Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Black Albert

In Imperial Stout, Reviews on June 3, 2010 at 1:58 am

This Imperial Stout is from De Struise Brewery in Belgium.  It pours a flat, thick liquid which has a delayed dense and creamy mocha colored head that stays throughout the beers time in my glass.  Imperial stouts are always beautiful dark beers and this one is no exception.

Black Albert gives off a strong roasty aroma of cocoa, coffee, sherry, oak, and dark fruit notes of dried fig, however no raisin notes as I expect from many Imperial stouts.

The velvety smooth liquid pours over your tastebuds and coats them with sweet chocolate followed by a maltiness that fades to a bitter coffee kick on the back.  Very complex flavors throughout, most notably oak, sherry, powdered cocoa, fig and maybe dark sweet cherries although I am not well enough versed in horticulture or cherry varieties to pinpoint it.

The mouthfeel is creamy initially and then becomes oily and slick with some stick from residual sweetness.

It’s decadent rich qualities, with the sweet and creamy flavors lend to the drinkability as a dessert beer.  At 13% it is deceivingly easy to drink.

Black Albert will be incredible with a carrot cake.  The sweet flavors will blend seamlessly and the fruity notes in the beer will highlight the carrot and cinnamon and make for a tasty dessert.

My final thoughts are that this is a really great Imperial Stout.  It is a bit expensive at around $9 retail, but the beer inside is worth it, with sweet, complex and inviting flavors.  Black Albert is deep and dark and delivers all the indulgent qualities of the finest chocolate.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 13%

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