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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1578   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wombat23 (456) - Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a dark tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. Similar taste. The finish is a bit acidic and sweet and lacks bitterness; it almost has some vinous characteristics to it. It’s good but not great. Had higher hopes for a Top 100 beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
darbeer75 (357) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Aroma: chocolate and coffee dominate; Appearance: inky black with thin tan head that dissipates quickly; Taste: sweetness that ends with some bitterness; notes of coffee and chocolate; don’t really care for the sweetness - too honey-like; Palate: very heavy body with long, sweet/bitter finish; Overall: sweet is too cloying for me; like the balance with bitterness but overall not my favorite imperial stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gdvs (6) - - MAR 15, 2016 does not count
Extremely thick black beer with yellow head. Although it’s heavy and tastes heavy, it’s surprisingly smooth and well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mesjasz (856) - Lodz, POLAND - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle, date to 2013. Black color, almost no head. Aroma is soy sauce, roasty, coffee, chocolate. Taste is sweet, light bitter. Flavor of roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, some soy sauce and alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mondomondo (3) - IRELAND - MAR 11, 2016 does not count
Black with some ruby edges. Pours heavy but lighter on the tongue than expected. Actually slightly disappointed on weight considering the high %. Headless. Big currant and caramelized fruit. Not much spice, little burnt marshmallow. Round and warming - was expecting something gnarlier but ultimately its a friendly hug. A nice belgian heart to this imperial. A jolly brew!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fkoolen (867) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle at Servaascafe. Pitch black, no head. Red, dried and vinous fruitiness, sweet and thick roasted malty coffee and chocolate tones, big alcoholic warmth. Lingering complex sweet and fruity aftertaste. Low carbonation, big body. Liked the Cuvee Delphine better but this is great too.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (944) - SPAIN - MAR 7, 2016
From Uvinum. In Teku glass. Watching True Detective 1x03. Very thick and smooth body. Superb nose. ABV very well hidden, very drinkable. Tasty and leaves you yearning for more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (1359) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 5, 2016
Negro opaco y espuma beis compacta. Aromas intensos de frutos negros, azúcar cande, tostados, café. Cuerpo denso, sabor dulce de cande, fruto negro y final de amargor quemado intenso.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KykoPatykar (21) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2016
Aroma: Caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee. Appearance: Black, tan 1-finger head. Taste: Sweet, very complex, very balanced. Palate: Full body, creamy slick texture, soft carbonation, long sweet finish. Overall: Perfectly balanced, amazing drinkability for ABV, delicious imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KW92 (1097) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 28, 2016

WYGLĄD: Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzyste. Piana drobna, trwala.
AROMAT: Dość intensywny. Likierowy. Alkoholowo-kakaowy. W tle nuty korzenno-ziołowe oraz chleba razowego.
SMAK: Bardzo słodki likier kawowy. Gęste, oleiste, choć przy tym dobrze nasycone.
OGÓLNIE: Chyba najsłodszy RIS, jaki kiedykolwiek miałem okazję deguatować.


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