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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1514   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (1157) - Odense C, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle shared by Stefan, thanks buddy. Pours pitch black with a beige head. Aroma dried fruit, sweet, light coffee,licorice. Taste is bitter roast, coffe, heavy licorice, lingering bitter roast, dark fruits, light dark choco. Very lingerin taste, well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1482) - Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is strong of chocolate, figs, espresso, raisins. Taste is full bodied, a bit of bitterness throughout, med carbonation, rich. Overall, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (882) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2015
(On tap @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Sept 10 2015) Pours black with a small head of pale tan and no lace. Aroma intense dark malts and sweet, dried dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla, cherry, liquorice and a little floral accent. On the palate, rich and unctuous dark malts and dark chocolate, dried fruit, cherry and plum, a bit of coffee and vanilla and moderate roast up front. Roasty character of coffee, vanilla and wood builds in the middle with a bit of hops, leading to a finish with the rich fruity core remaining but dried down with cherry wood and soft roast/hop bitterness. Rich, full mouthfeel with soft carb, not quite viscous, no alcohol. Fruity, elegant and Belgian, this is a great imperial stout, period.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (1121) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle. Black in colour, beige an small head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee fruits and licorice. In taste similar, really good fine dark chocolate. Full bodied, sticky, a bit too high carbonation. Great brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermastersasho (20) - - SEP 8, 2015
The first stout I ve tried, shared with friend. When we opened this we said: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! O_o!!! :O Dark as motor oil spilled on floor. Aroma went in the room and WTF?! It was so much coffee man and so much choko. But a little bit boozy! Anyway fantastic beer. Maybe one of my favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
leebotton (343) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2015
Thick oily and pretty much black. Liqurice aroma with caramel and roasty characteristics. The head is thin, dense and deep tan, very beautiful colour. There is the slightest hint of a fruit aroma and some pepper. The beer is tongue-coating and first hints at cream, pepper and then an intense liquorice flavour. With each sip the experience changes, shifting more towards a lasting emphasis on the peppery qualities, even giving way to dark fruit flavour like the deepest berry or even root. The silky mouthfeel makes the experience quite majestic but also strange. Whilst the flavour is incredibly varied, it sometimes switches to being ’muddy’ which detracts from the overall experience. Overall, though, really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SkillsFactory (273) - ITALY - SEP 5, 2015
Lotto 230/2015 Praticamente nera con riflessi caramello, schiuma color nocciola di bassissima persistenza. Aroma di cacao, frutti rossi, vaniglia, cannella, caffè tostato e zucchero caramellato, leggero sentore di rabarbaro. Al palato stesse componenti con un finale di cacao amaro unico. Corpo pieno, poco carbonata, oleosa. L'alcool è nascosto talmente bene da stupire, un vero e proprio capolavoro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BobyFischer (183) - FRANCE - SEP 4, 2015
Noire d’encre quasi impénétrable. Mousse très fine, microscopique brune. Nez épicé, cannelle, vanille, malts, caramel, tourbe, petite acidité. L’alcool ne se sent pas, la torréfaction présente mais maîtrisé et jamais trop amère, douceur, équilibre parfaitement maîtrisée. De struise ont décidemment sacrément la classe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (1002) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle thanks to Santa. This is on the verge of perfection, a real gem. Oily black pour with a tight dark brown head. Aroma was super deep and complex. Rich roasted malt, melted candy bar, vanilla, nouget, cocoa, light fruity esters, cherries, awesome. Flavors followed suit with lots of cocoa and vanilla, roasted malt, light fruit with a lingering roasty, bitter finish. Viscous, velvety mouthfeel with light carbonation. Yowzer, hard to ask for anything else in an imperial stout. So rich and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (2438) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle from Beergium. Black color, minimal brown head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, nuts, toffee, vanilla and some wood. Bitter finish with nuts, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits and a bit of honey. Exquisite imperial stout.

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