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


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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a cloudy opaque black with a light brown head. Sweet roasty nose, lots of raisins up there too, almost rummy. Solid body, sweet roast, but the dark dried fruits dominate, lots of dark chocolate - even marzipan and cherry, all stuff you wouldn’t really expect in an Imperial Stout. But this is....different. Roasty finish with quite some warming alcohol. Very enjoyable. 030312

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2012 33cl, Vintage 2011, at 11.5%Vol, new exclusive collab. brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, roasted/vinous and slightly spicy/woody, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, good head, top class!, yet expensive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6180) - Utah, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle shared during RBWG 2012
Black with a small tan head and some lacing. Roasted malts, metallic, woody and chocolate. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (6943) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2012
33cl bottle courtesy of Kermis, shared with Kermis. Thin off white head. Deep dark pour. Lovely lovely beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (7691) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle from Struisse beer shop. Black pour with brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts and wood. Sweet dark chocolate flavour with a little caramel and alcohol in the finish. Thick oily mouthfeel. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2226) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2012
33cl bottle from RBWG- Nose is dark grape, wood,chocolate..Taste is wood, chocolate malts,vanilla, light smoke...palate is medium and slick..super solid

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 27, 2012
33cl bottle, from the Struise Shop in Brugge. Pours black, with a brown head. Smells of heavy chocolate malts, a hint of sweet dark fruits; overall, mostly subtle aromas other than the malt. Tastes roasted, with a heavy dark-chocolate sweetness, medium espresso bitter, and some alcoholic warming. I don’t taste anything more than a hint of the Port casks; it’s a subtle afterthought in the alcoholic finish. Full bodied. Finishes dry and slightly bitter with a long duration. Texture is oily. It’s quite good, but not as impressive as I would have expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1473) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Huge thanks to forgetfu. Bottle pours deep brown/black with a khaki head. Aroma shows moderate roast, chocolate, tobacco, oak, ash, and some definite port character that begins to develop as it warms. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla, cherry, and raspberry jam. Overall body is full and finishes with nice roasted character as well as some well hidden alc. Outstanding blend that truly begins to shine if you allow it to warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6441) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small beige head and spotty lacing. The aroma is smoke and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with roast and alcohol burn. A good Imperial stout from de Struise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2012
33cl bottle. The pour yields what looks like a pitch black, über-dense body with an absolutely massive, billowing head of spongy, dark khaki froth. Thick, hard clumps of lacing cling to the glass. Aromas are based in rich, fudgy chocolate, strongly suggesting of brownies (both the softer middle parts and crispy outer edges). There is a hefty amount of roast, touching on coffee, mocha, and oats. Dark fruits like figs, cherries, and dates creep in, as do some sugar glazed pecans. Smooth, softly peppery pipe tobacco is clearly a Black Albert influence. Vanilla from the barrel rounds things out. Whew, lots going on in this complex nose. Flavors are similarly structured. The base is simply loaded with rich, dense, intense dark chocolate. There are some burnt caramel edges, along with tons of cherry and fig. Coffee roast nods strongly to the Kte component. Mocha and vanilla keeps things soft and on the sweeter side. The palate is creamy and rich, loaded with residual sugars, yet relatively well attenuated thanks to the chalky Belgian yeast. I gotta say, I’m pretty darn impressed. Both beers are distinctly identified within this collaboration, yet they work together nicely. Great in small doses. Definite dessert beer.

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