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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 250   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baggio (320) - norrtälje, - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle@Home 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1307) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle from trade ages ago, I think stakem? Poured black with thinning dark tan head. Aroma is pretty fruity grape dark fruits. Med light carb med bod. Bitter choc raisin, char, barrel fruity taste. interesting, lots going on.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggsbowler (384) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle - pours dark black w/ tan head. Smells of grapes, vinous, and oak. Tastes of raisin and chocolate. Good not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierridder_S (58) - BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2014
Aroma : Port, vinous, some caramel. Very dark, light carbon. Taste : a lot of port, vinous, now and then roastyness and caramel. Nice!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5541) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2014
330ml Bottle - Jet black with a tan head. Liquorice, plain chocolate and some vinous notes in the aroma. Rich and complex, yet easy to drink taste with notes of chocolate, liquorice, port and vinous fruits combining to good effect. More drinkability than Black Albert in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle. Pour is dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of dark roast, booze, bitter chocolate, slight fruit, and dry yeast. Finish is bitter and roasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4687) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
bottle shared with friends, thanks! pours very dark brown-red tint with a nice beige head, good retention and lacing. roasted and burnt caramel, lots of raisins, port wine, wood booze, red wine and red fruits - zinfandel-ish, some coffee. light carbonation, medium body - oily, sweetish and astringent-woodsy finish. good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1519) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Pours a good black with a beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of grapes, licorice and alcohol. Taste is of raisins, chocolate with light oxidation notes. Body was medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall a nice one but it might have suffered from the comparison with Special K.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6530) - 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.
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5980) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4019) - 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.


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