brokensail (12222) - Orange County, 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 (7134) - 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.
baggio (322) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apperance: Black brownish with a beige head and some lacing.
Aroma: Ripe fruit, Chocolate and roasted malt. Not a very impressive aroma.
Taste: Coffee, Roasted Malts, Ripe fruit, Vanilla and some chocolate.
Palate: Smoth and creamy with low carbonation and a dry ending.
A very nice stout but Struise has better offerings than this in the stout-department. Very drinkable but no complexity kind of ruins the experience.
craftycarl21 (2285) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, huge thanks to GT2 for muling this sucker for oteyj and I! Pitch black pour with a gorgeous thick tan head. Nose holds beautiful vinous port, malbec, and cabernet red wine notes, along with lovely touches of cocoa nib, amaretto or Chambord filled truffle, and beautiful complex chocolate. Flavor begins ultra clean for an 11% imperial stout, with more of that liqueur, port, sherry, oak, black cherry, vibrant red plum, and beautiful fig presence. Just an incredible manifestation of sweet, vinous notes. I think this had to be the sweeter, quad-like version of Black Albert because a mixture of the roastier version with the already roasty Kate the Great would have fought through the port barreling somewhat; nonetheless, I love this stuff. Shocked at the low ratings thus far.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle muled by GT2- thanks! Uber black pour with a vivacious creamy tan head that provides excellent lace and demonstrates excellent retention. The nose is quite phenomenal- massive vinous and dark fruit notes swirl together with notes of creamy mocha, milk chocolate, cocoa nib, and caramel nougat. A hint of woody barrel and alcohol as she warms. The port character is undeniable. The flavor is a bit of a ride- quite boozy with chocolate latte, mousse, vinous port, and coffee truffle. The palate is extremely silky and rich with fine bubble carbonation and a velvety texture. Sweet smacking port like finish. Awesome stuff.
EvilBuddha (69) - SLOVENIA - JAN 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A transcrption from Beeradvocate.
A blend of Black Albert and Kate the Great. So, what do we get when the king gives his balls to the queen?
Effervescent pour gives birth to thick medium-tan head with great retention that hangs to the walls atop of opaque black body.
Nose is very vinous, almost tart berries-like - not surprisingly knowing that the beer was matured on port barrels - imitating a well aged example of the style. Red wine element is a wee too heavy, overshadowing the cocoaish and coffee qualities of roasted malt. As the beer warms I pick up tanninic and vanilla notes, as well as some brown sugar.
Starts smooth chocolaty-sweet but the initial sweetness passes on to vinous flavors and finally melds into mildly roasted, coffeeish finish with subtle alcohol warmth in the aftertaste.
Softly carbonated smooth body is quite thin (almost quad-like) for a descendant of such highly acclaimed royal predecessors.
I had BA on numerous occasions while I’ve never been fortunate enough to taste Kate so I can only assume which organoleptics have been inherited from the empress.
Noble blood weddings often produce offspring with genetic disorders. Nonetheless, heir to the throne is a healthy child and not an anaemic hermaphrodite I feared the blend of both royalties would result in. (330 ml, BB date 12-29-2016, into tulip.)
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great beer. Black body with a circle head. Port comes through in the nsoe and the taste. What a great blend. So smooth
jbeatty (1104) - 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 (9102) - 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.