_angst_ (3722) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 330 ml bottle bought @ Ętre Gourmet. Pours black with a creamy brownish white head that leaves some trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and tiny sour with dark grapes, port wine, roasted malts, vanilla, raisins, alcohol, milk chocolate, orange and lemon zest, freshly cut wood, unripe tropical fruits, leather, lemon grass, blueberry jam, blackberries, and very subtle hints of yeast and solvents. Taste is sweet, bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark grapes, bilberries, blackberries, grass, yeast, heavily roasted coffee, port wine, wood, vanilla, resin, orange zest, lemon peal, unripe peaches and mango, black cherries and hints of pine and lemon juice. Mouthfeel is vinous, smooth, tiny tart and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, slightly bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, coffee, wood, bilberries, plums, cherry pits, grass and pine. Incredibly complex both when it comes to taste and smell.
Marsiblursi (3063) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2012 (Bottle) Pours black with a cream brown head. The aroma holds port up front with notes of leather, plums, raisins, rum, ripe red grapes, blueberry/blackberry jam, old wood and oxidation. Undertones of smooth dark roast/fruity dark chocolate, earth, tobacco, dark grainy bread, dark esters, almonds, glue and a touch of earthy hops. Love it or hate it, the nose is still super mega complex. The flavour is light sweet, light bitter and light sourish with vinous, tart roast, subtle hops and fairly complex yeast. The mouthfeel is round and tart with a light carbonation. Dark bread, dark chocolate, subtle hops and tart berries on the finish. Medium bodied.
phaleslu (7825) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle shared by lushawn- thanks a ton, buddy! Pours an opaque coffee brown with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, port, oak, dust, and Belgian chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, ashy wood, coffee, and port. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, earthy mouthfeel. Not bad but I expected more because I like each of the beers so much.
douglas88 (7445) - 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 (2684) - 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.
SrSilliGose (3325) - 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 (1614) - 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 (4817) - 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 (5900) - 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