pivnizub (8550) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Deep amber coloured, medium-sized lacy tanned head; solid vinous and leathery nose, some spices (vanilla) underneath; moderate to solid sweeti-sour flavour, full bodied, creamy MF; port vine, wood and a light acidity in the solid sweet-bitter finish. Very good......
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A lightly bourbonny fruity imperial stout. Very good even if inferior to the original
How: Bottle 250ml. Consumed when almost one year of age. Side-by-side with regular Black Albert. Bottle sent to me by shawnm213, thanks a lot Shawn
The look: Near black body topped by a large beige head with medium retention
In long: This rating will focus mostly on the differences between this beer and the Black Albert base beer that we all know an love. I had them side-by-side. Nose has a good amount of bourbon barrel and blackberries. The Black Albert had a more pleasant nose. The biggest difference is probably in the mouthfeel. The big fluffy lively body of the Black Albert is replaced by a thinner juicy and slightly slimy body with medium carbonation. Nothing special about the Cuvée Delpĥine body. More fruity and less chocolaty than the Black Albert. Bourbon barrel aging not overdone. Finish has a woody astringency. Alcohol is more present than in the Black Albert. I prefer the original Black Abert. However this beer is excellent and it is different enough from the Black Albert to make it something I’d buy on occasions if it wasn’t as rare as a proud married man asking for directions.
MoritzF (8247) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle, 25cl) Black colour with a brown and thick medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and distinctively fruity aroma of blackcurrant and Port, combined with moderately roasty malty notes, leather, a whiff of smoke and shades of vanilla. Moderately sweet and roasty bitter flavour with , full bodied with a soft carbonation. Roasty malty body with chocolate, liquorice and berry fruity notes; slightly sweet and roasty bitter finish with fruity, leathery and vinous accents, as well as notes of alcohol. Pretty complex but I prefer the regular Black Albert. 22.VI.10
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super large dirty beige foamy head with great retention and some perfect lacing. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla is quite straightforward but well enough balance with the malt to provide some good enjoyment. Taste is a well balanced mix between some light roasted malt with light note of liquorice and vanilla and a creamy finish full of bourbon. Body is quite full with usual creamy texture from the bourbon with some great carbonation and alcohol is never to apparent. Very well done and a great variation from the original.
Abio (1507) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 250th rating AND 200th Belgian beer-rating! This had to be something special for sure (at least for me)...And this beer I’m looking forward to taste allready for some time. Really wanted to be sure I could enjoy the beer, so gave DSB a shot for this 250/200, cause I know they won’t disappoint me... Bottle at home, thanks to BelgBeerGeek for the trade. Pours out very, very dark deep red while pouring, looks like pitch black at the glass. Nice light-medium brown head, that holds very nice, and leaves nice at the glassware. Somehow roasted, lightly sour fruited, wooden smell. Roasted, somehow sour taste, chocolat and fruits and coffee. For sure you taste the passion at this beer. The taste holds a very long time. Positive for sure! Gonna order/buy some more of these if I can.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl bottle, batch #14, courtesy of madmitch76. thanks, ken. opens with a massive pop (is it infected?) and pours a deep, rich black with a thick, creamy, cocoa powder head that leaves thick sheets of lace on my glass. aroma is, well, unexpected with big notes of sour wood, bretty funk (again, is this infected?), tart red fruits, and wild flowers with a touch of spicy cinnamon and just a trace of cocoa and dark malts. flavor is much of the same, but honestly, delicious with rich, sweet, roasted malts, chocolate, and woody bourbon clawing their way out from underneath notes of barrel funk, dry cedar, and acidic, vinous red fruits and finishing with dry, ashy, wood and roast. palate is full bodied and highly carbonated without a trace of the 13%. overall, after reading quite a few of the ratings, i truly don’t believe this bottle was infected and that this beer is simply one of the oddest examples of a barrel aged impy out there. but i liked it!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
250 ml bottle; thanks Colin!! Light, roasty brown with thick tan head; fizzy mouthfeel from the over carbonation with mild roast, chocolate and plenty of sweetness; get a faint yeasty sourness too from the barrel but not enough to make it unpleasant; doesn’t seem exactly right though either; ashy finish with dried fruits, bourbon and earthy malts
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 head: dark brown
smell: flowers , orange blossom , sugar , coffee , burnt malts
taste: alcohol, coffee , flaw taste of whiskey with bitter and strong aftertaste master brew !
rating based upon tasting off "batch 0"
head: beige, creamy
smell: coffee, chocolate, malts, hops, salt , candy
taste: alcohol,coffee, subtle notes of roasted malts, bourbon but very well balanced and gives the beer a slightly sweet flowery flavour, also notes of grass and candy sugar, end is oily and semi-dry bitter.
Allready a classic and one of the best examples for the style : Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.
NOUGH SAID !
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks madmitch76!!! Pours thick and almost black with a large dk brown head that quickly dissipates...aroma is fruity, plum, burnt barrel, cocoa...flavour is similar, a bit hot, tart oak that leads into a cocoa malt and dk fruitiness, light bourbon and light vanilla...I really dig the tart and tannic barrel presence, and this treatment was a success...
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25cl bottle. Poured a dark black with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, lighter bourbon, some woodiness, and dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, some roastiness, lighter bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and some woodiness.