KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Smells a little like a barleywine (must be the rum barrels). It’s not as deep an aroma as I Was expecting from this BW-esque Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is thicker (like all Imp Stouts) but the finish seems to just kind of abruptly end. The flavor was lots of coffee but also was sweeter than I thought it was going to be (the barleywine aroma comments should have alerted me to that). There was a fair amount of alcohol on the flavor as well. jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of vanilla, freshly brewed coffee, tobacco leaf and roasted chocolate malts. Initial smoothness followed by slightly bitter chocolate malt and roasted coffee finish. BigMomma (251) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2011
33cl bottle 8 months old mixmasterob (1058) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2011
The bottle comes alive with a little fssh and opens the way for the viscous pitch black liquid that gives birth to a big dark brown moccha head that dissipates to a large bubble rocky landscape and leaves superb lacing.
The nose is quite closed and subtle with cacao, fresh coffee beans and slight notes of rum and fruit. The flavor is sweet at first then goes to bitter chocolate and slight vinous notes due to the espresso flavor that at first dominates the aftertaste. The taste is not quite lively at first but it is the finish where this beer plays it’s trump card. In the finish which is very dry there are notes of espresso, rum, fruit and tons of other stuff that make it a complex yet elegant aftertaste. The body is very thick and sticky with a proper amount of carbonisation.
This truly is a remarkable beer that thanks to it’s elegancy is completely different from the other beers in the BD series. As they say that raw power gives birth to pure elegancy with age I am very eager to age some of these to see what they are really up to.
On draught @ Taco Mac Kennesaw. Black pour with a nice brown head. Aroma was somewhat laid back. Good roast presence, light smoke and maybe just a touch of coffee, not much. Flavors were big and roasty, light chocolate with a espresso like finish, bitterness was black coffee like, dry and lingering. Mouthfeel was big, smooth and creamy. Carbonation light. Alcohol was nowhere to be found. Huge in every way. Excellent big stout. omhper (25547) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2011
Bottled, thanks Baggio! Very black, small beige head. Evident coffee aroma. Mid dry, more slimmed and vinous than expected, but huge on espresso. Also the bitterness is milder than expected. A potent winter wamer that remains drinkable. Well done!
shrubber85 (11570) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Bierkrug - thanks. Coffee, charcoal, and wood aroma. Dark black color with large brown head. Sweet chocolate, coffee malt and bitter vegetal flavor. Hint of run in the finish. Nice body. Think I like the aging in rum barrels better than the other barrel aged beers I’ve had. teorn88 (7687) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 27, 2010
33cl bottle. Pours black with a big thick brown head. Foam is mostly lasting and good lacing. Aroma is strong and intense: lots of malt and tons of coffee. Notes of caramel and chocolate too. Taste is quite different: strong and complex, with coffee, chocolate, roasted notes and some alcohol in the end, which clash with some bitterness and tart notes. Alcohol well hidden considering the 13° abv. Palate is full, creamy with medium carbonation JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle thanks to 50belair. Tasted with some friends along side Cuvee Delphine, Black Damnation 1-4, and regular Black Albert. Black pour, tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, sweet dark fruit, raisin, and oak. A nice sweetened coffee version of Black Albert. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Courtesy of Secret Santa December 201017thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists dark chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and a strong alcohol (rum) presence. The alcohol is a tad too strong for my preferences. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small light brown head that fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with lots of dark chocolate and black coffee. The finish has light vanilla, sweet rum, wood, and alcohol. Black coffee and wood really linger in the aftertaste. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
Draft. Delicious! There’s my old friend Black Albert! I love that guy. Smells basically identical to Black Albert with a fantastic dry coffee note that is strong but fits in nicely with the sweet roasty fruity aromas of regular BA. Had no idea this was aged in rum barrels, so maybe that’s a good thing that it was that subtle. Flavor follows, however the coffee takes a little more of a lead than it did in the flavor, basically fantastic BA with a moderately strong, and quality, coffee flavor, I like this marriage a lot. Supremely drinkable, probably be a 5 in palate again if this weren’t served on draft and a bit too cold. Although, I’m not sure the bottle conditioning would do the coffee all that well so flavor wise it’s probably best on draft. Well done! perhaps my favorite iteration/take on Black Albert of the bunch.