De Struise Cuvée Delphine 2015 – aka Cuvée Oscar

Brewery: De Struise Brouwers
Country: Belgium
ABV: 13%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 2015 vintage. A massive stout from Flanders aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Black Albert aged on 4 Roses and Bulleit bourbon barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Oscar Wagner made his name in the beer world as a connoisseur and reviewer, who without compunction, always put his finger on the sore spot. This won him the respect and admiration of fellow beer geeks and brewers alike. In 2013, Oscar was diagnosed with the muscle debilitating disease ALS. “A death sentence,” he called it, but that didn’t keep him from living life to the fullest, even making a parachute jump last year. Oscar fought a valiant fight, but in the end, ALS took him at the young age of forty. Over the years, Oscar fell deeply in love with Cuvée Delphine, and the beer style it represents. As a tribute to this fine gentleman, we dedicate this special batch to him as Cuvée Oscar. Limited edition of 3000 cask strength bottles with medium carbonation.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2015 vintage, limited edition cask strength Cuvée Oscar, bottled on 24th November 2016. Poured into a De Struise tulip glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, bourbon, caramel, oak, vanilla, boozy, with light chocolate notes.
Taste: Sweet, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and licorice.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A nice enjoyable sipper, although I prefer the original Cuvée Delphine more.

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