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

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RATINGS: 1401   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Bottled. Pours black (surprice surprice!) with a big beige head and lacings. Smells of alcohol. Some sweetnes with fruity aromas of dark dried fruits. Also some coffee aromas and a bit of toasted malts. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Slightly dry finish with more roasted coffee and hints of alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21509) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle. Black coloured with a huge beige head. Roasted and fruity aroma of liquorice and berries with notes of chocolate and vinous notes. Sweet and roasted flavour of dried fruits, liquorice, chocolate with vinous notes. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Big thanks to tertons. Poured a very deep brown color with a small-medium tan head. The aroma started with spicy/yeasty notes on a sweet roasted malt base. Dry chalky aroma with mild alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt with a mild-moderate sweetness. Bitter chocolate middle. The finish was bitter with a light tartness. The tail also included light pepper and spice. Medium bodied.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
Very dark brown body with a huge lasting brown head, leaving beautiful lacing; Beautiful nose that takes some time in the glass to fully open, a huge deep very well behaved rude grown up mass of aromas are sitting in the glass, dried and fresh fruit some yellow some red, darker very fruity African coffee beans notes are there as well, new and great; Deep, complex very interesting body, it has the same style of beautiful bitterness as Mikkeller Black, fruity bitter like coffee can be at it best, softly textured with a slight carbonation bite, slightly salty, very well made; Long fruity bitter finish, amazing complex balanced bite, tobacco roasted, dried fruity bitter tons of fell, tons of aroma and very well composed almost hidden. Super, super interesting intelligent new beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29849) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
Drunk to celebrate my rating number 10,700. Bottled. A black beer with a deep red shine under a huge dark brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of spices and fruit, as well as lighter notes of phenol, chocolate, herbs, and alcohol - a very complex aroma. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of chocolate, caramel sauce, roasted malt, herb, vanilla, and alcohol - I guess it can be reduce to an ice cream topping of world class. The finish is dry and roasted - and you don’t notice the 100 IBU, they are hidden behind the roasted malt and alcohol. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle courtesy tpd975. Thanks Greg. Pours black with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, light roast, and spicy yeast. Taste is dark fruit, sweet caramel, roasted malt, and yeast. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness, very smooth alcohol, and a slightly tart finish. A very good beer but it didn’t live up to the hype.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skinnyviking (7235) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle. Hign and long lasting light brown creamy head. Wouw what a dark body. Never seen anything that black. Coffee aroma with a shot of hops. Strong and yet smooth coffee liquorice flavor, pretty simple, easy, and very good. Creamy light feeling and alcohol, I am temptedt to write of course, well hidden. Low carbonation, long aftertaste. Not bad at all !

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeterSumborg (5) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2008 does not count
creamy long lasting head. ink black color. heavy rosted malt, and alot coca, and hops (100 IBU). Not my favorite type of bear, but a must try.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 20, 2008
11.2oz. bottle, pours a dark black with a towering creamy dark tan head that lasts a very long time and you could eat it with a spoon if inclined. My second pour was too long and brought the head a good bit above the rim of my snifter and it held strong. Great lacing as well makes this beautiful in the glass! Aroma is equally as enticing as the appearance, with dark chocolate, ripe dark berry, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, espresso, and on and on. Lots going on, but man does it work well together. Flavor brings out more of the same, with the cocoa, espresso, ripe dark berry and bittersweet chocolate taking equal parts of the lead in harmony. Took the advice in a forum post from Carlo @ Struise to start with this right from the fridge, and boy does that pay off! I’m in agreement that this is like no typical Imperial Stout, fantastic stuff!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11277) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2008
Looks promising! Jet black with a lasting light brown head, that leaves a pretty lace. Aroma is roasted malt, and lots of it, but with a distinct Belgian fruityness. Hops are also showing themselves, American hops, probably. Sweetish, with pleanty roast malt flavour, but also some interesting plum, figs and dates that might become really interesting with aging. Finishes violently roast and hoppy, and unfortunately with a little too much alcohol. I was ready to pick this beer apart to find flaws after expecting so much, but it was worth the wait. Delicious impy with its very own identity.


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