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

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RATINGS: 1401   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle, sampled at RBSG 08, with thanks to yespr. Pours a deep black, with a small, tan head. Sour and tart malt aroma, with a lot dark fruits. Taste of sweet malt and fruits, with a hint of sourness. Lingering malt and fruit flavors. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Thanks for sharing, kmweaver! Black, tan creamy head. Sweet coffee and milk chocolate aroma rides wafts of black currants and warm golden raisins. Sugar coated dark fruit and chocolate coffee flavors round to soft bitter finish. ABV only shines a touch. Full bodied with pillow soft carbonation. A nice sipper for sure, but I just don’t get the hype on this one…

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2008
From a 330mL Bottle. Dark brown, fudgey black pour with a firm finger of creamy tan head. Dark malt aromas of chocolate and roast coffee, accompanied by some earthy, leafy hops. There are some plum and charred prune fruit flavors as well, along with hints of a less pleasant apple character. Medium full bodied, creamy carbonated mouthfeel wiht a rich, malty texture. Chocolate fudge malt and white pine resinous hops up front. Toward the middle, some softer toffee and nougat malt complexities start to come through. The hop flavor is strong, and I find it to be overwhelming some of the malt complexity more than I’d like. Long finish, with smooth roast coffee, black licorice spice, and bitter hop resins lingering in the final smack. Moderate alcohol warmth. Pretty good beer overall, but it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping. I was expecting more of an "imperial" version of the De Dolle Export stout, perhaps spiced with Pannepot inspirations, but I ended up getting something that tasted far more American than Belgian, and in that I was a little disappointed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle poured black in color with nice foamy tan head. Aroma was very nice, with coffe, chocolate, and malts. Silky smooth body with flavors of caramel, roasted malts, and chocolate. Finished smooth and very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2008
11.2 oz bottle, imported by Shelton Bros. Ebony with a dense tan head that leaves a thick, lacy ring. Nose is licorice and coffee with subtle barnyard and earth. Silky body with a tang and airy alcohol. Starts very sweet with molasses and smoky honey. Notes of chocolate and raisin finishing with a firm bitter bite. A distinctively Belgian take on an Imperial Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle from Barley Wine, Copenhagen
Dark brown colors on the glass borders, black heart; very big head, persistent. When poured in the glass, the aroma shows a true Belgian character; it changes later, when warmer, into a crossover between a Barley Wine and an Imperial Stout, sweet caramel, almost woody. Good body, based on a medium sweet caramel flavor with chocolate notes, and only mild roasted malt, possibly disappearing at the end; it doesn’t show the alcohol in the mouth, but with a punch in the stomach. Good, very pleasant to drink even while getting warmer; it gets the average rating for good beers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2008
Black colored with medium sized beige head. Rich hopped aroma with licorice, chocolate, berries, flowers, raisins, vinous tone and caramel, interesting one. Near full bodied. Flavor is sweet with sticky sugar tone, caramel and roastiness dominate this flavor still. Mild alcohol in still sweet aftertaste, caramel and some licorice also here. Well, good combination on Imperial stout and BW, still hard to get the needed balance from here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rane (919) - Nibe, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle. I have been in a lot of doubt about this beer, from the start I feared it was just another overrated IS, but as I read the ratings I got curious to taste. And it´s nice! Coffebrown with a huge brown head. Perfect appearanc. Aroma initially hopp dominated with some underlaying roasted malt and chocolate. After a while the belgian touch shows up with dried fruits. Taste hoppy and sweet, roasted malts and chocolate and a little bitterness in the end. The alcohol is very well hidden, this one is a cheater, I wouldn´t have expected it to be above 8%. Hopefully not the last time I have tasted this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2008
Bottle at the disco party shack chris O’s. Black with a creamy beige thick head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark chocolate and sweet toffee. Date, fig and walnut cake runs through the aftertaste. Goodmouthfeel and not too clawing for its percentage.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2008
11.2 ounce bottle that shows why stefanje is one of the most generous and coolest guys on Ratebeer. Shared with Alraomon. Pours a deep, dark brown that appears opaque in the glass. Massive brown head. Aroma is toffee, tart cherry, caramel, hops,. fruity yeast esters, nuts and a definite Belgian character. The tartness comes across as almost bretty. Flavor is tart cherry, chocolate, toffee, some herbal notes with subtle hoppiness and subtle alcohol. Full bodied. Alcohol hidden very well.


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