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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1595   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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 Ebenezerís 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 breweryís 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2009
11.2 oz bottle from Market of Choice. Poured out black as ink with a hefty tan colored head. Aroma was very nice, thick chocolate malt balls with earthy hops, and some dark fruit. Flavor is Chocolate, fig, plum, raisin, and very light coffee and hops. Extremely smooth drinking, not as thick as I hoped for. An interesting brew to be sure, very overpriced though unfortunately.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2009
12oz bottle purchased a while ago at Roziís. Havenít seen them there in a month or so. Aroma is rich and fruity, lots of raisiny, fig dark fruit notes. The rich imperial stout scent of chocolate mallt and hops mingle with this rich fruity scent in such a wonderful way. The flavor of this is out of this world. It is fruity and rich. This doesnít hold to the imperial stout mold where the stout characteristics are blown to extreme proportions. No, this is like a crazy beer hybrid. Like some fruity English Barley wine that got in on with a good strong stout. As this warms up the fruity flavors jive so well with some coffee and hops flavor. Paint me impressed. Might not be so impressed with the price tag, but worth it to have it once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Lots of roasted malts and creamy tastes. I guess I wanted this one to be a bit more harsh, but thats just how I like my ISs. There was lots of chocolate in this one, and the chocolate was very creamy at that. Lots of bitterness and some sweetness, thats the 13% coming through. Nice one, but not what I expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark, rich brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is strong of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, cream, and coffee. Notes of dark fruits vanilla come out as the beer warms and the head fades. The coffee comes out in the flavor and is pretty intense. As it goes down, I was left with a smokey coffee flavor with a little bit of licorice standing out. The finish is dry and sweet. An excellent beer. Thanks to Bigmmartin for letting me know where to find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 8, 2009
courtesy of Greg Gaughan - pitch black coloured with a huge dark beige foam; powerful aroma of licorice, chocolate truffles and milk coffee; notes of marzipan develop while the beer gets warmer; dusty and fairly roasted; very thick and oily, robust malt body, creamy mouthfeel and with a fair bitterness; solid sweetness in the background; very long chocolatey finish with notes of prune, licorice and marzipan again - a beautiful, robust and quite complex beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2016 Traded bottle and last beer before my husband takes off for awhile on business. This was a super interesting stout. About halfway through the taste there is a smooth flavor similar to straight vanilla that is tough to nail down. I would like to drink about 20 more bottles and see if I can figure it out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 7, 2009
11.2oz brown glass pry-top with proprietary dating marks on label. Appearance: Poured slowly into my Duvel tulip produces 3 fingers of sudsy, creamy, frothy tan head. Opaque black with hues of brown. Nose: Dusted chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, old ground coffee, something a little plastic-y, vanilla bean. Palate: Medium-bodied, chocolate, vanilla, cream flavors. Seriously reminds me of chocolate chip cookie dough. Bitter edges keep the somewhat creamy texture in check and the finish is dominated by espresso roast coffee-like flavors and bitterness. Notes: Thinner in the mouthfeel than I was expecting based on its appearance. Great texture, excellent combination of flavors and aromas. Thereís something in there thatís a little unpleasant and reminds me of plastic, but itís not very pronounced and Iím sure it will blow off. Nice, long bitter finish, but not so bitter that you canít taste all the yummy flavors. A really well made beer, albeit expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAY 5, 2009
via BuckeyeSammy. a little bit of a gusher, salty soy and coffee slick. nice crema head. slick with a sour finish layered and smooth for 100 ibu mocha cheesecake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeSammy (616) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Black as night with a chocolate brown head, orange lacing on the glass. Buttery mouthfeel, smooth soy sauce. Nicely balanced carbonation, roasted malt, cocoa, candied sugar, dates, raisons, liquorish, hint of sourness. Cocoa seems to linger on palate. Hell of a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle via trade. When I first cracked the bottle the nose was sour and vinegary. I thought for sure this bottle had turned. I pushed through and poured the beer. The sourness dissipated and a creamy roasted malt nose came through. The beer poured a flowing deep black brown with a thick toasted brown head. Flavors of smooth roasted malts, molasas, bittersweet chocolate, or coco powder, candied sugar, and licorice. Just a small hint of sourness. Mouth was creamy and full. Very smooth with just a mild amount of carbonation. Excellent beer!

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