madmitch76 (24564) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2010
26th September 2010. Shared by the uber generous Urbain at the Struise Brewing School. Cheers Urbs! harrisoni (18437) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2010
Opaque black beer, little tan head. Minerally coffee nose, quite light. Light palate, a little dry. Fruity dark malt with a little coffee and cream. Finishes semi dry. A lovely RIS that is not heavy or thick or dry or roasty but is packed with lovely dark malt flavours and fruits. Big thanks to Urbain for this rare treat!
Bottle at the Struise School. Black Albert on the aroma but more fruity. Black colour, lasting tan head. Some of that tar from the Portsmouth. Itís lovely, great dark fruits. Belgian yeast comes through more. More tar. However I did prefer the straight Portsmouth Imp Stout and also the Southampton Russian we had before both of these. But thanks a lot to Urbain for sharing this. MiP (15650) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2011
Kaporbert. Good roasted aroma. Almost black colour, seems cloudy. Good spicy malt flavour, alcoholic, but nicely balanced. Roasted aftertaste. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle massive massive massive thanks to Urbs.egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Ok this is one of those rare and special moments. Three of the best days of my life shared with just about the best friends a bloke could have and we finish off with this little peach. Utterly stunning combination of two of the best imperial stouts the world has to offer. The Albert adds balls to the Kate. Makes her a quite impressive ladyboy if you will. Just ridiculously good chocolate and coffee, epic malt and chewy stuff, in your face but loveable and the fruit has grown in stature quite considerably. The palate is beyond description. Apart, both these beers have a stunning mouthfeel, together, somehow itís even better. The development in the finish is beyond my description. Tar, ink, rubber and a fuck load of thick black darkness. Thanks so much to Urbs for a very rare opportunity.
[Bottle 34/48] Nearly opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, some cocoa, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. Taste of dark chocolate, roast, some smoke, wood, light ripe fruits, and some alcohol in the finish. Thanks to Woody and Chris for providing this!
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Huge, huge thanks to nerd for opening up a bottle of this at DLD 2011. Couldnít have been more excited. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
The pour is nearly black and appears to be fairly thick based on a quick swirl. The head is mocha and sticks around for a short while before falling into a thin collar with a few random swirls of a cap on top. The nose carries the Black Albert portion of the brew with some light fruity notes and a bit of a creaminess that I always associate with Black Albert. Chocolate, oak, and light roast come through after that. You can definitely pick out each of the beers, though I think Black Albert makes a stronger showing in the nose.
The flavor doesnít hit quite as well and the characteristics donít meld as well as in the nose. There are some fruit notes as well as oak and chocolate. Some brown sugar there as well. A bit of a light creaminess throughout, which carries over into the feel. Fairly full body with lighter levels of carbonation, which brings through a nice smooth and cream-like finish.
A very solid beer that I was beyond enthusiastic to try. Very, very enjoyable and a good day indeed. Thanks again, Mike.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-11-2011 nickd717 (4648) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Well, ends up this beer actually exists, and no it wasnít a trick bottle filled with Black Xantus (sorry, inside joke). 12oz bottle, hand-labeled #47 of 48. Pours pitch black with a surprisingly effervescent tan head. Very nice aroma - roasty with lots of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Some caramel and booze as well. Great complex flavor. Mildly sweet, with elements of both Kate and Black Albert noticeable. Just a touch of Belgian yeast, raisin, prune, caramel, dark chocolate, and some bourbony booziness. Great rich finish. Medium-full bodied with a slick, smooth mouthfeel. Really a good beer overall. A nice hybrid of the two component brews. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Never say never. I am a huge fan of both Kate the Great and Black Albert, and I had pretty much given up on ever trying this one.. A huge thanks you to nerd for sharing this at DLD.
The beer is a near black shade, with a thin, wispy head and a touch of lacing. The aroma is of roast, dark fruits, chocolate, yeast. The flavor really brings a good bit of both beers. A very intriguing blend. Itís like a slightly more complex Kate. The feel is medium bodied, with moderately low carbonation, smooth on the palate. Alcohol content is hidden well. A very intriguing and unique brew, I am eternally grateful for the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-03-2011 chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
HUGE thanks to Nerd for bringing this to DLD... as happy as I was to try, it was equally disappointing, really tasted like De Struise didnít have have much to do with this, the least of their stouts to date... black body with a light tan head... nice nose of chocolate with dark fruits... the taste is disappointing, big time, its really bland chocolate, caramel, and a light bitter finish, no complex or rich like black albert, reminds me more of Kate... cool tick but disappointed pushkinwow (2783) - Ottawa, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
Well took a while to get to this but Bottle 30/48 - huge thanks to friends Paul/Kelly for talking to Chris at Ebenerzerís and opening this up for my 30th birthday - and a nice extra touch by Chris to choose bottle 30. Have enjoyed both KtG and BA in the past but had no idea how this was going to work. Pours jet black with very little tan head. Lots of coffee, chocolate, toffee and fruit. Smooth medium mouthfeel, not quite coating everything, creamy. Finish with a little underwhelming but a very good beer.