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

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RATINGS: 1357   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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2008
11.2 oz bottle, imported by Shelton Bros. Ebony with a dense tan head that leaves a thick, lacy ring. Nose is licorice and coffee with subtle barnyard and earth. Silky body with a tang and airy alcohol. Starts very sweet with molasses and smoky honey. Notes of chocolate and raisin finishing with a firm bitter bite. A distinctively Belgian take on an Imperial Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle from Barley Wine, Copenhagen
Dark brown colors on the glass borders, black heart; very big head, persistent. When poured in the glass, the aroma shows a true Belgian character; it changes later, when warmer, into a crossover between a Barley Wine and an Imperial Stout, sweet caramel, almost woody. Good body, based on a medium sweet caramel flavor with chocolate notes, and only mild roasted malt, possibly disappearing at the end; it doesn’t show the alcohol in the mouth, but with a punch in the stomach. Good, very pleasant to drink even while getting warmer; it gets the average rating for good beers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2008
Black colored with medium sized beige head. Rich hopped aroma with licorice, chocolate, berries, flowers, raisins, vinous tone and caramel, interesting one. Near full bodied. Flavor is sweet with sticky sugar tone, caramel and roastiness dominate this flavor still. Mild alcohol in still sweet aftertaste, caramel and some licorice also here. Well, good combination on Imperial stout and BW, still hard to get the needed balance from here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rane (876) - Nibe, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle. I have been in a lot of doubt about this beer, from the start I feared it was just another overrated IS, but as I read the ratings I got curious to taste. And it´s nice! Coffebrown with a huge brown head. Perfect appearanc. Aroma initially hopp dominated with some underlaying roasted malt and chocolate. After a while the belgian touch shows up with dried fruits. Taste hoppy and sweet, roasted malts and chocolate and a little bitterness in the end. The alcohol is very well hidden, this one is a cheater, I wouldn´t have expected it to be above 8%. Hopefully not the last time I have tasted this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2008
Bottle at the disco party shack chris O’s. Black with a creamy beige thick head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark chocolate and sweet toffee. Date, fig and walnut cake runs through the aftertaste. Goodmouthfeel and not too clawing for its percentage.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8322) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2008
11.2 ounce bottle that shows why stefanje is one of the most generous and coolest guys on Ratebeer. Shared with Alraomon. Pours a deep, dark brown that appears opaque in the glass. Massive brown head. Aroma is toffee, tart cherry, caramel, hops,. fruity yeast esters, nuts and a definite Belgian character. The tartness comes across as almost bretty. Flavor is tart cherry, chocolate, toffee, some herbal notes with subtle hoppiness and subtle alcohol. Full bodied. Alcohol hidden very well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2145) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle from Ölbutikken Pours all black with a dark tan head. Full body, thick feel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Had my first taste of this from Carlo, from the conditioning tank at the Deca brewery. It was really really nice, and I took a few notes, but ultimately decided it probably didn’t constitute a rate-able beer. I’ve been itching to try it since then, but not seen any bottles for sale! So then Fin gave me this bottle, and I am very pleased to finally be Tasting it Officially®. Thanks mate!

Very exciting start to this one—a moment after opening, a gusher of crude-oil-black bubbled out and over. (Have just seen "There Will Be Blood". Does it show?) Once in the glass, there is a nice fine layer of firm, lingering tan head. Immediately after the pour there is a bit of odd nettle and dandelion nose, but that dissipates very quickly. Dense raw chocolate aroma, cold asphalt, green grass, warm walnuts. Dense chocolate cake flavor, full of silky deep-earth cocoa and subtly sweet cream. Sweet in the way a perfect shot of espresso seem sweet even without sugar. Rolling it around on the tongue feels like melting chocolate. Finishes so nice, so clean, a fresh minty hop touch left on the teeth. As good as the aroma is, as silky delicious as the flavor is, it is the perfect palate and extraordinary finish that really makes this beer sublime.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle acquired via Sparky27...this one has been antagonizing me for too long, just had to have it and make it stop!!! Poured an extremely dark brown, bordering black with a mocha colored head. You can definitely smell it’s Belgian roots; roasted oats, coffee, and dark fruits. Bitter chocolate, brown sugar, and perhaps even cherry make there way to the palate. Not as viscous, syrupy, thick, or sticky as other Imperial Stouts...but very good.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6196) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010 Bottle (BB Apr/2013). Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), with light notes of rubber, paint, fusel alcohol, vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Tried this the first time a few years ago, shared with two other folks, and it was unpleasant. New batch with a bottle to myself and...perhaps even worse. Higher alcohol (gasoline-like), paint, car tires, and other unpleasantness alongside meek stout-like aromas. This is, quite seriously, a drain pour. Two strikes is enough for this piece of emperor’s clothing, won’t be trying again.


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