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

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RATINGS: 1569   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Deep dark brown coloured body, with a muddy glow and a large dense, perfectly shaped brown head. Aroma of potent pit fruits, roasted malt, cherries, coffee and a bit of nuts - very nice and potent. Full-bodied; Strong roasted malt taste up front with some cognac, oak, vanilla tucked in with pit fruits, yeast and some odd nuts - nice and complex. Aftertaste shows a lot of sweetness with a touch of alcohol and a lot of well-rounded tastes. Overall, a nice and interesting beer - a lot of carbonation with a lot of flavours. Good to try and surprising for just an odd pickup that I saw while away! I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Sherbrooke Liquors in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on 27-December-2008, sampled at home in Washington on 30-April-2009.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2009
On tap at DLD ’09. Wow! An imperial belgian sour stout!? The complexities really do work out incredibly. With the aroma, roasted black and caramel malts galore, also mocha, medium fruits, and sourness throughout that is great, with notes of sour berries and melons. Very unique smelling. Visually, it has a good creamy, coffee cream head, good retention and lacing, a darker, thicker but not motor oil-like body, and milk mocha in color. First off about the taste of this one, it has a great full flavored, medium-thick body as flavor gets everywhere, making it hard to think about anything but this beer while drinking it. Wonderful balance too with all of the complexities and uniqueness being displayed here. It starts off with roasty, creamy mocha, a nutty amaretto, black malts, and caramel cookie malt, but then sour Belgian aspects of the beer come out and Black Albert starts to separate itself from other members of this style. Green apples, dark, sweet berries, with a twinge of acidity. The finish continues to build on everything to make a nice well balanced climax. Nothing is overly sweet or heavy about this one either. Really, just an exceptional, unique, and complex brew that I am very happy to have tried. Top notch.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Thanks to whoever gave me a pour of this at DLD. I unfortunately was really disappointed here, the flavor was thin, almost watery, none of the thick fullness I expected. I’ll chalk it up to a bad bottle, and seek it out to try again.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - APR 26, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 Pours a black color with a pale brown head, no lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, plums, dried fruits, port wine, coffee. Flavour of dried fruits (raisins, plums), roasted malt, port wine and chocolate. Sweet, but with a balance (due to the aging, 2007 vintage). Carbonation is soft, texture is relatively thick. Fullbodied. A lovely beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
An aggressive pour leaves a big ass head on this of rusty mocha color. After waiting for several minutes I finally took a taste of this hyped beer. The quadruple comes out at first then it finishes like everyone else says a roasty stout. Very interesting beer. The alcohol is apparent on the nose but after the initial taste it almost completely disappears. Although this is a unique beer (with an identity crisis as one put it) I personally was felt let down a bit. This is a nice beer and you should at least try it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-23-2008 22:58:31

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2009
Dark black coloured beer with a small off-white head. Special creamy roasted and bitter malty aroma. Full palate. Finish is bitter roasted with some coffee malted hints. Strong and light alcoholic ending. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2009
Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head. Aromas of dark fruits,alcohol, and roasted malts,and some chocolate. At first I thought this smelled more like a barley wine, but it settled down as it warmed. Flavors are of chocolate,dark fruits and roasted malts. At first the dark fruit and alcohol dominated the flavor, but these flavors settled down as well as it warmed up. This brew has a decent roasted malt aftertaste. This brew was good,but I think it was over-hyped.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2009
Thick, coating in and on the glass. Sticky ring of a head. Super roasted aroma, soft yet powerful. Borderline transcendent. Warmth in my stomach, not my mouth, that’s where all he charcoal and goodness lies.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 23, 2009
33cl bottle. Black with a medium tan head and brown edges. Alcohol, burnt sugars and malt, and oxidized coffee grounds that come across somewhat sharp and solvent-like. The flavor is sweet with a bitter and sharply alcoholic finish exhibiting more of the stale coffee of the nose. Full bodied and a bit slick with medium carbonation. This was a real surprise. Nowhere near the malt or yeast depth that I was expecting. I hope that this was an off bottle because I can’t ever see myself wanting this again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9638) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma was dominated by the smell of alcohol, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is has hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses. The alcohol is a bit to present for my enjoyment. Not the best imperial stout I have had.


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