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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1328   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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7018) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2008
Had this sat outside Frank the Camper, Aarhus 16-09-08 and got from Phil L’s ’Beer Merchants/Cave Direct’ Pours black going to dark brown at the edges. This is a very good beer though not quite the world beater I expected. Creamy in mouth, soft citrussy and the alcohol is so well hidden. Some burntness sits on the roof of the mouth and clings there for some time, the tangy citrussness keeps coming back. Loz likes this much more than me and would have given it a 4.2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Dark black body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy tan head. Big chocolate, coffee, and roast aroma. Spicy coffee flavor with some roast and chocolate. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/8/4/16 - 3.9 Bottle at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Cloudy dark brown body with a tan head. Caramel and molassas aroma. Caramel, molassas, and very sweet sugar flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/8/3/17 - 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (316) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2008
Draughts@Monks Cafe, Stockholm Apperance: Black as night with a nice creamy head. Aroma: Fruit, Cream, Chocolate, Roasted malt. T: Milk chocolate, Ripe fruit, Licorice, Spices, Brown sugar. Palate: Supersmooth with a little bite from the alcohol and just enough hops at the end to balance it out. This is one damn fine belgian-style stout that i’ll gladly try again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3607) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Pours very dark with a nice sized soapy brown head. The aroma has dark fruits, heavily roasted malt, Belgium yeast, berries, cream and anise. Medium / thick body with a good amount of soft carbonation. The flavor starts with a Belgium twang, anise, lots of sourness, good amount of roasted dark malt with no bitterness from the malt, but there is a spicy bitterness that seems like it is from hops and there is a creaminess to all of it. The finish has lush dark fruits, anise and an odd funk. This is very complex and interesting. A great beer and many thanks to xmarcnolanx for sharing this wonderful thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle from Brussels. Lovely black color with a tan head that never left. Sweet with a rich coco flavoring that marries well with the large amount of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
330ml bottle from Badbeer. Marked Belgian Royal Stout, I heard that makes a difference as to what batch it is. Pours black with a nice, tan head, good retention, good lace. Smells of dark, sweet fruit. Some smoke, roasty malts. Tastes sweet and dark fruity with some toasty as well as sour malt flavors and alcohol. Full body, good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2008
Medium brown lasting head. Opaque black body. Harmonic sweet-acidic burnt citric coffee and alcohol aroma with vinegary notes. Sweet-acidic orangey burnt coffee taste, dense and harmonic, with vinegary notes. Sweet dry chocolate aftertaste with citric notes. Good, but less good than I expected. May have been influenced by the vinegar in the previous beer. Need to rerate. (0.1l taster from bottle at EBF ’08.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2008
Huge plummy chocolatey beer with some spicy notes. Dry roasty, suprisingly not hugely hoppy end despite the motherload of hops that 100 IBUs suggest. Me likey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2158) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours opaque black. Towering tan head that fills half the glass and leaves lace blobs. The aroma is sweet, mostly roasted nuts, brown sugar and chocolate, with a little licorice around the margins. Sweet and silky medium-full body with minimal carbonation. Taste of coffee, dried fruit, licorice, chocolate. LOTS of alcohol in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Aroma is yeasy, belgian, lots of fruit, dark malts, sweetness, some alcohol, tartness. Taste is yeasty, dominantly beligian in the profile. Creamy, dense, lots of dark fruit, sour berry, chocolate. Finish is thick and creamy. This is world class. Thanks for the chance to try this, Brad.

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