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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1345   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2852) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Generously shared by sloth from the bottle. The pour was pretty typical for an imperial stout, although it did resemble the larger bubble carbonation of what I associate with Black Belgians. The aroma was vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, and some sort of a styrofoam chemical type thing that I’ve had before in some beers, perhaps a specific spice or something? The flavor was vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, and some touch of coffee with a finish of gentle piney hops keeping things pretty clean. Combined with the mouthfeel (full but airy, light, dry) made this perhaps the most drinkable impy stout I’ve had to-date - not many that I would sit back and drink on a hot day in the summer, but this was almost there: smooth. But, as much as I enjoyed this and would love to return to it one day when it hits the States more officially, I have no idea how it got to be 5th overall on the site at the time of rating? Either way, a great big thanks to my good beer drinking pal, Bert. His generosity is incredible!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Black pour with a good size beige head. Good lacing. Aroma was that of dark chocolate and dark fruits and vanilla. A dark chocolate and cocoa taste with a roast and hoppy finish. It was odd but very good..

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_indian. Pours dark with a one and a half creamy light tan head. Aroma of belgian spices, dark chocolate, and mild roast. The flavor is sweet dark chocolate, spices, roast, caramel, with lively carbonation, and a good body. Very smooth, nicely done.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2008
An outstanding "Belgian" Imperial Stout... very clean, chocolately, dark fruit, a hint of sourness from aging. Deceptively smooth for 13% ABV, and enough body to balance an extremely alcoholic beer. Very little head which falls quickly, little to no hop aroma or flavor but this is not a flaw since the dark malts carry enough bitterness. It is sweet and rich to be sure... a masterpiece!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
Draught, Ebenezar Kezar’s
Rich dark brown body with a dark brown head. The aroma is chocolately, fudgey. The body is very thick...rich decadent stuff. The Belgian malts are definitely in evidence here, with the smoothness and softness. It goes down brilliantly. The hops are understated. The roast is relatively subtle - in some ways it reminds me of a cafecito for the thick, sweet body and intensity without astringency. Such a complex, silky, well-rounded example is genuinely worth your attention.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 30, 2008
Bottle. Black with a dense brown head with good duration and nice lacings. Aromas of hops, dark fruit, sweet malt and coffee with sugar. Flavour of sweet malt, raisins, hops and licorice. Aftertaste lasts forever. Nice brew.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Plovmand (6303) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle. A pitch black beer pours in the glass with a creamy dark brown head that lasts forever. Its very beautifull. A bit dissapointed with the aroam as its pretty weak compared to what I expected but I sense dark fruit, berries, liquorice and some coffee notes. Flavour is very complex with lots of different notes as coffee, prunes, raisins, earthy spices, liquorice and alcohol. As I expected this would be much different from the usual super hoppy and roasty Impy stouts around. Its kind of a mix of a stout and a belgian strong ale. Very interesting! Cant wait for a cellared sample.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blom (831) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2008
Black with a low and dense brown head. Strong liquorice in the aroma along with berries, and coffee. The flavours are intense, but once again the struise yeast does not comply with my taste...But beside this it is nice with loads of dark chocolate, liquorice, spice and late lingering bitterness. The body is full and the texture fat and creamy.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (10136) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2008
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Roast, chocolate, alcohol, light spice and prunes in the aroma. Flavour is great. Liqourice, chocolate, alcohol, roast and brown sugar. Quite complex and a nice difference to the ordinary US west coast impy. Full bodied. Light dry. Alcohol, liqourice, roast and a light bitterness in the end. Light alcohol burnt on the lips and palate. Complex and balanced brew, which is smooth and highly drinkable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours black as night with no light penetrating. The huge three-finger mocha head fade to a thin, dense layer that stays the whole session and leaves an extraordinary amount of lacing. This is a damn fine looking beer. The smell is a where things start to get interesting. It’s much sweeter than I expected with a big dose of raisin, figs, and red grapes up front. Theres some caramel sweetness as well as a bit of dark chocolate as well. If the smell was where things started to get interesting, the taste is where it gets truly unique. Massively complex, the taste starts with the dark fruits as in the taste but quickly goes into a chocolate and coffee bitterness that extends into the finish. There’s also the oft-mentioned grape flavor in the background. The mouthfeel is super full, unbelievably smooth and silky with good carbonation and sugary sweet on the palate but dry in the finish. This is an exceptionally complex beer and truly unique. Drinkability isn’t extremely high, but one of these is a rewarding enough experience that two would probably be too much for my poor palate to take. Wonderful beer and looking forward to getting some more.


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