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


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Black Albert first aged on a sherry barrel and then a Lagavulin whisky barrel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2012
Draught@SBWF2012. Pitch black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is wood, toffee, liquorice, smoke and some wooden notes. Flavour is fruity, liquorice, toffee, mild spicyness. Also some mild soapy and alcoholic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23725) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
Draught at SBWF. Black with rich beige creamy head. Big aroma of licorice, fruity peaty whisky and cocoa. Sweet and full bodied, intensely warming. Dominated by oak character, predominantly peaty whisky, tar and licorice lies behind. Heated bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Draft at the Old School in March 2013 - Oostvleteren, Belgium. The beer looks great, having poured deep black with a thick, creamy beige head. Ahsy roast in the nose with whisky smoke, burnt cocoa, torched wood. Big sweet flavor with notes of burnt ham, dark sugars, burnt wood and toffee, moderate earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Warming finish, sweet, with burnt wood bitterness and gooey dark chocolate. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
Sample at SBWF 2012. Black beer with a very small brownish head. Woody roasted aroma, licorice, viol, hay, figs, plums, some chocolate and ash. Roasted flavor, chocolate, woody, dry, figs, hay, licorice, some soot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois (17245) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
Tap at Het Oude Schooltje, Oostvleteren - 23/03/13. Mid black with a dirty tan head - this looks the bollocks! Nose is big and bold, chocolate, booze, woody notes, brown sugars, snifter of whisky. Taste comprises rich chocolate, decent compliment of booze, light coffee, dark fruity twang, brown sugars. Full bodied, fine carbonation lending towards a boozey sweet finish. This is what Struise do oh so very well! An excellent imperial stout, great balance, good depth and the 13% ABV is expertly integrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14131) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 15, 2012
Tap (SBWF2012)
Nice smoky aroma, quite mellow. Slightly sour, but a good roast. A dry bitter bite, some burnt bit too. Not as good as the base beer (this so often happens - stop dicking with it!). Sour dark fruit kernels. Finish is nice and burnt, quite soft and sweet, and nice smokey bite too. Sticks to the tongue, but I like it that way. Good, but no Black Albert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (11261) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2013
Draft at The Old School. Pours almost black with a beige head. Aroma is massive roasty, dark chocolate, malt, whiskey, ripe fruit, licorice and caramel. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2012
Draft @ ‘t Schooltje, merci Carlo. Noire, col beige moka épais et onctueux. Arôme est boisé avec une petite pointe de tourbe qui domine allègrement sans pour cela faire de l’ombre à la base de Black Albert qui elle reste centrée sur une dominance des malts. Palais dégage de suite la présence des 13%, léger note tourbe qui reste ans la lignée des single malt Islay. Pointe boisée, qcq épices venant peut être du bois. Malt caramel, chocolaté avec un fini caramel. Le tout reste un stout solide avec une présence épique de malt chocolaté, ici en accord parfait avec l’usage de Lagavulin. Le complément de Sherry donne une balance de fruité noire-vin rouge Porto qui pour moi reste un peu à l’ombre du profil tourbe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (8219) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2012
24/11/12 - on tap @ Struise Schooltje (Oostvleteren) - BB: n/a (2012-1310) Thanks to Carlo for the sample!

Black beer, big brown head, very creamy and stable. Aroma: yeasty, hint of swimming pool, bit dusty, caramel, mocha, little smoky. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: caramel, mocha, vanilla, bit sweet, yeast, slightly smoky, bitter, fruity hint. Aftertaste: caramel, sweet, mocha, alcohol noticeable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2013
Draft @ ’t Schooltje – thx! for the ride tderoeck! First aged on Sherry barrels & then on Lagavulin – which is absolutely incredible whisky. Pours black with a huge creamy mocha ice-cream head, nice. Nose is very creamy, mocha ice-cream, light roast, nice wood / oak, light peat. Taste & body is super creamy, almost milkshake / liquid ice-cream, very creamy, caramel, thick mocha, chocolate, syrupy, touch molasses, brown sugar, sweet coffee, warming in the finish, almost touch alcohol with light charcoal & perfectly balanced dose of peat – which is a rare thing – great touch. Utterly incredible – I asked for seconds. Best Black Albert variation so far.

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