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


on tap

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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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A blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Brewing Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9822) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2011
From tap @ BBF 2011. On day one, and the end of day 2, which doesnít help to rate this beer properly. Served ice cold, especially on day 2. Malt, apple syrup and a hint of salt in the aroma. Firm roasted malt flavor with salt licorice and dried apples. Very low on carbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (6409) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2011
Smell roastyness, coffee, caramel. Taste roasty, alcohol, coffee and some chocolate I think. Medium carbonation that suits the beer, full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrelbelly (596) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2011
Dark brown. Limited head. Hoppy aroma. Taste sweet stout with chocolate hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
suprchunk (1952) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2011
I think this was the attempt at KatBert from Portsmouth that just didnít cut it as it was brewed so far from home. As served from the taps at the Struise table at Borefts Beer Fest: Dark brown, almost black. No head, no carbonation. FLAT! Too cold - like everything else they were serving that night. Very faint roasted aroma. Some malt, barely. Not impressed at all. Like drinking watered down Malta Goya. I canít rate this much higher, unfortunately. I want to give it a 4/5 for appearance like so many others, but without a head, without carbonation, and with a slick appearance it just ainít happening. Same with the aroma. I almost get more character from water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2011
On draught at the Boreft Beer Festival, 2011. A black beer with no head. Aroma and flavours of chocolate, caramel and grassy hops. Alcohol is fairly present. Nice oily mouth-feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1519) - Waasland, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Tasted the version brewed at DSB, at BBF í11. Very dark brown. No head or carbonation. Decent roasted, slightly sour and sweet, but good bitter hoppy. A bit liquorish, but also at the mouthfeel a bit watery... Not bad, but needs carbonation for sure. Edit: retasted, this time as bottle. Better then before, more carbonation, good holding and nice sized head. A good roasted tasted, hoppy and malty. Sweeter then what I remember then previous, also more coffee and chocolate getting trough. Glad I gave this one another chance!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (3463) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2011
Draft @ BBF. Aroma is deep roast, huge chocolate, slight caramel. Flavour is quite bitter with loads of coffee, roast and molasses. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (962) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2011
Pours black with allmost no head. Aroma is coffee, caramel, brown sugar, fruity notes, chocolate, port notes, toasted malts and vanilla. Taste is winey port notes, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, wood, light ashy and vanilla leading to a long dry end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2011
Tap @ Borefts Beer Festival, 2011. Pours black with a small head and lacings. Dark fruit, roast, coffee, oak and vanilla. Mellow, smooth and sippable. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (999) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - SEP 26, 2011
Tap @ Borefts Beer Festival. Pours black with no head. Aroma is sweet with notes of brownie, coffee, figs, dates, somewhat port-like, faint notes of oak and vanilla. Taste is very roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, a bit ashy, coffee bitterness, some hoppy bitterness, too. Hints of oak, vanilla, fudge and dark fruits. Nice effort. A bit more carbonation and some head, and this would easily be a 4+ beer.

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