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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baggio (319) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3076) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (197) - North Rhine-Westphalia, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9037) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
At my place with Taylor, Justin, Kristen, and Matt. Pours black, light lacing. Aroma is beautiful sweet fig, refined bourbon. Taste is a light cardboard, old roasted malt, dark fruits. Mouthfeel, sticky, full, lowing carb.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger (1334) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Pours a dark brown with tan head. Oak, cherry, chocolate, and some roasted malt on the nose, complex; follows onto the palate. Finishes a little hot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (5785) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle @ Schraevenacker, Belgium. Pours pitch black with 1 finger dence and creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, little yeast, coffee, chocolate, kaluha, port, wood. Flavor is rather sweet, malty, yeast, caramel, wood, port, kaluha, light spice, hints of pepper, dark fruits, raisin, plums. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Rather sweet beer, but still easy to drink. 010814

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Idiosynkrasie (3700) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 5, 2014
330ml bottle. [European ’Tour de quitter’ or ’Trauerzug durch die Gemeinde der ausgeschiedenen Nachbarn’ part two: Belgium]. Opaque darkest brown colour with late awakening, huge, thick, firm, frothy to creamy, long lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Intense, chocolately dark malty aroma, yeasty overtones add a decent amount of fruitiness, hints of red and dark berries, plum, raisin, also some vanilla. Taste is chocolately dark malty, interspersed with yeasty proliferation, fruity hints of dark berries, plum, also some oak and vanilla, some treacle, peppery yeast spiciness; oily texture, sticky palate. If you are inclined to divide beer country into three regions and allocate a genuine, special strength to any of these three areas, you might arrive at the following arrangement: Germany (malt), United States (hop), and Belgium (yeast). So you know what is unique about this Imperial Stout. (If you don’t have a clue: Danish is wrong - sorry for that).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2165) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
At Zeebra II. Almost totally black pour, with a small brown head, low retention, light lacing on the glass. Aroma has wine notes, some roasted malts, faint chocolate. Nice taste, roasted malts but also vinous notes and berries, traces of chocolate. Bitter aftertaste. Medium thick body, good carbonation, very dry on the palate. A very good imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (267) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. nice balanced mix

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2133) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Good imperial stout, balanced and rich and all. Yet, I feel that mixing two great beers is cheating. This ain’t brewing, this is mixing.


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