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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 255   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1355) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2012
(33cl bottle, courtesy of crusianbeer) Pours an opaque black body with a tall long lasting brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, lactose, bread, and raisins. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (763) - Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle pours black with firm brown head. Aroma roast, malts, slight chocolate and licorice. Taste again malts and roast with slight sweetness, licorice, chocolate, oak. Didn’t pick up much port. Palate fairly carbonated, thick and creamy. Finish very clean with alcohol and roast. Alcohol quite evident.

I enjoyed this more than the Black Albert, which was more bitter especially on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a big, thick ran head that shows excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is big and sweet with the port definitely coming through as well as dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts and some Belgian yeast sweetness. Taste is sweet as well with dark fruits, licorice and cocoa powder. The backbone is heavily roasted malts but the overall character is highly vinous with lots of oak and port sweetness. Mouthfeel is slick with soft carbonation and heavily influenced by the port barrel. This is a really good beer but not up there with my favorites in the style. The port barrel is highly evident and lends a sweetness to the beer that seems fairly fruit-heavy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle, thanks Michael! Pours black, with a large, brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, red wine, and chocolate. Flavor is red wine, roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee., and just a touch of alcohol. Body is medium, and the finish is fairly long.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3430) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2012
Block size head tan in colour very black pour medium carbonation the aromas coffee liquorice dark chocolate note of cocoa dryness dried fruit dark fruit caramel the flavours rich dark coffee liquorice caramel sweetness dark chocolate raisin prune a dryness medium bitter smooth on the palate imperial tastes override the alcohol plenty of grain smoothness giving it a milky touch or creaminess the finish nice malt tastes sweet the coffee a plus smooth on the palate lovely bitter very likeable imperial

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dutchtuga (144) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2012
Another very good beer from Struise Brouwers. The chocolate/coffee/dark fruit hints give it a very intereseting complexity, that’s a little overruled by the taste of pepper. Nevertheless a very nice stout!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Geiserich (3520) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle 33 cl from Koelschtrinker (thanks!): Sweet roasty nose, notes of dark fruits, roasted malt, raisins, rum. Black color and a creamy to foamy dark brown head. Flavor is full bodied, intensive notes of dark chocolate, rum plums, dark dried fruit, malt, roastiness, cherry, sweets. Roasty finish, notes of burnt malt and alcohol. Yummy.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/15/2012. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this over. Kabert is a dark molasses brown color with no light escaping even from the edges of the glass. A small dollup of froth actually foams up higher after each swirl of the glass than it did originally. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt primarily. Raisins, plums, a bit of port, vanilla, and some coffee provide support. The flavor is blended together exceptionally well, to the point that it takes a few sips to unravel the flavors. A medium strength firm sweetness manifests itself with some dark semi-sweet chocolate flavors and very mild dark fruits. Raisins and plums stand out, and I get a little bit of the port barrel. Some vanilla notes lead in to a medium - dark roasted malt character and more chocolate. The end of the sip has a bit more port and finishes mostly clean. This full beer has everything that I want in a big imperial stout. It is full-bodied with enough malt to make it almost chewy, with a creamy carbonation that does not get in the way of any of the flavors. There is a slight tingle on the tongue from the alcohol, and it noticeably warms the stomach as well. It is not surprising that the result of blending two outstanding beers is another outstanding beer. The port barrel does not get in the way of the primary flavors at all, and in fact is a very subtle flavor. Glad I have a few bottles of this tucked away.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (18184) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate licorice aroma. Roasted malty smooth chocolate and licorice flavor with hints of caramel and toffee. Has a roasted malty chocoalte and licorice finish. with hints of caramel.


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