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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1596   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle from a secret admirer whom has pissed off my wife. Pours onyx with 3-finger dark brown head. Nose is dark malt, chocoff, hops, black berry, licorice. Tastes hoppy and richly dark malty up front, with figgy and cherry fruit at mid-point, followed by cacao, chocolate syrup, and a rich, complex palate that throws a lot at you and demands that you sort it out, although if you were drunk it would just demand that you chug it then go vomit at the nearest hole in the ground because you couldn’t deal with the massive 13% ABV, or were using the beer as an excuse to cover up your manly shortcomings. Novices need not apply (and please keep cheapdark away from this one!!!), but true beer connoisseurs will love every sip of this very well made beer, and yet another testament from Struise as to what human beings can make when given the right skill sets. BRAVO!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2009
Pours a black color with a brown head. Strong roasted malt aroma with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and slight hop aroma. Thick on the palate with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and molasses. Slightly bitter finish with not much alcohol coming out especially for 13%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2009
I was about to order this online, but thanks to a fellow Georgian, the word is out, this beer is at Greens now! Somewhat of a viscous-like pour. Nice chocolate head that fades away to a very thin chocolate head covering the top of the beer. Nice black opaque appearance. A very fine looking stout indeed. A very nice sharp and pungent roast aroma, with some coffee, but not so much coffee as there is roast. Wow, this beer has an awesome nuanced flavor. Starts out very roasty and ash-like then a surprisingly sweet flavor hits your tongue. I thought the sweet flavor was the aftertaste and wasn’t satisfied, but then the roast came back with some kick to it. Very nice flavor indeed. That sweet flavor leaves an interesting taste in your mouth, but that final roast taste is just simply amazing; it is deep, dark, and very nice. Chocolate aroma begins to come out more as the beer warms. Extremely silky palate. Just a very interesting and nice imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
brought by stumac to feces fest, also had at the BA stout tasting .. . Dark as night, with tar,chocolate,and shoe polish in the nose .. . chewy and oily, easy to drink, but beware of the sneaky 13% .. . a class act .. . i don’t give a crap about woodstock ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2009
Pours black, big tan head with some lacing and moderate retention. Fennell, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and roast on the nose; flavour develops chocolate and vanilla notes with a long, dry, slightly burnt finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, not too much carbo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2009
Obtained from Bottleworks in Seattle - lucky us! Pours a pitch black with a thin off-white head with minimal foam. Unusual sweet aroma, figs & dark fruit, licorice root and and fennel. More fennel in the flavour, sweet rich and complex malt, lingering herbal hop finish. Creamy, moderately thick body. So complex and tasty - I don’t really think of stout, but rather Belgian strong ale. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 11, 2009
pitch black with sediment under a small creamy brown head. not the biggest stout aroma i’ve smelled but some notes of vanilla and chocolate covered pineapple with maybe a little sourness. flavors has lots of chocolate notes and coffee. finish has touches of the pineapple again. hints of sour. palate is dry and chalky and full bodied. absolutely no sign of the 13%. smooth with an interesting sour touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2009
Very dark brown but light does come through. It starts out with a slight vanilla aroma. As it warms up to room temp., some cocoa kicks in, but the bitternes is not very present. I have had two Ølfabrikken Porter today, and compared to that there is no bitternes at all. of course the bitternes is there in the taste, some coffee and chocolate, but still it is very subtle. And where is the alcohol? How can you hide 13% like this? And then the creaminess and the very very loooong aftertaste that is a sign of quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3905) - Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2009
11.2 fl oz bottle. Lot B, 6, BB stamped on the label. Courtesy of the one and only Suttree. Pour murky black brown with a dense two inch khaki tan head. Head is very lasting. Some splotchy lacing. Pretty in the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee, sweet grassy hay, more maltiness. Taste is roasty malt, mild sugar sweetness, grassy hay pine hops, and a decent blast of booze in the finish. Nicely melded and integrated. Palate is slick syrupy medium, coats the mouth thoroughly, with a long bitter long hot finish. Overall, nice one, thanks Phil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2009
Pours cloudy dark dark brown with brown head (and some clumps of sediment that slipped out). Aroma is a bit of coffee with a lot of sour funkiness and a hint typical quad dried fruitiness- figs, prunes. Alcohol comes through as it warms. Taste is roasted malt early, then sour coffee flavor. Finish is funky with coffee, mild yeast and black pepper. Alcohol is present in finish. Nice beer, drinks a little easier than 13%, but still a sipper for me.

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