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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skortila (5950) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2012
On tap @ BBF. The aroma is quite strong and has coffee, some chocolate, overripe fruits. Black coloured beer with a beige-brown, thin head. The taste feels very thick and strong. It is quite sweet, has some bitterness, strong roasted malty coffeee and chocolate flavours, with some pruny overripe fruitiness. Very full and powerfull. Yet, good balance, amazing stuff.

SilkTork (5777) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2012
On tap at Mes & Sim’s wedding June 2011. A growing warmth with soft chocolate and c ream. Builds like a whiskey in the mouth. Really quite wonderful. Sweet and seductive.

grunx (367) - - JAN 7, 2012
Provada al Borefts. Increible. Beure aquesta cervesa fa que tot el que et prenguis després sembli aigualit. Gran i perillosa.

Holy (837) - GERMANY - DEC 26, 2011
Somehow missed reviewing this one after BBF 2011 - could have been a little tipsy... The thing that makes this such an interesting beer is the way it hides the alcohol behind the standard thick black coffee punch in the mouth. This is yet another great beer from Struise.

sfhodense (4788) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2011
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, liquorish, smoke and heavy alcohol. Flavour is roasted malt, heavy alcohol, chocolate, liquorish and peated smoke.

anders37 (26824) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2011
Hand bottle from Craft Beer Co, London. Pours a black color with a small fast disappearing tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and thick chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate, licorice and molasses flavor. Has a roasted malty warming chocoalte and licorice finish.

stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 21, 2011
Sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2011. Pours a pitch black beer with a chocolate head. The aroma is malt, roasted, smoke and peat. The flavor follows the nose with additonal licorice and chocolate. The palate is sweetness and alcoholwarmth. Overall a good beer.

Christian (13753) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2011 RBESG August 2011, Craft Beer Co - and Boreft Beer Festival 2011. Same numbers both times. Jet black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of licorice and peat smoke with a touch of dried fruit. Thick and sweet licorice and smoked flavour with intensely hot alcohol, yet still a certain elegance. A bit of bitterness in the finish

Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Tap @ BBF. If this was not such a delicious and interesting beer, I’m fairly sure you could pour a couple of bottles of this in your truck and drive for the rest of eternity on its energy. Such colossal thickness, richness and potency! Black as the darkest nights! Aroma has a million tonnes of roasted malts, whisky, booze, chocolate, coffee, tar, campfire, ash, coal mine, espresso, burnt branches, forest fire and the apocalypse. Taste is exceedingly bitter from all the roasted malts, liquified into something that is neither liquid nor solid. More sick than enjoyable and yet strangely beguiling.

Martinus (4642) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2011
Black beer, nice brown head, fading quickly. Relatively mild aroma, coffee, slight chocolate, big malts profile, earth, dark fruits, slight hops. Quite alcoholic, but not overly so. Sweetish flavour, liquorice, malts, whisky, light hops. Dry bitter bit alcoholic ending. Overall hefty, but still nice flavours, and very drinkable.
(Draught @ Borefts ’11)

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