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

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RATINGS: 535   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (5660) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, schokoladig, Whiskey, Vanille. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, Alkohol, holzig.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (3022) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2014
Great stuff. Just enough Belgian with some awesome imperial stout. Some Belgian yeast type funkiness underlies this and makes it different from a lot of the American styles. Dark chocolate, some booze. Bourbon evident but not overpowering. Bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (701) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle from a trade with Slovaksniper, thank you sir. Midnight black colour, huge three finger dark brown head, that eventually dies down to a ring. Nose is a little bourbon, that gives way to sugary vanilla barrel character. Tastes silky smooth, a touch of bitterness, heat from the booze, and eventually if you hold it becomes a tongue numb-er. This puppy I was the first beer I had of the night and it’s a creeper.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andriesradu (405) - ROMANIA - APR 16, 2014
From tap @ Bier caB. Pours dark brown to black with a small brown head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, sweet, caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, light alchool, very light sourness that can be felt in throat. A bit watery but it’s perfectly balanced, creamy. GREAT!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andregoncalves (1109) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2014
On tap at biercab, barcelona. Dark color. Thin head. Smooth smooth body. Low carbonation. Medium to high bitterness. Low sweetness. Aroma is alcohol, chocolate, roasted and light cofee.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RevBFG (20) - - APR 13, 2014
On draft at Angel's Trumpet. Amazing imperial stout. Pours deep black with no head. Taste is rich dark chocolate and dried cherries, even a little grapey. Very syrupy. Delicious if you can find it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2014
Draught at Lord Hobo, 4/6/14
Been wantin to try this one for a while, so it was nice to see.
Opaque black pour with a very dark tan head that is small and recedes very quickly to a ring.
Licorice, sweet graham cracker, dark chocolate and moderate roast in the nose is slow to emerge...Barrel character is similarly muted/reserved giving only a slight grainy/acidic/fruity character that could easily be taken as oxidation/extremely dark roastiness or earthy, bitter yeast in suspension. Fortunately, there’s no overarching malt heaviness and it seems like it’s well attenuated from the nose, as Black Albert is/was. Light alcohol apparency, no flaws, though some dullness/oxidation at this point. Not sure how old this keg is, but I’d have to guess at least 3 or 4 years if not more.
The flavor has a very pronounced note of earthy, somewhat astringent, initially dirty malt character. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure it’s malt-derived and initially took it as a light infection or just too much old yeast. As the beer warms and breathes, it actually reveals itself to be just incredibly tightly wrapped dark maltiness. Bitterness, light roast/tobacco and even some sweetness all seem to gain strength in the beer and even despite the very low carbonation and slightly loose/watery texture (for the style, the beer is not actually watery), it really begins to grow on me. I find almost the exact same note in the Black Berry Albert. Astringent, bitter, black but really well-suited to balancing the light chocolate sweetness. Alcohol very well-hidden in the flavor, especially considering the looser texture. Good stuff. Interesting to try an aged sample.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (756) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2014
Pitch black pour, looks like black wine; no head. Sour fruity smoky blackberry aroma. Flavor is of berries, licorice, dark cherry and grapes. Very sweet. Flat. Meh.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (5357) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 2, 2014
Draft at Lord Hobo, was not very impressed with this. Watery black body. Big roastiness, dark chocolate, boozy. Very thin, ok flavor. Don’t get the huge ratings

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ST247 (180) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2014
On tap @’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Pours black with light brown foam. Aroma is alcohol, chocolate. Taste is chocolate, alcohol. Chocolate aftertaste.


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