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


on tap


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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
A blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Brewing Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bontus (742) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2015
Pours pitch black, like red wine with black ink. Head is creamy brown, very sticky, very smelly, very impressive. Aroma’s: Hazelnuts, almonds, wood, vanilla, kandi sugar, caramel, toffee, banana, licorice, chocolate, coffee, ruby port... Mouth feel is oily thick but not too lively, no alcohol or yeast in it (or at least seemingly). After taste is sticky bitter with roasted malts and eventually some alcohol starts warming my throat and tongue. Finish is very long... After a while my mouth and tongue got saturated and I could really only enjoy a few sips beyond that point. This beer is beyond awesome for tasting, but hard to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2598) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 10/21/12 from a capped 330mL bottle. Pours thick and dark cola brown with a slow forming, but thick brown head that leaves thick, even lace. The nose is dark chocolate syrup with a lightly fruity characteristic, very dark and roasted. The flavor is darkly roasted, tons of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and just a touch of fruity port sweetness. The body is full with average carbonation and a long bitter coffee and vinous finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
The_Osprey (5814) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2015 Bottle, 2011 vintage, aged in port barrels. Black, decent foamy tan head lasts a few minutes. Aroma is raspberry chocolate, light port character, background coffee. Body is medium, medium carbonation, initially quite foamy but becomes richer over time. Taste is spicy, chocolate, red wine. Long tannic finish with dark chocolate creaminess. Semisweet. No alcohol presence. Wow. Really lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (2124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle from trade ages ago, I think stakem? Poured black with thinning dark tan head. Aroma is pretty fruity grape dark fruits. Med light carb med bod. Bitter choc raisin, char, barrel fruity taste. interesting, lots going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggsbowler (596) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle - pours dark black w/ tan head. Smells of grapes, vinous, and oak. Tastes of raisin and chocolate. Good not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierridder_S (640) - BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2014
Aroma : Port, vinous, some caramel. Very dark, light carbon. Taste : a lot of port, vinous, now and then roastyness and caramel. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6629) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2014
330ml Bottle - Jet black with a tan head. Liquorice, plain chocolate and some vinous notes in the aroma. Rich and complex, yet easy to drink taste with notes of chocolate, liquorice, port and vinous fruits combining to good effect. More drinkability than Black Albert in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle. Pour is dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of dark roast, booze, bitter chocolate, slight fruit, and dry yeast. Finish is bitter and roasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7484) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
bottle shared with friends, thanks! pours very dark brown-red tint with a nice beige head, good retention and lacing. roasted and burnt caramel, lots of raisins, port wine, wood booze, red wine and red fruits - zinfandel-ish, some coffee. light carbonation, medium body - oily, sweetish and astringent-woodsy finish. good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3177) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Pours a good black with a beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of grapes, licorice and alcohol. Taste is of raisins, chocolate with light oxidation notes. Body was medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall a nice one but it might have suffered from the comparison with Special K.

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