prawlie (1649) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
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
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
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 (1984) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2013
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 (988) - DENMARK - OCT 21, 2013
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
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.
Brilliant beer. cjldm (55) - - OCT 18, 2013
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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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 (8722) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
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. kbudd19 (1019) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2013
Thanks to Slovak for this you rule man! Thick oil pour with a little bit of caramel tan head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malts, hops, mild vanilla and oak. So I am biased because I really dig black Albert and needless to say I was stoked to try this and it did not disappoint. Flavour is roasted malts, epic smoothness and a mild bourbon tang from the barrel treatment. Not a bourbon bomb (no cloying sweetness) and the treatment has left all that I love from the original black Albert in tact with some added complexity. Wonderfully done.