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


on tap


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 340   EST. CALORIES: 1170   ABV: 39%
Black Mess was processed the double icebock way to proceed to 39% of Abv. This ale still drinks as a real beer, containing carbonation and a nice rocky head, the alcohol is very well hidden.

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OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2012
Sample from tap @Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Sinfully black. Low rusty brown top. Big malt aroma. Smell of extracted burnt caramel and whisky liqueur. Taste is hot and boozy. Big malt body as well. Rich, with black chocolate, burnt caramel and salty licorice. Distinct alcohol sweetness. Greasy mouthfeel. Full body. Well, I find it hard to appreciate those hyper-beers. This one was a pleasant surprise, though.

hallinghansen (3351) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
Tap @ CBC. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is strong coffee, chocolate, licorice, alcohol. Flavor is also coffee, chocolate, licorice. Boozy end.

thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
A - BLACK, and a thick creamy tan head that looks like a frappé. S -big whiskey, peat, chocolate, coffee, smoke, booze and caramel T - So much like the smell, except even bigger on the peaty whiskey flavours. This drinks like it’s 16.25%, no joke. I don’t know where they hide the other 22.75%, Fantastic! P - Like a velvety whiskey stout milkshake that’s trying to have sex with your tongue. If I could give this a 6, I would be typing, "If I could give this a 7. . ." It is thick and gorgeous! O - Beautifully made for a beautiful couple. I feel very lucky to have had it.

cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Urbain shared BD 5, 6, 9, 10 next to each other. Shit man! Pour is black with tan head. Nose has light medicinal note, some earthy peat, faint whiskey and loads of sweetness. Tinge in the nose from the abv. Taste is same, medicinal and light iodine. Rich chocolate and roasted malt fight big sweetness and a light spirit type heat. Full viscous body and fairly dry. Not too hot for the abv, whiskey notes in back but taken from fresh whiskey barrels and this was the intent. This is different, not for me but not bad.

spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2012
On-tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 Poured in a CBC taster. Deep abyss-esque black. 3+ (mocha) fingernail head. Looks thick and coating. Smells of scotch and booze. Notes of charred dark malt, oak, espresso, chocolate, and toffee. Very bold and big! This beer doesn’t Mes (pun intended) around. Taste is rich, deep, complex, and robust. This isn’t your average high-ABV beer! Dark chocolate, roasted malt, Scotch (pronounced peatiness), oak, touch of fig, and espresso. Soft blend of caramel sweetness and vanilla towards the end. The depth of this beer is very nice and, as it warms, it becomes a bit more mellow - well at least as mellow as a 39% ABV beer can be. Not "hot", but certainly not cold. The ABV on this beer is amazingly high, but you’d never guess it was 39% by how it drinks. I do not recommend chugging this beer, but it is very enjoyable to sip on and savor. I’m not a big fan of scothc/whiskey (and the corresponding peatiness and "heat"), but the booziness from the nose is hidden deep in the taste and this beer simply warms the soul. I would love to enjoy a small snifter of this on a cold winters night, but don’t think Urbain & Co. will be bottling it.

AcctError159802 (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
On tap at BBF 2011 and CBC 2012 (from notes) Look: the beer pours a pitch black color with a nice thick, creamy, sticky dark-brown head. This beer leaves a coating on the inside of the glass after drinking. Kind of like the Darklord, only Struise achieved this without additives in the beer (like glycerol, PEG) Smell: Heavy on roasted malts and coffee. Vanilla, smoke and peat from the barrel. Taste: Similar to the smell, the taste is heavy on roasted malts and coffee, with notes of chocolate and caramel. The influence from the barrel is present with smoked and peaty flavors. However, although the flavors are amazing, the heavy boozy taste of pure ethanol puts it all into the background. Mouthfeel: super thick, creamy, sticky with medium-low carbonation Overall: Great smell , but the pure, burning ethanol is too much present for me in the taste. I work in a laboratory, and the beer tastes like the smell of the 70%-98% ethanol that I use to decontaminate my instruments from bacteria. Of course, it is not surprising that an ABV this high cannot be hidden, but it shows that this time Struise went too far with pimping beers. The BD5 is perfectly balanced, this one not. This is not beer, but just a strong liquor. If I am in the mood of drinking strong liquor though, I will never refuse this one!

chrisv10 (17925) - DENMARK - MAY 30, 2012
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2012. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice with notes of alcohol. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, medium sweet, warming with notes of alcohol.

Dashimus (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2012
Cask. Pours jet black with a extremely generous dark tan head. Very thick and syrupy. Very malty aroma with sweet, dark chocolate smell. Flavour is hints of coffee and chocolate with intense alcohol warmth that doesn’t over power. Slight spice I’d left in the mouth but fades quickly.

Camons (12809) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2012
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Pours pitch black with a huge creamy light brown head. Impressive ! Aroma of rich roasted malts, strong coffee, islay whiskey, peat, dark chocolate, plums. Taste is everything a great imperial stout should offer - rich roasted malts, stong coffee, whiskey, peat, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, ofc some alcohol shows aswell. Dull body, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, but its there. Very nice beer, wich actually drinks like a beer, not whiskylike as i kindof expected. Impressive and fantastic. 120512

Rasmus40 (21463) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2012
CBC. Black with a brown hed. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and peated smoke. Flavor is extremely sweet and very bitter. Extremely sweet and very bitter finish with lots of alcohol. Oily. Hides the alcohol well. 120512

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