Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle pours black with firm brown head. Aroma roast, malts, slight chocolate and licorice. Taste again malts and roast with slight sweetness, licorice, chocolate, oak. Didn’t pick up much port. Palate fairly carbonated, thick and creamy. Finish very clean with alcohol and roast. Alcohol quite evident.GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2012
I enjoyed this more than the Black Albert, which was more bitter especially on the finish.
Pours pitch black with a big, thick ran head that shows excellent retention and lacing.
The aroma is big and sweet with the port definitely coming through as well as dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts and some Belgian yeast sweetness.
Taste is sweet as well with dark fruits, licorice and cocoa powder. The backbone is heavily roasted malts but the overall character is highly vinous with lots of oak and port sweetness.
Mouthfeel is slick with soft carbonation and heavily influenced by the port barrel.
This is a really good beer but not up there with my favorites in the style. The port barrel is highly evident and lends a sweetness to the beer that seems fairly fruit-heavy. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle, thanks Michael! Pours black, with a large, brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, red wine, and chocolate. Flavor is red wine, roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee., and just a touch of alcohol. Body is medium, and the finish is fairly long. gam (3930) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2012
Block size head tan in colour very black pour medium carbonation the aromas coffee liquorice dark chocolate note of cocoa dryness dried fruit dark fruit caramel the flavours rich dark coffee liquorice caramel sweetness dark chocolate raisin prune a dryness medium bitter smooth on the palate imperial tastes override the alcohol plenty of grain smoothness giving it a milky touch or creaminess the finish nice malt tastes sweet the coffee a plus smooth on the palate lovely bitter very likeable imperial dutchtuga (146) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2012
Another very good beer from Struise Brouwers. The chocolate/coffee/dark fruit hints give it a very intereseting complexity, that’s a little overruled by the taste of pepper. Nevertheless a very nice stout!
Geiserich (4519) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle 33 cl from Koelschtrinker (thanks!): Sweet roasty nose, notes of dark fruits, roasted malt, raisins, rum. Black color and a creamy to foamy dark brown head. Flavor is full bodied, intensive notes of dark chocolate, rum plums, dark dried fruit, malt, roastiness, cherry, sweets. Roasty finish, notes of burnt malt and alcohol. Yummy. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/15/2012. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this over.
Kabert is a dark molasses brown color with no light escaping even from the edges of the glass. A small dollup of froth actually foams up higher after each swirl of the glass than it did originally.
The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt primarily. Raisins, plums, a bit of port, vanilla, and some coffee provide support.
The flavor is blended together exceptionally well, to the point that it takes a few sips to unravel the flavors. A medium strength firm sweetness manifests itself with some dark semi-sweet chocolate flavors and very mild dark fruits. Raisins and plums stand out, and I get a little bit of the port barrel. Some vanilla notes lead in to a medium - dark roasted malt character and more chocolate. The end of the sip has a bit more port and finishes mostly clean.
This full beer has everything that I want in a big imperial stout. It is full-bodied with enough malt to make it almost chewy, with a creamy carbonation that does not get in the way of any of the flavors. There is a slight tingle on the tongue from the alcohol, and it noticeably warms the stomach as well.
It is not surprising that the result of blending two outstanding beers is another outstanding beer. The port barrel does not get in the way of the primary flavors at all, and in fact is a very subtle flavor. Glad I have a few bottles of this tucked away. anders37 (26627) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate licorice aroma. Roasted malty smooth chocolate and licorice flavor with hints of caramel and toffee. Has a roasted malty chocoalte and licorice finish. with hints of caramel. DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2012 From Struise shop, Brugge. Thick, tarry black body capped with tan. Typical big Struise stout aroma- more fruit than anything; sweet red apple, overripe stone fruit, pineapple (!), a little acetone as the head subsides; burnt malt loaf and chocolate cake. Mostly yeast-driven. Acidic, burnt and warming with earth and leaves; deep plum and prune, more red apple, a finishing, Balzams-like herbal bitterness, black cherry stone, bubblegum, burnt bits at the bottom of a chocolate cake. Drinks its strength and anaesthetises quickly. Sugar stickiness on the lips; some vinous tang from the barrel, Twiglets. Syrupy, slightly fizzy. Good, although hot, overly yeasty and lacking stoutiness.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Dark pour with a small brown head. Aroma is surprisingly fruity, roasted, and dark chocolate. Taste is dark fruit, coffee, alcohol, vanilla, and woody.