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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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2009
33 cl bottle courtesy of lithy and the Arizona Cardinals - Pours a dark brown color with a rather large two and a half finger thick tan head which took its sweet ass time to settle. Nice lacing. Aroma is doughy malt, esters, and faint chocolate. Flavor is full of dark esters, light chocolate, and lightly roasted malt. I couldn’t detect any coffee though. Finish is nice. No lingering roastiness or bitterness. Medium to full body. A really nice beer. Thanks Justin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2009
did in a quick side by side with ten fidy, and boubon county, in comparison to those the yeast was a definite note on this beer, and the complex undertones within the body put it just above the others. very good full stout, heavy, yet the yeasty froth of a body lightened it up compared to american imperial stouts,

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2009
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café et de petits fruits foncés avec une pointe de chocolat noir. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col brun mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de petits fruits foncés avec une pointe de chocolat et d’anis. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #2232)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Lots of roasted and chocolately flavor. Quite an alcohol punch, probably too much, especially in the nose. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Really a great beer as it warms up (and warms you up.)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Pours dark brown with creamy brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, belgian yeast, citrus, coffee, and toffee. Flavor contains slight roastiness, really nice dark fruit notes, deep dark chocolate, coffee, candied sugar, plum, vinous notes, and some nice sweetness. Palate is beautiful, with almost no stickiness at all. Great complex beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle. Blackish beer with a cocoa-colored head. Dark chocolate aroma with rich malt and light roast. Rich toffee/caramel flavor with earthy yeast and dark chocolate. Medium plus bodied. Rich toffee and chocolate lingers with light yeast and light earth. Nice complexity. Great balance. Alcohol well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2009
For my 100th rating! Pours nearly opaque black with lasting tan head. The color is red brown around the edges where light gets through. The aroma is of dark malts, fruit, anise, coffee, and that odd but delicious tar-like smell. The flavor is first of sweet dark malts, balanced by hop bitterness. There are notes of dark cherry, licorice, coffee, alcohol, and some spice. The finish is bitterness of hops, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy and warming. Overall, a very good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Koelschtrinker (12665) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 17, 2009
Stark malzig-röstiger Geruch. SEHR cremig-malziger Antrunk, komplex, schier unendlich schokoladig, sehr hopfig, was sich aber anfangs nur hintergründig zeigt. Weiter cremig und stark malzig, besonders im Mittelteil ist das harmonische Zusammenspiel zu betonen. Vordergründig ist das Bier nun leicht fruchtig, sehr aromatisch, leicht kaffartig. Zum Schluss ist der Alkohol etwas stechend. Geniales Bier!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Shared by Chris at Ebenezers. Pours a deep dark ruby almost black with a nice lasting sticky head and good lacing. Aroma on this batch is slightly skewed a bit more to the dark fruity side whereas some bottles I have had are more roasty chocolate and thinner overall- the dark fruity more full bodied batch is quite a bit better- light dark chocolates with just a hint of roast as it warms, nice Belgian yeast character and tons of big fruity and sweet malts, toffee, molasses, chocolate covered almonds, raisin, plum, and apricot. Good big malt flavor- more dried fruits, Belgian light yeasty spiciness, dark chocolate, honey and maple syrup , some hints of tar and anise. Big smooth palate and a great lasting finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3451) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2009
pours a nice deep black with a thick mocha head..nice retention and lacing. good amount of sediment visible throughout. aroma is complex with dark chocolate, alcohol, coffee, spicy hops, dark fruit, and anise. flavor is sweeter than expected but very nice...notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, and a touch of anise with a nice spicy hop character to round it out. unbelievably thick and creamy mouthfeel, nearly viscous, with a warming roasty finish.


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