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

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RATINGS: 1463   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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


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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBeerFanatic (901) - Friona, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 $19 bottle from belgium shop online. Saved for around 6 months. Pours a dark molasses with medium carbonation and a foamy head that fades slowly. Huge and very complex aromas that explode the nose with roasted malts paired with candied malts, big tobacco (like someone left a cig bud at the bottom of the bottle), dark cherry, chocolate, wood chips, toffee and some others that I can’t find because of the high complexities! Extensively powerful and complex are the flavors next to the aromas! Tobacco, chocolate, and plum upfront with some touches of dark cherry, fig, slight coffee, wood, and some candy like yeast. Leaves a strong smoky aftertaste. Theres a slight hint of sour mixed with the stronger bitterness and medium sweetness. You can just smell the authentic 100 percent belgian products and craft that went into this beer. The best imperial stout I’ve smelled. Alcohol only comes in the nose a little! Must, must, must be drank very slow and siping in long intervals to truly appreciate the wonderful complexities this has to offer otherwise the alcohol and smoke will cloy the other flavors. Fantastic!


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
s_hartshorne (2295) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle sarkynorthner3kyorkshiredaytasting. Black tan head. Aroma is fruity choc dark malts taste same good roasty notes lots of citrus bitters very roasty bitter finish. Nice oily mouthfeel. V good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (3026) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Sarkynorthener 3k yorkshire day. I have been looking for this beer for three years. Thanks to richthevillan, cheers Rich for finding it. Black beer with small oily rim around rim of glass. Aroma of licorice, roasted malts and treacle. Taste is licorice, sticky toffee, dark fruits and tar. Palate is very sticky and full bodied. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamestulloch (2132) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle from Cornelius. Black body with a thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma of vanilla, creamy coffee and dark chocolate. Flavour of affogato, fruit cake, chocolate, plum pudding and yeast. Thick body with a powdery texture. Soft fizz. Is this really 13% ABV? It goes down as easily as a 6.0% beer. Well balanced and flavoursome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (1282) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 28, 2015
Destul de dulce cu note de fructe uscate, mai puțin roast, puțin alcool.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
witthatsbier (399) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Pours jet Black like a beautiful Malaysian womens hair with a coffee coloures thick head Aroma is full on roast coffee with dark belgian chocolate,and a big alcoholic finish, Taste Wow this is something else sour dry bitter coffee with mocha bit of sourness and a big alcoholic kick ,long dry coffee finish overall world class beer,when Struise get it right they blow your tastebud,s brilliant beer

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fombe89 (627) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2015
Botella @II cata Ratebeer Asturias. 19/07/2015 Color negro, epuma beige, aromas malta, sabor dulce, tostado.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clockk (193) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2015
Entrada suave con final fuerte, buen cuerpo, gran espuma consistente, sabores tostados

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SeniorZozo (269) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 18, 2015
Perfect. Taste is malty, with toffee, coffee and some vanilla, raisins and roasty as well. Very nice imperial Stout, awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borup (7886) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2015
From tap at KØ 15. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, caramel, licorice, coffee and alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2015
Might as well get this turd out of the way...
Big thick black, decent lively tan head. Nose is smoky, teasing BBQ and soily - I never get past this as quickly as I’d like. Initial taste is smooth, sprightly choc and chips of red velvet cake. Stirs of melted brown sugar sweetness, perhaps too much. There’s plenty of dark blackcurrant stamped away though, certainly bright and softly boozy and well watched bitterness. Soft, silky, desserty with a cloying enough mouthfeel. Scampers of more sweetness on the finish. Linger is a charred and burrowing bitterness without any rustic coffee nonsense.

Bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh


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