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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1348   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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nnudd (69) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle. Deep black color with nice brown creamy head. Not so much aroma as expected but what is there, is rather complex: coffee, mocca, chocolate with coffee filling and touch of Rum. It also has some hints of cognac, brandy and dried raisins. The taste is massive with an exelent complexity, with hints of pine, mint, and some hops truly Candy, smoke, burned rope, coffee and black chocolate are just a few taste sensations that comes to mind. In the finish, the hop bitters are adding more complex touches into this world class Belgian Royal Stout. If you look up complex in the dictonary there should be a picture of the Black Albert!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2900) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2008
11.2 oz bottle from miketd’s tasting

Thanks to Mike for popping this open early in the night while the palate was still fresh. I can see why it is so highly regarding. Putting it up against any other imperial stout would not be a problem. Unlike some beers which are pushed up by hype this one earns its place the honest way.

Aroma / Appearance - A one finger sandy head lingered above a deep black sticky body. Chocolate, expresso, anise, plum and other aromas blended into a smell that could best be summed up as rich dense truffles. Complex enough that I could have enjoyed it for a half hour this encompasses everything you could want in a non-barrel aged beer.

Flavor / Palate - The smoothness is evident from the first sip. Much easier to drink than I would have expected it washed over the tongue and down the throat leaving an array of richness behind. Dark chocolate, black coffee and smoke are the highlights. I can’t wait for this to hit the shelves so I can try it again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, light sherry, dried fruits, chocolate, some smoke, spices, and a bit of alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, some dark chocolate, light anise, smoke, and dark fruits, with a warming alcohol presence. Thanks to Chris from Ebenezer’s for sharing this bottle!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Tasted from bottle at RBSG. Nice chocolatey aroma. Leans dry. Nice, but I would prefer a higher mash temperature and some more unfermentable sugars.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
black body with a dark brown head.i get nice webbing on the glass as it rests.i get brown sugar,roasted malts,dark fruit,and chocolate.mouthfeel is on the medium side.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
11.2 oz from yespr at RBSG grand tasting, glad to rate from an official bottle and resind the one from Woodshop. Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is smoky malty and very sweet. Taste is sweet and big and smoky and roasty and yummy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5213) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Who-hoo! An opaque black body with a gorgeous tan head. Dy-no-mite. Prune, coffee, and chocolate in the nose. Endless complexity everywhere. Perfect body, smooth silky mouthfeel. Cocoa, cocoa powder, lots of dense coffee flavors with the slightest hint of cherry. A tremendously special and nuanced beer that encapsulates the romance of brewing. Bottle: Pitch black, tan head, aromatic cherry-touched and slightly burnt at the end. Liked less than draft.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bragesnak (5346) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2008
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 010808. Black with small head. Aroma of chocolate and fruit. Flavor is complex of liqourice, chocolate, nuts and fruity notes. Solid and balanced bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Big thanks to Miketd for this.... Bottle pops with some serious carbonation. I tried pouring this as gently as possible and still wound up getting a huge merengue like head. Aroma is reminiscent of a belgian crossed with a stout... the belgian yeast definitely shows itself as this smells nothing like your typical imperial stout. Taste is reminiscent of an abbey but with some roasted malt flavor tossed in. Palate is pretty clean. Overall this isn’t my idea of an imperial stout, but I’m glad I got to try it. I wouldn’t stretch to far to find this one again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2009 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet fruit, caramel, chocolate, and vinous. Flavor of roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, plum, caramel, and something in the background that is not settling right for me.


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