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

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RATINGS: 1591   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 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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (11960) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal (3837) - 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.

4.5
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeSammy (612) - 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.

4
   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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8162) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours near black with a big tan head. Roasted malt aroma with molasses and a hint of sweetness. The flavor follows with roasted malt, molasses, coffee, and some light dark fruity sweetness. I liked that the flavor wasnít overpowering or overly heavy. Slightly too much carbonation detracted a little. Unique and enjoyable nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2009
11.2oz bottle, served in a snifter. This poured a shiny black with a thick head of lasting tan foam. A thick coat of lace was left around the glass. The aroma was made up of chocolate covered cherries, caramel apples, licorice, moderate roast, Belgian yeast, and a note of alcohol. Pretty vinous. Defeinately doesnít smell like your run of the mill imperial stout. The flavor had charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and burnt caramel. There was also some dark fruit lingering under the heavy roasted notes. A little alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and velvety smooth. Softly carbonated. Unique, well made, and pretty tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
On tap at DLD í09. Pours a pitch black body with a thick, finger-width, chocolate ice-cream brown head that leaves a lot of heavy lacing. Aroma is very nice and complex. Mocha, chocolate, sour prunes, raisin, and apple cider. Surprisingly sour aroma with a nice addition of floral bittering hops. The flavor is fantastic. An interesting and unique blend of silky imperial stout flavors and sour fruits. The Belgian characteristics are clearly evident throughout as well. Very rich and complex. Lots of cocoa and mocha with a very nice assortment of dark fruits, citrus, and melon. Good amount of soft bittering hops, mostly grassy. A very subtle roast as well. A light sour acidic note lingers along with the rest of the rich flavors. Full palate and silky smooth. Really glides over the tongue. Overall, a fantastic one-of-a-kind Imp Stout. Lovely, complex assortment of rich and balanced flavors. Lucky to have come across this beauty at DLD.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009 Bottle: pours a solid black viscous sultry black with a 5cm sticky tan cap that will not go away. Smells of bitter chocolate with roasty husk and smoked toffee tones, light grassyness. Soft carbonation In the mouth the hopping bitterness is subdued but it is there and lingers on and mixes well with warming alcohol which both sit below the thick and almost chewy malts....then this rum and coke citrus complexity steps builds to the rich wet, complex exiler finish. Iíve tasted imperials similar to this but Iíve never tasted better.


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