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


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RATINGS: 1376   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (300) - Tasmania, - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is intense and warming, a miasma, with heavy roast malts, caramel, cocoa, strong coffee, plums, licorice. The flavour is sweet and heavy with chocolate of a dark variety, dark and sinister fruits, immoral fruits, satan, and the whole setup has a syrupy texture that is unlike cream. The cream is also present. Really plummy, on the whole. Fuck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerconnaiseur (96) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2014
Dark black bliss. Dark viscose head that lingers on. Lovely. Deep body aroma plus flavours. Mocha, cinnamon, bitter herb, caramel, toffee and floral barley roast. Hints of tar and roasted malt even. I’m looking forward allowing these tastes to evolve.. Dig a deep pit and drop 33 bottles inside... then hope to forget for a substantial number of years. Body + aroma + flavour = more body... / A family member once helped an uncle digging house foundations in the 80’s. They realised my uncle bought land where the Germans has their base, after this find... one day they stumbled upon an iron oval construction full of French red wine from the 30’s... approw 3 meters below ground... Most were sour, some were beyond amazing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4638) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
An usual black color with a fine big beige head. Rich chocolate aroma with some licorice and coffee. Solid body with a fine balance. Not to sweet. Dangerously well masked alcohol. Really smooth and easy drinkable. My goodness. This beer maybe changes a lot. This sample at this moment was really rich chocolate. Quite one dimensional. But also some licorice and mild coffee.
[Bottle from Kolding Vinhandel in Kolding, Denmark – not easy to understand the BB time. But it is sometime in 2015]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (427)
- 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2149) - 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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mikske79 (1246) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 3, 2014
Zo lang gezocht om dit eens te proberen, maar dit was ABSOLUUT mijn smaak niet, een tegenvaller.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2087) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillemsUrenkel (562) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1032) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (3225) - 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.

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