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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1591   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


jamesie1857's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesie1857 (1953) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (848) - SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2016
A: Pitch black with a huge brown head N: Chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, almond, marzipan T: Coffee, milk chocolate, hint of marzipan O: Very nice sweetness with some nuttyness to it. Nice!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemike (2895) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2016
On tap Pours dark brown with a thin light brown ring. Smells of alcohol, dark fruit, nutty, some hints of bananas. Tastes of warming alcohol with a nice bitterness. Some nuttiness on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (760) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Thanks Huhzubendah for sharing the bottle! Poured into a snifter showing thin coffee rims, dark brown center, and no head. The nose shows notes of caramel, raisin, burnt sugar and a light milk chocolate. The palate is medium bodied and oily slick yet full carbonated. Flavors of malty caramel with burnt sugar and light raisins. A very light sweetness without being cloying. Very surprised.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nutjes (221) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2016 33cl-fles bij Kaffee Bazaar te Ieper. U: Zwart met donkerbruine schuimkraag. G: Pure chocolade, mokka en koffie. S: Geroosterde moutbitterheid, cacao, koffie, donker fruit, ook een zoete "touch" die ik niet beschrijven kan en drop. M: Medium carbonatie, Volmondig en sticky. Wow!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alethol (131) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2016
Batch ’0’ 29/11/2012. Pours a thick black with a good brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Chocolate, coffee, molasses - perfectly balanced. Smooth mouthfeel. Full body. The alcohol very well integrated. This is a great stout and arguably one of the best in the world. The ABV is a bit much for me though.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1168) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 31, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4, 2015 vintage, BB 21/05/2020. A pitch black and highly viscous draught. Intense ripe dark fruit, some coffee and chocolate. Heavy, yet not overwhelming, fine smooth carbonation, a bit boozy. Almost like eating a cake, sweet and sticky. Good balance though. A very nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (7302) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2016
(Rating #7000!!!) Aged 1 year. Inky black pour giving a light tan foamy head. Rich roasty black malt aroma that’s dark and foreboding with some dark semibitter cocoa, roasted coffee, belgian candy sugar, a slight but deep fruitiness, and a mild earthy bitterness. Rich roasty flavor that’s sweetened by some raisin and belgian candy sugar, some bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee and a light bit of plum cake on the finish. Complex and deep and roasty but also stoutly and semisweet with a touch of deep cocoa/coffee.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nicola5555 (9) - - AUG 17, 2016 does not count
caramel, chocolate, coffee, toast, licorice, BIRRA SPETTACOLARE. UNA DELLE GRANDI BIRRE DI DE STRUISE.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopmaestro (1275) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2016
Aroma is huge from dark chocolates and roasted malts. Sweetnes, soy sauce, licorice and raisins as well. Complex stuff. It has that aroma that you could smell all day long, and be completely satisfied with that. Taste is full bodied and smooth. Dark fruits, coffee, licorice and roasted malts mix together in a very complex and unique stout. This is how you brew a masterclass Imperial Stout. No fuzz, no extra special stuff, just pure craftmanship. This beer also changed quite a lot over time in the glass, so if you are going to enjoy one, let it breath and rest between the sips and you will get a lot of different dimensions in one glass. Top notch!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (801) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Miltei sysimusta, vaikuttavan näköinen olut kohtalaisella, ruskealla espressomaisella vaahdolla, joka jättää myös hieman pitsiä jälkeensä. Tuoksussa makeahkoa maltaisuutta, paahteisuutta, lakritsia ja hieman kahvia. Maku aloittaa vyörytyksen kermaisella karamellisuudella, sen jälkeen kuvaan tulee mukaan espressomaista kahvia, paahteisuutta ja lakritsisuutta. Loppupuolella suutuntuma kuivuu ja mukaan tulee varsin vahvaa katkeruutta ja mausteisuutta. Keskitäyteläinen/täyteläinen suutuntuma sopivalla hiilihappoisuudella. Vaikka kaikkea on paljon, on maun hieno siirtymä makeasta alusta kuivaan mausteiseen loppuun toimiva ja kokonaisuus kuitenkin varsin pehmeän juotava.


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