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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1363   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2008
It’s black with a huge, creamy, nougat colored head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, mark fruits and licorice. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, licorice and the long finish has a slightly citrussy, roasted bitterness and hints of alcohol. It’s complex and nice, and I would lover to try this from cask some day.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle received via trade with ygtbsm94. Pours black with a huge, creamy, light brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, chocolate, roasted), light hops (herbs), average yeast (horse blanket, leather) with notes of raisin, prune, date, and licorice. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky/bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, light acidity.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marko (3931) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 30, 2008
Bottle that we got from Papsoe during RBESG (huge, huge thanks!), shared with ogivlado and heavy. Poured a body that would be opaque black if not for some red near the bottom of the glass. Big brown head that wnt away slowly. The nose is sweet and remarkable pleasant. Chocolate, raisins, coffee, honey, roast... almost no alcohol detected. The taste surprised me by being soft... a fine sweet maltiness, raisins, roast, some light acidic hop even. A tad vinuous. Superb balance and I couldn’t detect almost any alcohol again, which is a superb feat for a 13% beer. Just lovely.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dense, inky, dark violet to virtually black color. A massive, spongy, incredibly well-retained head leaves thick, splotchy patches of lacing behind. The appearance is second to none. Aromas are complex as any. Fig jam and pipe tobacco kick things off, followed by damp, musty soil, rich cocoa, caramel and molasses. The nose is not done there, however, as notes of candy sugar, old, oaky vanilla, lactose, and earthy spice finish things off. The scent is as complex as any I’ve ever encountered, and supremely enjoyable to boot. Flavors are also impressive, though not to the same extent. Cocoa, musty oak, smoky molasses, and caramel show in the baseline. Complimentary elements of earthy spice and hops come through as well. The palate is thick, rich, and velvety. A spicy, peppery kick transitions into a semi-dry, yeasty finish. The only drawback is a touch of alcoholic heat. This is a fantastic beer overall, supremely complex and thoroughly delicious. Another world-class beer from Struise!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
[Bottle] shared by Guerde. Pours deep brown with a moderate tan head with not much retention. Powerful and sweet aroma. Lots of raisins, plums, prunes, lingonbeery, a hint of chocolate, cherry, and only a hint of the 13% of alcohol. The flavor initially is the roasted barley that the aroma was lacking. Lingonberry, prunes, dates, plums, and a touch of vanilla. All this with barely any alcohol noticeable. I would agree with the people who say this is more like an imperial quad than an imperial stout, but it is still an amazingly good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 25, 2008
I finally went to Ebenezer’s Pub as soon as I made it to the bar I asked Chris what I should try. I was a little overwhelmed by the tap selection and sure enough he went for the Black Albert. I ended up having two glasses before the day was thru. Chris brought it to me in a tulip glass it was jet black in color with a finger worth of tan head that dissipated to a small sheet of lace across the glass. The aromas that I normally associate with a RIS were there in there normal fashion. Along with them was a nice sweet note from the Belgian Yeast I can only guess The flavors were sublime a bit earthier than I expected but in a good way again followed by your typical RIS flavors. It surprised me again by being a little dryer than expected in the finish. I really could not detect the alcohol heat wise in the flavor or nose maybe this batch is smoother or older Like I said I did have a second glass before I left ’’one for the road’’ so to say. It was a great way to end my time at a wonderful establishment

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (1897) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Roasted malt aroma with hints of fruit. Black color with a large brown head that lasts. Sweet beginning that fades to a moderately tart and mild sour finish. The taste is much milder than the color and aroma lead you to believe. Thinner palate than I’d expect also.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Sampled from bottle shared by Guerde. Pours an opaque black brew with a thin and fast dissolving tan head that dissipates to a thin film top. Aroma of both black and red licorice, raisins, some tart berries, dark chocolate and some plum. Taste is full bodied, thick and semi-chewy texture with flavors of roasted dark malt, licorice, raisins and prunes, dark chocolate a touch of coffee and even character of aged brandy. Finish has a high alcohol warmth with a fast dissolving raisin aftertaste. Uf dah! Good ’n strong, yah.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4399) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Big thanks to Guerde for sharing, and also to Yespr for the bottle of this I am sure to enjoy in the future! Black color with a thin head. The aroma starts with some light licorice and roasted malt, then turns to a bit of sherry and coffee. A hint of a berry, seemed like Lingonberry. On first sip, the heavy roasted malt smacks you right away, almost an acrid touch. As this fades, the berry becomes quite apparently lingonberry. The berry skin stands out. Lightly tart finish, and Guerde’s description of a snap pea pod on the end is spot on. Really nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1167) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2008
(bottle from Sparky27, thanks Eric!) Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is very sweet and all over the map. Scents of port, prunes, red vines, chocolate, anise, and berry skin all leap out to me initially. The aroma doesn’t change too much and retains this sweet smell throughout consumption. The flavor is quite different than the aroma. The taste starts out similar with the chocolate, prune, and berry skin (which is more prominent now), but the finish I found to be a little unpleasant. The roasted malt that wasn’t evident before rears its head in a big way on the finish, which lends a flavor reminiscent of green snap pea pods. As it warms the finish becomes more bitter as well. The mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is minimal. This was a good beer, but the finish really detracted from the overall experience.


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