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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1380   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 Ebenezerís 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 breweryís 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


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Iíve had the pleasure of tasting this brew during several different occasions from the tap and from the bottle and I must say this is by far one of the best Imperial Stouts brewed; bar none! First, I donít even know if this should be in the same class with other Imperial Stouts; it has its own distinctive style. The appearance of this brew has to be one of the darkest stouts I have ever seen. The head was so thick and velvety brown head that it looked like a shot of espressoÖsuperb! It had a magnificent scent of sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans and molasses along with roasted malt. The taste is just out of this world. Started off with a blitz of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts; followed by light vanilla hoppy presence and fruit flavors with a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel wasnít too thick along with soft carbonation keeping the brew from tasting too syrupy. The complexity of this brew is such that 13% ABV is totally absent until the glass is almost empty and then you begin to say Wow, this is one hell of a beer! For me this was like drinking a fine Port that I could have sipped all night. I canít say enough about the brews that are being produced at the Struise camp, but I do know that the rating of number one brewer in the world is without doubt; justified! This brew has taken Stouts to a whole new level!!!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Draught at Ebenezerís Pub in Lovell, Maine. Incredibly dark, opaque, with a moderate foamy brown head. The beer coats the glass with some deep, dark legs and leaves a touch of residue behind. Full and rich aroma with a good chocolate presence which was offset by dark fruits, floral hoppiness, light roastiness and coffee, and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is very complex and it all melded together wonderfully. The front end starts out with some serious chocolate, followed by some lighter roasted notes that give way to the very green, yet not very bitter, hops. The finish has some slight bitterness that was offset by some coffee. The body was full and very rich. It drank wonderfully though, and you would only have an inkling that this beer is as strong as it is. Decadent stuff. Thoroughlly enjoyable on all fronts. A big thank you to Chris and Jen at Ebenezerís for giving me the chance to have such an awesome treat

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2008
Tasted it at the Proefzolder Picobrewery Alvinne. Draught and bottle. A black colored beer. It has a huge dark beige foamed head. It leaves a nice lace on the glass. The aroma has coffee in it, with pure chocolate and spicey notes. If you taste this, itís like drinking pure chocolate, with coffee notes, dark fruits and spicy tones. It has a dry bitter aftertaste. A very, very good beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bmartin08 (12) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Wow! Definately lived up to the hype in my mind. An absolutely perfect palate. Thick, sweet, creamy and bold with that perfect touch of coffee. Pours black-black with a nice large tan head. Nice and complex and the alcahol is no where to be found. Simply outstanding!!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
foodtraveller (61) - BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 2009: The new recipe is fuller and rounder. This one just got even better. 2007: Dark stout. Lot of fruit and malt followed by coffee, barley, candy licorice. Starts sweet and ends nicely bitter. Long aftertaste. A complex creamy stout. The best Struse so far. If only had a little bit more creaminess at the end...

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 A very well made mammoth stout. Begins sweet, with all sorts of dark fruits and candy sugar. Strong licorice & cinnamon aromaís and little apparent roastiness made me think I was drinking a quadrupel. On the palate it starts out very fruity as well, a true Struise flavor-profile reminding of Pannepot: thick maltiness with flavors of baked dark fruit. Then, on the finish, it starts drying out and turns very bitter and burnt, revealing all the flavors I was expecting: coffee, chocolate, and hops. Starts out on the sweet side of the stout spectrum, and ends up on the other side - nice shapeshifting! Velvet mouthfeel, really soft-bodied, but with enough carbonation to keep it from getting sticky. Excellent stuff as long as youíre not afraid of some residual sugar.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (2702) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2008
Also from tap and from bottle, 33 cl. both @ Alvinne this morning. Full black color, with beige head (large from tap). WOW ! Aroma bitter chocolate and hops, dark sugar, bit liquorice ? Full body. Taste is complex: sweetness, some coffee, earth notes (like the Aardmonnik). Chocolate, hops, and a alcoholic touch. For me the best of Struise.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chindong (10) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2008
On tap at Erasmus in Brugge in early March 2008. I ended up going to Erasmus three times to get this beer. The first two times, they were closed. Sweet malts and coffee hints are present. The 13% ABV is well hidden until the finish where you can taste it a little bit. A wonderful example of the imperial stout style with a Belgian twist.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19698) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2008
Draught at the Struise farm. Opaque black, firm creamy head.Aroma of black currant and licorice. Swet and fryuty with coffee, tobacco, caramel and dextrose. While there are massive amounts of interesting flavour in here it also suffers a little from the Mikkeller Black syndrome - sharp dextrose sweetness. Here it is far from as overpowering, leaving much more room for other flavours. Itís surprisingly slim for a beer of itís size and remains drinkable. Slight inky finish - sort of orange juice and tooth paste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MIBRomeo (2562) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2008
FANTASTIC... one of the best imperial stouts Iíve had the privelage to try. Sampled on tap out at the Struise farm with Urbain. Pours jet black w/ a huge thick dark head and great lacing. Aroma is big and sweet, some light fruity hints of plum and raisen, a definate coffee some chocolates and a lighty bittering. The flavor is great. Big and sweet.. yeast adds some really subtle fruits.. I got raisen and apricot behind the chocolates and coffees, Huge well coated palate.. very very good.


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