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


on tap

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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
A blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Brewing Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5065) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
bottle thanks to crusianbeer. deep brown/black with a khaki head. nose is wood, fruits, chocolate, and rich malts. smooth on the palate, dark fruits, roasted malts, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3702) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2012
Better than the sum of its parts? I donít know, but its certainly rich enough. Coffee, licorice and a bit of chocolately sweetness at the end. Dark, thick appearance with a thick head. Bought at the Struise tasting room in Bruges with Jess and Dave, 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4931) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2012
@ BBF. The aroma has roast, vanilla, chocolate, fruitiness/port. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is slightly fruity sweet, has chocolate, roast, vanilla, port. Really nice. Good, clean, smooth and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
33 cl bottle. Pours a dark black with a small tan chocolate head the disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is fruity, with some plum and wine apparent. There is also some light chalk, a bit of roastiness, some coffee, and light alcohol. Taste is sweet and also quite chalky. There is plum, wine, light chocolate, and roastiness. The finish has a bit of alcohol and leaves a chalky aftertaste. Medium body. Low carbonation. Pretty disappointing. This could have been a pretty good beer, but it was just way too chalky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1429) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (776) - 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. Didnít 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1741) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3737) - 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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