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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (13126) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2011
Tap @ BBF 2011. Almost black. Lovely aroma of pipe tobacco and peat. Thick and syrupy. Viscous. Sweet flavor, very malty indeed with pipe tobacco, peat and dark chocolate sauce.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (2704) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2011
Tap @ Borefts Beer Festival. Last beer of the first day on the festival. This s.o.b pours black with the darkest head I have ever seen. Aroma is smoked, espresso, strong tobacco, huge liquorice, dark bitter chocolate, woody big and sick! Taste is crushed liquorice sweets, salmiak, coffee, smoke, creamy chocolate, vanilla, ashy, liquorice roots and motor oil. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Mouthfeel on this one is the sickest thing ever. Its like a beersmoothie, I mean literally chewy. You could enjoy this beer with a spoon. Amazing experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15796) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2011
Tap to jug to very full glass freebie, courtesy of Lucky Pierre, the most generous incarnation of Magic Dave yet - a million thanks. And congrats to Mes and Sim for the wedding without which this may not have been brought over to England!
Well, it looks lovely. Beautifully black and even topped with a rich tight chocolate-coloured head. Woof - it really hits the nose! OK, you can tell this is a bit of a gimick immediately, but even gimicks can be fun sometimes, so its worth persevering. Its a massively rich burnt dark roast, thats for sure, sticky and heavy. In the mouth, at first theres an acidic tingle which is quite harsh, thats backed up by a pretty serious alcohol burn. Strangely, taking smaller sips made that worse, youd just get a mouth full of vapours and no "beer" that way. However, Ive had boozier 18% beers, so at 39% this is quite impressive. Certainly very full in the mouth and finish, but thats kinda obvious when you consider how far this has been cranked up. In fact the palate is aggressively slick at times. So, a weird one, and hard to score. Plenty of positives, but perhaps as many negatives too. Gimmick? Certainly. Well executed? Even more certainly. Brilliantly if anything. Bottom line - hedonism: did I, with Annas assistance, drink every last drop, and miss it when it was over? Yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2011 Very, very dark, like pitch black in the glass, with a small head. Liquorish, leather, to much alcohol, yes its hidden for 39%, but for a beer it just feels as to much... both at smell and taste. The alcohol really is in overdrive, and where I loved the Double Black, cause it still tastes as beer, this one really is overkill for me. An experiment that has gone to far in my opinion. Dont misunderstand... Cant say its bad, not at all! But for a beer, I chose the 26% above this one in all aspects.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2011
Draught @ BBF 2011. Black pour, thick dark tan to copper head. Aroma is intense spicy and roasty. Flavor is strong bitter roasted, warming but not at all boozy. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden, but the double black was a tiny bit better.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
suprchunk (2990) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Black color from the tap. Huge dark tan head. Way more carbonated than I had imagined. Guess you would have to force carbonate this one though. No lacing. Roasted tire aroma. Weird. Band-aid taste. Kind of smooth, but a big bitter aftertaste mixed with the band-aid. Not even close to beer. Not good at all. Not much hope for the bottles of BD V I have stashed away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (2585) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
On tap @ Borefts 2011. Pours black with a decent golden brown head. Aroma is oak, chocolate, vanilla and smoke. Taste is smoke, chocolate, burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is slick, a little boozy but surprisingly well balanced, it is quite an interesting beer but you certainly notice the alcohol after a glass of it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (12690) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2011
Draft at BBF 2011. Thick black pour with a brown head. Strong peat aroma with coffee and some smoke. Sweet, peaty flavour. An amazing achievement that it actually still tastes like beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (6863) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2011
On tap at BBF 11. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of peat, smoke, salty, roasted malts, chocolate. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, peat, earth, roasted malts, liquorice root, chocolate and roasted bitter finish. Thick, sticky, fullbodied, glorious!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (10040) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - SEP 24, 2011
Draft @ Borefts Beer Festival 2011. Very thin off white head. Jet black pour. Amazing complex taste. Wow!

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