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De Struise Black Albert Costa Rica Espresso

Brewery: De Struise Brouwers
Country: Belgium
ABV: 13%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Belgian Espresso stout. Vintage 2015

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Experience de Tarrazu coffee in our Black Albert. Grown in the rich volcanic soils of Costa Rica’s famed Tarrazu region, these first choice Arabica coffee cherries are ripened evenly at 1,400 to 1,600 meters, hand-picked, sun dried and then dark roasted on Struise premises for a unique taste. It will surprise you with a flavor that hints of cacao and grapefruit and an aroma of aged wood and dark chocolate. Its intensity fills the palate, then fades cheerfully. Discover why we now roast our own coffee beans.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.9
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled on 17th November 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, coffee, chocolate, caramel, plum, dark fruit, licorice, boozy, and light smoky notes.
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, moderately sweet, dark fruit, plum, raisins, licorice, candi sugar, and a strong boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: The booziness comes through quite strong in the aroma and taste, and maybe a bit too much. I was also hoping for more or stronger coffee notes. It’s interesting, but I easily prefer the original version of Black Albert more.

De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Bruichladdich (peated) BA

Brewery: Brouwerij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 11%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Smoked Imperial Stout-ish

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Bruichladdich (peated) BA.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.43
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 330ml black waxed bottle, bottled on 19th August 2015, with a best before date of 19th August 2040. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Sweet dark malt, chocolate, coffee, light peat, leather, smoke, whisky.
Taste: Sweet dark malt, whisky, light peat, smoke, coffee, chocolate, caramel, with hints of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: An enjoyable RIS with good balance of peat, that doesn’t overwhelm the nice chocolate and coffee flavours. I tried the brett version of this just before opening this bottle, and did not understand the brett. This was just so much better without the brett.

De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Bruichladdich BA Brett

Brewery: Brouwerij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 11%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout-ish

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Bruichladdich BA, brett yeast (give it some time please).

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 2.79
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.7

Intro: A 330ml black waxed bottle, bottled on 28th January 2016, with a best before date of 28th January 2041. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Aroma is quite complex, whisky, dark fruit, brett, dark malt, light roast, chocolate, oak, boozy.
Taste: Light roast, earthy, dark malt, chocolate, whisky, herbal, slightly sour, medicinal.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: I don’t know. The aroma was quite complex but it was on and off. Every time I took a whiff, it changed a bit. But the taste really didn’t work for me. It didn’t really come together. I tried the Bruichladdich (peated) BA after this, and that was enjoyable. The brett just didn’t do anything for me here.

De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Cuvee

Brewery: Brouweij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 10.5%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout-ish

Brewer Description: (from BA and RB notes) H&V aged on Bordeaux wine barrels, bourbon barrels and virgin oak barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.26
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 330ml black waxed bottle, bottled on 19th November 2013. Enjoy within 25 years. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin tanned head that dissipated quickly and left only some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, and notes of red wine.
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, red wine, oak, bourbon, with vanilla and licorice notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: An enjoyable sipper, better than its base, with the Bordeaux wine barrel really coming through nicely.

De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey

Brewery: Brouweij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 11%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout-ish

Brewer Description: (from website) Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey combines the flood of flavors from the regular Hel & Verdoemenis with a mellow vanilla bourbon flavor. Warming and powerful. Flavour indication: chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Translates as Hell & Damnation Wild Turkey.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.37
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml black waxed bottle, bottled on 2nd July 2013. Enjoy within 25 years. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, with a splash of licorice.
Taste: Bourbon, dark fruit, light roast, chocolate, coffee, caramel, with slight vanilla notes.
Mouthfeel: Velvety, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: The barrel aging has improved the base beer, and the bourbon character really stands out, for the better. This was another great sipper, and De Molen H&V variant.