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

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RATINGS: 1585   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8030) - 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 wasn’t 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 doesn’t 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 ’09. 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. I’ve tasted imperials similar to this but I’ve never tasted better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Having this for the second time. Bottle purchased at Sprinkle’s store! Thanks Mike for breaking this out for me. Black body with a medium tan head. Alcohol is up front in the nose with some roasted coffee notes. The mouthfeel is nice, but the carbonation is a bit too high for my liking. The flavor follows the nose with some hints of bitter chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle. Wow, this doesn’t taste like a 13% brew. Dangerous. I could drink six of these. Very smooth and creamy. Well balanced. Not overpowering in the least.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5609) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Deep dark brown coloured body, with a muddy glow and a large dense, perfectly shaped brown head. Aroma of potent pit fruits, roasted malt, cherries, coffee and a bit of nuts - very nice and potent. Full-bodied; Strong roasted malt taste up front with some cognac, oak, vanilla tucked in with pit fruits, yeast and some odd nuts - nice and complex. Aftertaste shows a lot of sweetness with a touch of alcohol and a lot of well-rounded tastes. Overall, a nice and interesting beer - a lot of carbonation with a lot of flavours. Good to try and surprising for just an odd pickup that I saw while away! I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Sherbrooke Liquors in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on 27-December-2008, sampled at home in Washington on 30-April-2009.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2009
On tap at DLD ’09. Wow! An imperial belgian sour stout!? The complexities really do work out incredibly. With the aroma, roasted black and caramel malts galore, also mocha, medium fruits, and sourness throughout that is great, with notes of sour berries and melons. Very unique smelling. Visually, it has a good creamy, coffee cream head, good retention and lacing, a darker, thicker but not motor oil-like body, and milk mocha in color. First off about the taste of this one, it has a great full flavored, medium-thick body as flavor gets everywhere, making it hard to think about anything but this beer while drinking it. Wonderful balance too with all of the complexities and uniqueness being displayed here. It starts off with roasty, creamy mocha, a nutty amaretto, black malts, and caramel cookie malt, but then sour Belgian aspects of the beer come out and Black Albert starts to separate itself from other members of this style. Green apples, dark, sweet berries, with a twinge of acidity. The finish continues to build on everything to make a nice well balanced climax. Nothing is overly sweet or heavy about this one either. Really, just an exceptional, unique, and complex brew that I am very happy to have tried. Top notch.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Thanks to whoever gave me a pour of this at DLD. I unfortunately was really disappointed here, the flavor was thin, almost watery, none of the thick fullness I expected. I’ll chalk it up to a bad bottle, and seek it out to try again.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - APR 26, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 Pours a black color with a pale brown head, no lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, plums, dried fruits, port wine, coffee. Flavour of dried fruits (raisins, plums), roasted malt, port wine and chocolate. Sweet, but with a balance (due to the aging, 2007 vintage). Carbonation is soft, texture is relatively thick. Fullbodied. A lovely beer!


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