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

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RATINGS: 1538   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3651) - Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2009
11.2 fl oz bottle. Lot B, 6, BB stamped on the label. Courtesy of the one and only Suttree. Pour murky black brown with a dense two inch khaki tan head. Head is very lasting. Some splotchy lacing. Pretty in the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee, sweet grassy hay, more maltiness. Taste is roasty malt, mild sugar sweetness, grassy hay pine hops, and a decent blast of booze in the finish. Nicely melded and integrated. Palate is slick syrupy medium, coats the mouth thoroughly, with a long bitter long hot finish. Overall, nice one, thanks Phil.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1452) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2009
Pours cloudy dark dark brown with brown head (and some clumps of sediment that slipped out). Aroma is a bit of coffee with a lot of sour funkiness and a hint typical quad dried fruitiness- figs, prunes. Alcohol comes through as it warms. Taste is roasted malt early, then sour coffee flavor. Finish is funky with coffee, mild yeast and black pepper. Alcohol is present in finish. Nice beer, drinks a little easier than 13%, but still a sipper for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2009
Deep black pour, small tan head. Aroma is deep and almost fruity, mostly roasted malt but with a belgian touch. Flavor is pretty sweet and sugary with lots of mild coffee upfront and a caramel sweetness that’s pretty big in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick with a lot of carbonation and a cloying sweet finish. Some smoke comes out afterwards to cut through the sweetness. Hop bitterness is there but does not affect the flavor at all, but the sweetness is a little too much. Overall a pretty good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (6296) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 330ml Bottle - Black in colour, with a foamy tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in the aroma with a hint of dried fruit. Rich and mildly fruity taste, with plain chocolate, dried fruit, coffee and some slightly soapy and hoppy hints.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 Bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY: Nearly black with a dense khaki colored head. Aromas of licorice, roasted barley and tobacco. Lots of dark fruit flavors (cherries and plum). Dark roast coffee and notes of bitter dark chocolate, and a tartness that becomes a bit overbearing by the end of the glass. I liked alot of the initial flavors of this beer, but the dry roastiness and tartness became a bit much for my tastes.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2009
Bottle. Got out of the shower and poured this one after a Stone IRS. Pours black with a thick peach-tan head. Initial aroma is smoky and slightly sour- lots of floral hops. As it warms, the roasty coffee notes start to show up. Taste starts hoppy and morphs into bitter coffee. Interesting citrus kick- more orange than grapefruit. Some chocolate too. Very nice. The bottle says to enjoy it while listening to La Brabançonne, so I found it on youtube and did just that- regular and dixieland version. I recommend the dixieland.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1509) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bottle at Bottleworks. Pours black (surprise, surprise) with a pillowy, burnt-caramel colored head. The aroma lets you know right away that this is a powerfully hopped stout. Smooth floral hops accent the usual lineup - cacao, roasty coffee and molasses. A creamy note makes this smell a bit like a good mocha. Ooh - this is really nice. Thick and creamy, with some coffee and enough bitter hops to keep it crisp, even through the intensity of the dark, roasty flavors. The weight of this one counters the traditionally aggressive Belgian carbonation very well, and it ends up very smooth, but still somewhat lively. Great balance - bitter up front with an increasing sweetness on the back end - roasted coffee moves into molasses and dark chocolate. Unbelievably drinkable for 13% - you’d never guess it was that high. Really, really nice - can’t imagine what the Double Black is like!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
supremely deep chocolaty, bourbon, alcohol notes. pours dark with a nice tan cream head. taste enhances dark sugars and cherry cordial, lightly bittered

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2009
tasting at the bluebird. wow in a bottle. pours dark black with little head. very smooth tastes of caramel and malts. sweet chocolate comes through.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zeke626 (457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle shared with akevitt. Pours an opaque, black body with creamy brown head. Aroma of sweet malts, molasses, coffee, and licorice with a hint of smoke/tar. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma with a nice, bitter tar finish. The palate isn’t quite as thick and heavy as other imperial stouts, but is solid with a smooth mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol very well - I didn’t get any burn in the aroma or flavor as I was drinking this one.


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