ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2014
Aroma has coffee, whisky, wood, roast, chocolate. Black coloured beer with a thin lace. The taste is sweet and bitter, has roast, light peated whisky, coffeebeans and some chocolate. Full bodied, oily textured. Nice stuff. Good balance and good complexity. neepsntatties (2076) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... can’t get much darker than this one! Nose... astringent coffee! Palate... yow! Sharp, strong coffee with curdled cream, plenty of high cocoa mass dark chocolate, oak, vanillin, shots of acrimony, jealous rage and insatiable lust! Goodgrief (2072) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Bottle best before Sept 2015...but I couldn’t wait that long. Dark pour and huge frothy head. Strong coffee aroma. This thing is coffee and sweet chocolate in spades. So freaking amazingly smooth...like melted chocolate infused with fine French pressed coffee. Some odd sweet, maybe fruity (?) flavor which was slightly out of place was all that kept this from being really elite. Still damned (see what I did there?) good! Foffern (2047) - Bodø, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle at Delirium Cafè, Brussels. Pours a black colour with a medium coffee-like and brown head. An amazing roasted aroma with burned wood, camp fire, coal and dark chocolate. This continues in the mouth with the addition of dried fruit, berries, dark wood, wonderdul dark chocolate and lots of dark coffee. Has an oily mouthfeel, and a medium bitterness. One of the most complex and delicious beer I’ve ever tried. Very balanced with a great roasted touch. DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Dark black pour, minimal carbonation and an extremely strong aroma of green peppers. Flavor is some vanilla, coffee, peat and more pepper with a slightly cinnamony aftertaste. Ok, but not worth dropping more than $5-6 on(if that.)
RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Tasted on tap. Really big, pure coffee and chocolate aroma with a big, rich chocolate flavor. Medium roast bitterness; it’s like drinking an 85% cocoa chocolate bar spiked with coffee beans. MaartenRF10 (1959) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2012
When I smelled this beer I really thought I was mistaken and that I had opened the Coffee Club again. The aroma is the same high level of espresso. Too much that is in my opinion. That goes for the taste as well, too much coffee. So again, as with the Coffee Club, I am disappointed. With Black Albert as the basis of this beer, it should be better. Still, a nice beer, just not as good as I hoped. aleksander9 (1927) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2014
Black with almost red head. Aroma is red berry, wild yeast, port, chocolate and some coffee. Rich and creamy palate. Aftertaste is fruity, oak, brett, floral, belgian spicy yeast and chocolate finish. Overall: excellent. Really nice! Abio (1868) - BERMUDA - MAY 21, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2014 Bottle. Almost pitch black, very small head, brown, holds good. Roasted smell of coffee, chocolate, mokka, red fruits and spices. Could be some more carbonation for me, a bit to flat, costs points... Heavy roasted taste like the smell, lots and lots of coffee. Biterness comes in at the end, and holds very long. Good brew, wished it had some more gas inside, cause this causes some points at the appearance and taste. After retasting a couple of times I only could at some more points. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Lot B with a best by of September 2015. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good for a beer this big and a very short ring of lacing is left. Some yeasties throughout with a higher concentration on the bottom.
5.0 S: Well damn, this smells fan-fucking-tastic, which is a surprise since I’m not much of a fan of Black Albert or Cuvee Delphine. Foremost, this is dripping with molasses and caramel and nearly as much chocolate. Solid, yet smooth roastiness. Coffee is found after all these other flavors, but still contributes well. Brown sugar, dates, and maybe some raisins underneath. There’s just the slightest hint of the barrel from Delphine, but I probably wouldn’t notice it if I didn’t know it was in there. Quite sweet as well. I hope it tastes as rich as it smells.
4.0 T: Not bad. Definitely an improvement over Albert. Much earthier than the nose suggests. Indeed, it tastes a hell of a lot different than the nose. The barreling comes out a lot stronger. Leather, oak, mineral, and vanilla all stick out. Tangy roastiness with big earth notes. Still plenty of chocolate, but less caramel and molasses. More raisin and dates. Moderate espresso influence. A lot less sweet than the nose as well.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess in this. Mouthfeel is almost as good as the nose.
3.5 D: The taste was a borderline 3.5, so I have to dock this a bit overall. Still, quite enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-30-2012 23:41:25