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

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RATINGS: 1460   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
33cl bottle. Dark brownish black pour with a tall light brown/tan head. Sweet alcoholic malt aroma. This is a very unique beer. Flavors of sour coffee, dark chocolate, rich dark roasted malt, and a bit of fruit cake. Finish is both sweet and sour, with perhaps a touch of earthy hops. Sadly, this beer could have benefited from more age, and I hope to give it another try. As it stands as I rate this, it was not worth the time and expense required to try it, but certainly deserves another chance.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5406) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2008
Chris_o’s GBBF Shindig August 08. Smooth, dark and bitter chocolate flavoured strong ale. Lingering bitterness - perhaps too bitter for comfort. Not my thing. Intense, but not hugely pleasant. Intense, but lacking character, and interesting corners. Intense like so many too intense American beers. There is a fashion at the moment for American extreme beers and Struise have made one which will appeal to fans of the extreme.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (5321) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Pours a thick black color with a big tan head. Aroma was of dark fruits, coffee and alcohol. Flavor was fairly complex, nice chocolately roastiness and some coffee with some fruity spiceness from the belgian yeast. Not the most complex or best tasting stout but I gave it a very high overall because it is extremely drinkable especially at 13%

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iosonomarco (41) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 28, 2008
Aroma di malto tostato, caramello, cioccolato, con discreti sentori fruttati. Corpo rotondo. Al palato risulta ben bilanciata con un finale amaro.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2008
Very dark brown, muddy with a big persistent lightbrown head. Aroma of overripe fruit (strawberries), sugar and burnt malts. Fruity taste, very sweet, thick and syrupy, but giving away a nice dry roasted bitterness in the end. Alcohol is very well hidden, but the texture gives away its abv. Nice beer, though it could have done with a little less syrupy sweetness and a more powerful roasted bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2008
keg 250ml 6€ at Pikkulintu Helsinki 250808 murky dark brown Scent: roasted malts sour Taste bit cold but from first sip full body strong aroma of roasted malts kicked most me .Chocolate ,bitterness,coffee and hops above. It doesn’t feel 13%. One of the best beer ever tasted

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2008
33 cl bottle - big thanks to brewczar for the trade; jet black with foamy tan head; slight roast and very sweet; tons of cream and smoothness in the texture; no hotness whatsoever as this was a delight to drink; almost lemony flavor to it; sweet spice and dank fruit as well; doesn’t feel 13% at all; texture is very unique

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14641) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2008
My Rating # 2000. 33cl bottle @ VinensVerden, Odense. Pours black with a creamy brown lasting head. Nose & taste is filled with chocolate, roasted coffee & dark dried fruits - very balanced, vinous & pleasant. Plenty of hops to be noticed in the end. Palate is smooth & soft like velvet. Rather uncomplicated - just really nice!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 33cl Bottle found at Beer Paradise in Holstebro. Black color with dark brown-reddish huge head. Spicy aroma, flavors of roasted malt, coffee, herbs and alcohol.Dry finsih with some bitterness. Very nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2008
Keg III Erasmus at Pikkulintu 22.8.2008. Thanks Markku !!!. Pale brown head. Malty and syropy nose. Some hints of prune and dried fruits in the nose. Soft sweet and malty taste with hints of chocolate and coffee also some licorice.


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