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

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RATINGS: 1326   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Bottle from a shop in Brussels. Pours dark black with a nice thick tan head. Aroma is of cherries, almost fruity, some rum, and bakers chocolate. Taste is of burnt carmel, light alcohol and moderate bitterness. This isn’t as bitter as I’ve read, has alot more going on in the palate as it warms. Overall, a very nice beer for my 100th and one I’ll seek out some more. Good job Struise! Update 3Jan09, so I did an imperial stout blind tasting over the holidays. Four beers, this one, Hercule stout, Southern Tier Oat, and Stone 12th Oatmeal Bitter Chocolate. Black Albert was far and away the top rated of the 4. Looked the best, smelled the best, and rated about the same in flavor as the Stone 12th. This coming from non-craft drinking guys that do not know the hype behind any beer. Therefore I think the results speak for themselves, Black Albert is a special beer. Can’t wait to try the oak aged version.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Bottle @ EPBF Nice black color with some beige foamy head. Aroma was darl chocolat and lots of fruits, almost blueberries. Mouthfeel was really smooth an nice. Flavor is lots of roasted malt and chocolate with some cherries and plums in there aswell. Really nice fruity touch to it all!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bullit (3854) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Joes. Black colour, tan head. Aroma has bitter roasted malts, vanilla, fruits and chocolate. Odd flavour of cherries, roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Thanks to Dorman and Eric for sharing this one with me. Gorgeous black pour and a rich foamy tan head. Cascading carbonation. Purely opaque. Not the overly viscous consistency of some other imperials. Great on the palate - raisin and dried fruit notes, mild coffee and chocolate note. Delicious. This would pair excellently with desserts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Bottled from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Black coloured, beautiful lasting brown head. Malty nose, caramel, dark fruit. Lots of liquorice in flavour, overwhelming, bitter, malts. Lasting bitter finish. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but i found this one a bit disappointing. Quite "Belgian" for an imperial stout, not extremely complex, perhaps "under-aged".

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bottle. (Thanks Brad). Pours black, with a large, brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, smoke, and dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, sugar, coffee, alcohol, and smoke.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (5348) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2011 Bottled. Black with a huge, beige head. Slightly sourish aroma with licorice, coffee and salty tar. Also some chocolate and toffee. Vinous flavour with sweet, dried fruits. Rerate: Bottled from Systembolaget Batch ’0’ A bit sweeter than i remembered, but still with loads of salty licorice. Full-bodied and very enjoyable!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Bottled shared with Toncatcher. Darkest pour with nice head. Excellent chocolate and coffee aromas. Flavor was dark and sweet and bitter chocolate that only left me slightly disappointed after reading all about this excellent beer, but yes, it was an excellent beer, from the best brewer on the planet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2008
11.2 oz bottle from BeerExchange, thanks Scott. Pours with a solid viscous black body and a large full thcik creamy beige head that looks so solid you could eat it with a spoon. Aroma starts off with lots of sweetness, dark fruit, candi sugar, lots of roasted malts underlying the sweetness along with coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Incredible full creamy body that is really spot on and light carbonation. Flavor is complex like the aroma with some alcohol coming through upon warming but lots of coffee, chocolate, rum soaked chocolate cake. Nice but I have to say that this sucker is overrated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (1870) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2008
Dark brown with a heavy brown head. Malty with flowery notes. Malt, hops and some sourness. Full body with a very complex, bitter-sweet finish.


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