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


on tap


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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
A blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Brewing Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9007) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
33 cl bottle. Vintage 2011.
Pours black color with a small beige head. Chocolate and dark roasted malts on the nose, some faint vanilla as well as some wooden notes. Roasty, malty, chocolaty and slightly caramel-y flavor, faint wood and earthy notes, faint port wine notes on the background, comes as slight sweetness. Dry palate, lingering sweet finish. Good but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7981) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
33 cl bottle vintage 2011 @ home
Aroma is somewhat sour with oat, malty tones and soy sauce. Flavour is somewhat tart with chocolaty malt, some citrus, cocoa and some woody tones. The porto is in the background, but starts to dominate at the end of the glass. Good, but I expected more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6280) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
330ml bottle from Bieresgourmet, vintage 2011

Pours pitch black with a smooth light brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, port vinous notes, sweet syrup and tart fruits. Taste is smooth, roasty and sweetish with hints of port vinous tartness, syrup and dark chocolate. Finish is warming, smooth and carbonated with some roastiness, dark chocolate and syrup. Okay, but I like the regular version more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3901) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2014
Bottled. Pours black with a large, lacing, dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit. Sweet flavor that nds up more dry, bitter and with alcohol notes. Medium to full bodied and flat carbonation. An excellent Impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1477) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours dark brown black with small head. Nose is fruity roast dark cocoa, dusty chocolate, rich. Taste is medium body, notes of yeasty dark fruit mingle with big roasty American bitter cocoa, soft mouthfeel. Finish is bitter roasty cocoa with fruity notes and maybe a touch of berry acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2948) - Gray, Maine, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Pours a deep burnt umber with a finger of khaki foam. Lost of port grape mingles with dark brownie batter making for a complex sweet stout with nice layers of dark vinous fruit and roasted cocoa. Grape juice and jammy berry undertones linger in the finish with some caramel, roasted cocoa and molasses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4340) - BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2014
A blend of two great imperials, it seems the Struise cannot get enough of this formula. And again they hit it: a jet black stout with moussy, sticky, beige head and very dense, powerful aroma, delightfully perfumed with coffee, elderberries, whisky, wood, cane sugar, vanilla, chocolate, port wine, toasted bread... Rich and full palate, oily mouthfeel, strong chocolate malt and molasses, red berries, peppery spiciness, mouth-filling coffee bitterness and a long, dry but well-rounded, full finish with heart-warming alcohol. Still, why they have to blend two excellent beers in an attempt to make a third, better one, is a bit beyond me: instead, I had preferred they’d make a completely new one and try to top their own Black Albert... If that were possible, of course.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6449) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large creamy brown head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing. Aroma and flavor are medium sweet, heavy bitter, anise, cocoa, red wine, light oaky astringency. Medium plus body, creamy, heavy lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (735) - GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
Coal black color, big beige head. Has aromas of cane sugar, toffee, raisins, nuts and a boozy touch. Taste is defined by mocha, creamy chocolate mousse, syrup and toffee, spiced up by a pleasant alcoholic note. Slick, smooth mouthfeel, with a subtle bitterness in the end, while spicy sweetness gets more and more noteable. Earthy malts, along with hazelnuts add a wonderful complex body to the beer. Bitter chocolate reminds me of a boozy praline, acting as a convincing counterpart to the otherwise sweeter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle (dregs)... Pours murky and dark brown with a small, creamy, taupe head. Decent retention. The aroma is a blessed marriage of fudge and toasted coconut, flanked by only a hint of vinous port wine. Full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor offers fudge and port-like sweetness. Finishes tangy, sweet and roasty. Bottle provided by ctipping!

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