douglas88 (5565) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks big time to Dallas! Pours a very dark brown color with a medium brown head. A sweet nose of big port and heavy roasted malts. The flavor is very good: dry and dusty; rich sweet sugary and almost tart port barrel; earthy; dry fruit; very mellow but robust. No alcohol besides a bit o’ warmth. Good. I’ve been disappointed by blends but this was good.
Gription79 (2158) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle thanks to Pittsburghkid! Solid stout. Chocolate, barrel, slight tartness in the aroma, port, and dark stone fruits. Such a great beer.
SrSilligoose (3132) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Notes of plastic, burnt roast, belgian chocolate, and doughy dark chocolate. grainy. Not too bad. Better than expected.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good, but no lacing is left.
3.5 S: Moderate supple roastiness and nearly as much toastiness. Chocolate comes next, then the port, which is surprisingly not that vinous. Light coffee, light cherry, prune, and raisin. Light Belgian yeast spiciness. Smokiness to round things off.
3.0 T: Much more vinous than the nose suggests and also much more astringent. Roasted barley with notes of char and ash. Strong port vinousity, light vanilla and oak from the barrels, and tannic astringency to follow. Chocolate, cherry, raisin, tobacco, and prune.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good active carbonation. The creaminess of Kate comes out, which I love, but the astringency leaves a harsh aftertaste.
3.0 D: Not quite sure how this is getting the reviews it is. I think this is far from spectacular. There are some good flavors in there, but also plenty of bad ones.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-09-2012 00:00:24
ClubGonzo (3520) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Palme and Inbreak. Black Albert marries Kate the Great? This is promising indeed. :-) To the eyes: a medium creamy light beige head crowns the otherwise jet black body. To the nose: leather, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice and hints of dark berries, mocha and alcohol. Smooth. In the mouth: dark berries, espresso, licorice and hints of ashes and dark chocolate. Very nice and very smooth, with a velvety, thick mouthfeel; Struise brewing magic in a nutshell. A really great beer you should not hesitate buying if the opportunity arises. Now I gotta try and get my hands on Kate the Great! :-)
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head: rocky, foamy, dark beigish grey
Smell: tad irony/bloody, lots of chocolat malts, yeasty, dry, bit of hops, kinda boozey
Taste: starts out with heavy dark malts, slight touch of yeast and a mild chocolat flavour, then a boozey kinda caramelic/fudge flavour comes in, end is bit sweet en dry , aftertaste is bitter and a bit earthy. not bad
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl. bottle @ home / purchased @ Sruise store in Bruges: black with a real mocha, coffee head, that is one lovely head / smells like chocolate, mocha, barrel, porto, touch berries / taste is very creamy, plenty of vanilla mocha, chocolate, ice-cream, dark fruits, followed by barrel, porto, touch porto, hint sour berries / excellent basebeer or just “beer” because this is close to BD XI in terms of deliciousness, this is a lovely beer, could use more love
mar (4662) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to crusianbeer. deep brown/black with a khaki head. nose is wood, fruits, chocolate, and rich malts. smooth on the palate, dark fruits, roasted malts, and chocolate.
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Better than the sum of its parts? I don’t know, but its certainly rich enough. Coffee, licorice and a bit of chocolately sweetness at the end. Dark, thick appearance with a thick head. Bought at the Struise tasting room in Bruges with Jess and Dave, 2012.
skortila (4348) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
@ BBF. The aroma has roast, vanilla, chocolate, fruitiness/port. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is slightly fruity sweet, has chocolate, roast, vanilla, port. Really nice. Good, clean, smooth and dry finish.