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

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RATINGS: 1364   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (6129) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2008
330. Thanks, Ben! Jet black. Dense, thick tan head with chaotic strings of lace. Huge cola-sweet nose. Roast and very subtle fresh red licorice seep in around the edges. Rich, thick, sharply tingly body. Mid-palate dances with perfectly blended and modulated chocolate, roast, cola, oatiness, dark licorice, and a bit of coffee. Spectacular for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to OldStyleCubFan for sharing! This was a very tasty imperial stout that was not trying to be too much. Alcohol extremely well hidden, but I was also kind of tipsy at this point so I may need to re-rate this since I didn’t take any notes. What can I say? I enjoyed this one. Thanks Todd!

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle at the RBESG08 Grand tasting. Alround rating: I know this is going to upset urbain since he was upset already about the tjessus reserva. Big roasty character, inky bitterness, coffee and some grassy herbal hop character. Really bitter and pritty hard to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle. Thick thick light brownish creamy everlasting head. Quite black colored. Excellent lacework. Complex and very filling aroma of burned malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorish, ash, mild spice, wood and vanilla notes. Over the palate came also dried fruit, mild yeasty and vinous notes. Very full bodied with an average carbonation and thick light dry texture. Flavor was heavy bitter with well balanced counter sweetness. Lingering burned malty and hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3288) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2008
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Pours black with moderate beige head. Nose of chocolate, berries, licorice, alcohol, and a subtle, refreshing pine-like hop. Flavor is huge chocolate with roast in the aftertaste. The hops really hit in the finish and the beer flirts with several other styles. The palate is incredibly smooth...

Had this again at Monk’s... just wonderful stuff, perhaps the most integrated beer I’ve tasted. The alcohol component is arguably the most pleasurable I’ve found in a beer, and the way it couples with the dark chocolate notes and fruit is just unreal. Palate is creamy with a faint touch of dry chalk. Superb.

Have had this many times. Still good, but it’s either dropped a bit or my palate has changed some. Consistently enjoyed but no longer pu this at the top. Bit too thin, milky, sugary for me. 848415

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to Todd for sharing this. Does it live up to all the hype? Maybe after a year or two of aging. Dark pour, tan head and nice lace. on the nose. Very hoppy flavor with roasted chocolate malts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle thanks to Jebbe. Opaque dark brown/black with small creamy tan head. Dry roasted malt aroma, a little alc, nice hop presence, a little coffee. Sweet roasted malt flavor with coffee, a little toasted malt, a little nuttiness and nice hop presence, a little woody. Medium, creamy body. A nice sweet and hoppy stout like thing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4025) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Got to try this again and was much more impressed with it with some age. Pours a dark black that allows some light. The head is two fingers creamy and chestnut. The nose is very intense, sweet, molasses, some mild alcohol, rich chocolate, malty, coffee. The flavor is also very rich and intense, molasses, mild soy, rich chocolate, malt, alcohol, coffee, bitterness becomes more of a late factor. Rich and smooth mouthfeel with a velvety coat and a warming finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2008
Dark brown with huge beige long lasting head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and dark fruits. Sweet and vinious flavor with roasted malt, chocolate, liquerice and overripe fruits.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to OldStyleCubFan for sharing! Biggest disappointment of the night for me. Certainly a very solid beer in every way, but falls well short of the hype surrounding it. As they say, just ’cuz it’s rare . . . Anyways. It was definitely too green, too young. Some hops were initially present, but it mostly came on with a deep wet vegetal funk that tended in my mind to overshadow the complexity of the malts and other flavors that others seem to have enjoyed. Solid but not much more, though would happily rate again if given the chance.


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