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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1441   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michele85 (14) - Parma, ITALY - JAN 9, 2009
Deep black with foamy brown head, very elegant. Aroma of chocolate and torrified coffee with a hint of caramel & whiskey... Taste is full, quite bitter with roasted malts and dark chocolate. The finish is more dry and hoppy, with a slight alcoholic note... Alchohol very well hidden.... is it 13%??? Want some more....

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBunker (844) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, dark fruit, candy, roasted malt, and spice. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, sour fruit, spice, yeast, and alcohol. Long lingering alcohol bite. Lingering, bitter raisin taste. Thick, creamy mouhfeel. This beer is definitely a sipper. It’s a good mix of an imperial stout and a Belgian, but it’s hard to put down due to the alcohol and bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Another old rating. Poured black with a brown head. Aroma had a lot of dark fruits, yeasty, chocolate, and some tobacco. Solid flavor and good but did not live up to the hype at the time.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2610) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Poured a deep black, showing browns in the pour. Head was fizzy and brown. Aroma is big on chocolate, like a chocolate liqeur, so rummy and brandyish. Coffee too, with the rumminess makes for coffee liqeur. There’s also a big chocolate cupcake thing going on here. In the mouth it comes in pleasing with a low carbonation, alot of roast and chocolate, tingling coffee, plummy fruitiness skirting the edges. Finish is a bit fiery alcohol but its acceptable within the limits of 13% beers. You’d almost want a little more sweetness, less roasty astringency, to temper the alcohol. A little cherry starts to come through after awhile.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2536) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle. (Rating 1001... hopefully a great way to start the next millenium.) Pours a thick dark brown with just a little head that quickly dies and leaves just a few clusters of small bubbles skating around on the surface. Aromas are roasted malt... burnt coffee, a bit of molasses, alcohol, and dark fruit. Oddly, flavor is quite thin and fairly disappointing. Dark fruit, vanilla and roasted malt over an alcoholic body with little complexity or fullness. I didn’t see this coming and expected this to be mind-blowing. As is, I don’t know if I would pay this price for a six pack of the stuff, let alone one bottle. It seems to get better as I finish the glass, but I might just be a little woozy from the high ABV...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4626) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Great pour. All light brown sugar-ish head. Aroma of light sour and chocolate. Wow. Nice taste. A lot fuller and more mature than most Imperial Stouts of this style. There is the holy trinity of chocolate, roast, and coffee. But some nice hops that linger and some plum in there as well. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer4000 (4981) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Bottled @ EBF 2008. Black body with a fine brown head. Aroma is dark, roasted malt, fruit, liquorices and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, fruit, hops, a little bit of acidulous and a long bitter finish with warming alcohol. Quite heavy stuff. 8-5-7-4-16

Re-rated April 2010 Just delicious, in compartment with a bunch of big Imperial Stouts this stands out as fantastic great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (820) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle: pours dark black with a thin, wispy, tan head, aroma of chocolate, dark fruits and a little coffee, taste is coffee, bitter chocolate, a little sour, fairly full mouthfeel, warming finish in the back of the throat. Not bad stuff but definitely not worth the price tag.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2009
A RIS? Huh, struck more as a Belgian quad than anything else. Obviously, like everyone else, I’d heard a ton about this beer before actually trying it. In fact, I’d even looked for this beer during a trip to Belgium a few months ago, albeit unsuccessfully. This beer struck me as distinctly quad-like. Color was dark, head was minimal, aroma was faint (which I would blame on it being served far to cold at The Terminal), and flavor started with a touch of roastiness, but to me offered a lot of dried fruit, like raisins and dates, with maybe a touch of cognac flavor. Mouthfeel was pretty good. I thought this beer was good, but not exactly up to the hype. I really enjoyed it, but I thought it honestly inferior to some more widely distributed Belgian beers such as Rochefort 10 or Achel 8 Brune. I would recommend, but I also wouldn’t recommend driving for hours or paying huge quantities of money to obtain it. I had this on-tap, and served far too cold, at The Terminal, near the airport in Milwaukee.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Aroma complex array of all kinds of nice stuff,high quality chocolate,hints of coffee,fruit esters are there,not powerful like American versions slightest hint that this might be potent ,all that complexity doesn’t quite come through in the taste,that dried fruit seems to take over ,and the alcohol becomes a little more evident as does the finishing bitterness. A bit overpriced for the delivery,may be pricing itself out of the US market


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