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

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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Previously 13% abv, 11% abv from 2014->. 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.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes, and implicitly compared to Black Albert. A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with retention typical of the gravity. Not as impressive looking as Black Albert. S: There is a lot of roasted/charred malts, fudge, licorice, and subtle dark fruits. Where this differs from its non-barreled brother is the wonderfully subtle bourbon on the aroma. T: This is going to become a broken record, but the gist of the flavor profile is as follows: Black Albert with bourbon. Initial chocolaty flavors slowly turn into a fruity middle and a roasted finish; only this time the back end sees an injection of well-balanced bourbon and *very* light oak. M: A bit hot next to Black Albert. All that means is that the alcohol presence is about what you’d expect from a 13% BA imperial stout (maybe a bit less), though many of the positive qualities Black Albert had (like drinkability) are still here. O: On its own, an excellent barrel-aged stout. When compared to Black Albert, it improves on it a few ways (more complex aroma and flavor profile), but is also a bit worse in other aspects (not as aesthetically pleasing, mouthfeel isn’t as great). Really, it’s less "which one is better than the other" and more "which one is less fantastic than the other". Between the two, I’d choose Black Albert, but you really can’t go wrong with either one at all.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (545) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle - Pours a dark black with a dark brown head. Nose is bourbon, oak, roasty, chocolate. Taste is rich, roasty, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Very smooth from front to back.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (4755) - Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2015
A clear winner of the stout off, the other three were bad to subpar, this shined. Tons of roasty maltyness, those rich thick danish malts are working very well here. Well done!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (802) - ESTONIA - AUG 22, 2015
Pours dark brown, bit of foam, yeasty (bottom of the bottle). Aroma is strong, bit boozy, vinous, feelsbarrel-aged. Dark fruits. Taste is intense, vinous. Lot’s of prunes and lot’s of bourbon. Quite long lingering vinous aftertaste. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (2364) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle 2nd midlands tasting. Black tan head. aroma is caramel dark malts taste same good dark fruits roasty malts liquorice nice sweetness decent bitter finish. Nice body. Good stuff

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hrabren (249) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle from Pivoljub, Ljubljana. Black. Roasty, dark malts, dry fruits, alcohol, coffee. Heavy coffee, dry fruits, strong malty finish. Thick, full taste, complex.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnicolaescu (1320) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 19, 2015
BOTTLE 33 CL. Vintage 2012. Pitch black, espresso head. Bold aroma of chocolate and coffee liqueur with a touch of alcohol, dried fruit, some barrel notes? (possible, but quite weak), The taste is just as intense, but the sweetness is well hidden by some light acidity, as well as charcoal, alcohol heat. Moderate bitterness. Smooth easy drinking body. Not sure where the bourbon notes are... Excellent!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (981) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 17, 2015
330ml bottle at home bought at Ammersin5, Vienna. Vintage 2012, Bottled 09/2014, BB 09/2019. ABV 11%. black color, medium big grayish / brownish head. smells of dried fruits, raisins, malty roast, some ash notes, molasses, nice wood notes, coconut, oranges. full body, soft carbonation, oily mouthfeel. tastes rather sweet, citric notes, some wood, oranges, also dried fruits, raisins, bitter chocolate, molasses, also lightly sour notes, spices, some caramel. finishes with wood, coconut, sweet notes and booze. good stuff, quite sweet (almost a bit too much for me). quite fruity too, great full mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
The_Niels (62) - DENMARK - AUG 15, 2015
On tap. Pitch black creamy body. Starts out with a smooth chocolate flavour, which explodes into one big medley of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2881) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Pour to snifter. Dark brown black with foamy brown head. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, licorice, mild soy, toast, and toffee. Taste is medium sweetness a touch of bitterness with good roast. Creamy mouthfeel higher carb for style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (165) - FRANCE - AUG 12, 2015
Robe d’encre, petit col mousseux beige foncé. Nez épicé, torréfié, petite amertume des houblons. En bouche, onctueuse, crémeuse, douce.Vanille, caramel, chocolat. Beaucoup de cohérence et d’harmonie.


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