jbeatty (1039) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black, medium tan head with halfhearted retention but great lacing. Crazy fruit aroma with grape/plums, apple, banana, covered in sweet chocolate, but lacking an appreciable roast to balance out. Taste not as entirely fruit forward, but begins there with sweet dark fruits, plum prominent, and smooth dark chocolate, melding into mild roast finish, some coffee, definitely where Black Albert comes through strongest (the finish and aftertaste that is). Silky, creamy and full in the mouth, goes down too easily. Somehow the whole is greater than the individual components- flavor and aroma profile make this a unique experience for me among other Black Damnation/ Black Albert variants. Greatly enjoyed this blend.
GT2 (8549) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330mL. Pours black looking near ink into the snifter generating a medium, tightly bubbled mocha head. Good retention and sticky lace. Nose is pretty heavy apple up front with oxidation and mild acetaldehyde. Taste is sweeter, dessert profile, sugary red apple moving to rich sweet chocolate, silk, fudge. Richer, dessert palate. Very soft carbonation with some meaty, savory notes in the finish. A bit too much ash and chalk in the taste to give this an 8/10. Hints of tangy lemon tea in back end. Good stuff overall, but not a masterpiece. We’ll see about Special K.
nepuufd (14) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle If you would drink this without any comparison with other Struise stouts, you would adore it. But nevertheless if you compare it with Black Albert or Cuvee Delphine, it expresses itself as a more faint/soft version. Great, but no challenger for the real kings!
cgarvieuk (14785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
some time some where probably De Molen Fest ... Dark black .. deep roast solid chocolate malts nose ... deep body ... dark malts ... lots of chocolate...
Christian (11219) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boreft Beer Festival 2011: Near black with no head. Aroma of plum, prunes, dark sugar and hops. Sweetish rich flavour with lots of dried fruit and licorice, a touch of caramel, and a comlex impression
Koelschtrinker (10848) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Der frische Antrunk wird schnell durch die aufkommende Malzigkeit aufgehoben. Dabei sit das Malz vollmundig aber weniger intensiv als gedacht. Erstaunlich frisch, im Abgang Schokolade, milder Kaffee. 7/11/12/11//12
Jaksmart (428) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Borefts Beer Festival. Pitch black with no head - more like crude oil. As it warms, the aroma really opens up with velvety dark fruits-notes, vanilla, oak, rum, wine, some alcohol, figs, dark port. Very complex and subtle. Taste is lightly toasted with some liquorice, backed up by wet port notes, rum, concentrated fruits, raisins, figs, spices and pepper in the finish. Very good balance, sporting a very nice complexity.
DutchDrebus (4166) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black, opague colour with an off-white head. Little to no smell, even after warming.. Some chocolate in the smell at most. Tastes chocolate and roasty - but lacking a bit in taste also. Little carbo, medium body.
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Borefts 2011. Black, with no head. Molasses, hops, plum, coffee, raisins, caramel in the aroma. Medium dense with low carbonation, smooth on the palate. Was served way too cold.
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ 3th Borefts 2011. A black colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of dark fruits with some hops an spices. The taste has some grassy notes with dark malts and fruits, the aftertaste is bitter dry with sweet.