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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1441   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
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 10, 2008
Bottela. Dark skies and a nice fire sipping señor Alberto Negro from a big cognac glass. Pours pitch black with a nice creamy brownish head. Aroma of well roasted malt with dark chocolate, bitter hops and some spice. Great mouthfeel. The flavour has a very comfortable profound yet soft roasty maltiness with chocolate and some alcohol along with dark fruits, some spices and bitter hops. Long lasting roasty chocolate finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Pours a blacker than black beer with an inch of dark tan head that lingers as it cascades into itself. Huge 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 huge, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Big thanks (as usual) to tpd975 for bringing in this treat. Pours deep darkness with mocha head. The aroma is tough to pin down since it isn’t too bold. The light aroma seems to emit roasty malts and burnt malts mixed with dark chocolate, nearly hidden dark fruity esters and some faint earthiness. Some of this could be a bit of a stretch though. The taste is smooth and melded. It seems like an English barleywine and an Imperial Stout at the same time. I get rich creamy dark fruity esters of plums, grapes, sugar coated currents to go along with tasty dark chocolate, burnt malts, caramel and some molasses. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUL 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 Bottle courtesy of a good friend and a great Rateberrian. Pours black with a creamy tan long lasting head. Aroma of dark fruit and semi sweet chocolate. Flavors of dusty chocolate and some chocolate. Nice creamy mouth feel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Cask at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 4th July 2008. Perfectly opaque black with a great vinous aroma. On the tongue, you get lots of dark fruit, red wine, malts, spices, dark chocolate and even some coconut. It’s full-on, rich and flavoursome. An impressive strong stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgiskOlklub (955) - Viby J, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle. Huge, creamy, light brown lasting head with excellent lacing. Black body. Very nice aroma of coffee, raisin, licorice, plum, port and brown sugar. Full, sticky body, average carbonation and a bitter finish. The flavor is very well balanced, heavy sweet and heavy bitter. Very good and power full imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2008
330ml bottle. Slightly vinous initially on the nose. Bakers chocolate. Black liquorice. A hint of rubbery phenols. Aroma begins to sweetnen up as the beer opens. Some sweeter fruity yeasty esters that seem a tad out of place for a beer of this style. Pours a relitively attractive dark, nearly opaque brown with a decent sized khaki head. Flavor has way too much yeasty esters. Bitter Belgian and baker’s chocolate. Anise and liquorice. Herbal and soapy hops. Fairly roasty and bitter with a good dose of candy sugar. Leathery and ashy. Hides the 13% quite well. Thicker bodied, but still on the thin side for an impy. Finishes dry with plenty of anise and a touch of alcohol. A worthy effort for sure, but the yeast component really throws me off. Thanks Daniel!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (8289) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2008
(Bottle at GT - RBESG 2008)
June 29, 2008
Brown color, tan head. Sweet chocolate scent. Sweet, coffee, chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.


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