Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. The pour yields what looks like a pitch black, über-dense body with an absolutely massive, billowing head of spongy, dark khaki froth. Thick, hard clumps of lacing cling to the glass. Aromas are based in rich, fudgy chocolate, strongly suggesting of brownies (both the softer middle parts and crispy outer edges). There is a hefty amount of roast, touching on coffee, mocha, and oats. Dark fruits like figs, cherries, and dates creep in, as do some sugar glazed pecans. Smooth, softly peppery pipe tobacco is clearly a Black Albert influence. Vanilla from the barrel rounds things out. Whew, lots going on in this complex nose. Flavors are similarly structured. The base is simply loaded with rich, dense, intense dark chocolate. There are some burnt caramel edges, along with tons of cherry and fig. Coffee roast nods strongly to the Kte component. Mocha and vanilla keeps things soft and on the sweeter side. The palate is creamy and rich, loaded with residual sugars, yet relatively well attenuated thanks to the chalky Belgian yeast. I gotta say, I’m pretty darn impressed. Both beers are distinctly identified within this collaboration, yet they work together nicely. Great in small doses. Definite dessert beer.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, 11.5% ABV) Very dark brown with a largeish, firm and lacy, beige head. Very roasted-malty mocha nose, lightly dried-fruity. Flavor is strongly roasty, lightly burned, sweetish-malty, coffeeish, a bit worty with some green apple and alcohol present. Also notes of unpleasant, vegetably bitterness. Oat and wheat soften the flavor somewhat, but cannot hide the fact, that plain Black Albert is not a very good beer (don’t know about the Portsmouth one). Quite full body, somewhat foamy but smooth CO2. Alcohol very well hidden, and surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. Not a bad beer, but still you’d expect more from an 11.5% Impy. The faults fade away after a few sips, though, after which this is actually quite enjoyable. The burnedness of BA is mostly gone, and replaced with sweet malt and oatmeal softness. 6437
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark black color with a larger sized tan head. Aromas of roast, smoke, chocolate, wood, earth, and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, dark fruits / raisins, port wine, vanilla, and some roast. Alcohol content well hidden.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Forgetfu with another incredible hookup. Black pour, chocolate brown head. Aroma is chalky, ashy, sweet molasses, port wine. Flavor is nice and full, oily, port, chocolate, molasses, licorice. This is awesome.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is almost black in color with a surprising amount of tan foam. A really rough nose to this. Intense alcohol and roasted malt aromas are almost overwhelming. There is some dark fruit, maybe a bit of a port like sweetness and licorice. The flavor does not feature the alcohol quite so prominently, but it is certainly there. Roasted malt, licorice, raisins, and prunes are quite prevalent, too. Wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rating #4000 in style. 33bottle from Struise biershop in Brugge.
Couleur brune foncée sur des tons cuivre, col épais moka laissant sur les rebords du verre un filament huileux.
Arôme est complexe alliant un malt caramel, chocolat en poudre et biscuité avec un grains d’avoine et note de barrique de Porto couvert par des fruits noirs.
En bouche, palais épais aux flocons d’avoine, malt couvre le palais laissant la place à des notes de chocolat noir, caramel, sorte de purée de cacao. Je note aussi un profile de feuilles de tabac pour un aspect fumé mais discret sur le palais, le tout est épais et sur la fin une note de houblon épicé et de levure vient mettre tout cela en valeur.
A noter aussi, la barrique de Porto qui donne un profile fruité noir restant un peu trop discret. Cela contribue à un côté doux/sucré de vin de Porto qui suit sur le palais. Pas mauvaise, mais loin d’être ma préférée des stouts de chez Struise. A voir comment elle évolue avec l’age.
grunx (367) - - FEB 5, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Genial Imperial Stout. Donen ganes de probar la Kate the Grate. Gran joia. S’ha de provar.
baggio (304) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apperance: Black brownish with a beige head and some lacing.
Aroma: Ripe fruit, Chocolate and roasted malt. Not a very impressive aroma.
Taste: Coffee, Roasted Malts, Ripe fruit, Vanilla and some chocolate.
Palate: Smoth and creamy with low carbonation and a dry ending.
A very nice stout but Struise has better offerings than this in the stout-department. Very drinkable but no complexity kind of ruins the experience.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, huge thanks to GT2 for muling this sucker for oteyj and I! Pitch black pour with a gorgeous thick tan head. Nose holds beautiful vinous port, malbec, and cabernet red wine notes, along with lovely touches of cocoa nib, amaretto or Chambord filled truffle, and beautiful complex chocolate. Flavor begins ultra clean for an 11% imperial stout, with more of that liqueur, port, sherry, oak, black cherry, vibrant red plum, and beautiful fig presence. Just an incredible manifestation of sweet, vinous notes. I think this had to be the sweeter, quad-like version of Black Albert because a mixture of the roastier version with the already roasty Kate the Great would have fought through the port barreling somewhat; nonetheless, I love this stuff. Shocked at the low ratings thus far.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle muled by GT2- thanks! Uber black pour with a vivacious creamy tan head that provides excellent lace and demonstrates excellent retention. The nose is quite phenomenal- massive vinous and dark fruit notes swirl together with notes of creamy mocha, milk chocolate, cocoa nib, and caramel nougat. A hint of woody barrel and alcohol as she warms. The port character is undeniable. The flavor is a bit of a ride- quite boozy with chocolate latte, mousse, vinous port, and coffee truffle. The palate is extremely silky and rich with fine bubble carbonation and a velvety texture. Sweet smacking port like finish. Awesome stuff.