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

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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


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ucfknightscott (56) - Casselberry, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Pours a medium body with a thin tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, cherry, toffee, and caramel. Taste is not as complex as I expected but the flavors do come to life as the beer warms down. Has a dry finish and a slight hint of alcohol. A very solid beer and a great stout. Expected a little more though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Pours out black with small brown head. Notes of coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Roasty and rich. Semi-sweet matly with some alchol. Dry finish with some yeast. Nice stout, great drinkability for the 13%.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thinnish, tan-colored head. Smell: Roasty malts with chocolate, strong coffee, as well as distinct notes of dark candi sugar, tobacco, prunes, black currants, and aniseed. Taste: Rich maltiness displayed as candi sugar sweetened chocolate and dark, roasted grains. Concentrated, vinous fruitiness, even a bit of cooked apples. Pinch of English Vacandish as well as pepper and anise. Subtle yeastiness. Exceedingly minor hop flavor and bitterness. Flavor of spiced fruit compote on the drying finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Drinkability: Well, for starters, it was good! The love child of a Belgian Quad and Imperial Stout. The drinkability is suspiciously high for a purported 13% ABV brew. I certainly recommend it if you can manage to procure yourself a bottle or two.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Bottle from Swolf3, huge thanks Steven. Black pour with a little brown head. Slightly oakey aroma, some alcohol as well, almost a whiskey aroma. Favor is much the same, very easy to drink with a little alcohol warmth in the finish. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours out a dark black color with a tan head on it. Smell is smokey, with chocolate and coffee infused. Really the smell is dominated by a roasted peat type smell that is not unlike scotch. Taste is full of carbonation and smoke, chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of alcohol. An interesting beer which we tasted side by side with Batch 7000 and Darkness. In my eyes this one could not compare with the other two. Still, this beer is good, worth trying, and unique. Major cool points for the smoke flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Date: December 24, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bruisin Ales, Asheville NC
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: rich dark chocolate aroma with a nice roasted character, touch of dark caramel sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, roasted adds a nice complement to the chocolate, caramel and licorice sweetness, touch of hot alcohol comes in with a winey sweetness, earthyness keeps it balanced
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+/4

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
pours out a black color with a nice tan head. aroma was big on dark fruits, coffee, raisins, and roasted malt. flavor is very smooth and is very much the same as the aroma. this is a very nice brew indeed and something i greatly enjoyed.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
To celebrate completion of the new mancave, I’m having this beer. Pours black and thick. Smells of rainsins, coffee, cocoa and a little pine. Flavor is slightly hoppy, chocolate, vanilla and all kinds of other stuff. Nice oily mouthfeel. There’s a lot going on in both the flavor and aroma, with a hell of a nice balance. Great beer. This deserves to be on the elite list.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tmoreau (2905) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Snifter served at Bavarian Lodge- De Struise Night, Lisle, Il. Black/brown color with a diminishing to a small ring, bubbly, tan head and decent lacing that streaked, and spotted the glass. Roasted notes, wine, and dark fruits are present in the aroma. Dark cocoa and coffee are lightly present when cooler but seem to discipate when warmer, and are dominated by the stronger esters, pleasant bitterness, and touch of malt sweetness in the flavor. The warming alcohol commingles nicely with the complex flavors.... and my senses! Subtle differences from a bottle sampling noted a few weeks ago and even more enjoyable on tap!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pcerebral (2) - , Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2009 does not count
Color : Pours dark, thin head laces to the side Aroma: bitter chocolate and coffee Taste: Very complex flavors, layers upon layers. Overall -- amazing beer, great cold weather sipper. Seek it out.


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