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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1515   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
Black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, pretty roasty, caramel, yeast, dried fruit. Taste is lightly roasty, caramel, chocolate, light alcohol. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet roasted malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
tall burnt sienna colored thick creamy head, body is the blackest brown mahogany and light mahogany at edges. aroma is deep roasted malt, coffee, high cacao chocolate, and dried black mission figs. a little chocolate liquer too. flavor starts a little dry, oaky, and a bit yeasty/astringent, gets bready and deep roasted malt with some fresh roasted coffee bean. bitterness of baking chocolate, tart dark dried fruits, and faint malt sweetness comes and goes quickly, then a pleasant ginny heat flies by. a little of the acidity and smoky bitterness in the finish. aftertaste is bitter licorice. very well done, quite a journey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours nearly black with ruby red observable in direct light. Nose is incredible with Black Forest Cake - chocolate, dark fruits, and breadiness. Palate offers a nice correspondence with the nose - chocolate, dark fruit, bready, and some light vinegar/sourness. Finish is slightly chalky, in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (10019) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
This Imperial Stout pours an inky black color with a very thick and foamy light brown head that diminishes slowly. Swiss cheese lacing that sticks to the glass. Potent aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and raisins. Woody notes as well. Rich body with flavors of mocha, dark fruits and oak. Underlying caramel sweetness balanced by a light alcohol burn. The finish is roasted malt with a licorice aftertaste. Aside from some mild acidity afterward there is little to dislilke about this beer. Very good from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2009
Pours black with a dark brown head. The aroma was average with sweet notes and and the alcohol smell is not what you would expect for a beer with 13% alc. I was impressed primarily with the drinkability of the beer. It does a great job hiding the alcohol behind sweet and smokey flavors in the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep brown/black color with a thick, creamy tan head that slowly receded to a thick layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma is dominated by fruit, mainly sweet berry (raspberry, blackberry) and actually borders on koolaid mix sweetness. There is also some chocolate in the nose and a bit of alcohol. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some moderate fruitiness (berry, plum, and red apple) lead into some dry dark chocolate and a moderate chalkiness paired with some faint hop bitterness that lingers in the finish. Low carbonation and moderate mouthfeel. I don’t know, at times this seems more like drinking a fruit beer infused with chocolate rather than an imperial stout. The flavor, while not offensive, really isn’t what I think of when I think imperial stout, or even stout. I understand that Belgian style stouts typically afford fruity flavors and aromas due to the yeast, but this was a bit overbearing. I have heard the consistency of bottles isn’t great, so perhaps this was off, but it’s doubtful I will be trying it again at $11 a pop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - APR 15, 2009
Rótulo diferente, muito bonito. Coloração preta, turva, com espuma bege densa, cremosa, volumosa, deixando marcas nas laterais e uma generosa camada perene. Presença evidente de malte torrado e café, sendo seca e com amargor acentuado. Sugestão de ameixas pretas. Leve adocicado. Complexa. Encorpada (muito encorpada!). O álcool encontra-se muito bem disfarçado no conjunto. O aroma se desprende facilmente, exalando fortes notas de torrefação. Destaque para o amargor, bem acentuado, em razão de generosa presença de lúpulo. Ótimo conjunto, mas acredito que tenha faltado um melhor balanceamento. Para mim, essa cerveja ficou forte demais, não em razão do álcool, mas por ter ficado muito encorpada, tirando um pouco de sua drinkability.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2009
Oh good god yes. This was wonderful. First aroma was straight black coffee at 5am, with a good amount of head for an Impy and carbonation to go with it. Pour looks good, but not chunky like some other big imperial stouts. Huge rich taste of coffee beans, massive chocolate everywhere and some hidden cherry and vanilla flavors. Hops that i can almost pick out underneath the huge malt bill. A slight burn in the aftertaste, which i cant tell if its the alcohol telling me its there, or the burning coffee. Does not taste like a 13%-er, maybe an 8 or so, all the alcohol is well hidden under the mountain of flavor. I wish i could pick this apart more, but god himself couldn’t tell you all the flavors in this. Syrupy on the mouth and clings to the glass just a little bit. The only thing lacking is the palate really, but its almost lacking in a good way because of the ease you can drink this. A great beer that doesn’t need any mellowing. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8797) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle from a secret admirer whom has pissed off my wife. Pours onyx with 3-finger dark brown head. Nose is dark malt, chocoff, hops, black berry, licorice. Tastes hoppy and richly dark malty up front, with figgy and cherry fruit at mid-point, followed by cacao, chocolate syrup, and a rich, complex palate that throws a lot at you and demands that you sort it out, although if you were drunk it would just demand that you chug it then go vomit at the nearest hole in the ground because you couldn’t deal with the massive 13% ABV, or were using the beer as an excuse to cover up your manly shortcomings. Novices need not apply (and please keep cheapdark away from this one!!!), but true beer connoisseurs will love every sip of this very well made beer, and yet another testament from Struise as to what human beings can make when given the right skill sets. BRAVO!!!

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