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

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RATINGS: 569   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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 (747) - 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yoachim (44) - SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2014
Luktar karamell,vanilj, russin,choklad, träd. Svart. Smakar karamell, vanilj, russin, choklad, alkohol, frukt. Fyllig och smakrik.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (991) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2014
@ Havregatan 141020. Bottle (330 ml) from Systembolaget (40:-). Roasted malty with notes of dried fruits and wood, coffee, sweet, full body with an oily texture. The finish is long and sweet with notes of dried fruits and alcohol. Quite complex, but maybe a bit too sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mjik83 (165) - - OCT 17, 2014
33cl flesje bij café Frappe, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 11% Uitgeschonken in origineel Struise Brouwers glas Uiterlijk: zwart met mooie crèmekleurige schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: vanille, chocolade, koffie Conclusie: gelukstreffer dat ik deze tegenkwam, hopelijk ook een Black Albert binnenkort ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gaultier (384) - SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 17/10-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Chocolate, cacao, roasted malt, coffee, slightly wineous. Taste: Chocolate, cacao, roasted malt, coffee, sweet. Body is full, the finish is bitter, chocolatey and roasted malty. A really nice Imperial Stout!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nicke80 (194) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 33cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours black with nice brown head. Roasted sour aroma with sweet coffee and cocoa taste. Sweet after taste with coffee and liqourice notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (4629) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2014
Thick black liquid that looks like a full blooded red wine. Almost no head. Delicious aroma. Some oxidation, vinous, toffee and oak. Mellow lovely sweetness. Low carbonation. Flavor are also some oxidation, vinous, toffee, coffee and oak. One hell of a lovely evening sipper!
[Bottle from Systembolaget web order, Sweden]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
susanamayer (211)
- Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Pours dark black/brown with a dense brown head. Aroma is smooth roasted malty and vanilla. Spiced and slight wineous. First flavour impressions are wineous and roasted malty.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in a snifter. Vintage 2009 bottle. A: Pours a oiled black opaque color forming a huge bubble brown head. Medium retention and few lacings left. A small fizzy bubbled layer never disappears, nevertheless S: Smell is a coffee-dark chocolate bomb. Really great. Followed by roasted malts and alcohol. Wood, bourbon and grassy-earthy hops in the end T: Follows the nose. Intense coffee, dark chocolate roasted malts taste. Earthy-grassy hops to compose. Wood and hints of whiskey. Belgian yeasts. Upfront is a mild sweetness. Aftertaste is an intense bitterness M: Absolutely creamy heavy body. Molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Mild sweet upfront. Intense bitter aftertaste O: Great beer. Everything you expect from a Belgian Russian Imperial Stout, nothing more, nothing less... [ BA Review @ 3/15/2012 ]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linnet (1121) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
Ar: rich, roasty, salty, licorice, coffee, ash, alcohol. Black colour, big Brown head, lacing. Big sweetness, medium bite, heavy salty, warming finish. Fullbodied, soft carbonation, sweet, salty and warming finish. Solid.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robbienate (112) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Small dark beige head over fully jet-black beer. Strong ethanol, as in whisky, or indeed, bourbon. Some coffee, cocoa powder. Very leafy flavour, horse chestnut husks impression. Very dry, nearly wry, and ending on old oak. Quite unlike any such beer I’ve tasted before. Thick as a cake, nearly solid. Alcoholwarming². Wow. If the godmother of this beer were as thick-skinned she’d never made the headlines. Something which holds a spoon upright. Great.


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