SinH4 (6258) - Garching b. Mï¿½nchen, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes, and implicitly compared to Black Albert.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with retention typical of the gravity. Not as impressive looking as Black Albert.
S: There is a lot of roasted/charred malts, fudge, licorice, and subtle dark fruits. Where this differs from its non-barreled brother is the wonderfully subtle bourbon on the aroma.
T: This is going to become a broken record, but the gist of the flavor profile is as follows: Black Albert with bourbon. Initial chocolaty flavors slowly turn into a fruity middle and a roasted finish; only this time the back end sees an injection of well-balanced bourbon and *very* light oak.
M: A bit hot next to Black Albert. All that means is that the alcohol presence is about what you’d expect from a 13% BA imperial stout (maybe a bit less), though many of the positive qualities Black Albert had (like drinkability) are still here.
O: On its own, an excellent barrel-aged stout. When compared to Black Albert, it improves on it a few ways (more complex aroma and flavor profile), but is also a bit worse in other aspects (not as aesthetically pleasing, mouthfeel isn’t as great). Really, it’s less "which one is better than the other" and more "which one is less fantastic than the other". Between the two, I’d choose Black Albert, but you really can’t go wrong with either one at all.
2012 bottle, many thanks Werckmeister! Pitch black color with large beige head. Aroma is black chocolate, caramel, vanilla, nutella, some green peppers, brown sugar. Taste is vanilla, black chocolate, burnt wood, surprisingly sweet (compared with the Black Damnations I've had recently), a touch spicy yeasts, some cherry and brown sugar. Silky mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. Beautiful! Goodfella86 (17) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2017
A personal favourite since I started drinking good beer and probably one of the first barrel aged stouts I ever drank.
2013 vintage tasted in 2017.
Poors jet black like the deepest winter nights. The nose is an immediate hit of chocolate, roasted coffee and vanilla. Burnt bread, charred onions in smell and taste. Black liquorice. Body is relatively thin for the type of beer. Light but consistant carb. Bitterness you get with burned toast keep popping off giving this vintage an off flavor. stupre (529) - Nanterre, FRANCE - SEP 28, 2017
33cl bottle purchased @ La buvette Bourg en Bresse. Belle robe noire avec mousse brune. Nez sur le prune et la cerise. Attaque sur la cerise. Notes de cacao et de café.Final réglisse avec une belle longueur apportée par l'alcool. beermastersasho (141) - - SEP 2, 2017
First expression - boozy and thick. But then - its not so hard to drink it. There is something strange in this beer, unusual. Notes of whiskey, then liquior. Sweet, coffee, hay... black as night. Aroma is nice. Then it becomes little bit hard to drink. Really strange beer - but normal of Struise. I see people dont like this beer and people that say - my favourite. Anyway - one of the best beers. Evilkniamhel (1039) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle from beer palace, Oslo. Pours opaque black with coffee crema head. Nose of molasses, burnt toffee, coffee, Christmas cake, boozy. Taste is brown sugar, ginger nut biscuits, toast, roasted malts.
ctipping (2233) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2017
330 mL bottle. 2011 bottle originally reviewed 11/29/2012.
Black with less of a head than Black Albert. Similar thick mocha collar.
Nose is light bourbon with a touch of barrel character. Chocolate and cherry comes through, similar to Black Albert. Strangely, not as boozy smelling as the 5-year-old bottle of Black Albert I had.
Tastes of vanilla and bourbon up front, but subtle. Much more of the cherry flavor followed by rich chocolate. The bourbon is back in the end along with a bitterness that I find strange. Falls a little short of the base beer here.
Well carbonated. Pretty chewy aside from feeling a bit too overcarbonated at points.
I prefer Black Albert to this, although this is quite good on its own. Just seems that some of the characteristics that make Black Albert great have been pushed aside by the barrel, which isn’t strong enough to be the centerpoint of the flavor. jgb9348 (6479) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2017
Super dark coloured brown body with a thinnish, oily slick of a tan head. Aroma of very rich malts, soy sauce, a bit of caramel, malt and a big dose of anise throughout. Full-bodied; Strong rich roasted malt flavours with some oats, grain and alcohol front and centre. Aftertaste shows much more of an assertive matl characteristic and a deep pungent bite of anise. Overall, a nice rich beer with plent of malt and even more self pungency and depth than I saw at first.A nice beer, but definitely pungent and bitter throughout. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from SuperMarket Liqours in Fort Collns, Colorado on on 05-June-2017 for US$6,99 sampled in my hotel room later in the day. martjoobolut (5121) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 1, 2017
Bottle, vintage 2012 (from Speciaalbierpakket.nl). Pours black with brownish head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, roast, malt. Flavor is sweet and bitter, chocolate, vanilla, roast, malt, very mellow. Overall: great brew. Marduk (8401) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 1, 2017
330ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Pitch black color. Small size, brown color. Roast, dark chocolate, sweet, dark fruits, prunes, toffee in aroma. Roast, dark chocolate, sweet, prunes, raisins and woody in taste. Dark chocolate, prunes and roast in aftertaste. Crisp carbonation. Quite mellow. Fuckin pleasant in mouth! Excellent balance! Alcohol is covered. Beautiful brew! Orgasmatron! sokuzs1 (1577) - POLAND - MAY 29, 2017
Aroma: chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasty, coffee
Taste: medium sweet, light bitter, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak