oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bottle #38/48 courtesy of Chris @ Ebs- huge thanks. The pour is oily black with a half finger tight tan cappuccino like froth. The aroma is bursting with lactic sugars, bakers chocolate, roast, and coffee. The flavor follows suit with an epic dark sugar arrangement: vanilla, molasses, booze, caramel, cocoa nib, and espresso. A huge thick rich silky palate brings one to a sticky sweet finish that is too hot and roasty to be cloying. I’m not going to say much else, for I must now concentrate on consuming this beer. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle massive massive massive thanks to Urbs.koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 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 it’s 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.
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2010 12oz bottle #45 of 48 consumed 6.18.10
(2008 KTG and a batch of De Struise Black Albert brewed at Portsmouth Brewing fermented together!)
Appearance: Opaque with a 1 finger khaki cream crown that shows medium retention and lace.
Smell: Loads of coffee, black strap molassas, slight barrel sweetness, and a hint of alcohol heat.
Taste: Same as the nose but with a chocolate covered prune addition.
Mouthfeel: A touch slick, medium body, with low carbonation.
Drinkability: A sipper to savor and equally delicious when one drinks it quicker. Top notch world class brew here. The KTG really shines through and the Black Albert adds complexity. Woody639 (2) - Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010 does not count
8/4/10 (Bottle #34/48) Ginormous thanks to Chris Lively @ Ebenezer’s! Poured an oily black color with small, tan, and lacy head. Earthy aroma of dark malts, dark chocolate, fruits and some coffee. Very nice finish. Velvety mouthfeel. Have never had "Kate the Great", but for a ’blended’ beer, this was very good overall! nickd717 (4683) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Well, ends up this beer actually exists, and no it wasn’t 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.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle shared at Redlight. Pours a dark black with a little brown lacing. Aroma of roasty chocolate. Slight taste of deep red wine, remarkably balanced and well done. Delicious egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2010
[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! madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2010
26th September 2010. Shared by the uber generous Urbain at the Struise Brewing School. Cheers Urbs! pushkinwow (2789) - Ottawa, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
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!
Well took a while to get to this but Bottle 30/48 - huge thanks to friends Paul/Kelly for talking to Chris at Ebenerzer’s 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. 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. It’s 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