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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1328   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1167) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 [Bottle] This is a bottle from the first batch of Black Albert to be bottled... Thanks, Jeff! Rustic, deep brown edges with a center that’s closer to black, topped with a small, burnt khaki head that foams down to a swamp skin. Aroma has some deep prune, Candi sugar, fruity esters, plum, mild anise, & a light kiss of soy sauce hidden deep in the background. A very mild sherry induction, likely from some oxidation. The taste surpasses the aroma, here... Much sweeter than expected, but still controlled. Brown sugar, cocoa dust with a charred, roasty malt balance. A touch of milky sweetness floats in & out with more hints of molasses syrup, toasted caramel, & mild coffee bean. The dark fruit aspect is toned down on the palate, but the other flavors fill the void nicely. Slick, smooth, wet mouth feel. Very nice beer - I wish the nose was as great as the flavor, but all in all, it balances out to a very enjoyable brew.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Anatole (86) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2014
Bière incroyablement riche et complexe. Une explosion de gout et d’aromes de café, chocolat, fruits rouges, anis, sucre, houblon... Excellent !

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerkeholic (2) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2014 does not count
Pitch black with an excellent heavy taste. Drinks very easily with a great aftertaste. Excellent beer from an excellent brewery !!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (3923) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Rated on 02-18-2010 (Bottle) This beer forms a huge fizzy head that mostly diminishes, opaque black body, fizzy carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, hops, alcohol and fruity. The Taste is semi-sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, and hops. The ABV is very well masked. The Palate is tingly and thin and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this is a great winter time beer! It has a very enjoyable and tasty flavor, worth trying and it is a beer that I recommend and would drink again. This is a BIG BEER and the ABV is well masked in the flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1108) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2014
330ml bottle Bb 31/12/2017 This means business; deep dense tan head persists atop a pitch black body. Wow! Never experienced a beer with an aroma this intense! Hard to know where to begin; deep roast coffee grinds, vinous red fr, uits, cocoa, burnt toffee, raisins and a vast array of dried fruits,.oaky vanilla and butter, soy sauce, vegemite... Dense body, very long on the palate, leaner than perhaps expected, reasonably low carbonation. Palate continues with plenty of chocolate, port-like fruits and sweetness and barrel undertones; yet never sweet/cloying. Spicy on a dry moderately bitter, slightly warming finish. Tremendous! Don’t get much better than this

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1138) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
Awesome! Pours pitch black with an initial foamy dark tan head that sticks around as a layer for a long time. Nose is intense roasted malt and molasses. Notes of molasses, candy, bitter chocolate, maybe a hint of licorice, espresso. Taste is heavy/med sweet and heavy bitter that lasts a long time. Full creamy mouthfeel with pretty aggressive carbonation. Big beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ABT_S54 (89) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
33cl bottle in a Delirium Tremens glass. Pours a thick black (and I mean really black) liquid with a dark brown froth. The blackest beer I have ever tried and one of the best. The stout that turned me into a fan of the style. Wonderfully rich and almost too complex. Truly wonderful in every way and if it wasn’t for the almost unbelievable strength you could drink this all night. Exemplary

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SnakeTown (487) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 Kolsvart med ljusbrunt skum och massor med kaffe, choklad och lite lakrits i både doft och smak! Ingen alkoholsmak trots 13% Väldigt fyllig och len! Grym öl! DS2015

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JustDrinkIt (241) - Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Black pour with lasting light toffee head. Aroma is some bitter mocha, toffee, vanilla. Flavor is more of the same, alcohol presence, bitter malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1257) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Black Albert is a dark black brown beer with a firm head of tiny cafe latte colored bubbles. The nose is sweet and creamy with hints of dark chocolate. The taste is initially sweet with a dark chocolate and black coffee elements to it but also sweet from the alcohol content. the body is lively. The finish is good amount of dark chocolate bitters with a nice bit of alcohol warming. A very good beer.


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