Any time you have a beer that is 13%ABV, it is a big beer with which you’ve come face to face. How that 13% tastes depends on the drinker. I believe that I paid somewhere between $12-15 dollars for this 11.2 oz bottle (sometimes it’s hard to keep track, but I know that it was salty). Let me start by telling you that I wouldn’t pay to drink this beer again, but what a beer is worth is, once again, in the mouth of the beholder. Here is what I have to offer about Black Albert.
The Pour: A creamy, brown, and finely carbonated head sat atop this very dark, black bodied beer. This beer looked like the beer yard bully…it was intimidating in the glass.
The Nose: Black Albert had a smoky nose that was touched by the 13% alcohol. There was a sourish aroma that cropped up. Plenty of roast, a soy quality, and some hints of fruit were also very much present. I personally thought that apple cider was the fruit note that I caught.
The Taste: Like the nose, there was plenty of roast Black Albert’s flavors. The fruit and soy qualities were also a big part of the taste. A ton of coffee roast was the largest quality in the middle of this Imperial Stout. A semi-bitter acidic and dry finish was the final touch. There was also a nice lacing when I looked at the empty glass.
Overall, Black Albert was a good beer but not great. It was well over-priced for what the beer was. I suppose if the Black Albert were about half the price that I paid, I would get it again. It’s ultimately up to you if want to try this ale but I wouldn’t recommend it for the bucks. As we always say, there is only one way to find out, and that is for yourself.
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Nice. Sometimes it gets hard to pull the trigger on some of these beers when they cost so much, but at least you tried it – now I don’t have to!!!
BTW, is Black Albert related to Prince Albert? Just wondering. Figured Nate might know.
I thought Black Albert was completely amazing, yet I haven’t put down the money for another trip around the block. In my opinion, it was very good, but still not worth the $13 a bottle it runs around here.
To me, Dark Lord Russian Imperial is amazing. This was just pretty good, but we all have preferential leanings. Plus, who knows what sort of condition the bottle was kept in…it was 2005, I think.
I guess I’m saying. I would buy Dark Lord at $15 a bottle all day long, but I pause before getting this one again.