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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1514   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 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Saved this one for my 100th rating! Pours thick black and opaque with a thick mocha coloured head. Aroma is huge and complex. Candied lemon, coffee, chocolate, plums, strawberries, and cherries. Tastes initially sweet and then changes with every second it’s in your mouth. Plums, cherries, strawberries, dried apricots, caramel, anise, coffee, a huge wave of chocolate on the finish. This is a really good beer. Smooth, not very bitter, I just want to drink this all day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Body-opaque with a thick foamy head. Nose-light industrial cleaner, light burnt marshmallow, melon rind. Taste-soft, med t high CO2, burnt malt, burnt marshmallow, medium sweet, acrid, formaldehyde.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2539) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle thanks to Bman1113VR. Pours an opaque black color with a relatively small sized light brown head that quickly changes into an oil slick top. Little bit of lacing. Nose is roasted coffee and dark chocolate, some fruit like wildness that is reminiscent of wild cherries or maybe red wine. Taste is chocolate covered caramel turtles with pecans. Finish comes off kind of salty. Thick and silky mouthfeel. Long finish. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Le porto des bières. Parfum chocolaté et d’alcool, café et réglisse. Noire et onctueuse elle laisse 1-2 centimètres d’une mousse café. Très sucrée, moyennement alcoolisée et torréfiée. Houblon peu présent. Un long arrière gout de chocolat mi-amer. Très bonne bière, mais sont intensit fait qu’un peu en boire une seule... Plutôt chère, 10$ CDN pour une bouteille de 375ml...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2009
On tap at Belmont Station. I had a chance to try this beer previously, but this was the first time on draught. Very dark brown pour, almost black, with a tan head. Roasty chocolate in the nose, soft licorice note. Pretty boozy at first. Overall it’s a decent imperial stout/belgian hybrid thingy, just ok up front, a touch sweet and cloying. I was really impressed with the finish, very smooth with a long drawn out chocolate finish and aftertaste. Enjoyable creation overall, but the booziness needs to soften as well as the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Licorice seemingly grows within the blackberry wine flavors of this Dark Belgian Strong Ale, as roastiness peers on the horizon, attracted by chocolatey lengths. This creative Struise brew is as complex as it is drinkable, which I was not expecting at all considering its announced potency.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A dollop of beige foam is perched atop the obscurity, drawing silky lacing.
-Carbonation is somewhat frothy, but that is to be expected. It never supercedes the dextrins though, actually juggling them expertly.
-Alcohol is extremely well hidden for such a strong brew.
-This brew is not heavy-bodied at all; its mouthfeel is luscious, but it is definitely easier to approach than most American-style Imperial Stouts.
-The finish is a fading out of the flavor profile and is strangely not very bitter.
-I preferred this brew at around 5-6 degrees Celsius, which is unusual for me.
-I’ll age a few bottles and see what happens. The aroma could use a touch of maderization, methinks.

From a few bottles and also on tap at Ebenezer’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Overrated? Hardly. Overpriced? Maybe. Paid $10 each for a couple of 330ml bottles. The "extreme beer" movement has really swept well-crafted but not over-the-top beers like this one to the wayside in a lot of people’s eyes. Pours black and fairly thick with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and some candi sugar. Flavor is the same, with bitter chocolate, slight vinous notes, and a bitter hop finish. Heavy mouthfeel, but not nearly to the same extent as something like Dark Lord. A winner in my eyes, but of course there are naysayers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3990) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle at Tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting. I’ll be honest here, I really didn’t see what the hype was about. It was pretty good for a stout, but it just didn’t do all that much for me. But I am clearly in the minority. Pours a very dark brown with fair brown head. Raisin and tobacco aromas with a little soy in the flavor. A little boozy but nothing unpleasant. Overrated and extremely overpriced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Enjoyed this one on tap at the Green Dragon in Portland, OR. Attended the keg tapping...one of only 20 kegs shipped to the U.S. Paid $10 for 6oz., but well worth it considering the limited availability. Poured a very black with small mocha head. Nice example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Very well balanced. This is a big beer...13%abv, with tons of hops...100 IBU’s...that said, I was surprised at how well balanced it was. Didn’t taste over the top hoppy and the alcohol didn’t distract at all. This is a very drinkable beer. Did not detect a lot in the nose...maybe some chocolate. On the palate it was very oily and heavy. Medium carbonation with a very nice mouthfeel. Noted chocolate, malt and dried fruits in the taste with some hops. Very, very good beer. Glad I had the opportunity to sample it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altonbrownd (4591) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Small bottle from Cracked Kettle. Another classic Struise product. Noir pour. Tan head. Taste of chocolate, toffee, candy and malts. Really smooth with a nice bitter finish. Excellent.

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