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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1452   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (14442) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Draught, 13%. Very muddy appearance. Layers of yeast in a very dark brown colour. Small brown head. the flavour starts off yeasty and quite malty. Dark sweet maltiness and a distinct pepper finish. 7 3 7 3 16

Bottle, 13%. Distinct sherry aroma. Black colour, very small white light brown head. Not as muddy as the draught version I had. Good sweet flavour. Quite alcoholic, but does not taste 13%. Balanced by the sweetness, though.7 3 7 3 19

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009 Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival 2008. Black color with tan head. Toasty, berryish, chocolatey, medicinal, grassy and appley aroma with hint of solvent. Sweetish, vinous, nutty, berryish, medicinal and chocolatey flavor with hint of solvent. Very smooth and drinkable for 13 ABV. Complex with good vinous and nutty character. Rating of the 0.33 l bottle (vintage 2007) on June 2009: Black with creamy tan head. Tart, vinous, berryish, chocolatey and perfumed aroma with licorice and dark sugar. Firm vinous, licoricey, roasty and medicinal flavor with dark fruits and hint of metal. The coffee-chocolate-charcoal roastiness is more upfront than in the draught version. 7-4-7-4-15=3.7. I prefer the fresh draught version.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Bottle@Home. Very strong aroma of chocolate, mocha and coffee with black currant. Thick, pitch black, large brown firm head, good lace. Sweet, bitter, sugary start, loads of dark malts, licorice, chocolate, fruity (black currant mainly), cola finish. Very full, sparkling, warming. Great stuff. At least I thought so far. But halfway the glass I found it to be too sugary, lacking some complexity and maltiness, especially the roasted/bitter touch. Still a nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2013 Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge deep brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep dry black chocolate with an intense hoppy dry finish. Taste is also a very nice mix between some deep dry chocolate malt with some dry hops and a dry roasted malt and coffee finish. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very complex and not totally American in it approach to the style. A more creamy body would render this even better in my opinion. Re-rate: 2008 bottle drank in 2013: Wow! This beer has totally changed. There is almost no sign of roasted malt which has been replaced by port notes due to oxidation. This is still enjoyable though nothing close to the original.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Aroma:rosted malt,sugar,liiquorices aroma... appearance:dark balck,good brown head... Flavor:rosted malt,alcohol,liquorices good...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2013 Bottle thanks to dchmela. Pours with a thick, creamy brown head and a very dark brown body. Lace and legs left on the glass. Aroma of alcohol, grass, candi sugar, chocolate, cocoa, lactose, bakery, and Belgian yeast. Taste is meaty, unami, chocolate, wood, smoke, nutty with an ultra long duration, vinous finish. Silky, creamy mouthfeel, great alcohol flavor and presence.
Batch 0. Pours with a black hue and a large tan head with great retention. Aromas are of dark chocolate, figs, deep esters, fudge, glug wine mulling spices, light metal, port. Vinous. Complex, rich and layered. Flavors are malty, earthy, roasty, tar and tobacco. Ash and fig. Moderate alcohol, good malt structure. Medium body, vinous raisins. Lightly warming.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (5319) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma of liquorice, some coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar, hops. Flavour is sweet, roasted malts and coffee, some chocolate and liquorice. Nice bitter finish with a lingering coffee flavour, which comes out more when the beer warms up. Medium to fullbodied, good carbonation. Very good beer, but a bit too smooth, it lacks a bit of edge imo. And is this really 13%?!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Saved this one for my 100th rating! Pours thick black and opaque with a thick mocha coloured head. Aroma is huge and complex. Candied lemon, coffee, chocolate, plums, strawberries, and cherries. Tastes initially sweet and then changes with every second it’s in your mouth. Plums, cherries, strawberries, dried apricots, caramel, anise, coffee, a huge wave of chocolate on the finish. This is a really good beer. Smooth, not very bitter, I just want to drink this all day.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Body-opaque with a thick foamy head. Nose-light industrial cleaner, light burnt marshmallow, melon rind. Taste-soft, med t high CO2, burnt malt, burnt marshmallow, medium sweet, acrid, formaldehyde.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2436) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle thanks to Bman1113VR. Pours an opaque black color with a relatively small sized light brown head that quickly changes into an oil slick top. Little bit of lacing. Nose is roasted coffee and dark chocolate, some fruit like wildness that is reminiscent of wild cherries or maybe red wine. Taste is chocolate covered caramel turtles with pecans. Finish comes off kind of salty. Thick and silky mouthfeel. Long finish. Nice.


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