magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
djd07 (8279) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, 11.5% ABV) Very dark brown with a largeish, firm and lacy, beige head. Very roasted-malty mocha nose, lightly dried-fruity. Flavor is strongly roasty, lightly burned, sweetish-malty, coffeeish, a bit worty with some green apple and alcohol present. Also notes of unpleasant, vegetably bitterness. Oat and wheat soften the flavor somewhat, but cannot hide the fact, that plain Black Albert is not a very good beer (don’t know about the Portsmouth one). Quite full body, somewhat foamy but smooth CO2. Alcohol very well hidden, and surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. Not a bad beer, but still you’d expect more from an 11.5% Impy. The faults fade away after a few sips, though, after which this is actually quite enjoyable. The burnedness of BA is mostly gone, and replaced with sweet malt and oatmeal softness. 6437
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark black color with a larger sized tan head. Aromas of roast, smoke, chocolate, wood, earth, and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, dark fruits / raisins, port wine, vanilla, and some roast. Alcohol content well hidden.
daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Forgetfu with another incredible hookup. Black pour, chocolate brown head. Aroma is chalky, ashy, sweet molasses, port wine. Flavor is nice and full, oily, port, chocolate, molasses, licorice. This is awesome.
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is almost black in color with a surprising amount of tan foam. A really rough nose to this. Intense alcohol and roasted malt aromas are almost overwhelming. There is some dark fruit, maybe a bit of a port like sweetness and licorice. The flavor does not feature the alcohol quite so prominently, but it is certainly there. Roasted malt, licorice, raisins, and prunes are quite prevalent, too. Wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rating #4000 in style. 33bottle from Struise biershop in Brugge.
Couleur brune foncée sur des tons cuivre, col épais moka laissant sur les rebords du verre un filament huileux.
Arôme est complexe alliant un malt caramel, chocolat en poudre et biscuité avec un grains d’avoine et note de barrique de Porto couvert par des fruits noirs.
En bouche, palais épais aux flocons d’avoine, malt couvre le palais laissant la place à des notes de chocolat noir, caramel, sorte de purée de cacao. Je note aussi un profile de feuilles de tabac pour un aspect fumé mais discret sur le palais, le tout est épais et sur la fin une note de houblon épicé et de levure vient mettre tout cela en valeur.
A noter aussi, la barrique de Porto qui donne un profile fruité noir restant un peu trop discret. Cela contribue à un côté doux/sucré de vin de Porto qui suit sur le palais. Pas mauvaise, mais loin d’être ma préférée des stouts de chez Struise. A voir comment elle évolue avec l’age.
grunx (367) - - FEB 5, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Genial Imperial Stout. Donen ganes de probar la Kate the Grate. Gran joia. S’ha de provar.