sweet and warming with some notes of nuts, coffee, chocolate and bourbon.Full body, average carbonation.Very nice and smooth imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Popping this open to bring in the new year. The bottle opens with a large hiss which has me a bit worried. Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Chunks of mocha colored lacing left behind. The aroma is dominated by the four roses bourbon but there is also a prominent oak and vanilla presence. I’m also picking up some dark fruit notes and licorice as well as some slightly toasted malt. It’s refreshing to find a barrel aged beer that smells this complex and isn’t just a booze bomb. Slightly oxidized with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Underneath this there is some nice creamy chocolate malt, earthy oak, vanilla, dark fruit and bourbon notes. Well balanced but the bourbon is more aggressive than the aroma suggests. This results in some heat and warmth in the finish but at 13% the ABV is still well masked. As it warms the body feels fuller and the rich, silky malt notes become more prominent and counter the tasty bourbon flavor quite nicely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle from Struise Webshop. Pours a pitch black with a huge brown head that dissipates to a lasting film on top of the beer. Nose is initially a bit anisey, roasty and chocolate. Notes of vanilla and cherry as well. On taste, there is distinct diacetyl texture, as it is very slick on the palate. Some butterscotch comes in with the bitter malts as well. Some There is a pleasant alcoholic warmth to this. The barrel is in there, but not over the top at all. Nice vanilla notes and a light tartness that tends towards Belgium. Very well integrated and an improvement on Black Albert. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (4882) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2010
coffee, smoke, sweet black malty aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, soft carbonation, smoke finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle to glass. 12-23 tasting with armin and boody. (Thanks to belgianbeergal...i think... for this one). Pitch black pour, with a light brown diminishing head. Aroma is pretty boozy, with just a bit of dark malt and burnt coco powering through the alcohol induced haze hanging over the glass. Taste is also pretty hot, though not quite as much. Some nice coffee, burnt malt and coco tastes. Some pepper in the middle as well, which adds some nice character to this beer along with the vanilla hiding in there. The alcohol detracts from the mouthfeel as well, and is the only big knock against this beer. Let it age a while.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4483) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle thanks to 50belair. Tasted with some friends along side Cuvee Delphine, Black Damnation 1-4, and regular Black Albert. Bourbon, roasted malts, alcohol, chocolate, and notes of dark fruit. Nice barrel aged stout, but a little too hot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6322) - lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2011 Opaque black pour, hazy tan head. Aroma has notes of booze, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is notes of dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, booze, coffee and some roast. A bit hot right now, but will age well for sure. Rerate: 2009 bottle opened almost 2012, aroma is big chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and slight toffee and molasses notes. Taste is really smooth caramel and toffee, chocolate and molasses complement dark fruit well, slight hints of bourbon and vanilla but kind of takes more of a backseat to the rest and more adds to the complexity. Finishes fairly dry and roasty. Very, very nice stuff. 4.6

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (6813) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2010
Color is fully black. And black. Aroma is heavy sweet, nice light bourbon-notes, roasted notes. Faint chocolate and coffee. Faint oak-notes. Sweet sugars. Heavy flavor. Sweet and lots of sweet whiskey. Excellent to blue chease. Syrupy texture. Soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle shared by JCB. Cheers, Jason! Pours black with one finger dark brown head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, grain, and a chalky/mineral hint, which shows more on the taste and palate. Oak and bourbon are hidden in the back, likely because of the booze.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grima (2108) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2010
bottle, special thanx to kappldav123 therefor!!! The beer in glass is deep black with surprisingly high, fine creamy crown, which at 13% is not normal. The smell is already absolutely beguiling. Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, and slightly smoky nuances come through. The aroma is surprisingly sweet and yet surprisingly non-alcoholic. Much roasted malt with a slightly smoky tones, also sweet chocolate tones come through. The finish is very long drawn smoky, roasty and chocolaty with some caramel in the background. The further course is surprisingly sweet, a small woody note is added to the finish. An Imperial Stout of the absolute reference class!!!


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