ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013Richardvv94 (82) - Valthe, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2017
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is about one fingers of tan shading, retaining quite well for 13%.
S: Really evocative. Chocolate fudge, currants, plums, licorice, smoke, and charred malts all come together on the nose. As a whole, it’s cohesive yet balanced.
T: I love the flavor progression here. It starts with a combination of fudge and mildly tart (not sour) dark fruits, followed by a licorice middle and a charred, roasted finish. The licorice notes don’t bother me here nearly as much as they do in other imperial stouts - a testament to this beer’s balance. I can taste a bit of booze, but it’s still hidden masterfully for 13%.
M: The finish is damn near bone dry, without exposing the alcohol significantly. As a result, it’s not very viscous or sticky, rather it’s drinkable and almost freakin’ refreshing. Seriously. A 13% imperial stout is refreshing. Not to mention devastatingly dangerous. I could use a touch more carbonation, though.
O: Seriously one of the best imperial stouts I’ve ever had - yet for different reasons than most of the really great ones out there. This aims to be more drinkable, more subtle, and more approachable than others, while retaining its bigness and complexity. One to seek out, plain and simple.
Gedronken met Peter, smaakt een beetje naar pure chocolade, maar meer naar port of sterke rode wijn, een beetje zurig, rozijnen, weinig bitter en weinig koolzuur, vol van smaak, maar niet romig, droog of toffee-actig Kampfar (251) - Osnabrück, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2017
From tap at VCBF; pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, some coffee. Taste follows the aroma, very slightly sweet. Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Toasted malt in the long finish. Great! basjansen14 (365) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2017 Zwart kleurig bier met een bruine schuimkraag.
Aroma: geroosterde mout, zoet, koffie, wat drop en wat chocolade.
Smaak: geroosterde mout, espresso, wat rood fruit, wat drop en misschien wat anijs en een redelijk bittere afdronk.
Vol en romig mondgevoel met redelijk tot weinig koolzuur. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Totally black body with a small tan head that had a crimson edge. Lacing was sparse. Vinous aroma of ripe fruit, dark chocolate, anise and molasses. Complex flavors of dark fruit, strong coffee and semi-sweet chocolate mingle with licorice, smoke and toffee. Hops stay hidden in the background; carbonation stays low; alcohol stays approachable. Like a fortified wine, best sipped instead of gulped. Mucho thankos to Sloth. Stew41 (2021) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 7, 2017
2011 Vintage (Kulminator 8 euro)
BlazerT (1085) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 2, 2017
Served at room temp. Massively rich and full bodied but not crazy over the top. If this is 5yrs old this is a mere babe. Quite sweet but also very powerful. Will goes 10yrs+ with ease. Lacks a few smarts but time might heal.
Troszkę mi się chyba lewa warka trafiła, albo zbyt długo u mnie leżało. No cóż dużo czekolady, kakao, na pewno ciemne owoce w tle. NIestety również metaliczne doznania, które psuja trochę klimat piwa. Smak półsłodki to słodkiego - długi, raczej stabilny. Ciało półpełne, wysycenie niskie, tekstura taka oleista. Naprawdę niezłe czekoladowe piwo, tylko ta metaliczność.... i tak dałem mu fory. oobawa (1301) - Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2017
2015 bottle. Such an enormous sweet stout, full of chocolate and molasses and dark, overripe fruits, an absolute monster of a brew. Nose almost comes across like a boozy Mudslide, thick with chocolate and coffee and a noticeable liquor back. Appearance is black as oil and almost as viscous, with a heavy brown head leaving no lace. Taste starts big and only grows bigger, massive Hershey syrup meeting Kahlua and anise, dried fig and black cherry meshing with a touch of black pepper and mild hop bitterness on the finish. Mocha fade gives up no heat despite the 13% ABV. A touch too sweet for me to be in love, but damned if it isn’t a drinkable beast, the smooth texture and lack of any burn making it scary how quickly my pint is disappearing. Let’s tick this baby up to 4, just for posterity’s sake. k92488 (474) - KVERNALAND, NORWAY - APR 12, 2017
DWF kull svart med flott skum men det forsvant. Aroma og smak fantastisk kaffe malt karamell vanilje litt alkohol. Utrolig godt men ble litt flat etter 10 15 minutter. DraftCaptain49 (17) - - APR 6, 2017
One of the most amazing beers I’ve had in a long time. Has that great, dank, dark sour taste that makes the most amazing beers, and it is a Belgian take on a stout. I was in Boston once and they serve fresh Belgians with this awesome sour taste there, it is the perfect beer, for myself. I honestly wish most beer was like this Black Albert beer. I like the craft brew stout, they can be quite good, but this one takes takes me back to the roots of why I became a beer fan in the first place a couple years ago. If I could get a six pack of this in the store and wouldn’t hesitate to regularly pick it up. I paid thirteen dollars for this and it was worth every drop. Belgians make great beer.
I wish I could visit the pub mentioned in the description, wow. andrei86 (19) - Iasi, ROMANIA - APR 4, 2017
Black with a beige head. Superb aroma, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, sweet. Flavor is dominated by roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, coffee. Complex, thick. Superb