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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1389   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31626) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
33 cL bottle at Den tatoverede Enke. Pours pitch black with a extremxly slowly collapsing chocolate broan head. Aroma is mild fruity and hard roasted malt. Flavour is mild yeasty and hard roasted malt. Extremely smooth and roasted flavoured. Light acidic and mild citric touch in the finish, hard roasted. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 Bottle, courtesy tpd975. Pours a black color, with a very thick tan head, with tons of creamy lacing. Aroma of creamy licorice, caramel, slight soy sauce. Some tea leaves, Belgian chocolate and distant smoke. Surprisingly subdued though. Flavors have Belgian chocolate, 9am coffee, honey, slight roasted malts, raisin, with a simple tart finish. Decent. Smooth as hell, with a medium-body, and very drinkable. The ABV is insanely hidden, would never think this was above 10%. All-in-all though, I’m fairly disappointed by the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
33cL bottle, courtesy of tertons (and miketd). Thanks, guys!! Pours a very dark, murky chocolate-brown color; light tan head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of bitter chocolate, roasted / burnt malts, and some interesting yeastiness / nougat notes; very pleasant and chocolatey and soft, generous nose. Full, chewy mouthfeel: chocolate, oily roasted coffee, soft nougat / vanilla-tinged note; sweet yeastiness at the core; lasting roasted coffee note coating the palate; excellent, chewy, drinkable goodness. Very tasty, Belgian-slanted stout. Long finish: roasted coffee, complex yeast, and softly bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle generously provided by tertons. Pours dark brown with a thin light brown ring. Smells of alcohol, dark fruit, nutty, some hints of bananas. Tastes of warming alcohol with a nice bitterness. Some nuttiness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8214) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 draft, struise farm. Nose heavy with chocolate and roast, some heavily oily charred chocolate bars, with a light lactic cream note as well. Mouthfeel is semi-gritty, full and rich and oily and thick. Up front it’s thick burnt toffee and burnt vanilla and dark chocolate and roast. Some lactic notes and thick, vinous, vanilla infused roast in the finish. Little to no alcohol apparency.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bierkonijn (22) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 Nop forget that old rating. Was it a bad bottle? a bad mood perhaps? Maybe not the best beer i ever had, very enjoyable at least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
deepsouth (23) - biloxi, Mississippi, USA - JUN 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 this beer poured a jet black color with a little bit of light brown head that receeded pretty quickly. the smell is out of this world. wonderfully complex. dark pitted fruits, chocolate & toffee. the taste is consistant with the smell, albiet a bit sweeter than i expected or care for. overall, this is a world class beer that is worthy of seeking out. it’s pretty different from any imperial stout i’ve ever had, perhaps worthy of a class of it’s own. if you are expecting a RIS in the American style, then this is NOT The beer for you. while i can totally appreciate the craftsmanship of this brew, it’s not near my favorite. that said, this is probably the most overrated beer i have ever drank.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeinDahlem (1332) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 11, 2008
Like so many beers from Struise, this beauty is highly interesting, tasty and flat-out drinkable. Not to mention pretty. 33 cL bottle pours a thick black with sturdy brown head. Nose is fairly restrained for what comes later, with hints of espresso, chocolate, dark fruits, and dusting of hops. The espresso really comes out in the flavor, as do the dark fruits. The reasonable sweetness is perfectly checked by serious bitterness without being overwhelmed by it. Full body yet not too thick, lightly lively mouthfeel. Strength is totally hidden, which is a feat in itself. Despite everything going on in this beer, it is immediately tasty in a hedonistic way. You can ponder it or not, you’ll probably like it either way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
[1185-20080303] Tap. Licorice figgy roast malt aroma has strong fruit which is reminiscent of generic berryness, mixed with refreshing apples and strawberries. Black body with a long-lasting foamy dark tan red head. Fruity notes continue in flavour with strong roasted malt overtones and a lovely long aftertaste. Full body is initially somehow both smooth and tart at once. An incredible beverage, enjoyed even more at the end of the evening with some opera in the background -- adding to the allure and charm.
(@ Erasmus; Brugges, BE)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2008
I’ve 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 don’t 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 espresso…superb! 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 wasn’t 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 can’t 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!!!

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