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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1364   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


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes. A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is about one fingers of tan shading, retaining quite well for 13%. S: Really evocative. Chocolate fudge, currants, plums, licorice, smoke, and charred malts all come together on the nose. As a whole, it’s cohesive yet balanced. T: I love the flavor progression here. It starts with a combination of fudge and mildly tart (not sour) dark fruits, followed by a licorice middle and a charred, roasted finish. The licorice notes don’t bother me here nearly as much as they do in other imperial stouts - a testament to this beer’s balance. I can taste a bit of booze, but it’s still hidden masterfully for 13%. M: The finish is damn near bone dry, without exposing the alcohol significantly. As a result, it’s not very viscous or sticky, rather it’s drinkable and almost freakin’ refreshing. Seriously. A 13% imperial stout is refreshing. Not to mention devastatingly dangerous. I could use a touch more carbonation, though. O: Seriously one of the best imperial stouts I’ve ever had - yet for different reasons than most of the really great ones out there. This aims to be more drinkable, more subtle, and more approachable than others, while retaining its bigness and complexity. One to seek out, plain and simple.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
darrennelson12 (405) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2014
In bottle from Brussels; this one was very, very thick and syrupy. Aroma was of oak and smoke, with some sweetness and roast. Flavor was almost too much .. very thick, crazy tongue feel and flavours. This was a good beer, though one I would not be able to drink quite often

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1247) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Black Albert has a thin, tan head, an extremely dark-brown (essentially black), opaque appearance, with brown highlights at the edges, under strong, direct light, and minor lacing left behind. The aroma is of super-sweet, dark-roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, fruit cake, and nougat. Taste is of all those elements, plus high bitterness, astringency, black cherries, licorice, raisins, and other things indescribable. Mouthfeel is thick, oily, and syrupy, and Black Albert finishes semi-wet, strong, rich, and surprisingly drinkable. RJT

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goodleuven (7) - - SEP 11, 2014 does not count
The taste of this beer is almost too big. It reminds me of Laphroig whisky- the flavor is so big and distinctive that you don’t want to drink it all of the time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2467) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 9, 2014
Flaske delt på Mandag i Annen, Cardinal sep-14: kveldens siste, og for en avslutning! Brunt skum og kølsvart øl. Kaffe, solbær, bjørnebær, sviskeplommer, ristet brød, alkohol. Velidg søt og vinøs. Bærsødmen blir enda mer fremtredende ettersom temperaturen stiger (i glasset). En syntese av alt som er godt og kan helles i et ølglass,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (637) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
Thick, black. Creamy tan head. Aroma has prunes, licorice, coffe. Flavour is similar plus dark fruit with perfectly balanced bitterness and espresso finish. Not as sweet and cloying as you would perhaps expect from the aroma. Alcohol perfectly controlled. Very, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (906) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
Very dark brown. Small brown head. Aroma of alcohol, nail varnish, juniper and pine. Too heavy aroma to be only inviting. Fine and complex taste. Juniper, pine, roasted barley. Fine mouthfeel, with no carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5118) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2014
330 ml bottle, as Struise Black Albert Batch ’0’ - BA No. 14 BRS Brew. ABV is 13%. Pitch black colour, moderate brown head. Exquisite aroma of roasted malts, fine chocolate and coffee, liquorice and hops. Warming mouthfeel. Rich and medium sweet flavour of roasted malts, chocolate, fortified wine and coffee.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (110) - Padova, ITALY - AUG 27, 2014
Semplicemente...un capolavoro di birra! Complessissima, da meditazione. Colore nerissimo. Schiuma, fitta densa e persistente, di colore marrone scuro. Al naso è subito chiaro che ci troviamo davanti ad una birra straordinaria e carica di sapori: si avvertono marsala, Rum, Cioccolato dolce al rum, crema zabaione, panettone con uvette e gocce di cioccolato. Un bocca è vellutata, scivola via che è una bellezza, grazie anche alla sua scarsa carbonizzazione. I 13 gradi assolutamente non si sentono. Presenta al gusto tutti i sapori avvertiti al naso, e ancora di più, come prugna secca, uva passa e un leggero tostato. Il liquoroso avvolge la bocca, lasciando un retrogusto persistente e assolutamente piacevole. Corpo pieno, quasi masticabile: sembra quasi di bere una cioccolata calda con del buon liquore dentro. Personalmente non l’abbinerei a nessun piatto, tanto meno dolci (come spesso si dice, ma che, secondo me, esaltato sì il tostato, ma tolgono via tanti sapori che rendono unica questa birra). Ritorno a dirlo...un vero capolavoro, che evolve e stupisce ad ogni sorso.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (239) - Tasmania, - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is intense and warming, a miasma, with heavy roast malts, caramel, cocoa, strong coffee, plums, licorice. The flavour is sweet and heavy with chocolate of a dark variety, dark and sinister fruits, immoral fruits, satan, and the whole setup has a syrupy texture that is unlike cream. The cream is also present. Really plummy, on the whole. Fuck.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerconnaiseur (92) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2014
Dark black bliss. Dark viscose head that lingers on. Lovely. Deep body aroma plus flavours. Mocha, cinnamon, bitter herb, caramel, toffee and floral barley roast. Hints of tar and roasted malt even. I’m looking forward allowing these tastes to evolve.. Dig a deep pit and drop 33 bottles inside... then hope to forget for a substantial number of years. Body + aroma + flavour = more body... / A family member once helped an uncle digging house foundations in the 80’s. They realised my uncle bought land where the Germans has their base, after this find... one day they stumbled upon an iron oval construction full of French red wine from the 30’s... approw 3 meters below ground... Most were sour, some were beyond amazing...


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