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

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RATINGS: 1460   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 Ebenezerís 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 breweryís 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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle from brianj555. Thanks! Pours black with a creamy, lasting light tan head. Smell is metallic and buttery up front with some wine and chocolate like notes. Taste is cocoa at first with some tart cherry like fruitiness and some belgian yeast reminiscent of that in a quad and some vinuous notes and light chalky bitterness too. Body is medium to semi rich with soft carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden but it is warming. Not terribly impressed, but a solid beer, still.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Pros: The appearance is perfect. Very Belgian, natural carbonation, long lasting foam. Iíve had 3 bottles of it so far and itís perfectly conditioned. Mouth feel is very thick & layered. Flavors are brilliantly unique, concentrated and complex.

Cons: The nose gives off a potent dark fruit and fudge-like scent, but is the weak point of the beer. Smells a bit out of balance.

Such a beauty. A beer to put away. It should evolve and improve for at least a decade.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smith4498 (3252) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Pours black with small brown head. Roasted malt aroma with lots of sugary sweetness. Lots of flavors going on. Roasted malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, mocha, coffee and some hop bitterness. Full body with mild carbonationand a creamy mouthfeel. It has a slightly dry finish. The 13% ABV is not noticeable at all.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 9, 2009
Bottled 33cl. Courtesy of bierkoning. Appearance: It pours a very dark beer with a beautiful noticeably tall nicely remaining full beige head. Fantastic lacework. Aroma: Fudge, chocolate, candy, wood, vanilla, molasses and plums appearing. Deeply inviting. Flavor and palate: Full bodied, complex and smooth. A lot of caramel, candy, vanilla, chocolate, wild strawberries, wood, coffee and plums showing up. Faintly acidic. Thick palate. Lemon, sage and walnuts emerging in the finish which is surprisingly dry. Overall impression: A great beer. Complex, smooth and remarkably pleasant. Thanks a lot bierkoning!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Alright, I think Iíve had bottles of this before courtesy of Andy & Tyler. Many thanks gents! In any event, I picked this one up at Heritage. A black viscous pour with middling brown head. Rich, dark roasted malts with just the faintest chocolate to balance on the aroma. Faintly sweet as well. On to the taste. Sweet & rich with a thick mouth feel. Dark pitted fruit with a faintly bitter dry character. The dryness really lingers, much to my enjoyment. Without a doubt the best stout Iíve ever head from Belgium.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Royal Stout? What the hell is that? Itís damn good, thatís what. Got my hands on this rarity thanks to Four Firkins. Expensive 11.2 oz. bottle catches your eye with itís great looking artwork. Pours black with creamy brown head. Smells heavy of molasses and sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily and silky-smooth, definately enjoyable. Taste is definate molasses and brown sugar. The 13% alcohol is not noticeable at all. Similar to Peche Mortal, but heavier and oilier. This is certainly a treat and one of my new favorites. Too bad itís so rare.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Pours completely opaque black with a dense and creamy light brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol. Very full-bodied with a soft mouthfeel, sweet hard roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate with a little vanilla. Malt bitter finish. No way of telling that this is 100 IBUs! A sweet and not overly burned Imperial Stout. Listenining to La Brabanconne on YouTube while drinking this didnít really add all that much to the experience! 030309

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Rustychiles via the elusive Footy (thanks big time guys!). Pours a midnight black with quite the frothy tan head. This has got to be the best smelling russian imperial stout (belgian royal stout, whatever) I have ever partaken of. Lots of belgian candi sugar and coffee notes. Taste is a very distinct pattern of candi sugar and coffee, followed by the merest hint of belgian yeast character, then some hop bitterness, and leaves you with some black patent acrid flavor. The aftertaste is probably the only part about the beer that I dislike. I really wish that it were as decadent as the rest of the beer. Simply amazing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBookPolice (4) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2009 does not count
On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, WI (although probably not after tonight). Well-mannered for 13% ABV. Rich, fruity, but not thick or heavy. Head builds on itself, like simmering molten sugar. An honor to taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle courtesy of the elusive Footy. Pours a nice dark brown to black with an illustrious brown head and sticky lacing. Aroma is belgian candi sugar, dark malts, molasses, rich chocolate and belgian yeasts. Flavor is candi sugar, yeasts, coffee, chocolate,dark fruits, rasins and a nice bitter hop finish. Thanks for this Footster, youíre awesome.


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