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

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RATINGS: 1363   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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (327) - HUNGARY - AUG 8, 2014
Kövér testtel hömpölygő, szurokfekete színű ital gurul ki az üvegből, egy kakaóbarna színű habot penderítve, mely nem túl nagy és nem is túlságosan tartós, annál szebb látványt nyújt azonban illékony szereplése. Savanykás illatok fogadnak minket, melyek az élesztős, befőttes, enyhén füstös aromák mentén rajzolódnak ki és válnak egyre teljesebbé. Nagyszerű, súlyos összetevők játékát élvezhetjük, melyek mégis üdítő jelleggel hatnak az angolszász stoutok karakterén edződött ízlelőbimbókra. A folytatás tehát legalább ennyire pezsdítő: vibrálóan gyümölcsös, leginkább fekete, túlérett termések, mint a cseresznye aromái, valamint krémes, vaníliás zamatok, ugyanakkor kissé fanyar, füstös, faszénhez hasonló jelleg érezhető egyszerre. A kandiscukor és az élesztő adják az ital gerincét az alkohol érezhető, ám mértékéhez képest nem különösebben domináns súlyával megpakolva. Leginkább egy többféle stílus jellemvonásait egyesítő, mégis újszerű, ám tagadhatatlanul belga típushoz lehet szerencsénk, amennyiben összehoz minket a sors ezzel a vadorzóval.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2085) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Aroma: Chocolate, Dark Fruits, Mild Tobacco, Mild Coffee Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Dark Fruit, Cocoa, Mild Coffee, Mild Milk Chocolate Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet

1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 3, 2014
Zo lang gezocht om dit eens te proberen, maar dit was ABSOLUUT mijn smaak niet, een tegenvaller.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Already a classic and one of the best-known members of a new generation of Belgian imperial stouts (or ’royal’, as the label says). Very thick and dense, equal, deeply beige head, colour black with practically no transparency. Very powerful perfume of brown sugar, dates, raisins, pear, vanilla, tobacco, smoked meat, whisky, sherry and coffee powder. Taste very deep and thick, candied fruit, sweet in onset, smooth and oily, profoundly malty (chocolate, caramel, hazelnuts), medium to strong carbonation, in the finish a deep, mouth-lining toasted bitterness, very long dry finish with aromatic hops and warming alcohol. Quite demanding, well-balanced and very complex brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillemsUrenkel (510) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2014
0,33 l botte from kappödav123. Thanks a lot! Purs black and oily in the glass, No head. Heavy dark berriefruits and dark chocolate at the nose. Taste coffie, very fruity. Longlasting. Alcoholic. A lot of cacao. Fruity sweetness. Very complex. Heavy stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1001) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Dan shared at his house. Small snifters. Pours a jet black with a dark mocha thin head. Some mild lacing involved. The aroma is deep roasted coffee, dark chocolate, currants, prunes, vanilla, slight booze, and marshmallow. The taste is fairly similar with the dark chocolate and coffee hitting first and then the dark fruits coming through at the end. Slightly sweet. Finish is booze and coffee. Full body, mild carbonation. Overall very nicely done.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (3139) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle @ Café Rose Red, Brugge. Pours cloudy nearly black with airy but very stable tan head. Dark aroma of coffee, caramel malt and liquorice. Sweet flavour of coffee, chocolate, and caramel malt, with notes of roast and touches of liquorice. Lingering, sweetish and slightly roasty aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. Very nice, indeed.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewgrav (10) - - JUL 20, 2014
330 ml Une biere syropeuse Deep dark colours Une longueur en bouche puissance Aromes de cafe caramélisé Une élégance pour une biere a 13 %

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zoret (75) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2014
Cervesa rodona, llarga i llaminera. Bona per pendre mica en mica tota sola o acompanyada de postres dolços. Exemple d’estil.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aaron68 (572) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2014
330 ml on tap @ "Cafe Sara", Oslo.July 05, 2014. Beer from a tulip glass. Black in color with a beige brown head.Medium carbonation.Oily look. Aroma is espresso,roasted malt,dark sugar,dark chocolate,some spices and vanilla. Tastes sweet,roasted malt and has a warming alcohol feeling. A really nice and well balanced Imperial Stout. To be re-tasted when possible.


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