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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yves (2821) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2009
Black coloured beer with small off-white head. Malty herby and spicy aroma. Sweet palate slightly sparkling. Finish is sweet bitter dry with some malts. Not a typical stout but a good mix of flavors. Good one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2009
330ml bottle thanks to Mrchopin. Pours near black with thin light tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some booze. Flavor is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruit and some very light booze. Well carbonated for a RIS. Definitly a different take compared to the flat overly boozy RIS we have stateside. Not my favorite RIS but enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 29, 2009
Taste 3/9 bottle. Looks: Deepest black with a thick long lasting foam. Aroma: Must, sweat, coffee, alcohol, raisin, prune and chocolate. Taste: Very unique subtle mix of the aroma. Quite drinkable. A beer that begs reflection and attention to what your are drinking.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Parket (581) - Bruges, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2009
bottle, I drunk this beer with friends: from the first gulp I feld it in my legs. Very complex beer,sugar, very dark, almost black, sticky, roasted malt, bitter, coffee, unforgetable experience! Everyone should drink this once a lifetime.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Very dark clear with small white head. Lots of roast and chocolate in aroma. Big coffee flavor with some dark sugar and fruit notes. Dry bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 330 mL into snifter. Pours nearly pitch black but more like a deep ruby with a one-finger dark brown head with good retention and okay lacing. Head settles down eventually to a nice thin layer. Aroma is very strange: sort of like raspberry tart, black cherries, oak, with apple cider vinegar or something (almost chemical). I would agree that there is some sort of band-aid smell. Taste is not really that insane for 13% and 100 IBUs. Tastes like an imperial porter in my opinion. There’s some bittersweet chocolate, mocha, hints of soy sauce, black pepper. No warming or spicy alcohol. Finish is beautifully balanced with some floral hops. Very neutral, creamy finish. Medium-bodied overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3698) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2009
Brown bottle, 11.2 ounces, lot: A4BB, via Importations Privées Bièropholie savoured on March 24 2009; eye: black, opaque, voluminous coffee head (3 fingers of beer for 6 fingers of head) that turns into a thick creamy sheet, lots of lacing; nose: candied fruits, molasses, liquorice, roasted malt, light alcohol, resinous hops, slight fruity; mouth: candied fruits, molasses, liquorice, roasted malt, alcohol, pepper, light fruity, light soy sauce, finale in candied fruits with a good presence of molasses and a nice hops appearance, lightly bitter and sweet, slightly viscous, full body, below-average carbonation, slight acridness; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 11,2 onces, lot : A4BB, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 24 mars 2009; œil : noire, opaque, mousse café abondante (3 doigts de bières pour 6 doigts de mousse) qui se transforme en une épaisse couverture crémeuse, beaucoup de dentelle; nez : fruits confits, mélasse, réglisse, malt rôti, léger alcool, houblon résineux, très léger fruité; bouche : fruits confits, mélasse, réglisse, malt rôti, alcool, poivre, léger fruité, léger sauce soya, finale en fruits confits avec une bonne présence de mélasse incluant une belle arrivée de houblon, légèrement amère et sucrée, texture légèrement visqueuse, corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, très légère âcreté; en résumé : très bonne

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle. I have to say right away that I was not super impressed. I was expecting something better. This was a good beer no doubt, but I didn’t get the 100 ibu’s like it says on the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Sticky sweet and very tastey. Rich body and super dark. Nice sweet aroma with some fruit. Taste is sweet caramel and honey and alcohol is hidden well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2009
330 ml bottle pours black with a tan creamy head that fades to a ring. The nose is fairly light at first but as it warms fruity alcohol, yeast, and chocolate. Salty soy sour fruit roasty and chocolate flavors. As it warms the roastiness comes forward to balance out the off putting notes. The chocolate is rich and creamy but the sour fruit notes are extremely distracting.. Finishes dry. Disappointing beer.


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