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


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 4.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
Stout aged in Port barrel. One-off keg that was only available at Struise Bruges Beershop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (8202) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2012
15/IX/2012 on tap @ Struise Schooltje (Oostvleteren) - BB: n/a (2012-1026)

Very dark brown to black beer, creamy beige head, pretty stable, little adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, vanilla, raisins, dried fruits, some liquorish, other spices, bit of molasses. MF: soft to no carbon, full body, bit syrupy texture. Taste: mocha, lots of dark chocolate, some raisins, coffee, sweet caramel, little bitter, hoppy, some dried fruits. Aftertaste: caramel, coffee, mocha, hops, dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1917) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 20, 2012
Draught @ Struise Beershop 3/2/12. Color black with tiny white head. Aroma malt. chocolate, dark fruits, porto. Taste sweet, chocolate, fruits, wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2012
Draught, way too chilled, Struise shop, Brugge, 14/02/12. Pitch piled with rocky, thickly lacing tan. Red polished apple, charred barley, ash-flicked mocha aroma. Bittersweet, incredibly mellow and...well, stouty at the strength. Soft and mocha inflected with that plummy, red apple undercurrent over a solid roasted base. Fudgy sweetness as it warms, but otherwise bittersweet and balanced with the illusion of sessionability.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4538) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2012
Jet black beer, small quickly disappearing beige head. Aroma is heavily malty, chocolate, roasted malts, dark red fruits and slight fruity porto. Flavour is thick sweet malts, milk chocolate, dark dried fruits, wood, light bitterness, light molasses. Finish is velvety and long, nice porto tones, light alcohol notes (especially when considering the ABV). Very drinkable for such an eisbock processed stout. Definitely lovely.
(Draught, taster glass @ Struise Beershop, Brugge. 666th rating. Oh yeah.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2012
Draft @ Struise Beer Shop

Overall for me it was as good as the Special K i had at the KerstbierFestival , only this one was a bit smoother , a tiny bit sweeter and less of that alcohol burn and after effects i had with the 22% version ... Very nice !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2012
15 cl. draft poured into a lovely Struise tasting glass @ Struise beer shop – this beer originates from the same batch as Black Damnation XI with the beer being processed only to 18 instead of 22 % alcohol, only one keg of this made due to the fact that afterwards they decided that this was kegged prematurely but mind you just as Black Damnation V & VI are completely different beers so is this & Special K which was also their opinion – 4 % difference indeed did result in a completely different beer – black as black can be with a small quickly disappearing mocha/chocolate pudding head – smell is thick malts, chocolate, creamy, rich, slight porto – taste follows with thick malts, chocolate with a slight hint of bitterness, thick dark fruits with a slight hint of syrupiness to them, touch of wood, delicious, thick, creamy porto in the aftertaste, not alcoholic, quite easy to drink but definitely substantial body, although this does miss the sludginess that I loved in Special K, despite the fact that this is already quite heavy this still does feel like the easier, simpler & lighter version missing a bit the lovely heaviness of the final products, sadly both beers are bound to be compared, I understand why this needed that touch more, still very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (5568) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2012
Jet black colour with coffee-like foam. Rich vinous aroma. Texture is thick and oily. Flavour of roasted malts and a little smoke. The port sweetness and the woodiness from the barrel comes through in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (11250) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2012
Draft at Struise shop, Bruges. Very dark pour with beige head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, caramel and malt. Matching powerful flavour and thick mouthfeel. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2012
Draft @ Struise biershop, Brugge. 18% beer that did not reach the projected 22% of Special Kay. Couleur brune foncée, col beige/moka laissant un filament huileux sur les rebords du verre. Un arôme malté de chocolat, caramel léger malt grillé avec le profile du Porto restant présent mais discret. En bouche, palais est épais, malt prononcé avec une pointe de barrique de Porto. Un palais réchauffant, qui reste sec et épais/grains. Le tout garde un profile chocolaté bien présent vers le cacao noir suivi d’un léger côté fruité rouge de Porto. Au final, une bière différente que la Special K, que je trouve plus approchable de part son abv réduit.

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