Martinus (4591) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black colour, firm beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, Bourbon, cacao powder. Bitter roasty flavour, black coffee, mocha, alcohol, caramel. Full body. Finish coffee, Bourbon, burned sugar. Nice powerful brew, though it might benefit from a bit more balance.
On 2nd thought: seems it was served too cold, when it warms up it does open up and becomes more balanced, allowing the Bourbon to come more to the foreground.
(from 33cL bottle @ Restaurant Hommelhof, Oostvleteren)
prawlie (1577) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at De Poste in Oostvleteren. Black with chocolatey brown head. Creamy, sweet, light, with spice and nut. Tasty, but certainly one to sip! Smells sweet, alcoholic, and lightly roasted. Good.
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at apex. Super dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, berries, sweet wood. Taste is quite smooth, creamy chocolate, more wood and berries, licorice. Very good.
timmckee03 (27) - Toulouse, FRANCE - NOV 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 cl glass on tap at Biercab in Barcelona. Very dark with strong chocolate and coffee aroma and taste. Subtle barrel aged back flavor from the 4 roses. Went down very smoothly for a 13% Beer, excellent!
WillemsUrenkel (1782) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours realy black and oily. I say black! Brown head. Full nose of berriefruits, strong coffie, chocolate. Starts with dark chocolate sweetness, not so strong as expected, more smooth but heavy and oily, slightly drinkable! The 13% alc are totally hidden. Malt hints in the second row. More fruity coffie to the end. Great one! Big thank you to kappldav123 for this experience.
StoutHead (962) - DENMARK - OCT 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ home. Jet black with a two-finger brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and oak. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, chocolate, fruits, oak and a hint of vanilla. Sweet with a long roasted aftertaste and a hint of hops in the finish. Full bodied. Alcohol well hidden. The Black Albert is good but this even better. AWESOME beer.
ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 Aroma is milky, has wood, cherries, chocolate, bourbon. Nice. Black coloured beer. Taste is bit sweet, vinous, chocolate, overripe fruitiness, some port. Really nice and complex.
cjldm (55) - - OCT 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I've had a few Struise beers before, including Black Albert, but have only ever been able to get Pannepot in Australia before. This rates very highly amongst top Belgian beers and, given there is meant to be 'no export program' I jumped at the chance to try this. 2011 vintage served in snifter.
Pours thick like oil, with a 2/3 finger dark brown coffee head. Fair amount of lacing too.
I could smell the bourbon as soon as I opened the bottle! Also there is chocolate malt, coffee, some sweetness too.
Very smooth taste. Follows the nose and the whiskey hints comes amongst the sweetness at the front and lingers as a pleasant aftertaste to complement the warming alcohol (it is 13% but not at all overpowering!). There is perhaps more sweetness than bitterness, but the balance is sublime!
Some carbonation, and very smooth. Body carries the flavours nicely.
Absolutely fantastic beer, needless to say, one of the best stouts I've had. I'm usually sceptical about barrel-aged beers, it can often be a gimmick that makes them more expensive and does little for the flavour, but this was a real winner. 10/10
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BRW (2705) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Borefts. Black colour with small beige head. Fruity, vanilla and licorice aroma. Roasted, coffe, vanilla and licorice taste. Full body.
The_Osprey (7812) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Pleased to get a hold of this one. Black with a full tan head. Looks quite good. Smell is quite toned down - some whisky, hairspray. Body is medium to big. Taste is yeast, chocolate, red apple, spice, some background coffee, belgian quad, dates. Bitter finish with red wine tannins and soy. Alcohol comes through a bit like an alcohol mouthwash. Pretty complex and interesting. I like that the barrel aging is subtle unlike many similar beers.