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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (2958) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle - 330ml. Pours an opaque black body with low carbonation and a fair brown foamy/creamy head. Rich malty/hoppy aroma with licorice, cocoa, and yeasty hints. Alcohol is not agressive at all. Its complex, robust taste carries roasty, cocoa, and wild berries notes. Texture is soft, oily. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Wow!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
minutemat (1387) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2014
330ml bottle from Les Crepes de Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours like thick motor oil with a beautiful tanned head. Dark, sumptuous and alluring with raisins, chewy toffee and maybe even a faint hint of bitter dark chocolate. Coats the back of the palette in a potent, viciously delicious paint-like liquid that sends the tastebuds into a frenzy. Incredible.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (1271) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2014
Overall: Very smooth, fruity, rewarding.
Note: On-tap at a De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2014-03-12.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianWillum (193) - København S., DENMARK - MAR 11, 2014
Gammel Note: Udseende: 5 ud af 5 (Sort øl, tykt skum). Duft: 4 ud af 5 (Man kan fornemme grape eller melon). Smag 4,5 ud af 5 (Røg, Mørk karamel, perfekt balance mellem sød og bitter). Eftersmag 4 ud af 5. Overall: 16,5.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6035) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2014
On tap. Black color, with a thin brown head, leaves dots of lace. Awesome, big chewy texture to the body. More dry finish. Very light carbonation. Great, big roasty aroma. Dark bitter chocolate. Light dark fruits. Very big, dark, roasty malty flavor. Some light coffee. Light ash. Good bigger bitter taste. Lighter sweet. Alcohol works pretty well with this bigger bodied brew. Some light warmth at the end, but no burn and little bite -- more of a bitter bite, if any. Some good earthy hop to the flavor profile of this, much more bitter and roasty than expected, not a sweet malty bomb, I like that. Pretty amazing, impressive stuff. Probably the best belgian stout I’ve ever had. Very American-style, though, not usually what I associate with a belgian-style stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ozckr (238) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 9, 2014
roasty, toast, citrus, black, hazy, frothy, light sweetness, very bitter, medium body, oily feel, lively, bitter, bitter, licorice,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2377) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle, 14C. Very black with a fine tan head that lasts quite well. Aroma of mocha with floral notes, dark/ burnt sugars, blackberries, fairly overt alcohol. Syrupy, low carbonation. Very sweet with fudgy caramel/ sweetmeat, coffee, surprisingly bright floral hoppy notes. Dries out towards the fairly bitter end. Alcohol doesn’t stick out as much as in the nose. Pretty harmonious and thoroughly pleasant, but no great depth - which, at 13%, it surely should have.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ST247 (365) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2014
On draft @ ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Pours black with creamy dark beige foam. Not really much aroma. Soft taste, little chocolate, not really bitter. Really nice soft chocolate aftertaste. Actually really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (489) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Draft at Max’s Taphouse. Pours midnight black with no real head. Aroma is dark chocolate, toffee, some floral notes. No carbonation here to speak of...just dark, syrupy liquid. Sticky sweet and lovely. Taste is caramel-sweet balanced with bitter coffee and cocoa nibs. Great balance here.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle found @ Delirium Hoppy Loft in Brussels. Notes of dark chocolate and raisins, spices and coffee. A nice long aftertaste of dark cherries and chocolate.


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