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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (47110) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011

Draught @ MesandSim Wedding.

Clear dark black colour with a large, creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, burnt, caramel, sweet malt, sugar - honey, oak - peat, vanilla - chocolate, dark chocolate, alcohol. Flavour is heavy to harsh sweet and heavy bitter with a long long duration, wood, peat, dark dark malt, coal - ash, sugar - syrup - honey, chocolate. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. Great beer hidding the 39% very well - but very very sweet and a very nice look - great head - special for a 39% beer - so a messy beer no - but you will quick get messy you self if you drink to much - Cheers to a lovely couple and we wish they will have many great and happy years .. Love J&C >;O) [20110618]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (42642) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
From tap at Cask. Pours pitch black with a chocolate brown head. Bitter, smoked, thick chocolate and dark malty. Thick, smoked and dark malty flavoured. Dark roasted malty and chocolate thick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (36182) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
Handbottled. A black beer with no head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and iodine. The flavor is sweet with iodine, malt, roasted malt, and wood, leading to a dry, woody finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (27039) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2011
Hasndbottled from tap. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel, peat, liquorice and alcohol. Roasted flavour of caramel, peat, liquorice and dried fruits with notes of soy sauce, tar and whisky. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (26261) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2011
[email protected] & Sims Wedding. Pitch black colour, no head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol, some slight smoked notes mild sweet maltyness. Flavour is liquorice, alcohol, some mild toasted notes as well as wood, dark dry fruits and raisins. Rather balanced, and actually a very pleasant sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (25149) - Malm, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
Handbottle. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a pitch black with a tiny, tiny beige head. The nose has some iodine and thick, sticky overripe fruits and dark malts. Very solid body, no carbonation, hard roast, smoke and iodine, very salty and minerally with a heavy booze finish. Not bad, but not exactly thrilling either. 240811

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (24516) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
Draught at SBWF. Very black, brownish head. Tarry heaty nose with whisky and peat. Very heavy with lots of licorice and treacle. Creamy, arming and whiskyish. Surprisingly non aggressive. Unsurpassed as a super iced strong stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (23958) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2011
18th June 2011
On tap at Mes&Sims wediing - Cheers Guys! Where do you start here? Opaque black beer with a good sized frothy head - creamy and chocolate coloured. A 39% beer that throws a good head? Smooth silky palate, inevitably slightly thick but that is not a bad thing. Big smoky Caol Ila nose. Then the beer - sweet sticky dark malt with sweet dark toffee. Big, but smooth smoky Caol Ila. This is all underpinned by some lovely plummy fruit. Soft dry finish with lingering Caol Ila warmth. Smooth beer and a re-definition of the phrase dangerously drinkable. 2/3rd of a pint went down way too easily! Ridiculously so! This would horrify Roger Protz LOL! Its like night and day compared to Schorschbock 31, 40 etc and Brewdog Bismarck. Those felt like spirits and this feels like a beer. If this really is 39% its a work of genius. I dont even like Caol Ila but here it is smooth and sweet whilst still bold. I reckon if I blind tasted this I would have thought it about 16-18% abv. A remarkable beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (23347) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Holy cow. Courtesy of urbeer. Last years at Urbains place I saw an earthmonk gliding across a field near the ostrich farm, at 4 AM after a night of drinking. Im surprised that no apparitions appeared after drinking this one. It was very dark brown with an amazing dark brown head. Delicious whisky aroma. Taste was typically rich but the strength is not apparent. Well done.

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