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


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RATINGS: 1460   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hogfather (69) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - APR 17, 2015
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. The base beer is always the better! Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, wood, berries, liquorice. Not much to say. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (471) - - APR 15, 2015
Dark, almost black, muddy as crude oil, colour, with creamy brown tiny head. Aroma and flavours of raisins, dark fruits, especialy plums, coffee, dark chocolate, cane, little tobacco. Medium or better say full body with sweet, almost liqueuric taste. Low carbonation, 100 IBU is unbealivable hidden, meanwhile with 13% abv. shows its muscles, especialy in finish. Amazing beer, a real masterpiece. Thats why is Struise my favourite belgian brewery! I Hardly wait do get first pieces of "Black Damnation series"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (144) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Batch 0, uitgeschonken in De Struise bierglas, pikzwarte kleur en dikke olieachtige structuur met volle lichtbruine schuimkraag die na enige tijd terugzakt, maar wel aanwezig blijft in het glas. Complexe geuren van koffie en cacao. Heerlijk en zeer krachtig stout bier. Met tonen van koffie en pure bittere chocolade, de balans is zeer goed met daarna zoetere tonen van rozijnen, vijgen, banket en marsepein. Er zit zoveel complexiteit in dit bier dat het haast moeilijk te beschrijven is! Werkelijk bijna een maaltijd op zich deze Black Albert. Dit is echt zo'n bier waar je aan blijft ruiken en proeven, en telkens weet het te verassen in smaakvariatie: ijskoffie, gebrande suiker, Bourbon/whisky, vanille, houtige tonen? De alcohol van maar liefst 13% is in elk geval uitstekend verborgen, met een lange aangename krachtige cacao bittere afdronk. De Black Albert is momenteel moeilijk verkrijgbaar, dat maakt het extra bijzonder om dit mooie bier te beoordelen. Het enige wat ik mis zijn wat whisky of andere barrel aged eiken tonen voor nog meer diepgang in het smaakpallet. Maar daar is de Black Damnation serie voor van deze speciale en fantastische Belgische bierbrouwerij. Update 04/07/2015: nu een fles vintage 2015, toch minder krachtig en complex dan de batch 0, waarschijnlijk nog te jong om het volledige smaakpallet te kunnen ontplooien. Ik laat een fles enkele jaren rijpen om dit uit te proberen! De kwaliteiten zijn er, maar het verschil is aanzienlijk. Iedereen die een batch 0 heeft geproefd begrijpt wat ik bedoel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hamirubi (310) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2015
15cl in a glass at the Bruges Beer Fest 2014. A pitchblack, heavy body beer from De Struise Brouwers. Very sticky, coffee flavoured beer with a Marangoni effect in the glass. Sugary, bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1721) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
23.11.2014. Ba no 14. This is black beer. Thin brown head, oily texture. Aroma is very intense; burnt malts, liquorice, cigarette, raisins, dark chocolate, also alcohol. Taste is not as sweet as would think, its a bit different than expected from aroma. Cacao, roasted malts, plums, some sweetness, liquorice, some bitterness in finish which is mostly chocolate-like due to strong cocoa taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1869) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Dark pour, almost black, pour with dark tan head. Milky, roasty aroma. Super rich chocolate flavor with strong fruity, raisin like presence. Coating on the tongue. Pretty good but not nearly as good as the ones from the Black Damnation series that I’ve tried, but pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fashawn (430) - Montesarchio, ITALY - MAR 11, 2015
Semplicemente, la migliore birra che mi sia mai capitato di assaggiare in questa mia esperienza. Almeno fin qui, annienta il resto e rimane da sola, un gradino sopra tutte le altre e per complessità e sapore risulta unica. Nera impenetrabile fin dal principio, presenta un bel cappello di schiuma, grossolano e poco persistente, color nocciola. sentori di orzo, liquirizia e caffè torreffatto, al naso dona piacere e pulizia. In bocca esplode in tutta la sua grandezza, con orzo e caffè torrefatro, liquirizia, sapore di legno e liquore a tratti, prima del finale incredibilmemte lungo ancora liquoroso e cioccolatoso, con sentori di chicchi di caffè. La sensazione retroattiva è unica e il retrogusto porta sapore di frutta rossa. Alcool che rimane in disparte, poco carbonata dal corpp medio, ma da una tessitura estremamente scorrevole. Per il grado alcolico la bevibilitá è estremamente sorprendente. Capolavoro , in una parola. Imperdibile secondo me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (239) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2015
33cl bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours very dark brown almost black with a creamy brown head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, coffee, candy sugar and dark dried fruit. Flavour is bittersweet . Full bodied, thick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is sweet, fruity and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZeroDome (58) - GERMANY - MAR 8, 2015
Deep black colour, creamy head. Taste is malty, with toffee, coffee and some vanilla, raisins and roasty as well. Very nice imperial Stout, awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hohops (518) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Appearance is jet black, no light coming through whatsoever, a big tan/brown head which quickly reduces to half a finger and hangs around. Aroma- smells decadent. Chocolate cake, espresso coffee, chocolate fudge, roast malt, hint of leather, dark, boozy fruit hints, a bit of vanilla. Taste- loads of dark, cocoa-rich chocolate, espresso coffee, fudge syrup, vanilla, cherry sweetness, almonds, marzipan hints, caramel-covered chocolate. Smoky, tobacco notes come through as it warms. Thick, velvety and dense mouthfeel- you could probably stand a spoon up in this. Lasting, clingy sweet finish. Tastes nowhere near 13%. Incredible.

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