EvilBuddha (69) - SLOVENIA - JAN 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A transcrption from Beeradvocate.
A blend of Black Albert and Kate the Great. So, what do we get when the king gives his balls to the queen?
Effervescent pour gives birth to thick medium-tan head with great retention that hangs to the walls atop of opaque black body.
Nose is very vinous, almost tart berries-like - not surprisingly knowing that the beer was matured on port barrels - imitating a well aged example of the style. Red wine element is a wee too heavy, overshadowing the cocoaish and coffee qualities of roasted malt. As the beer warms I pick up tanninic and vanilla notes, as well as some brown sugar.
Starts smooth chocolaty-sweet but the initial sweetness passes on to vinous flavors and finally melds into mildly roasted, coffeeish finish with subtle alcohol warmth in the aftertaste.
Softly carbonated smooth body is quite thin (almost quad-like) for a descendant of such highly acclaimed royal predecessors.
I had BA on numerous occasions while I’ve never been fortunate enough to taste Kate so I can only assume which organoleptics have been inherited from the empress.
Noble blood weddings often produce offspring with genetic disorders. Nonetheless, heir to the throne is a healthy child and not an anaemic hermaphrodite I feared the blend of both royalties would result in. (330 ml, BB date 12-29-2016, into tulip.)
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great beer. Black body with a circle head. Port comes through in the nsoe and the taste. What a great blend. So smooth
jbeatty (842) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black, medium tan head with halfhearted retention but great lacing. Crazy fruit aroma with grape/plums, apple, banana, covered in sweet chocolate, but lacking an appreciable roast to balance out. Taste not as entirely fruit forward, but begins there with sweet dark fruits, plum prominent, and smooth dark chocolate, melding into mild roast finish, some coffee, definitely where Black Albert comes through strongest (the finish and aftertaste that is). Silky, creamy and full in the mouth, goes down too easily. Somehow the whole is greater than the individual components- flavor and aroma profile make this a unique experience for me among other Black Damnation/ Black Albert variants. Greatly enjoyed this blend.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330mL. Pours black looking near ink into the snifter generating a medium, tightly bubbled mocha head. Good retention and sticky lace. Nose is pretty heavy apple up front with oxidation and mild acetaldehyde. Taste is sweeter, dessert profile, sugary red apple moving to rich sweet chocolate, silk, fudge. Richer, dessert palate. Very soft carbonation with some meaty, savory notes in the finish. A bit too much ash and chalk in the taste to give this an 8/10. Hints of tangy lemon tea in back end. Good stuff overall, but not a masterpiece. We’ll see about Special K.
nepuufd (14) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle If you would drink this without any comparison with other Struise stouts, you would adore it. But nevertheless if you compare it with Black Albert or Cuvee Delphine, it expresses itself as a more faint/soft version. Great, but no challenger for the real kings!
cgarvieuk (12162) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
some time some where probably De Molen Fest ... Dark black .. deep roast solid chocolate malts nose ... deep body ... dark malts ... lots of chocolate...
Christian (10354) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boreft Beer Festival 2011: Near black with no head. Aroma of plum, prunes, dark sugar and hops. Sweetish rich flavour with lots of dried fruit and licorice, a touch of caramel, and a comlex impression
Koelschtrinker (9446) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Der frische Antrunk wird schnell durch die aufkommende Malzigkeit aufgehoben. Dabei sit das Malz vollmundig aber weniger intensiv als gedacht. Erstaunlich frisch, im Abgang Schokolade, milder Kaffee. 7/11/12/11//12
Jaksmart (357) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Borefts Beer Festival. Pitch black with no head - more like crude oil. As it warms, the aroma really opens up with velvety dark fruits-notes, vanilla, oak, rum, wine, some alcohol, figs, dark port. Very complex and subtle. Taste is lightly toasted with some liquorice, backed up by wet port notes, rum, concentrated fruits, raisins, figs, spices and pepper in the finish. Very good balance, sporting a very nice complexity.
DutchDrebus (3070) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black, opague colour with an off-white head. Little to no smell, even after warming.. Some chocolate in the smell at most. Tastes chocolate and roasty - but lacking a bit in taste also. Little carbo, medium body.