Barrelbelly (622) - BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Smell of old wood and a rich coffee and chocolate taste. You can also taste the wooden barrels on which it rested. Roasted and bitter after taste.
Fred82 (2113) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from De Struise Webshop.
Appearance : Pitch black with a big brown and creamy head.
Aroma : Lots of roasted malt with some woody notes. A bit rubbery.Light notes of nail polish.
Taste : Big roasted malt with resinous hops. Oily palate. Finish is warm, dry, full of roasted malt and hops. Also quite spicy. Lots of chocolate and coffee also. Light ashes.
Overall : Very complex brew. Nose is a but simple compared to the taste. Very complex finish. I’m not sure if I imagined the light nail polish notes I got but it was a bit disappointing. I made the mistake of opening this bottle only a few days after is was shipped. The cap was full of oily residue that had partly mixed with the beer. Luckily, I still have a couple of those that are resting peacefully in the cellar... Will re-rate.
wimpie133 (380) - Brugge, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Black Albert on Bourbon barrels, woow! Compared to the Black Albert this beer looks less ’black’, it has a bit of a red shine on it. Also the huge beige head is wonderful! The aroma is rather the same as the Black Albert: dried dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, coffee, light sweet, malty with a whiskey smell included (probably from the Bourbon barrels). The taste is also very similar at first ’sight’: "a stout with a caramel and coffee taste, than comes a chocolate taste before dried fruits and some candy sugar come to the front. And when you think the beer finishes malty, there even comes a light bitter aftertaste on the beer." (literally taken from my Black Albert-rating). Also the whiskey/bourbon taste is very well noticeable in the beer. But is it only the bourbon which makes the difference then? Well, one of my friends was drinking the Black Albert meanwhile, so perfect to compare the beers, and the conclusion is that although the bourbon gives an extra pallet to the beer, it also hides some other taste. The aftertaste e.g. is not as strong and good as in the Black Albert (the bitterness stays too much on the background). Also, the Black Albert tastes more lively than the Cuvée Delphine. In fact, I’m more a fan of the Black Albert than the Cuvée Delphine, although the Cuvée Delphine is a top beer anyway, but it surprises less.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
250ml Bottle: Complex aroma of light tart fruit, chocolate, malt, light acetic acid, light roasting, red wine, slight cherry, light grape, light tannins, light Belgian yeast, and a hint of wood. Poured pitch black in color with a large, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Some small particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Complex flavor is medium tart, medium to heavily sweet, and not bitter. Tastes of tart fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, malt, slight acetic acid, slight coffee, light tobacco, slight tar, light tannins, light Belgian yeast, slight cherry, and light red wine. Medium to full body. Slick, oily, then dry and lightly chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Complex, tart fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, Belgian yeast, light tannin, and light tobacco finish is dry and lightly chalky. 13%ABV is virtually completely hidden throughout, to you can sense it in the aroma and flavor.
jtclockwork (7885) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Rando 7. Pours jet black with tan head. Nose of brownie, bourbon, oak, roasted chocolate malts and vanilla. Taste of dark chocolate, oak, brownie, bourbon, coffee and vanilla. Great stout.
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with large smooth, creamy, brown head that fades slowly. Nose is roasty, chocolatey, prunes, meaty, coffee, some vanilla, and boozy with some butter. Mouth is thick and smooth with dark chocolate, smokey, roasted malt, some ripe fruits, whiskey, meaty. Initially dark chocolate, roast and deep fruits leading to bitter coffee and chocolate and a lingering roasty, meaty finish. I love how the cigar (la unica 600) helped bring out the ligter flavors of the deep fruit and vanilla.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2009. Consumed July 2010. 33cl. A very thick black beer with a nice foamy head in the tulip. Aroma is burnt, roasted coffee, dark fruits, and some vanilla. The taste has a burnt grain like taste with dark fruits, and surprisingly not much bourbon at all. In fact it is not that noticeable at all. There is a bitterness in the end that seems to come from the roasted malt. In my opinion this is not the best Imp. Stout Struise has coming out of their camp.
gEUS (982) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours densely black, massive head hazelnut brown... In the nose, the hops are already revealed, for as long as the head is present. A few minutes later, the second wave reveals wood, vanilla, apple/tarte tatin.Incredible taste, complex yet very balanced. It’s only in the (long) aftertaste that you can feel the hops.
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle slipped to me by the PUB’N jester while he was entertaining a few wenches over by the jousting arena at the PA Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA. Wow, 25 cL is not a big amount. Pours deep blackish brown, not jet but very opaque and with a great 2 finger brown head that stands at attention and says, when I put my ear to it, "You may not be able to handle me, douche bag". Quite assertive indeed! The nose is extremely fruity, with loads of tart black cherry and blackberry, some funky cobwebby esters, oak, some cacao, dark malt, and funky notes. Pronounced and huge nose that I cannot in good conscience rate lower that a perfecto robusto. Tastes extremely rich on the palate, almost as rich as a chocolate malt, with a hefty dark malt, cacao,oaky dark choc, vanilla, and very well integrated black cherry flavor. Incredible balance here, tremendous complexity, and one of those beers that gets better with every sip, and you just know that you may never get a chance to savor it again, so you are torn between milking it all night or chugging it. Wow, what a great beer, and a very unique take on a barrel-aged impy stout. Bravo, Struise. Bravo. As a final note, for a beer this gargantuan, it had alcohol as well hidden as any big beer I have experienced. Once you go Struise, you can’t lose.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours pitch black with an enormous mocha head that shows some serious staying power and leaves excellent lacing.
The aroma is complex with bourbon, roasted chocolate malts, coffee, dark fruits and some Belgian yeast.
The taste is more heavily roasted than the aroma with lots of cocoa powder and espresso as well. There is an underlying fruitiness from the Belgian yeast. The finish has a slight bourbon character though it’s very subtle.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and light on the barrel character. Creamy.
Another excellent stout from Struise and one that actually carries a more Belgian character than I was expecting with the bourbon just adding some texture.