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

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RATINGS: 244   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3259) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Notes of plastic, burnt roast, belgian chocolate, and doughy dark chocolate. grainy. Not too bad. Better than expected.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
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

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4030) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
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! :-)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2012
Head: rocky, foamy, dark beigish grey
Colour: black
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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3801) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2012
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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2012
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4516) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2012
@ 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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
33 cl bottle. Pours a dark black with a small tan chocolate head the disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is fruity, with some plum and wine apparent. There is also some light chalk, a bit of roastiness, some coffee, and light alcohol. Taste is sweet and also quite chalky. There is plum, wine, light chocolate, and roastiness. The finish has a bit of alcohol and leaves a chalky aftertaste. Medium body. Low carbonation. Pretty disappointing. This could have been a pretty good beer, but it was just way too chalky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1302) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle thanks to richiesd enjoyed along side Black Albert and Kate the great (thank you Cory)! Pour is predictably black with medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, light Black Albert-like funk, faint spice, and a touch of earthiness. Flavor is true to nose with the Black Albert being the dominant component here. The Kate is kind of an underlying flavor contributing some chocolate malt. Great stuff!


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