ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Hansk (12) - Fakse Ladeplads, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best Stouts I’ve tasted so far. Parate, taste, smell and all going up in a big explosion of impressionis.
aleigator (804) - GERMANY - OCT 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a motor oil color with a bigger, bubbly beige head. A beautiful lacing coats the surface of the glass entirely after a few minutes, regaining its fluffiness after swirling.
Smells of milk chocolate, dried orange peel and a flowery barrel quality. The barrel consists of old oak, peppers and cinnamon, amped up by the fruity orange peel.
Offers a lower carbonation with tiny bubbles to it, producing a nice refreshing aspect to the otherwise creamy malt foundation. Maintains a pleasant balance, with a lighter mouthfeel and only a note of Bourbon becoming recognizable.
Tastes of dark chocolate with lots of cream, fudge and a pleasant warmth, bringing the barrel to the palate. It consists of dried lemon peel, black pepper hull, a flowery hop note and cinnamon, leading to a soft milk chocolate and toffee sweetness. Finishes with a warming bite, more peppers and toasted malts among caramel and a faint fizziness underneath the cream, topped off by rock sugar.
Sweet and warming with just a peppery, spicy note of Bourbon amongst a nice chocolate creaminess. This too brings the De Struise typical sweetness to the palate, while the body of this is huge enough to process it playfully.
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12/4/14 (Bottle, from The Festival poured by Urbain himself! Black Albert’s fruitiness matched with new mocha and char. Body remains lighter and peppy with bright carbonation, as with the base beer. Not in the same category as the big bad bourbon stouts of American ilk, this is much more delicate with a lot of dried fruit notes, even licorice that wouldn’t show up in the former. Really glad I got to try this.) 4.1.
raufsouza (11) - Brasília, BRAZIL - OCT 6, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bela imperial stout envelhecida em barris. Bem macia, saborosa, álcool bem inserido. Infelizmente não se encontra tão fácil, mas felizmente salvei uma garrafa.
Imaena (2231) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - OCT 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This is a thick and rich stout. I loved black albert but this has raised the bar.
daigoon (150) - - SEP 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle of 11% version.
Nearly black with small brown head. Sweet taste with some alcohol, chocolate and roasted taste.
onceblind (7473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black hue under a thin light tan head. Amazing nose of chocolate cake and roast and woody bourbon. Flavor is rich and dark and full of bittersweet dark chocolate, woody charred oak, a bit of bourbon, brown sugar, a touch of vanilla, booze and more roast malt and wood on the finish. Big sugary black malt throughout with a little bourbon and oak heat.
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bottlecraft hoping it will balance out the accidental $26 Hair of the Dog purchase I just made! Classic dark stout pour with a brown ring. Big, boozy aroma with some dark malt and demerara sugar. Big flavor with something like those chocolate, cherry cordials. Pretty good and glad I got to try it here.
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Bawelt (577) - Lyon, FRANCE - AUG 23, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quel bouquet. Premièrement, tout est parfaitement équilibré, on a un tout a priori impossible à décortiquer. On fait tourner, on laisse aérer et wow : de la levure, un petit peu d’alcool mais qui soulignent parfaitement le café, la prune, la framboise, le cassis, un fond chocolaté, des notes biscuitées, légèrement vanillées (très légère). Un peu de pomme confite ? Pêche ? Le bourbon viendra avec l’aération, léger, noble.
La bouche est superbe. Encore une fois, de la complexité, de l’équilibre, de la puissance mais de la finesse. On a tout, le chocolat, des griottes, de la prune, le bourbon, une légère levure, une rondeur équilibrée avec une légère amertume de torréfaction. Ca se boit tout seul. La longueur est magique de puissance aromatique : chocolat, café, bourbon, fruits noirs. A chaque coup de langue, on a une petite bombe aromatique.
De la noblesse, de la délicatesse, de la puissance, de la gourmandise... Une bière parfaite en soi.
nicola5555 (12) - - AUG 17, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
BIRRA SPETTACOLARE, BEVUTA A GENNAIO DI QUEST’ANNO. UNA DELLE GRANDI BIRRE DI DE STRUISE.