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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1345   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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This Belgian Royal Stout was brewed as a tribute to one of America’s best pubs. Jennifer and Chris Lively who run the place may be proud of Ebenezer’s Pub. Not only do they have 35 beers on draught, most of these are hard to find Supreme Belgian Ales. Above that, they have one of the most extensive bottle-conditioned beer lists through different bottling dates we have ever seen. Not only can you drink almost any Belgian beer, the worlds best brewery’s are represented. A lot of the guests talk about the American Kulminator, yet with that difference that the Belgian inspired food, is simply great. Black Albert was brewed and crafted with a 100% Belgian ingredients. Pours a blacker than black beer with an inch of dark tan head that lingers as it cascades into itself. Nice aroma of bitter-sweet chocolate, fresh torrified coffee beans, barley, candy sugar, complex fruits, and floral hops. At the front, there is spiced baker’s chocolate, fresh mocha, caramel like barley touches, and underlying hints of dried fruits which marries the back of your palate and features a Top, and well integrated but not overbearing hop flavour. The after-taste is well balanced and shows a panorama of extreme sensations like chocolate and coffee bitters, a plum cake richness that covers the palate, and a crisp impression of hop bitters that brings elegance and freshness into this massive brew. Artwork done by www.beautifulfreaktattoo.com


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesie1857 (1330) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, - NOV 13, 2012
33cl bottle from brewery shop in Brugge - a black body, almost oil-like, with a dirty looking thick brown head which last some time. The nose is chocolate, liquorice, blackcurrants, coffee, very complex as new notes hit the nostrils. The taste is the same, a bit of vanilla, cherry and some spices come through as well. Oily in the mouth, a boozy warmth at the end. I like this a lot. Shame I didn’t buy more than one!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aaron68 (542) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2014
330 ml on tap @ "Cafe Sara", Oslo.July 05, 2014. Beer from a tulip glass. Black in color with a beige brown head.Medium carbonation.Oily look. Aroma is espresso,roasted malt,dark sugar,dark chocolate,some spices and vanilla. Tastes sweet,roasted malt and has a warming alcohol feeling. A really nice and well balanced Imperial Stout. To be re-tasted when possible.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
666ale (47) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
The black damnation is ways better! Black beer, good aroma, but taste is alchoolic and a bit flat, not so complex as thought. Just okay!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vincentvega72 (59) - - JUL 6, 2014
Donkerzwart bier met cremekleurige schuimkraag. Als je het bier uitgiet zie je al dat dit geen gewoon bier is. Heel dik, stroperig van structuur. Heel mooi aroma en smaken van gebrande koffiebonen, chocolade, rozijnen, toffee. Heel smaakvol in de mond met heerlijke afdronk. Zeer goed uitgebalanceerd bier. Ondanks de 13 % heeft de alcohol nooit de bovenhand, deze zit zeer goed weggestopt. Puur vakmanschap van de Struise Brouwers.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daje (2033) - NORWAY - JUL 1, 2014
On tap at Cafe Sara, june 27th 2014. All black body with a thick creamy brown head. Aroma of dark berries, roast, raisins and spices. Taste is fruity yet dry roasted, dark chocolate, raisins, and a sense of vanilla towards the finish. Lovely mocca and cocoa aftertaste, rich body, great balance here. An excellent beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Keg at Cafe Sara. Pours black, aroma of coffee, chocolate, liquorice, taste is smooth chocolate, rich, boozy, liquorice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (826) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a beautiful, long-lasting dark espresso foam head. Big rich cherry nose. Somewhat coating mouthfeel with a mild carbonation burn. Notes of coffee and underlie the cherry forward flavor. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (1004) - PORTUGAL - JUN 1, 2014
15cl on tap at the brewery. Pours a really dark brown with a nice pale brown colour head. Aroma is chocolate, liquorice, roasted, hoppy, grassy and floral. Soft carbonation and medium to full body. Taste is medium bitter and light to medium sweet. Overall... how can I leave without drinking another?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmzl (82) - SLOVENIA - MAY 31, 2014
29/11 2012 bottle.

Look: Very dark, syrupy pour with average sized, very thick, solid, dark mocha head. Slow, consistent and very pretty retention, mostly diminishes, the thin layer still leaves fair amount of fine lacing. Colour is dark, dark brown.

Smell: Intense burst out of the bottle. Raisins, dry plums with medium fat sweetness, mostly milk chocolate, burned caramel and roast. Touch of sour (dark fruit notes) and a very light alcohol feel in the nose - combined they break the fatness. Fat, rich but in good harmony.

Taste: Surprisingly pleasant, fruity (dry fruits - raisins, dry apricots) start. Smooth, medium sweetness develops into a rich, strong medium-heavy but still smooth sweet middle, mostly chocolate driven with strong, fat caramel. Light sour still present, not so dark fruity, more notes come from different dry fruits - sour dry cranberries come to mind. Sourness with a very light, subtle alcohol spike refreshes the whole thing. The end is medium-heavy mostly coffee, roast bitterness with a solid light hop character (noble). The after-taste is mostly roast with some very light noble hop and light chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full, heavy body, very creamy, smooth. Light alcohol to detect, it is very well incorporated, breaks the solid, fat sweetness.

Overall: One of the best in the style for me. If you can get your hand on it, do so. Rich, smooth, fat and fun, all that it wants to be and more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (6773) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, reife Früchte, Kaffee, alkoholisch, genauso ist auch der Geschmack.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
freretoc (563) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 9, 2014
Bu en bouteille de 33cl batch "0" couleur brune intense mousse avec une couleur caramel, attaque sur le grillée assez intense et puis une attaque qui suit sur le café une tuerie absolue !


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