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

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RATINGS: 1542   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 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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1510) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bottle at Bottleworks. Pours black (surprise, surprise) with a pillowy, burnt-caramel colored head. The aroma lets you know right away that this is a powerfully hopped stout. Smooth floral hops accent the usual lineup - cacao, roasty coffee and molasses. A creamy note makes this smell a bit like a good mocha. Ooh - this is really nice. Thick and creamy, with some coffee and enough bitter hops to keep it crisp, even through the intensity of the dark, roasty flavors. The weight of this one counters the traditionally aggressive Belgian carbonation very well, and it ends up very smooth, but still somewhat lively. Great balance - bitter up front with an increasing sweetness on the back end - roasted coffee moves into molasses and dark chocolate. Unbelievably drinkable for 13% - you’d never guess it was that high. Really, really nice - can’t imagine what the Double Black is like!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
supremely deep chocolaty, bourbon, alcohol notes. pours dark with a nice tan cream head. taste enhances dark sugars and cherry cordial, lightly bittered

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2009
tasting at the bluebird. wow in a bottle. pours dark black with little head. very smooth tastes of caramel and malts. sweet chocolate comes through.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zeke626 (457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle shared with akevitt. Pours an opaque, black body with creamy brown head. Aroma of sweet malts, molasses, coffee, and licorice with a hint of smoke/tar. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma with a nice, bitter tar finish. The palate isn’t quite as thick and heavy as other imperial stouts, but is solid with a smooth mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol very well - I didn’t get any burn in the aroma or flavor as I was drinking this one.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Pours an inky black with a small tan head. Aroma is huge and complex - chocolate, coffee, plums, raisins, wood, cherries, and cola. Makes my nose tingle, but I don’t detect any alcohol. Taste is all of the above and more, but it is so smooth - absolutely no trace of 13% ABV, and little to no hoppy and/or roasted malt bitterness. Thick, creamy mouthfeel that is downright luxurious, possibly the best I’ve ever had from a bottled beer - it really feels more like draft beer. Finish is roasty but with a Belgian-inspired malt note. Also has a sweet soda flavor too. Has an abrupt finish - not that I’m complaining. Incredible beer with great complexity; every sip reveals something new. Very enjoyable, and dangerously drinkable too. Outstanding.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle @ chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2008. Pours a black color with a longlasting creamy tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty licorice and chocolate flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate finish with a slighlty hoppy bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wim (3392) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2012 dark brown black coloured body with a sparkling off white head a roasted grainy spicy malty aroma a grainy spicy malty sweet little fruity taste with a sweet grainy bitter finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yves (2710) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2009
Black coloured beer with small off-white head. Malty herby and spicy aroma. Sweet palate slightly sparkling. Finish is sweet bitter dry with some malts. Not a typical stout but a good mix of flavors. Good one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2222) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2009
330ml bottle thanks to Mrchopin. Pours near black with thin light tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some booze. Flavor is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruit and some very light booze. Well carbonated for a RIS. Definitly a different take compared to the flat overly boozy RIS we have stateside. Not my favorite RIS but enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 29, 2009
Taste 3/9 bottle. Looks: Deepest black with a thick long lasting foam. Aroma: Must, sweat, coffee, alcohol, raisin, prune and chocolate. Taste: Very unique subtle mix of the aroma. Quite drinkable. A beer that begs reflection and attention to what your are drinking.


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