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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1357   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle tasted at the 7/5/08 Bock Bash local’s tasting. Pours a pitch black with one finger tan head. Nose is Belgian yeast, coffee, toasted barley and some smoke. Taste is roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, toasted malts and alcohol with some hop bite in the finish. Medium, creamy mouth feel. A good brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (10162) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2008
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Bottle. Deep dark colored. Heavy aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and licorice. malty sweet, salty flavor with creamy dark chocolate, licorice and dried fruit. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden. This beer is a marvel of flavor and balance. Bottle, around 3 years old. Creamy, soft roasty aroma with chocolate milk and a hint of licorice. Medium bodied, still a thick mouthfeel. Coffee, roast, chocolate and just a hint of licorice in the somewhat alcoholic flavor. Matures well, but has lost body. I prefer it fresh.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Very dark black with a medium tan head. Aroma has some aluminum and some roasted malt. The flavour is odd. Starts off without much at all, then builds some sweet stout like flavours, being a bit on the dry side as well. Has a very poor finish, being a bit medicinal and dry. The dryness might not be so bad but it combines with that weird medicinal taste and leaves me with a bad taste. I see some decent things in this beer, a nice roast and fairly decent palate. Not sure if the yeast is throwing this one off, but I’m not enjoying it.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kask (25) - Møgeltoender, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 With the sky-high scores this beer is awarded, it was with high expectations I opened it. As expected it is coal-black, the nougatcoulered foam is pretty nice. The smell is not so strong as expected, the notes are plum, liquorice and a slight touch of cocoa. The taste is a complex mixture of coffee, liquorice root, a slight amount of dark chocolate and a great deal of sourness, maybe from unmalted barley. It is a very sweet and full-bodied Imperial Stout. The finest about this brew is probably the many percentages, which gives a pleasent warming feeling, which at the same time counterbalance the heavy sweetness, so the beer doesn´t become nauseating. It is a very nice Imperial Stout, but it isnt worldclass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1444) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2008
black pour with a thick khaki head. Aroma has strong grapes, green apple, and sugar. Flavor is very complex. I got chocolate, tofee, tannins/white grapes, green apple, light hops, tobacco, and cherries. Finishes lightly sweet, oily. A bit of alcohol bite rounds it out. I was expecting a bit more, but it was a pretty good try. Seems this rules on draft. Maybe the yeast brings the off flavors?

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2008
Courtesy of Jim @ OTH Does this Belgian Royal Stout lives up to its name? It is an awesome stout, everything in it is to be liked. Pours pitch black with a nutty colored head. Nose is of figues/raisins. Aroma chocolate malt and sugary, also a touch of fruits that are bringing it all together. It was hard to believe the beer packed a whole 13% ABV, it went down smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1546) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Poured from a 330 ml bottle. Deep brown pour randomly patched with wisps of grey foam, and surrounded by a glassy cabernet hue on the rim. Raisin, fig, pineapple, and mango in a sweet, tropical aroma, dug into baker’s chocolate, wheat dough, and red licorice. Deep. Black cherry liqueur opens up with a syrupy alcoholic texture and a sweetened tannic pungency; lightly medicinal and charred. Meaty and rich; much like a dark-roasted sumatran coffee with lots of acidity and prune-like thickness.

Acrid, burnt, dark roast coffee with random marks of mint and bubblegum sweetness, rubbing the surface of the tropical fruits in a dust of turbinado and processed sugar. Simplistic rough bitterness of an earthy and aspirin stripe seems to show the flaws of the yeast presence or at least the unhappiness of its integration. More palatable forms of sweetness derived of oak linger in the mid-palate, but the tones of vanilla become somewhat chemical, plasticky, and too candy-like quite quickly.

Syrupy, fat palate is softly carbonated; stricken with a full sweet-hot metallic tang that’s quite abrasive. Some surprising, soft floral bittersweetness precedes an uncomfortable medicinal syrup in a weighty finish. Every precaution being taken in settling the bottle and in pouring makes me wonder what the difference between these imported bottles and the draft samples everyone seems so hot for might be. Thanks Ty!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Are you kidding me? This beer deserves it’s rating. I honestly feel this is the best stout I’ve had. Better than darklord and speedway. I would like to compare this against darkness. So if anyone would like to give me a sample so I can probally end up saying this is better than darkness. This has it all coffee, spice, caramel, and sweet undertone that makes you want more. This is the best I’ve had. I tried not to like this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sloth (2469) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Large light brown head with good retention and just a little spotty lacing. A black bodied brew. Nose of dark fruits, faint roast, chocolate thats milky and a tad dusty with the alc. showing as it warms. Body is medium, airy and silky smooth, lovely. Lotsa chocolate, roast flavors, light coffe notes and maybe a hint of pine, dark fruits and a touch of molasses. Nicely roasty, fruity finish. Highly drinkable! Surprised me with this one! Props to oldstylecubfan for the bottle, very nice indeed!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2008
This was a very different type IPS with hints of chocolate and coffee with some bitter finish and a strnage belgian taste to it but i like the different twist to it ,it is hard to describe but it was sort of sour in the finish and a bit of hops in there overall not to bad but different.CHEERS!


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