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


on tap

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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 780   ABV: 26%
Bourbon barrel - aged Black Albert (Cuve Delphine) Imperial Stout, processed in the Eisbock way.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Thanks Jason! The beer pours to a pitch black body with a coating deep brown head and nice lacing. The aroma is sugary sweet barley and chocolate brownies with a light tangy vermouth. The flavor is deeply grainy with lots of clean barley grain and sweet residual grain sugars. Theres a rich chocolate and subtle oak with vanilla and bourbon. Very complex and delicious. The palate is surprisingly not boozy for 26%. By that I mean, its not sharp, but alcoholic up front, and not alcohol on the finish. Not warming at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured inky black and highly-viscous, with a fairly well-retained dark tan head.. giving it a swirly bumped it up to a "5". The aroma picked up a whole lot of sugars with booze amplification.. chocolates, molasses, and raisins were joined by vanilla and some soy.. alcohol wasnt nearly as apparent as it shouldve been. The flavor opened viscous with a blend of chocolates, candi sugar, vanilla, licorice, and soy represented.. fresh grains, black pepper, and some tangy oak around.. finished warm, but not overly hot with chocolates, vanilla, raisins, and dates.. warmed up the belly and fogged the mind after the swallow. Heavy-bodied, warm, and sugary on the palate.. maintained a lot of Cuvee Delphine character.. great beer, and I love how it masked the boozage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dazz3 (1798) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled at SB & WF 2011. Pitch black with a brown head. Smells chocolate and barry. Tastes chocolate, barry, malty and abit alcobole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2011
Sample @ SBWF 2011. Pours thick dark black brown few bubbles as leaving lace. Aroma is sweet alcohol dark fruity raisins. Flavor is alcohol fullbodied sweet raisins madeira bitter. Finishes with warming alcohol fruity bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4802) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2011
Sample @ SBWF on September 29. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smell is sweet and intense. There is a chocolate character to it but its dominated by a warm smell of alcohol. Taste is sweet and incredibly rich. Theres alcohol ofcourse but it suits the rich and complex taste nicely. You can also find lots of roasted malts here mixed with some quality coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pelik59 (15) - FRANCE - SEP 30, 2011
Une bire 26% ? Surprenant et trange la fois. Jy ai mis le nez avec un gros appriori, peur dun produit trop sec ou au contraire trop liquoreux. Que Nenni ! Cette bire aprs dgustation fait partie de mes bires prfres dsormais. A la vue: du ptrole ! Un noir trs fonce, une mousse (bien prsente malgr le haut titrage) trs "crmeuse" et marron. En bouche: une fine petillance fait remonter les saveurs surprenantes de cette bire: chocolat, caf, crme.... une explosion de saveur. Quelle russite pour ce produit !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Draft on Zwanze day at WLV. Pours inky black leaving iodine film on the glass. Minimal head. Nose is very vinous with no hop notes, some faint vanilla and a strong char note. Really big nose. On taste, really big and quite bitter. More of the burnt charcoal notes and chocolate. The barrel character is pretty restrained with some light coconut notes coming through. Big and chewy with a stickiness. Surprisingly not hot and not too boozy. Just a bit muddy and lacking In sweetness. A really cool beer but not really my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Draft on tap at Zwanze Day - WLV (Chicago, IL). Pours a an inky thick black hue, thick and lacing sticky swirl with legs. A small very dark brown frothy head dies to a film and laces small. Aromas are rich chocolate and roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and coffee. Toast, rich Bourbon, really thick. More cocoa and bakers chocolate, toast, richh sweet caramel, lucious silky malts and barrel. Not hot. Initial is thick, full bodied, a sharp dark fruit and cocoa up front, dark fruit, some subtle black olives. Rich roast and coffee, dark cocoa grow. Barrel, caramel, toffee. Rich and big, with proper whiskey and oak notes. Really hides the ABV for how large it truly is. A bit smoky and ashy lingering finish. Pretty big and warming. Certainly, an interesting beer to try. Nice. Big and deep layers offer a lot of interesting flavors, envelopes the palate. But its obviously a bit big, sticky and thick. Good. I appreciate the effort put into it, and it is a good beer. But I just cant find what makes it so highly rated. Priviledge to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (11219) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
On tap at Zwanze day 2011 Chicago. Pours motor oil black, thick with a very dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of roasted malts, dark grain, dark fruits, coffee, bitter chocolate and a bit of cough syrup. Flavor is bitter with roasted malts, coffee and chocolate and has backing dark fruit. Extremely thick and not too much alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Draft at WLV on Zwanze 11, pours black with no head. Nose has some oxidation, doughy, chocolatey, and some port. Flavors have strong dark fruit, booze, grape cough syrup, rich nutty character. Big boozy finish but thats expected. Syrupy body. Bit much for me.

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