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

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RATINGS: 1348   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (1027) - PORTUGAL - JUN 1, 2014
15cl on tap at the brewery. Pours a really dark brown with a nice pale brown colour head. Aroma is chocolate, liquorice, roasted, hoppy, grassy and floral. Soft carbonation and medium to full body. Taste is medium bitter and light to medium sweet. Overall... how can I leave without drinking another?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmzl (82) - SLOVENIA - MAY 31, 2014
29/11 2012 bottle.

Look: Very dark, syrupy pour with average sized, very thick, solid, dark mocha head. Slow, consistent and very pretty retention, mostly diminishes, the thin layer still leaves fair amount of fine lacing. Colour is dark, dark brown.

Smell: Intense burst out of the bottle. Raisins, dry plums with medium fat sweetness, mostly milk chocolate, burned caramel and roast. Touch of sour (dark fruit notes) and a very light alcohol feel in the nose - combined they break the fatness. Fat, rich but in good harmony.

Taste: Surprisingly pleasant, fruity (dry fruits - raisins, dry apricots) start. Smooth, medium sweetness develops into a rich, strong medium-heavy but still smooth sweet middle, mostly chocolate driven with strong, fat caramel. Light sour still present, not so dark fruity, more notes come from different dry fruits - sour dry cranberries come to mind. Sourness with a very light, subtle alcohol spike refreshes the whole thing. The end is medium-heavy mostly coffee, roast bitterness with a solid light hop character (noble). The after-taste is mostly roast with some very light noble hop and light chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full, heavy body, very creamy, smooth. Light alcohol to detect, it is very well incorporated, breaks the solid, fat sweetness.

Overall: One of the best in the style for me. If you can get your hand on it, do so. Rich, smooth, fat and fun, all that it wants to be and more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (6892) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, reife Früchte, Kaffee, alkoholisch, genauso ist auch der Geschmack.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
freretoc (581) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 9, 2014
Bu en bouteille de 33cl batch "0" couleur brune intense mousse avec une couleur caramel, attaque sur le grillée assez intense et puis une attaque qui suit sur le café une tuerie absolue !

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suedehead288 (335) - BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2014
2014.05 - 33cl - donker donker bier, prachitige chocoladekleurige schuimkraag (die smelt als sneeuw voor de zon) - neus : vanop afstand ruik ik al iets fruitigs, dichterbij wordt dat : chocolade, rozijntjes en koffie - mond : alcohol, zoets, koffie

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stieven (1) - - MAY 4, 2014 does not count
Zeer geslaagd bier. Een intense smaak. Fantastische geur en smaak. Karaktervol bier. Amazing

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (226) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a small light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, fruit, licorice and alcohol. Sweet flavor of licorice, dried fruit, coffee and caramel. Has a warming alcohol finish. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1398) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
On tap at Global Brew. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin espresso-like tan head. Aroma is Merlot and a bit of funk. Taste is sweet burnt malt, coffee, caramel, whiskey and licorice. Very busy, but well balanced.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2078) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle 330 ml at home, into a snifter. ABV 13% Colour on the body is pitch black, pours thick like oil, and creates a thin dark brown head on top, with good retention for its size. Aroma has roasted malts, molasses, wine, some alcohol. Taste of fortified wine, port, roasted malts and especially on the aftertaste, alcohol is barely notable, coffee on the finish. This is truly great! Thick body, good carbonation with a bite, sticky on the palate. Overall a fantastic beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayzz (304) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
Incredible sour fruit aroma and tart fruit flavor with a mellow honey long finish. Dark brown color and fizzy long palate. Amazing


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