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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 246   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (6105) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle sample at an Imperial Stout tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks Nimrod. Black with a lovely brown head. Somewhat boozy aroma with dark chocolate, fruits, wood, soy sauce and some port. Sweet flavor with dark chocolate, a bit of cocoa beans, some fruitiness, wood and a light alcohol burn in a slightly drier finish. Full-bodied. Great.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (2420) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle sample at an Imperial Stout tasting at our place. thanks Nimrod Rosenblatt. Pours black, off white head, opaque. cinnamon bubblegum, faint soy, cherry and rum aroma. Gentle sweetness, soy and salt in the mouth. Smooth, no carbonation, oily, umami finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours jet black with large dense dark tan coloured head. Nose is not as assertive as I would have thought. Dark fruits, a little roasted grain and some alcohol. Flavours are sweet with some roasted grain. Full mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7970) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2012
Huge, dark brown head; pitch-black beer. Sweet, roasted & burnt nose, coffee. Coffee, very burnt, but always with a sweet, moccha-like or even toffee-like backing. Liquorice, and a bit of pure cacao powder. Very well-bodied, very slick, alcoholheating. Rather typical IS, sweet, but with a streak of neutral to roasted character. Not really outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (4849) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2012
16/VI/2012 - 33cl bottle from l’Abbaye des Saveurs (Lille) @ home - BB: 29/12/16 (2012-634)

Dark brown to black beer, big brown head, very stable and adhesive. Aroma: red wine, alcohol, very sugary, dried fruits, bit earthy, overall sweet experience in the nose. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, raisins, caramel, bit vinous, mocha, red sour berries, sugary, quite some alcohol noticeable, very spicy. Aftertaste: sweet caramel, mocha, sugary, vinous, hoppy bitterness, port, little sourish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle at Saturday’s tasting. Served in a Struise cervoise. Pours near-black with a good tan head and some spots of lacing. Nose brings some dark fruits along with light notes of port and oak. Some roast and a bit of chocolate there s well. Flavor has darker fruits and chocolate (mostly dark), plus some roasty notes and a touch of yeast character. Body is medium and a bit dry. Lightly ashy. Not as interesting as I had hoped it would be.

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 (2638) - 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 (2033) - 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 (1603) - 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.


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