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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1567   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 Ebenezerís 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 breweryís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle at the Nashville BA tasting. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of fruity ale esters, chocolate, and a hint of roast. Medium bodied and on the thin side for an Imperial Stout. Flavor of chardonnay, mild roast, yeast, and chocolate. Very little bitterness. Different and definitely a twist on the style. Enjoyable, but not top 50 in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2009
My first bottle of this beer was a bit disappointing. I expected a Russian Imperial Stout and was thrown a knuckle ball. Bottle two has me exploring the unique side flavors. Reminds me of a Hair of the Dog Adam in that it is like nothing else and has strong tastes of things that are not usually found in any beer or any food. The appearance is a beautiful tan topped blackness. Had a tough day at work, but I am suddenly serene.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle. Big fruity aroma, with some roastiness. Black body, thick light brown head. Flavor is smooth and rich, plenty of chocolate and ripe fruit. A bit too sweet. Smooth finish. Certainly tasty, but beyond that, Iím not quite as impressed as most of the raters seem to be with this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5273) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head pancakes and recedes leaving spot lacing to skim surface. Chocolate and coffee aromas. Smooth and creamy with soy upfront. Bitter roasted malt and tobacco finish with no indication of the abv at any point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3233) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle: Near black with a huge, creamy brown head. Lots of roast in the nose with some coffee and a touch of alcohol. Dry coffee grounds. Tastes of heavy roasted malts with rich coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. A linger dry bitters and coffee feel overall. Kind of dirty floral coffee thing in the tail. Sort of unrefined in a way. I guess I just expected more when it comes to Struise brews...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Finally got my hands on some! Wild beer. Pours deep mahogany. Rich, dessert-esque nose, immense and persistent head. Upon tasting Iím immediately reminded of chocolate cake with a raspberry filling, only not so sweet. Lingering and long, Drank 11.2 oz blt over an hour, and as it warmed the flavors began to cascade and expand. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Totally dark pour with a dense tan head - tiny bubbles in the foam gives way to bigger bubbles. An unexpected aroma for sure... Much more subdued than I expected - baking chocolate, bitter nuts, alcohol, pine, rubber. Better on the flavor, but still muted, and hot. Cocoa, espresso, wood. Long bitter finish with a meaty, savory component. Tannic and chalky. This beer is contrary to the other Struise offerings Iíve had. Not nearly as balanced, or interesting, as some of the others that Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Black with vaguely glimmering ruby highlights. Gorgeous custard-like khaki foam adorns the glass and deposits some lace. Strong scent of plastic predominates over lighter shades of taffylike yeast and muted raisin, nougat, milk chocolate, plums, and smoky molasses. Distant yet perceptibly grapey and medicinal beneath the massive sugars. Faintly bready and strongly alcoholic. Soft and snug carbonation. Gritty and sharp with an assertive lactic twang coupled with charcoal-tinged malt acidity and pervasive alcohol. Caramel flashes a dab of sweetness before being squelched by resounding bittersweet chocolate which fails to compensate for the lack of richness or depth by compounding the acidity and unripe fruity esters. Alcoholic heat also hampers the body. Curiously empty at the core with virtually nonexistent textures of malt softness or lurking bready heft which might otherwise help to neutralize the lactic twang and one-dimensional bittersweet chocolate onslaught. The flabbiness abounds with an odd mixture of plastic, paint, soy sauce, and red grapes. Quite coarse on the swallow due to the medicinal notes and foul plastic. Simplistic finish leaves much to be desired as itís relatively thin, irony, and semi-smoky with char. Iíve tried repeatedly to thoroughly enjoy this but itís missing some key components, specifically in depth and definition in the malt department. The nose is both oddly muted and, similarly to the flavor profile, tainted by the unmistakable presence of plastic. Very unrefined. Serviceable if uninspiring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2582) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle from brianj555. Thanks! Pours black with a creamy, lasting light tan head. Smell is metallic and buttery up front with some wine and chocolate like notes. Taste is cocoa at first with some tart cherry like fruitiness and some belgian yeast reminiscent of that in a quad and some vinuous notes and light chalky bitterness too. Body is medium to semi rich with soft carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden but it is warming. Not terribly impressed, but a solid beer, still.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Pros: The appearance is perfect. Very Belgian, natural carbonation, long lasting foam. Iíve had 3 bottles of it so far and itís perfectly conditioned. Mouth feel is very thick & layered. Flavors are brilliantly unique, concentrated and complex.

Cons: The nose gives off a potent dark fruit and fudge-like scent, but is the weak point of the beer. Smells a bit out of balance.

Such a beauty. A beer to put away. It should evolve and improve for at least a decade.

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