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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1460   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Had my first taste of this from Carlo, from the conditioning tank at the Deca brewery. It was really really nice, and I took a few notes, but ultimately decided it probably didn’t constitute a rate-able beer. I’ve been itching to try it since then, but not seen any bottles for sale! So then Fin gave me this bottle, and I am very pleased to finally be Tasting it Officially®. Thanks mate!

Very exciting start to this one—a moment after opening, a gusher of crude-oil-black bubbled out and over. (Have just seen "There Will Be Blood". Does it show?) Once in the glass, there is a nice fine layer of firm, lingering tan head. Immediately after the pour there is a bit of odd nettle and dandelion nose, but that dissipates very quickly. Dense raw chocolate aroma, cold asphalt, green grass, warm walnuts. Dense chocolate cake flavor, full of silky deep-earth cocoa and subtly sweet cream. Sweet in the way a perfect shot of espresso seem sweet even without sugar. Rolling it around on the tongue feels like melting chocolate. Finishes so nice, so clean, a fresh minty hop touch left on the teeth. As good as the aroma is, as silky delicious as the flavor is, it is the perfect palate and extraordinary finish that really makes this beer sublime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle acquired via Sparky27...this one has been antagonizing me for too long, just had to have it and make it stop!!! Poured an extremely dark brown, bordering black with a mocha colored head. You can definitely smell it’s Belgian roots; roasted oats, coffee, and dark fruits. Bitter chocolate, brown sugar, and perhaps even cherry make there way to the palate. Not as viscous, syrupy, thick, or sticky as other Imperial Stouts...but very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010 Bottle (BB Apr/2013). Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), with light notes of rubber, paint, fusel alcohol, vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Tried this the first time a few years ago, shared with two other folks, and it was unpleasant. New batch with a bottle to myself and...perhaps even worse. Higher alcohol (gasoline-like), paint, car tires, and other unpleasantness alongside meek stout-like aromas. This is, quite seriously, a drain pour. Two strikes is enough for this piece of emperor’s clothing, won’t be trying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (9324) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2008
Deep, black body with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and chocolate. Delicious blended flavour of raisin, prunes and coffee. Lingering aftertaste of gentle hops. Strong and creamy smooth in the mouth (European Beer Festival, Copenhagen 13.09.2008).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2008
$11 for 12oz but a Top 50 currently. Had a long rating and it became a victim of the "not logged in" demon that seems to be popping up here lately. Very black or deep brown. Lasting coffee cream light head. Scents of blackness; sugar, coffee, licorice and chocolate. Surprising not a strong alcohol scent. Thick creamy silk body. Bitter coffee on the tip of the tongue and then a long alcohol rush down the tongue and into a building aftertaste. Complex waves of coffee and bitter chocolate. Sugary residue on the lips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2008
33cl bottle at home: Pours black with a large rocky dark tan head. Head fades to a nice creamy top. Great roast malt aroma with layers of chocolate ranging from sweet milk chocolate to bitter baker’s chocolate. Hops grow up through the roast. Earthy, spicy hop notes interlaced with varied autumn fruits on a freshly baked scone. Quite herbal and floral, but that sometimes gets lost under the other aromas. The best part of the story though is how well the roast and hops intermingle. Flavor is dominated by roast coffee and chocolate cake batter upfront. Then the hops rush in and sweep the feet out under the roast. Cotton candy and grassy hops swirl around before the roast lands back on its feet and chases the hops to the finish line. Some alcohol comes in towards the end. Ends on chocolate cake batter with a dusting of coffee. Slight metallic hint floating around in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2630) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2008
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottled:
Pours black with a big, creamy head. Smoke and charcoal aroma. Flavour is ash, sharcoal, licorice and coffee. Long, warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2008
I’ve had this a couple of times. The aroma is really hefty: Loads of sweet alcohol, coffee, fruits and chocolate. The flavour is almost like cough syrup - heavy, sweet, spicy and somehow quite neat. Heaps of coffee and chocolate, some very weird esters and a nice handfull of hops finishes this baby off. I guess it could use a good year in the cellar...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2008
Bottled@EBF 2008. Pitch black, low choco head. Intial aroma of chocolate and coffee followed by notes of berries, herbs and mild spices. Taste is very complex, has a sharp and intense sweetness with lots of rosted dark malts, bitter coffe, licorice and berries. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium to full body. Ends up with a strong bitter-acidic accent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Sample at J Gumbos Aug 2008 Indy tasting - Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Flavor is also chocolate and coffee with caramel and plum. Just a slight hop back. Palate is very smooth for 13%. This was a big tasting and Albert was one of the last beers poured. My sample size wasn’t very big either. So it’s probably better, but my notes say "good but not great".

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