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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Pours a pitch black with some particulate, with a thin creamy mocha head. Aroma is anise, molasses, some brown sugar, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is dark roasts, dark fruits, brown sugar, and a bit of earthiness or tobacco. Very well done and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2008
tronraner’s Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Suttree. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Earthy roasty tobacco and alcohol notes with a bit of soy sauce and vegetal aromas. Taste is very roasty with a bit of soy and prunes and more earthy notes of coffee and tobacco. Good hop and malt bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2729) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle. Black with big beige head. Smells sugar and dark chocolate. Theres also some sourness to it. Complex and nice flavor. Oaky vanilla, chocolate, sweet wine. Sweet taste with small sourness aswell as a small bitterness in the aftertaste. Great taste but i dont think that this beer is ready just yet. I think this one will grow in the cellar. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5856) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Black with virtually no head. I did enjoy this, and would definately drink again, but it was kinda difficult to get my head around. There were traditional Impy Stout flavors and smells - coffee, chocolate, prune, currant, etc - and also an odd herbal note that I have noticed in a lot of other Euro Impy - Black Hole come to mind. Additionally, there was a big winey note that I really enjoyed. I also noticed some tobacco and/or leather. Very complex and tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zootfinster (219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
While this is certainly a good beer, I dont see it as being quite a great as many have said. All the usual attributes; very dark bown, sweet, malty etc.etc. But to me nothing really over the top. Personally I prefer Bell’s Expedition Stout.t.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8810) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
Black pour like molasses but not nearly as dense. Fascinating evolution of the thick brown head. It rises like bread dough with tiny compact bubbles deeper and larger floculent foam near the surface. Initially the aroma is overwhelmingly of baked apples and quince. As things settle rich roast and new leather come forward but I cannot find any chocolate in the aroma. The palate shows a complex interplay between the silky dark malts and funky fruit and subtle yeast. The finish is both bitter and a little musty. It is really surprising that there is no evidence of alcohol in this 13% ABV brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle from bleeng at the December Houston tasting. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a beige head. Leaves a clingy brown film on the side of the glass. Aroma is chocolate hairspray, cherry, and vegetable. Flavor is smoky, chalky chocolate herb vegetable with a peppery finish. Coating mouthfeel. Too earthy and vegetable-like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Very dark brown with tan head. Chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar in the aroma. Some dark roast. The flavor has caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, some coffee, and some molasses. Either the alcohol is ridiculously well-hidden or this one is no where near 13% ABV. Im all for a beer that masks its strength but I also want a super strong stout to be super strong tasting and this one really is not. Still a solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Pours a molassses brown topped by a thin and dense tan head. Aroma is medium sweet with star anise, roast, some cocoa, cinnamon and light alcohol. Flavor is cocoa, herb, vanilla and alcohol . Medium to full full body, smooth texture. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2008
bottle thanks to bleeng. Shared at December Houston Tasting. Pours black with a brown head. nose is of roast malt and alcohol. Taste was of roasted malt with some coffee and mild chocolate. Not overwhelming, more subtle and smooth. Mouthfeel is medium, not thick and chewy like some impys are. Pretty good but not great, IMO.

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