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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1364   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


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zootfinster (206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
While this is certainly a good beer, I dont see it as being quite a great as many have said. All the usual attributes; very dark bown, sweet, malty etc.etc. But to me nothing really over the top. Personally I prefer Bell’s Expedition Stout.t.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
Black pour like molasses but not nearly as dense. Fascinating evolution of the thick brown head. It rises like bread dough with tiny compact bubbles deeper and larger floculent foam near the surface. Initially the aroma is overwhelmingly of baked apples and quince. As things settle rich roast and new leather come forward but I cannot find any chocolate in the aroma. The palate shows a complex interplay between the silky dark malts and funky fruit and subtle yeast. The finish is both bitter and a little musty. It is really surprising that there is no evidence of alcohol in this 13% ABV brew!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle from bleeng at the December Houston tasting. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a beige head. Leaves a clingy brown film on the side of the glass. Aroma is chocolate hairspray, cherry, and vegetable. Flavor is smoky, chalky chocolate herb vegetable with a peppery finish. Coating mouthfeel. Too earthy and vegetable-like.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Very dark brown with tan head. Chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar in the aroma. Some dark roast. The flavor has caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, some coffee, and some molasses. Either the alcohol is ridiculously well-hidden or this one is no where near 13% ABV. Im all for a beer that masks its strength but I also want a super strong stout to be super strong tasting and this one really is not. Still a solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Pours a molassses brown topped by a thin and dense tan head. Aroma is medium sweet with star anise, roast, some cocoa, cinnamon and light alcohol. Flavor is cocoa, herb, vanilla and alcohol . Medium to full full body, smooth texture. Very dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2008
bottle thanks to bleeng. Shared at December Houston Tasting. Pours black with a brown head. nose is of roast malt and alcohol. Taste was of roasted malt with some coffee and mild chocolate. Not overwhelming, more subtle and smooth. Mouthfeel is medium, not thick and chewy like some impys are. Pretty good but not great, IMO.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2008
330ml Bottle: Complex aroma of chocolate, dark ripe fruit, light currant, slight alcohol, slight roasting, slight smoke, slight must, and slight red wine. Poured pitch black in color with a small, rocky, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of malts, roasting, light alcohol, wood, tar, tobacco, light smoke, chocolate, light soy sauce, and some coffee. Full body. Thick, viscous texture. Soft carbonation. Smokey, malty, woody, sweet tobacco finish. Slight alcohol burn, but for 13%ABV the alcohol is well hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1523) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Houston RB Dec Impy Stout tasting. Bottle. Coal black, small tan head. Nose is sweet, chocolately, just a bit alcoholic. Taste starts off with a bit of carbonation, with hints of coffee, chocolate, pepper, raisins, spices. Chewy, thick and very easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden. Excellent beer. Too bad about the 10 dollar price though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3291) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2008
VRBT. Another one I am happy to get to taste. Black, brown at edges. Aroma was chocolate based. Flavor was more coffee oriented, with some fruitiness and brown sugar notes. Decent, but not life altering like some of the reviews read.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjiehorn (21) - Chicago, USA - DEC 15, 2008
This beer poured pitch black with no head, and little lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a hint of vanilla. Full frontal taste of chocolate, belgian yeast, slight alcohol, with a nice, subtle coffee finish. An excellent brew, and a difficult one to come by. Well worth the 12 dollar price tag for an 11 oz.


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