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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Brewing Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1039) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8549) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nepuufd (14) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2012
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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2012
some time some where probably De Molen Fest ... Dark black .. deep roast solid chocolate malts nose ... deep body ... dark malts ... lots of chocolate...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11219) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (10848) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 20, 2011
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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jaksmart (428) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (4166) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2011
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.


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