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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 837   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Previously 13% abv, 11% abv from 2014->. Black Albert was used in a new barrel aging project. More than a year ago, Carlo was able to get his hands on a stock of Four Roses Bourbon barrels, and we happily filled them up with Batch „0". This unique creation was originally to be named 4 Black Roses in honour of its heritage, but our friends in Kentucky strongly advised us not to do so! What to do? As the disowned offspring of Black Albert, the name Cuvée Delphine imposed itself. Savouring the Belgian irony, we are most honoured to have artwork by Delphine Boël shining on this label. You will not find this ale all over the globe. There is no export program, but we will try to provide stock through our web shop and some specialty beer pubs.

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmzl (292) - SLOVENIA - FEB 11, 2017
Boozy milk chocolate, coffee, creamy caramel, burned candy sugar, dark fruit esters, medium to high sweetness, light to medium bitterness, smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (2353) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2017 Keg @ BrewDog Södermalm, abv 13%. Black with a small and short lasting beige head, weak lacing. Toasted malty aroma, mild oaky, vanilla, coffe, chocolate and hints of bourbon. Full bodied, silky mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Rich bourbon taste, oaky, vanilla, coffe and roasted malt. Long warming finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (3073) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle shared with ebone1988 for the Koleminer20 turns 3k and Ebone1988 turns 1.6k Bonanza. 330 mL bottle. Says Vintage 2012, bottled on 09/2014. The pour is a lighter black with a darlnkhaki head that falls down with some good lacing that you wouldn’t expect with a stout. The aroma is nice and malty with a good chocolate and a light metallic finish. There is a light smoke on the back end that I’m not crazy about. The flavor is chocolatey with a smoked malt up front and a lightly metallic maltiness going on. There is a sweet bourbon barrel with a light charred oak and a touch of vanilla. The smoke deters for me. The mouth feel is great. It’s thick and chewy with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly smoky chocolate and barrel aftertaste. Love the mouth feel, except the aftertaste. This is a pretty good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1676) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20 for the Koleminer20 Turns 3k and Ebone1988 turns 1.6k Bonanza. Vintage 2012, bottled 2014. Aroma is barrel, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, sweet and balanced and wonderful. Appearance is black, light brown head, poured thickish. Taste is roasted malt, barrel, bourbon, slight smoke, dark fruit, licorice, good. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, light carbonation, slightly smoky dark fruit barrel aftertaste. Overall, good but not great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2483) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle from Dranken Pauwels. Pours opaque very dark brown to black with an creamy tan brown head. Nose is roasted malt, yeast extract, chocolate, vanilla, oak wood, spice, cinnamon, alcohol. Taste is soft, smooth, spicy, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, yeast extract, black coffee, raisin, prune. The bourbon barrel has softened the edges of this. Really nice balance. Four Roses is one of my favourite bourbons (under Jim Rutledge) although the bourbon is very subtle in this. It’s added spice, wood, cinnamon, fruitiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Korcz (2315) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Troszkę bardziej wytrawne i alkoholowe niż Black Albert, nieco mniej czekolady, ale to wciąż wyśmienite piwo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
avantdagare (249) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2017
2012 Vintage. 4 brown tan head, black body. Nose: Coconut, espresso, vanilla, dark bitter chocolate, malt, dried fruit and bourbon. Taste: Coffee, dark bitter chocolate, coconut, vanilla, licorice, espresso, soy-sauce, booze, dark bitter chocolate and bourbon. Long bitter ending.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Johnstledger8 (1058) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle. Pitch black with a lasting foamy brown head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, dark fruits, treacle, fudge, coffee. Taste is of chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, bourbon,blackcurrant, treacle, figs, fudge. Slick sticky oily mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ysok02 (1267) - Mons, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2016
Robe brune dense, fine mousse crémeuse beige, peu persistante. Nez sur le malt torréfié, le chocolat noir, la réglisse, les levures, la café au lait, le caramel, touche de single malt. Bouche à l’attaque onctueuse, superbe note lactée et cacaotée, bulle onctueuse et crémeuse, longueur impressionnante et finale parfaitement équilibrée. Un très grand Stout à boire au coin du feu...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (1145) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2016
2014 vintage, on draft at a super-secret pub in Maine. This is an incredible combination of New World, full-flavored, high ABV imperial stout and Old Work Belgian craft. The barrel flavor is strong, with a sharp whiskey flavor, but the silky mouthfeel and smooth chocolate flavor of Black Albert are very prominent as well. Phenomenal.


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