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

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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   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!!!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peteinSD (1394) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle courtesy Keith - thank you! Thin, quickly fading burnt coffee head. Heavy wood and off-funk (ripe gym socks ala the Black Albert I had months ago) on the aroma. Does not smell good. Taste is overshadowed by a thin, lightly tart bitterness (infection?) - underneath there’s chocolate and bourbon influence but the bitterness and off-flavors dominate. Maybe it’s a bad bottle; if not, this beer is severely overrated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2010
bottle. Pours black with a beautiful brown head which produced great lacing. Lovely beer to look at. Nose is of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and alcohol. Taste is of chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Delicious. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy. This was a perfect match of bourbon with an imperial stout. Better than Black Albert on it’s own.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle from the Struise Yeast Shop. Dark in color with a full creamy tan head. As the case with the other Black Albert beers this one looks good, although not quite as much head retention. The aroma shows dark chocolate, mocha, bourbon barrel notes, and wood. The flavor adds some dark fruit, licorice, chalk, and a roasty char in the finish. Mocha flavor stands out. The bourbon is hardly strong but it’s there and provides some warmth. Hardly any heat at 13%. Not surprising, this is a good one. However, there’s nothing here to set it apart from Black Albert or Damnation II (the other two I’ve tried) and I actually didn’t think this was as impressive as I thought it was going to be. As of this review, I prefer Black Albert on it’s own.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mumares (98) - BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2010
2009 vintage. This just pours awesome. Pitch black with an amazing big head for a 13 % ABV beer. Aroma is lots of roast malts, dark bitter chocolate, wood, some sugary sweetness and espresso. Surprisingly only a slight amount of alcohol. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth with some mild carbonation. Taste is just a continuation of the aroma with a nice coffeebitter finish. Must be one of the best beer I have ever tasted.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2725) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2010
Pours opaque black/ brown with large, creamy, lasting and light brown head. Execellent lacings. Soft carbonation. Nose of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and hoppy notes. Medium sweet flavuor of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, plums and liqourice. Full bodied. Oily texture. Slightly bitter finish. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2010
0.33L bottle, vintage 2009. Sinfully black. Huge dark choco head, leaving fine laces. Complex aroma. Starts with mint and eucalypthus. Then a scent of roasted dark malts, a light fruity sourness, faint whiskey, vanilla, and tones of burnt caramel. Full malty. Substantial sweet. Also sourish, woody, ashy and heavily roasted. Some salty licorice and extracted dark fruits. A gentle hop bitterness beneath. Juicy mouthfeel. Full-flavored warm finish. Wow!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Opague with tan head and lace. Burnt motor oil, chocolate, and a hint of abv. Chocolate, abv, ash, espresso/burnt coffee flavor. Medium full bodied with oily carbonation. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4112) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours a dark black with one finger of dark chestnut brown head. Nose is mildly astringent with dark grain and bitter bakers chocolate, hints of coffee and wood. Flavor is rich and dark, acidic coffee and dark grain bite. Mild tannic oak. Palate is a bit bitter with a full body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Thanks to bmanning for sharing this at a recent tasting. Poured a very, very dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Pretty good retention. Smell was of roasted malt, fresh cherry, anise, a bit of barrels, molasses, and some dark fruits. Maybe a little bit of chocolate in there as well. The taste is quite nice, with a bit of roast acidity coming through atop the bourbon and chocolate flavors. Medium bodied with good carbonation and not too hot. A great drinking beer and one of the more unique stouts I’ve had in a while. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-14-2010


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