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

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RATINGS: 1474   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjiehorn (21) - Chicago, USA - DEC 15, 2008
This beer poured pitch black with no head, and little lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a hint of vanilla. Full frontal taste of chocolate, belgian yeast, slight alcohol, with a nice, subtle coffee finish. An excellent brew, and a difficult one to come by. Well worth the 12 dollar price tag for an 11 oz.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Tap at City Beer. Pours with a pitch black color and essentially no head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Flavors dominated by cocao and coffee, very little oak, and very little dark fruit. Body surprisingly thin. One could make out maybe a hint of Belgian yeast, and essentially no alcohol hotness. Due to its body that is a bit too thin I come to the conlusion that this beer is overhyped and that there are better impy stouts out there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2008
330 ml bottle from a trade with cletus. aromas of chocolate and dark fruit, a little muddled. the aromas take a long time to fully develope in the glass. flavours are warm and welcoming, very much a belgian stout. lots of roasted malt but the fruit aspects of the belgian candi sugar combined with the yeast make this quite different then the american versions of the style. the alcohol is very well hidden and after a few hours in the snifter this drink wonderfully. not entirely my thing but very enjoyable and worth the price of admission. thanks for the trade cletus.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Tap @ City Beer Store on 12/13/08. Black as oil with a deep dark brown head that I could get to rise up by swirling the glass but it never lasted. Rich and smooth with a robust chocolate malt base that stretches long after each sip. Light coffee and caramel undertones with a subtle Belgian stout character. Surprisingly little dark fruit elements. It hides the 13% abv extremely well and finishes dry.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Tap @ Binnys. I was extreamy excite when I heard this beer was hitting chicago. This poured a dark brown somewhat transparent, a bit light for an impy stout. very clean, chocolatey, dark fruit and malty. Deceptively smooth for 13% ABV, and enough body to balance an extremely alcoholic beer. Could have been a bit creamier or silkier but still quite good. The lingering taste is well-rounded with a lasting taste that pleases. Interesting and pricey...

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
17thfloor (2437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2010 OK... a 5 on appearance, pours a thick syrupy pitch black with a fine brown thick frothy head, not an inch deep as indicated, but still enticing. Strong fruity aroma of black berries, black currant and varnish, some vanilla and light licorice. First taste is similar, very soft mouthful, holy crap is that smooth and velvety, unbelievably even consistency, like airy liquid marshmallow. Great deeply roasted barley flavor, so fruity and decadent. Lightly burnt coffee and dark chocolate blend beautifully with the rich berries. This really is like biting into a piece of flourless dark chocolate cake with raspberry preserves. Not terribly sweet either, its more understated with mild bitterness. Im not getting any alcohol what so ever. Really quick finish that leaves a nice lingering dark chocolate and berry taste. I must say I was expecting to pan this after some of the recent bad reviews of the latest release, however this is flat out delicious and absolutely deserving. Also... youre wasting your money if you serve this beer any colder than 60F. 8.5.10.5.20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . ..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . [...update 4.27.09 - my Birthday - bottle] I’ve been lucky to drink probably around 5L of this stuff this year... it helps when you have access to it on tap and you are the one pouring it =). My favorite beer... not sure why I gave it a 8 on aroma... so unique and distinctly Black Albert and I’ve come to be addicted to it so I’ll bump it to a 9. The aroma brings me back directly to days spend in Belgium. Holy hell what a beer. Amazing pour, finally this time around I achieved the super thick, creamy, rich decadent large head indicated in the description. Never ending amazingly rich decadent dark chocolate with sweet, tart and tangy berries in a perfect marriage. I’ve tasted this beer several times side-by-side with Cuvee Delphine, Black Damnation and Double Black... nothing is quite like this most Royal of Stouts though. 9.5.10.5.20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [bottle 10.6.09] still can’t believe I only gave it a 9 on aroma... it is completely distinct and unique... I suppose it should get a 10 there also... so maybe this is a perfect 5... mmmm =p maybe. this absolutely transcends beer... it is a beer and dessert all mixed in one . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rerate of 2 bottles batch B 6 BB 2.26 and 2.27.10] the first bottle opened fizzy, malts had fallen apart, tootsie roll grassy, crazy infection that made me very upset, unrecognizable as Black Albert. Okay, opened up 2nd bottle to check, definitely Black Albert in this one, nice dark chocolate cookie, beginning of infection starting to set in but still has plenty of roast, rich and decadent but on its way towards transformation, carbonation is getting a tad fizzy and less marshmallowish, raspberry jam (my favorite part!) offset against german black forest cake, coconut.... o o o o o o woohoo I love this brew!!! Not rating, just enjoying! Every time I have one of these I’m instantly transported back to the farm... love it! .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rated 5.8.10, B 6 BB] Pours the same... Aroma is much the same, black currant and german chocolate cake, a bit of soy starting to emerge. Flavor is lovely, and perfect just like Black Albert should be, the only difference is a little bit of soy that has emerged over time, nice espresso notes. So decadently rich, has a chocolate syrup thing going on now too. 10.5.10.5.20, after opening this I had to order some chicken enchiladas with mole.... wow great combo!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2427) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a very dark cola with a medium light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt sugar and burnt dark fruit. Taste of roasted malts, burnt sugar and burnt figs. Very nice, but overpriced.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonkeyBra (3793) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Black, inky pour with a tan head. Aroma is chocolately with some magic marker, coffee, smoke, and alcohol. Taste burns the tongue a bit: very bitter chocolate, dark fruits, burnt wood, bourbon, some alcohol. Full, thick, sIlky mouthfeel. You start to feel this brew after a while. Its unlike most imperial stouts Ive had, but its extremely good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Nearly black pour with a large head. Aroma of chocolate and richly roasted malts with a distinct sweetness. Drinks Fairly well, with some dark fruit [figs] and a some nice, biting hops bitterness, but it has a ton of alcohol and ends with an astringently alcoholic finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (16394) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Black hole black, tan head. Aroma of burnt espresso. Very balanced malt and hops, dark chocolate flavor with bitter finish. Nice complexity.


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