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


on tap

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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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A blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Brewing Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TET (1578) - FINLAND - OCT 19, 2013
Vintage 2011, BBE 2017. A black beer with a beautiful, dense, big and slightly yellowish brown head. The nose of sweet strawberries, roastiness and liquirice. The nice and fresh aroma, basicly, a simple, but very succesfully. Taste is strongly roasted, lots of black coffee, some strawberries, also quite high bitterness, nice sweetness, thus not very dry. Full bodied, smooth to drink. Very enjoyable beer, the strawberries are refreshning the powerfull flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bryanvdv (509) - - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle with sjouw. Zeer donker bier, bijna geen schuim. Aroma van Laurier, koffie, caramel tonen. In de smaak bitter, koffie. Heerlijke russian stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steasy66 (847) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle from bitter virtue. Black with tiny tan head. Aroma is really tannic, the Port features huge in the nose. Flavor and texture opens extremely smooth, progresses to a boozy tannic finish. Smooth and drinkable beer but not a lot going on. Lack the body and the roast to hold up to the barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2188) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle generously shared by Colin for rating number 1600. Sweet port aromas. Dark brown pour with a light brown head. Dark roasted malts, mild chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, and mild port notes. Uber complex. Good body and mouthfeel. Simply delicious...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (3515) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
330ml Bottle: BBD 30 Aug 2017, poured carefully into my Westvleteren chalice on 5 Aug 2013 during a Belgian Beer Tasting Evening I hope with myself. Looked impressive in the chalice: dark moody and rich, the tan head sitting there like the raised portion of your mum’s best ever rice pudding. The malts give of intense coffee and chocolate notes into the nose: these carry on with extra strength into the taste. tries to be sweet, but the yeast and hops just about control the malts and keep the flavours in check, sweetness wise at least. The Port Barrel aging does come through a little, with a mild wine hint within the overall flavour, but you have to really search for it, or at least I had too. Good mouth feel to this brew: that’s to Ian Harrison for this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7835) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Port Barrel Aged bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a inky, completely black hued pour with a massive tan head with great lace and complete retention. Aromas are of port wine, candied raisins, figs and christmas cake, a bit of baba au rhum, christmas cake. Milk chocolate. Pretty decadent. Flavors are of dry, nutty cocoa, medium alcohol, toasty, very ashy, chocolate, nutty, raisins, lightly vinous. Graham cracker, a bit metallic, nutty, toasty wood. Burnt toast. Fuller bodied, medium carbonation, significant tannin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
Fully opaque black with a hue of ruby red at the bottom of the glass. The head a dark beige aligned in a thin cap. T\ons of heavy roasted malts, toffee, mollasses, espresso and dark dried fruits. Sweet, rich and thick flavour with espresso roast and chocolate malt flavours. The finish is robust and moderately bitter with a lingering bussing warmth. Just a nice beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dudeabide (13) - USA - JUL 21, 2013
Pours black with mocha head, rather large. Port on the nose with roasted malts, and picking up some booze at the end. Taste follows, the port is a nice touch with the roasted malts and touch of espresso. Good body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1540) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Goblet. Pitch black pour, though shines red at the bottom. Nice dark brown head. Very rich dark brown fruit. Big body. Raisins. Molasses. Birch beer. Rotted pit fruit. Vegemite. Celery. Prunes. Thick and rich. Slight ash. To me not as good as the Black Albert alone, but still a tremendous dark brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1334) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Pour is jet black with tons of creamy dense caramel colored head. Nose is light, roast and dark chocolate with berry sweetness behind. Taste is more bright, soft roast, maybe a touch of sweetness from the port but a lot of Kate mid palate on. A decent milk chocolate runs through mid palate as well. Sweetness dominates with virtually no barrel and a tinge of alcohol in the finish. Fair amount carbonation on a creamy full body. The balance is done pretty well, nothing overly special and lack of barrel.

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