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


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RATINGS: 1449   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjs (5185) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2008
(Draught, Keg III Erasmus, at Pikkulintu on 2008-08-22. Thank you Markku!) Pitch black. Small brown head. Chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and roastedness in nose. Full-bodied palate with medium carbonation. Chocolate, vanilla, roastedness, little coffee and light bitterness. Vanilla flavours and aromas grow stronger when beer gets warmer. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Rich rum and raison aromas, plums, dried figs. Pours black with a thin tan head. Some smoke in the flavor, rich dark malts, burnt coffee, some molasses and rum like flavors, smooth chocolatey aftertaste. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Sparky27!! Thanks! Pours pitch black with a thick dark tan head. Has little aroma for the style. What I do smell is dark roasted malts. But its very subtle. Has a heavy mouthfeel. When I swallow this its so heavy I have to push it down. I get a sharp alcohol taste just after it goes down, then I taste bitter chocolate, dark malt, dark coffee, subtle caramel, and finishes with a bitter flavor that may come from the chocolate or possibly hops or both. This is a complex brew that I am grateful to have tried. Thanks Eric!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11433) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours opaque and completely black. A giant, staying, creamy, cappucino-brown head. Great duration. Aroma is a bit underwhelming for a 13 % beer. Roasted tones, some soft plums and a touch of dark Guetamala coffee. Medium carbonation, but only a mild creaminess. But when aroma and mouthfeel was a bit of a let-down, the flavour is stunningly complex. Let tartness at first, some liquorice giving game. Lots of hard roasted malts and a truly wonderful, lingering aftertaste. Soft viniousity and dark, dry, chocolate. There is hops - a lot of hops - in here, but it never does anything but balance out the wonderful flavour. In a few years, the aroma might have settled, and this will be a world-class beer - now it is just behind the best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9442) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2008
Thank you for sending Absumaster. Absolutely black, with a bit of creamy head, it looks rich and thick. Aroma of maltiness and a little coffee roast. The flavour is chocolate,roast, malt, a little coffee, mid-sip bitterness. The real feature of this beer is its balance. Its not too sweet, not too chocolate. Just eminently drinkable. A fine RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusgus (233) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2008
Ratebeer #100. Bottle, thanks marsiblursi! Pours pitch black with large, café latte colored creamy head. Very vinous aroma with red fruits, some yeast and acrid sourness from the black grains. Very soft mouthfeel with slight sweetnes and a hint of sourness. Vinous with long chocolatey aftertaste. Earthy bitterness in the finis with a strange vegetal bitternes, like radish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle thanks to Chris at Ebenezer’s for sharing this one. Poured deep black in color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and some spices . Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, figs and a very mild alcohol warming. Very complex and very nice. I understand there are 2 versions of this around. I also understand that the version I’m rating is the better one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle shared by masonjer. Poured black with a decent sized (for an imperial stout) chocolate brown head. Aroma was surprisingly fruity - dark cherries supported by roasted malt. Overall flavor is definitely closer to a quad than an impy, save the dark roast backbone. Loads of dark fruit and a distinct vinous character. Alcohol presence is subtle. Lots of carbonation and a lighter than anticipated mouthfeel. Despite the difficulties with classifying its style, it’s definitely a remarkable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1629) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle Deep black, clear body. Frothy brown head. Spare lace. Aroma of deep strong malts, cherry, white wine, apples, pear sirupe, smoke, ... Perfectly balanced aroma with an ok complexity. The aroma is not very complex, but the partial lack of complexity is made up by the balance. The aroma is not at all one dimensional on the malts as one would expect from an imperial stout. The flavour is moderately bitter, moderately sweet mainly of strong malts (but not overwhelming, the malts are more pronounced in the aroma and even in the aroma it is not that much for a stout). Quite fully bodied with a lot of carbonation. Good balance, but as the aroma, the flavour is not that complex. In the aroma the balance could make up for the lack of complexity, but in the flavour it doesn’t succeed fully, but certainly well enough. This is definitely a good stout, but maybe more like a quad since the malts are not dominating. A superb addition to the Belgian beer scene, let’s hope we can keep on getting this in Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Poured opaque black from the bottle. Nose is belgian yeast and fruit and a hint of roast. Taste is distant roast again, plum, raisin, wine character, with a nice round and balanced flavor. Didn’t taste hardly any alcohol. More belgian quad then stout to me. Kind of thin, but a really enjoyable flavor.

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