BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011
details: 2nd batch (2010), about 12 months old, 33cl bottle
tasting notes: As expected a pitch black color with a brown espresso kind of head. The nose is just stunning, slight sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark sugar, liquorice,.. . The nose has become much more elegant and subtle in the last 6 months, the strong coffee, roast aroma has been pushed to the back by the bourbon inspired nose which I like very much. A similar but much more sweet,bourbon nose is present in the first batch of CD (released in 2009). The flavor is gentle at first and represents the nose but gets more ’dirty’ afterwards with a decent roasted espresso flavor that ends very dry and stays for a long time. Caramel, dark fruit, dark sugar, roasted malt, vanilla, espresso, .. complex is the right word. The body is fat and oil like. The flavor has become a lot more balanced then the younger version and is in my opinion superior in every way compared to the younger version.
conclusion: A fat, complex, balanced, subtle but powerfull imperial stout that is near perfection (if that even exists?).
old tasting notes:25cl bottle. Pours a dark black color with a big brown head that settles and leaves some beautifull lacing.
Aroma is full of sweet wood, dark fruits especially raisins, some chocolate, coffee, hops and soft reminder of the bourbon barrel. Very complex and beautifull smell! The taste starts with sweetness from the malt and the wood, sweet dark chocolate, dark fruits and in the end some bitterness due to the coffee and the hops, some dark fruits and bourbon. Unfortunately is the bourbon taste a little bit overwhelmed by the complexity off the beer. The mouthfeel is very oily and smooth.
The complexity of the Black Albert has been brought to a whole new level. A magnificent stout!
33cl vintage 2010 6 months old bottle
Pours a viscous pitch black liquid with at first a huge brown head that dissipates to a espresso kind of head.
The nose is gentle has notes of cacao, vanilla, coffee beans and roast. The taste on the other side is a true bomb of flavor that starts with a dark bitter chocolate feeling that makes place for the huge dry espresso, roasted coffee bean flavor that continues to excite your tongue with a feeling that you only can repeat by drinking very strong espresso. Next to all this violence there are still elegant notes of cacao, vanilla and charcoal present.
This beer is just one huge imperial stout! It is very rare to find a beer that has both pure power and elegant depth of flavor. Definitely considering the young age of this bottle I am very eager to explore which new complexities this beer add during the coming years.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Urbain himself. This is my all-time favorite artwork for any beer or drink for that matter. Just awesome. I want a massive poster of just this little bottle on a white background. Maybe I’ll make it myself.
It pours- even after barrel aging- with a massively thick tan head atop a pitch black body that leaves awesome lacework. Aroma of cedar, Brett, citrus peels, bourbon, flowers. Whoa. Give it some time and this develops almost a Lou Pepe Kriek nose! Taste is buttery bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate. The Black Albert harness dwindles away. Excellent soft palate with gentle carbonation.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbon nose tart dark fruit, somewhat lightly sour. Dark brown pour with no head. Bourbon barrel, sour dark malts, lots of acidity, extremely carbonated, some dry earthy roast and some funky funky stuff as well. Super odd impy, boozey heat and odd tartness. Lots of carbonation, more sour tangy notes round out finish.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
250. thanks colin! pours nearly jet black with a dense and frothy dark tan head. big dark fruity nose. creamy medium body with lively carb. chocolate, roast, nuts, and black bread on the mid palate. longish chocolatey finish.
Countbeer (3665) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2010 Bottle:
Big dark red-ish 2 fingers thick lasting foamy head,
Smell of licorice, chocolates, spices and some roasted ingredients.
Color is black.
Explosion of tastes, robust roasted taste, roasted malts, spicy espresso taste. Beer is a little viscous.
A smooth somewhat soft palate (barrel aged) and a long lasting taste of roasted (oaky) bitterness. Full body and perfectly balanced.
An amazaing beer!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Belgian imperial stouts always through me a curveball, no matter how many times I tell myself not to expect a super thick, sweet stout. Very dark roasted flavor, just a hint of the barrel aging, cocoa.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Stowehop for the bottle! Pours dark brown with a huge brown head. The aroma is tart, dark fruits and roasted malt. The flavor is the same with some sherry notes, belgian dark chocolate, and only a hint of barrel aging.
hapjydeuce (911) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my cellar, brought and shared to Woodshop 5.0 (2010) in Anaheim, with many fellow Ratebeerians. Pours pitch black with a short-lived light tan head. Moderate carbonation. Nose is packed with chocolate truffle, caramel and light bourbon. Flavor is sweet and slightly tangy, similar to the Black Albert base. More bourbon and oak comes through on the flavor. Medium body. Very tasty!
Sammy (7717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Pours perfectly black body with a design of brown head and lace. Aromas of rich Belgian chocolate, booziness, sherry, and funk. Initial sips, and it is a sipper, is funk and stout, leaving a residue of chocolate aftertaste, and roasted malt. Above average mouthfeel.
anders37 (14730) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty slightly tart aroma with hints of chocolate and wood. Smooth roasted malty licorice and chocolate flavor with some oaky hints. Has a roasted malty licorice finish with some oaky hints in the aftertaste.