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

bottled
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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Brewing Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - JUN 3, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Bottle 33 cl thanks to Giuseppe. Black Albert and KtG aged in port barrels. What could I say? Complexity of this beer literaly attacks you from the nose: smells like red sweet wine (or more properly port wine), wood, cane sugar, cherries, sherry, liquor coffee, licorice, chocolate, oat... a show. Mouthfeel is excellent, not sure if due to blend or the barrel aging but its elegance strikes literaly: sweetness of sugar is very well balanced by coffee, roasted and dark chocolate. Oat gives a full body, but not like eating something; it’s velvet, on the contrary, sweet wine indeed. Absolutely rich, loads and plenty of malt, dark chocolate from Sicily (Modica), leads to a strong bitterness in a very long finish of tannic, coffee, cocoa.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2607) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
25 may 2012, bottle. Dark brown. Dark chocolate, slightly tart. Med body, faintly fizzy. Sugary burnt chocolate, big alcohol. Flavored blend together really well. Burnt malt, alcohol, chocolate. Amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2008) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2012
33cl bottle from Kamiel, batch 42 - and I’m drinking it on towel day! Dark brown with a creamy, one finger mocha head that settles to a nice swirl across the top of the beer throughout the drink. Some roasted malts, tannins and alcohol, faint vegetables, chocolate. Velvet smooth although the alcohol presence creates a bite that stops it from being silky throughout; full body and moderate to low carbonation. Somewhat sweet (gets lots of port, fruit and chocolate on the taste - more so then the aroma), finish has a lot of tannins, alcohol, fruit and chocolate (unfortunately somewhat like chocolate covered fruit which just doesn’t do it for me). All that being said its still a tasty beer its just got some flaws that stop it from being great.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (1564) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2012
Pours a super dark brown/ black with a lofty dark tan head. Smells of port, rich dark malt, a bit roasty. Tastes of deep dark fruit, roasted dark malt, port, some wood ending in sweet and dry. Medium body and smooth. A very interesting beer that is quite complex.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4816) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2012
From bottle at Kulminator. Almost black with a thick capuccino head. Molasses, sweet milky aroma. In the mouth complex sweet caramel, good fruity balance, milky notes. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2012
[Bottle] Pours deep brown with a wispy, creamy tan head. Aroma is light portwine, light roast, some solvent, and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is mostly roast, some light chocolate, a lot of alcohol, and a touch of solvent. Just okay. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1552) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle thanks to Levi! Dark black with a whisp of a thin tan head. Coffee and smoky. Quite nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2940) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle @ Kulminator. Black coloured beer with a huge dence brown head. Rather unexpected light aroma with some sweet yeasty and fruity malty esters. Full palate. Finish is bitter and heavy sweet yeasty with fruity and herby hints. Touches of light roasted malts and bitter alcohols. Heavy! Overdone?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Forgetfu!! Pours dark brown with a red bue and tan head. Aroma is chocolate, truffle and red wine?? Taste is sweet and bitter/roasty. Full bodied with a dry finish. Good, but not my favorite IMP stout by a long shot.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2012
Bottled. A black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, choccolate, alcohol, roasted malt, and cocoa beans, leading to a dry finish.


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