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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1398   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle thanks to Jebbe. Opaque dark brown/black with small creamy tan head. Dry roasted malt aroma, a little alc, nice hop presence, a little coffee. Sweet roasted malt flavor with coffee, a little toasted malt, a little nuttiness and nice hop presence, a little woody. Medium, creamy body. A nice sweet and hoppy stout like thing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4136) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Got to try this again and was much more impressed with it with some age. Pours a dark black that allows some light. The head is two fingers creamy and chestnut. The nose is very intense, sweet, molasses, some mild alcohol, rich chocolate, malty, coffee. The flavor is also very rich and intense, molasses, mild soy, rich chocolate, malt, alcohol, coffee, bitterness becomes more of a late factor. Rich and smooth mouthfeel with a velvety coat and a warming finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2008
Dark brown with huge beige long lasting head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and dark fruits. Sweet and vinious flavor with roasted malt, chocolate, liquerice and overripe fruits.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to OldStyleCubFan for sharing! Biggest disappointment of the night for me. Certainly a very solid beer in every way, but falls well short of the hype surrounding it. As they say, just ’cuz it’s rare . . . Anyways. It was definitely too green, too young. Some hops were initially present, but it mostly came on with a deep wet vegetal funk that tended in my mind to overshadow the complexity of the malts and other flavors that others seem to have enjoyed. Solid but not much more, though would happily rate again if given the chance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle. Almost black with a huge, light brown, lacing head. Dark fruit and espresso aroma. A hint of alcohol. Gains complexity in the mouth with vanilla blending with coffee, chocolate and fruit. Soft. De Struise Brouwers continue to impress.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2008
33 cl bottle at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Black coloe, lovely brown head. Aroma is dried fruit and dark roasted malt. Flavor is fantastic fruits and roasted to burnt malt, chocolate and caramel sweetness, hints of coffee and a wonderful sourness. Wonderful aftertaste. A fantastic beer - celebrating rating number 1.000.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12988) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Bottled@RBESG 2008 Grand Tasting
Pitch black, small tan head. Roasted, maybe a bit smoked nose. Sticky, liquerish, toasted, roasted flavors. Quite sweet - ageing? Good drinkability though. Re-rate at home pending. (7/4/8/4/16 3.9)
Bottled (BB 04/2012)
Pitch black, good thick creamy expresso head. Toasted coffee beans, smoke and tar in the nose. Full-bodied. Flavor is very roasted with molasses, dark malts, dark coffee, chocolate and tobacco. Somewhat crisp egde - quite high carbonation for this kind of beer. Not feeling like 13 %, but then aftertaste is very warming. Complex and interesting. (8/5/8/4/16 4.1)

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Thanks Barak! Love the label. A cold pour reveals a black-ish liquid and a very tall head that lingers like a stubborn koon hound. Aromas of roasted chocolate. Full nectar with creamy carbonation and an oily texture. Up front and center is a massive charcoal meltdown that shape shifts into liquid copper and other heavy metals. A strong bitter cocoa character balances the heavy metallic essence precisely. This beer is rich and very complex pushing up chocolate, dark fruit, cakebread, roasted coffee bean, leather. The finish is long and lingers like a memory that consists of a car crash at 100mph, flipping the car as a result, and living to talk about it like it was a ride at some crazy amusement park in Tijuana the you just can’t miss. The hops show moderately on the end and bitter it up profusely. Extreme, strong flavored, and very generous with high ABV that I can’t seem to spot. Overall I’ll have to Trump it to 100 because the aromas was a little weak. I’m a lucky guy and yes I did flip a car, safely =)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle. Courtesy of TPD975. The aroma is very fruity with light toasty notes, dark malt, cassiss and cherry. The flavor mirrors the aroma, but neither really wow me. It is quite boozy at times with honey notes int he finish. Very decent, but it just doesn’t do it for me like it has so many others.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2008
I think I’m thanking moejuck for this one: Pours a deep, syrupy black that looks like cola minus its carbonated body. Aroma is heavy and lingering of rum-soaked raisins, deeply roasted chocolate malts and coffee bean. Vinous-like quality. Flavor is dry, with an oaked flavor rounding out dark sugars, bitter chocolate, light coffee bean, brown sugar, and a tinge of spiced hops. Pretty warm finish. This is a BIG beer.


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