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


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RATINGS: 1437   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubbishystuff (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2015 Big thanks to Brian for getting me this. This was a batch 0. I have yet to try the regular. Very good stout. Bitter coffee flavor. Jet black in color. Somewhat of a dryness to the flavor. Well done and very nice. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ambro206 (238) - ITALY - MAY 3, 2015
Assaggio da 100ml allo Zythos Beer Festival 2015: Una barley wine d’autore. Si presenta nel suo colore nero impenetrabile con una bella schiuma pannosa dal color caffelatte. Al naso risaltano il cioccolato fondente, il caffè ed il porto. La birra è perfettamente equilibrata per tutta la bevuta ed il finale è lunghissimo. Il corpo è mediamente pieno, la sensazione in bocca sciropposa, densa. Forse pecca un po’ di mancanza di sensazione alcoolica.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerdedDave (722) - - APR 28, 2015
on tap at LaTrappe in San Francisco; an imperial stout; black color; complex aroma - bourbon, vanilla, and dark, roasted malt; fantastic dark roasted malt flavor with bourbon and oak notes; warm bourbon finish; very smooth

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
axl (120) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2015
Draught. Pitch black with one finger tan/beige head. Aroma of coffe, wort and figs/dates/raisins. Taste is sweet with sweet black bread (vörtbröd), raisins/dark dried fruits and maybe some cranberry. Mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is light, a tad too sweet for my taste but still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alusmamuts (780) - LATVIA - APR 25, 2015
Almost black with minimal beige head. Sweet malty aroma. Sweet and bit bitter taste with herbal notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermaris (31) - - APR 25, 2015
Tastes like Riga black balsam. Aroma rather weak. Very dark. Palete rather rich. Overall fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mircoas (178) - ITALY - APR 21, 2015
33cl @ bottle. Imperial stout by De Struise. Davvero ottima, se si fa scaldare rende ancora meglio. 13% di alcol e si sentono dopo, ma nel mentre il dolce sovrasta tutto e va giù benone. Un po’ cara.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wanne (34) - - APR 20, 2015
Beer looks fabulous, nearly black with a brown head. Aroma of candy sugar, coffee, fruit. In the taste this is combined with dark chocolat, spices, plums. The alcohol adds to the taste, but you’ll never guess that it has a 13% ABV. Very good stout.

   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 (352) - - 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 (83) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2015
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.

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