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


on tap

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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Black Albert with blackberries aged for 1 year on port barrels

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (5006) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
The first one in this great series of "dark twists of the mind", vintage 75 cl bottle of a couple of years of age. Very violent gusher: the liquid poured out of the bottle upon opening and I lost half a pint in the sink; the foam kept creeping out of the bottle afterwards for minutes on end. I guess the sugars from the added blackberries kept fermentation going inside the bottle for years but obviously this is not a pleasant start. Anyway, what I captured had a deep brownish beige, moussy, frothy, very thick head thinning after a while and completely dissolving in the end, and an ink black colour, completely opaque. Aroma fortunately does not show signs of infection - affirming my guess that it is the fermentation of the fruit sugars which caused the gushing. I get impressions of coffee grounds, some dry cocoa powder, earth, wet leather, red port but subtly so, blackberry indeed, warm oak and vanilla-like tannins, pipe tobacco gone completely dry, unripe kiwi, chestnuts, straw, candied fig. Quite intense taste, candied and dried fruits, restrainedly sweet, dates, hint of dried banana, surrounded by a soft fruity sourishness which could come from the blackberries, but if I hadnt known about them, it could have been redcurrant or even blueberries just as well. Meaty and somewhat teriyaki umami flavours hang around in the mouth cavity too, above a thick and viscous layer of caramelly, nutty and chocolatey malts, providing smoothness and sweetness and matching well with the Belgian yeast and the fruit - the first being more clean than is often the case in Belgian ales, but in this particular style, such a feature is obviously very welcome. Lovely, rich bittersweet finish, with the thick maltiness gliding through the throat and carrying a glow of warming, brandy-like alcohol though no alcohol burn, a lovely and well-dosed drying woodiness and an equally well-measured herbal hop bitterness; the initial soft berry tartness remains as well and adds some more drought in the end, but it is the chocolatey malt bittersweetness which has the final word. The gushing is all forgiven after tasting this: I really hate it, but in this case the flavour is rich and intense enough to ignore it and just enjoy a few glasses of the stuff on this gloomy autumn afternoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1378) - ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours almost black, a bit reddish. Aroma is full, booze, nice fruity tingle. Black bitter chocolate. Coffee flavour also there. Not really getting much of blackberries. But maybe they contribute to fruitiness. Some leathery peat in the background. Aftertaste lingers, sweetish, pretty good. Kind of difficult to keep track between five different damnations in one go. Great anyway!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (3241) - DENMARK - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle shared with MF666 <3. Black with a small light brown head. Taste all syrup, chocolate, cocoa, wood, minerals, earth, mild smoke. Full body, sticky texture, fine carbonation. Not offensive and carries the abv well, still not something that really stands out or gets me exited except for the sugar and booze. Perhaps a different experience when it was fresh as there is no trace of blackberries in it now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (3097) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Jon! Pitch black pour without a head. Roasted malt, faint smoke and light blackberry on the nose as it warms. Taste is fairly roasty with some espresso and roasted caramel. Not sweet, but some dark fruit and light sourness on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (4116) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Thanks Jon. Very nice. Aroma is little smoky, dark and roasty. Taste is very nice, roast, caramel, chocolate, little sweetness. Little bit of sourness, is that the blackberries?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5535) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2016 Nice port character nice roasted malts. Full body. Roasted malts. Love the lingering port character. Just tons of port and black berry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (1166) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Poured into a teku showing pitch black center with thin rims of coffee translucency and no head. The nose shows very light, barely perceivable notes of blackberry, The palate is moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Hints of blackberry with slight residual dark fruit sweetness. Mid-palate shows light coffee notes and the finish shows heavy roasted malts. Linger shows a lot of heavy roasted malts once again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8232) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2015
Sample @ home
Aroma has bready malt, some porto and roastiness. Flavour has soy sauce, salty licorice, some mild porto tones and alcohol. Could not locate the berries here but the licorice notes are nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jultsu (860) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
Vintage 2012, pullon jmt. Lhes vaahdoton, mustanruskea vri. Tummuutta, luumua, huumaavaa intensiivisyytt tuoksussa. Leip, tummuutta, semivetisyytt, luumua suutuntumassa, joka muuntautuu todella pehmen makeaksi jlkiruoaksi. Ei moniulotteisin, mutta nautittava tuotos.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (11289) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
750 ml bottle. Courtesy of lusikka. Black color with a tiny tan head. Roasted malt, alcohol, sweetness and berries in the aroma. The flavor is sweetness, roasted malt, berries and some mild bitterness. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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