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


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RATINGS: 1434   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (3128) - FINLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle@ccc. Black tan brown top. Dark roasted, vinous dried plums fruityness on nose. Quite vinous, portwine, madeira actually, with a bit of almondy sweetness. Miuthfillling, pretty intensive. Chocolate. Coffee, plummy fruits, roasted barley. I get anton berg’s chocolate plum confectionaries. Strange drink.

-- bb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hermod (3893) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2015
33cl bottle @ Cosmic comic Cafe. Bbe 05/2015. Black color, brown head. Sugary, ashy aroma, some chocolate and mild spicy notes. Flavor has suryp, ash, vanilla notes and molasses. Super sweet. Nah, don’t get the hype here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DwarfeD (1410) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Pitch black with a small tan head. Full body with low carbonation. Nice sweetness with some bitter tones. Dark chocolate, malts, caramel, brown sugar and spices. A decent full flavoured imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2015
A massive beer. This one I THINK is from 2007, the label was very faded and saw that date on it - got this from a trade and have a new one, drinking this older one first. Black pour from a 12oz bottle at home. Rich fruity aroma - plum, sweet, chocolate, and raisin. Cocoa, sweet, vanlla, cranberry, and raisin taste, pretty bitter also. Has a lot going on, hard to pick it all out, each drink brings up new tastes. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tomekboniek (168) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 26, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2015 100 ml podczas Warszawskiego Festiwalu Piwa, paź, 2014 r. Ciemne, gęste, nieprzejrzyste. Bardzo niska piana. Niesamowite doznania podczas degustacji. Czuć aromat i smak wanilii, czekolady, kawy, karmel, suszona śliwka.. Smak utrzymuje się w gardle przez bardzo długi czas. Świetnie rozgrzewa, powala swoją wielkością. Piwo do długiej degustacji. Alkohol bardzo dobrze ukryty. Rewelacyjne piwo. Oceniam to piwo bliskie perfekcji.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (2401) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
2xBottled, Silvester 13/14 + LOT:30-06-HH, consumed 01/2015, compared to draft BBF 2013 and 2014: this high-octane parade horse by Struise benefits from being drunk fresh & creamy on draught: the rich and creamy double chocolate and ice coffee malts were markably dried out in a modestly aged bottle, thining them out while adding little surplus complexity. - Nice choco mousse head. Simple in aroma, powdered cocoa at best, goes over into dry cocoa, liquorice, a hint of bayleaf, aniseed dry yeast and dry caramel. As far as Struise classics go, I would prefer the rich yeast complexities of Pannepot to this amped, relatively straightforward "royal" stout. Bonus points: hiding alcohol and keeping dry a stout this massive. Note: score is a mean of draught and bottled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (1263) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 13, 2015
2 bottles (BB 2018, BB 2013) at the overpriced beer tasting, thanks for sharing guys! Pours dark brown-black with light brown head. The head stays for a second. Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, fruity notes. Flavor is sweet, dark chocolate, licorice, malt. Overall: I actually preferred the fresh one, it was more punchy. Nevertheless, both versions were great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Centje (32) - Bruges, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2015
Batch 14: Really strong coffee and chocolate taste! Long lasting taste in the mouth (dark fruits, coffee, ...).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MMR (452) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
It’s almost like everything the Struisse brewery touches becomes gold. What a wonderful strong dark Stout. It’s aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, barley and plum is incredible. It pours a thick dark beer with a black foam, a true beuuty among the Stouts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rototo64 (43) - Mouguerre, FRANCE - JAN 2, 2015
Au service, on a une merveille de noirceur, opaque, on dirait du pétrole, et quelle mousse mes amis!!!! épaisse, généreuse, marronasse à souhait, un bonheur pour les yeux!!! et pour le nez, ya pas d’arnaque, c’est du grand art, chocolat, café ,fruité.comme beaucoup de RIS, me direz vous, oui ben la, ca respire la perfection,c’est équilibré, fort et doux,sucré et amer,et la je parle que du nez... En Bouche, c’est la chevauché des valkyries dans Apocalypse Now !!!! tan tadan taaaaan tan ,tan tadan taaaaan tan etc..C’est beau, ca devrait pas te provoquer des émotions comme ça, c’est "que de la bière", mais wouhaaaaaaaaaa !!!!La longueur en bouche ,c’est le ptit coup de Napalm pour etre sur qu’il reste personne en vie la dessous !!!!! Une pure merveille.

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