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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1449   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
The aroma is full of vanilla and hops, perhaps there is oak too? Maybe it was just my imagination. It looks dark with a tint of copper and a huge head! The flavor is very complex ranging from dark fruit and candis to notes of coffee in the aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7352) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Thanks to Jeppe for bringing this to the party! Poured deep brown, not quite black with a nicely retained cap of tan head. The aroma picked up dark chocolate, toasted caramel, and a touch of soy with something a bit sweet that I could not place (something akin to candi sugar, but not exactly). The flavor was deep and delightful with dark chocolate, soy, and licorice paired with an oat-like sweetness.. light-moderate roast.. anise and candi sugar on the back.. very, very sweet on the palate and came across as a sweeter, lightly-roasted, strong Belgian Ale. Medium-plus bodied on the palate and sweeter with a spice I could not place.. odd for an impy stout, but a very good brew nevertheless.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 Thanks Gumby!!! Pours a nearly opaque black, hints of brown around the edges. Aroma is roasted grain, coffee, alcohol, some vanilla and liquorice. The flavor is odd. The aroma is more intriguing. The roasted note does not come through as strong as I had hoped.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3896) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 33cl bottle. thanks to jeppe for bringing this! pours black with creamy tan head. nose is yeasty, a bit winey, some roast. wow not much in the nose. flavor is winey, sugary, licorice, yeasty, caramel, some raison and alcohol. 3.6. draft sampled of this vintage were the same. 3.5. 9/20/10. thanks to sean for this Batch 0. P blk w big tan head, n vinegar, booze, dk fruit, fl dk fruit choc candy sugar, coffee liquor, silky body, insanely drinkable. much more impressive than the later batches. i can see now what the fuss was able.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 12, 2008
Thx 4 sharing KimJohansen: Completely black with nice creamy cafe au lait head, strong vinous notes of liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate, overripe fruit, very vinous sweet taste, bitter finish, warming alcohol. Like a mix of a imperial stout and a quardruppel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 11, 2008
11 oz bottle from Belgian beer shop. Batch no. 14. Pours an opaque black color with a big tan head that lasts forever. Aroma was moderate in strength with roasted malts, dark fruits, cocoa and a bit of salty soy. The flavor is complex, big and bold with dark biter chocolate, sweetened Sumatran coffee, burnt malts, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. The finish is long and dry with lingering cocoa and a bit of astringency. Overall: A very tasty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Smell is malts, roastiness, coffee, yeasty, and chocolate. Look is black with a good sized camel hair colored head. Taste is malt, touch of hop bitterness, caramel, dark fruits, sweet like, and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (22398) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2008
Bottled. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, smoked notes, some slight alcohol as well as yeast, some ryebready notes. Flavour is wellbalanced, roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruits and quite sweet notes. Also some slight yeastyness is lurking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Bottle from SQNfan - thanks a ton for the chance to try this! Nice looking black pour with a rather large beige head. Aroma is a bit yeasty with a smooth roastiness supplemented by chocolate and bread. Flavor is of smooth dark chocolate, some Belgian yeast, dark fruit and spice. Nice full mouthfeel that is very unique - amazingly no hint of alcohol. This beer is really, really good, though not quite "great". Certainly a unique offering that will no doubt inspire many a drinker and brewer alike. It really says something about Struise that I consider this middle of the pack for their beers!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Thanks to toncatcher for sharing this bottle. Aromas of licorice, some coffee. Flavor was grape candy, finished creamy. Very good.


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