dsmith4 (40) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pint at the Struise store, Bruges. This is like drinking a mix of sweet sherry and a good stout, it sounds an odd combination but it works amazingly well, one of the best beers I’ve ever had. The sherry barrels impart a lovely sweetness on this beer. Has to be tried!
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Theydon_Bois (9109) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Leighton (11319) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
tderoeck (4861) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Pyrmir (3418) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @SWBF12. Aroma of chocolate, red berries and wood notes Taste with lots of chocolate, sweetness and matching bitterness. More balanced than the regular Albert.
zinneke (78) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ DSB oostvleteren, Intense taste, lot of aroma’s like caramel, chocolate, coffee,.. very nice beer.
Marduk (2791) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ SBWF 2012. Pitch black color, small tan head. Sweet, malty, roasted, oak, woody and alcohol in aroma. Alcohol, sweet (but not sticky), whiskey, woody, oak in flavor. Very well balanced.
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - NOV 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a dark brownish foam.
Smokey malty flavours, rich , porto-like and pity notes, fruitiness length and depth.
Svesse (6174) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught at Monk’s Porterhouse, Stockholm) Black colour with dense, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with coffee, dark chocolate and aromas of Islay whisky. Malty, roasted taste with notes of chocolate, black coffee, cacao, hints of oak wood and Islay whisky. Fairly dry finish with a roasty bitterness and a warming touch of alcohol. Full body, rounded mouthfeel. Lovely beer.