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

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RATINGS: 1359   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1979) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Bottled shared with Toncatcher. Darkest pour with nice head. Excellent chocolate and coffee aromas. Flavor was dark and sweet and bitter chocolate that only left me slightly disappointed after reading all about this excellent beer, but yes, it was an excellent beer, from the best brewer on the planet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2008
11.2 oz bottle from BeerExchange, thanks Scott. Pours with a solid viscous black body and a large full thcik creamy beige head that looks so solid you could eat it with a spoon. Aroma starts off with lots of sweetness, dark fruit, candi sugar, lots of roasted malts underlying the sweetness along with coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Incredible full creamy body that is really spot on and light carbonation. Flavor is complex like the aroma with some alcohol coming through upon warming but lots of coffee, chocolate, rum soaked chocolate cake. Nice but I have to say that this sucker is overrated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (2035) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2008
Dark brown with a heavy brown head. Malty with flowery notes. Malt, hops and some sourness. Full body with a very complex, bitter-sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5063) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2008
Bottled, thx to joes. Dark color, thick brown head. Malty aroma, loads of cherry pits, alcohol, some vanilla. Sourish cherry taste, very heavy, combined with dark chocolat bitterness. Really strange, though good balance. However, this beer for me is not even top50 material.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4484) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2008
Bottled. Tnx Joes! Aroma has vanilla, chocolate, fruits (cherry!) and a hint of butter. Black coloured beer with an off-white/beige head. Taste is quite bitter, sweet, even a slight sour touch. Cherry, vanilla and chocolate dominate. Good body. Very special beer, but do clue how to rate it. Certainly need to drink this another time.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (1812) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle courtesy of BeerExchange -- thank you so much for landing the long-anticipated gem in my hands.

Pitch black with a lovely tan head, beautiful. Rich complex aroma with - atop the more expected roasts (which, by the way, are not so strong) a perfumed sweetness that is unusual but entrancing, like rose candies, and an earthiness that is extremely rare in the American versions of the style with which I am most familar. At first I’m taken aback by the powerful carbonation, but the soon mellows, leaving no sign of the 13% it supposedly packs. No heat here at all. Lots of baker’s chocolate but not a roast coffee bomb at all, laid back hops by west-coast standards allow the rich dried fruit to come through beautifully. Just a hint of sourness, very subtle, some cherry, again earthy....beautiful.

All together, this is splendid. I hope it becomes more readily available in the US....

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2008
Black colour with a dense brown head. Roasted coffee bitter aroma with earthy and chocolate sweet notes and hints of wood, yeast and hops. Roasted, coffee bitter flavor with earthy notes and a touch of some chocolate sweetness, huints of wood. Light dry, earthy finish with a vague tobacco note. Superb!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2008
Black colored brew, pours oily. Aroma is sweet and butter. Flavor is cherries, subtile bitterness. After a while nice transition from cherries to the coffee, chocolate bitterness. Butter. Nice silky mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Interesting dark chocolate covered cherry flavor with a tannic cherry skin finish. This seems like it might improve markedly with some bottle age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
33cl bottle. Dark brownish black pour with a tall light brown/tan head. Sweet alcoholic malt aroma. This is a very unique beer. Flavors of sour coffee, dark chocolate, rich dark roasted malt, and a bit of fruit cake. Finish is both sweet and sour, with perhaps a touch of earthy hops. Sadly, this beer could have benefited from more age, and I hope to give it another try. As it stands as I rate this, it was not worth the time and expense required to try it, but certainly deserves another chance.


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