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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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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 243   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottled. Poured very deep brown with a tall, dense toasted beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter cocoa, vanilla, and vinous notes.. showed some age, but not in a bad way.. warm on the back of the nose. The flavor found burnt black malts, molasses, honey, and vinous notes at the core, with peppery alcohol and oxidation around.. quite vinous and strong on the finish, but it somehow held its balance. Heavier-bodied with full carbonation on the palate.. nice tanginess from the barrel balanced against the big sweetness.. very good overall.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Piero1987 (681) - Iglesias, ITALY - MAR 23, 2014
Black with big brown head. Nice chocolate, cherry and alchol aroma. Smooth and light sweet with nuts and caramel flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zer0 (1127) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours almost black with a thick brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, booze, red fruits, wood and nuts. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter. Complex. Long chocolatey finish with some malty sweetness. Caramel aswell. Full bodied and thick oily texture. Yummy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reckless_rate (4) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2014 does not count
330ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Poured fairly lively, with a light brown head that collapsed slowly. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and port. Flavours of coffee and roasted malt, with alcohol lurking in the background. Beautifully balanced imperial stout, perfect for sipping on a cold winter’s night.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (599) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
2011 bottle big thanks to Simon for including this as an extra! Thanks a ton man! Big thick black viscous pour, thick creamy, chocolate milk head with real good staying power, gorgeous appearance!. Aroma, sweet sweet plumbs, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, lots going on here! Taste - mild sweetness with some slight wine vinous towards the middle, nice roasted malt character, very little sweetness which is surprising because it’s there in the aroma, slightly acidic/vinous cherry like finish with mild heat from the booze, carries a bitter aftertaste that lingers at the back of the throat,minor barrel treatment from the port which allows the body of the original stouts to really shine through. As my glass warmed more sweetness started to show up and some of the vinous like aftertaste rounded out. Overall it’s a well done beer that gathers steam as it warms up. Really nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1799) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle 330ml. [2010 Vintage]. Pours black with medium brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, porto, alcohol, fruits. Taste is of porto, red fruits, chocolate, bitterness, chalk, alcohol (hot), slight vegetal stuff, sugar. Palate: Full bodied. Dusty texture. Thick. Low carbonation. Sticky. Overall: Nice barrel action. Pretty good, but a bit heavy. Alcohol is warming. Not easily drinkable, but not massively cloying either. A sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tom10101 (2798) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle (330 ml). 2010 vintage. From Cam, thanks! Black (thick) with a small creamy and slowly recessing beige head that leave a small ring of foam and no lacing. Aroma is amazing with Port notes, dark chocolate, rapsberries, roasted malt, light vanilla, plums, light oak and molasses. Taste is almost as good as aroma with a burst of dark chocolate filled with raspberries along Port notes, cherries, plums, molasses, oak and a light warming from the alcohol. Medium body. Thick. Low carbonation. Vinous mouthfeel, but there’s also a dust/chalk feeling. Extremely complex. Great use of the Port Barrels. Drinkable for the style (not cloying). Perfect balance. Awesome beer!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2140) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Fumes, cherries, chocolate, and an earthy note (like powdered chocolate mixed with dirt and leaves). Black, good lace. Slightly sour initial / very sweet chocolate mid palate / lightly bitter finish. Medium-heavy body. Pleasant. Somehow light for an imperial stout. Maybe better as individual beers rather than blended. Tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2767) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
Shared bottle at t’Bierhuyske, Antwerpen. Black body with a dense, inch thick, light brown head. Soy sauce, vanilla, sweet liquorice and port barrel notes on the nose. Roasted, salty liquorice among the flavors. Full bodied, thick and smooth. Alco warm and with a long roasted finish. Highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1342) - Athens, GREECE - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Color black yellow with small brown head. Aroma nalt, roasted, chcolate, alcohol, fruits. Taste sweet, chocolate, alcohol, fruits, cherry.


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