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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 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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heavy (2133) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 27, 2008
30/10 0.33 l bottle courtesy of Doggythedog, huge thanks for sharing! My Belgian beer #100, and finally, my first Imperial Stout! It poured very dark brown, almost black body with big brown head. Very pleasant aroma of sweet caramel, some sourish berries, a hint of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is lightly sweet with coffee dominating here. A bit of wood as well with, for sure dry fruits, some other spices, all mixed in its full body. That coffee is hiding its alcohol very well, so almost itís not felt, which, at 13% is a great thing. Long, more dry than sweet fruity and caramel finish. What to say about the style I was so eager to try...it wasnít so different than ordinary stout, just like complex and very good one...imperial! Although itís interesting and great brew, my taste still prefers a good, stronger Belgian ale.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6020) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2008
330 ml bottle with a big thanks to presario. Best by April 2013. Pours out a dark black color with a large, creamy light brown head and lots of sticky lacing. A nice aroma of rich roasted malts, sweet chocolates and milk coffee, sweeter sugars and the all powerful Belgian yeast. The aroma suggests a Belgian Strong Ale, but mixed with darker roasted notes. The taste is very nice; initially full of roasted, almost sour flavors, some sweet burnt toffee and caramel. Roasted coffee beans contribute to this near-sourness. Later, this beer gets much sweeter; sweet milky flavors, bittersweet chocolates, cocoa, a very nice, though not huge dark fruitiness. Very drinkable and a silky smooth body. The yeast really stands out, and for me, this really shows the core of a good Belgian beer, and how flexible it can be. A hybrid for sure, and an excellent on at that. Great.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle thanks to Tronraner. Pours quite dark, opaque with ruby tints in the light. A large frothy head floats on top. The aroma is sweet with licorice and molasses with subtle spiced nuances. A ricey soy sauce quality reminds me of a foreign-styled Carribean stout. The palate is fairly robust and along with the hints of dark chocolate, wood, honey, vanilla, and leather, it hides the alcohol shockingly well. Black Albert is interesting in that it is a mix of a typical English export stout with a Belgian ale twist, yet it is all blown up to American strength. Unique and very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours a very dark brown almost pitch black with a huge 1.5 inch caramel colored head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts, with some alcohol notes bleeding through. Intense thick lacing lovingly clings to the glass. First sip is surprisingly smooth with a beautiful bitterness that is coffee and chocolate with a mellow yeast note very present. The body is fairly light and the 13% ABV is very well hidden. Damn this is good. Very sweet and then quickly bitter. Wow. This beer lives up to its hype.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14044) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Huge brown head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste arerich with roast malt, chocolate, coffee and fruits. Good long lasting bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2008
First of all, feel the heft of that dainty little 330ml bottle in your hand. This beer is an offensive weapon. Abyssal pitch pour against a variety of halogen spotlights. Not a photon may pass. Itís a little bit black. Thick tan collar collapsing slowly to a halo. Fat luscious nose swaying unsteadily between burnt plastic, bitter bitter high cocoa choc, yeast extract, bramble, permanent marker (black, naturally), cappuccino, choc raisins, cinder toffee, prune and massive sweet red apple fruitiness. Bit too heavy on the solvent, but as with Brewdog Tokyo and Bass P2, snorting this beast is a bit like being clobbered around the head with a kilo of Gala. And loving it. Mouthfeel espresso custard Friij (does not exist)- soft, slick and milkshake-thick. Just the right background tickle of carbonation. Alcohol not discernible other than as faint heat, and instant facial flushing. Opens toffee sweet, but then just rolls around the mouth with singed cocoa bitterness, sweetness, bitterness, burnt toast, black coffee and molten Lindt oaken tun apple-bobbing until you donít know where you are. Afters are apple, smoke, cocoa. Itís not hugely complex, and great stouts arenít. What is beautiful about this is beer is that despite the ABV and hugeness of flavours, it retains the approachability of a stout a half (or a third) as strong. I hung onto every last sip. MASSIVE and lovely.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogivlado (5716) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottled(330ml). -Courtesy of Papsoe, shared with Doggythedog (thanks both of them for giving and sharing).
Deep black coloured, medium sized brown head, pleasant strong chocolate nose. Roasted malt, sweet chocolate and bitter coffee with notes of licorice, raisins and vanilla. Silky and smooth, alcohol is well hidden. Excellant IS.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle (Thanks oh6gdx!) Pours opaque with an initially huge head that fades. Big aroma- tarry, licorice, alcohol, and some off notes of rubber-like hints. Slick body, slightly hot. Salty flavor. Licorice, tobacco, some light molasses sweetness, along with off flavors of band aid (as EyeDrinkAle mentioned) Diacetyl, and burnt raisins are in there as well. The finish has some resiny coffee bean bitterness and residual odd phenols. Very overrated. Just a big, salty, hot stout. No complexities.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - NOV 17, 2008
11.2 oz bottle (BA No. 14Ö I am assuming this means Batch 14) into wine glass for lack of a snifter. I paid 25 dollars for this bottle, so lets hope it is good. Off the bat, a perfect pour Ė pitch black with GIANT creamy (so creamy that the surface looks like it came off of a nitro tap) espresso head. Surprisingly enough though, the head didnít leave much lace. Pungent aroma that started filling the room upon opening. Not the typical imperial stout aroma Ė big dark fruit notes, some candi sugar, some molasses, and really vinous in general. I didnít think I would like the Belgian sweetness, but so far it works very well with the aroma. The flavor is very solid and very subtly complex. It was a bit amorphous upfront and I was a bit disappointed, until, from nowhere, came all types of dark fruit qualities, vanilla, roasted chocolate, hops, licorice, molasses, and more. This bad boy has some serious layers to it. The alcohol is hidden well so far, but after only 3 sips has made is presence known in my stomach (nice and warming). This is not nearly the thickest imperial stout I have ever had (and usually, for me, the thicker the better), yet its body is so perfectly matched to its texture and flavor that it is perfect as it is. Soft carbonation silky mouth feel. The more I drink, the nuttier this thing gets, and it works well. Overall: this thing has a big alcohol presence that is at no point overwhelming, in either the aroma or flavor. It is complex as hell, yet easy drinking and not overdone in the slightest (like many other mega imperial stouts). Everything is nicely balanced too. This is by no means your typical imperial stout (more like an imperial porter IMO) but still remarkably well done. This also has one of the coolest labels out there; props Struise!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Bottle, courtesy of ygtbsm94. Pours red black with very nice tan head. The aroma is molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, and a spicy yeast character. The flavor is sticky bitter chocolate, and seems quite resinous. Some soy sauce comes out from time to time. There’s a bit of smoky ash and woody bitterness, too. There’s a pleasant roasty sourness in the finish with a slight nutty aftertaste. Amazingly, all that alcohol is hardly noticeable at all. Very well done.


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