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


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RATINGS: 1569   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

zaf's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zaf (302) - - MAY 14, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 da questo momento in poi (cambio gettoni allo zbf 2013) comincia un vero e proprio delirio/declino..il birrificio struise diventa il mio principale punto di riferimento..e come potrebbe non esserlo??da quello che ricordo posso solo dire che su 4/5 birre assaggiate ognuna era un vero e proprio capolavoro..nel vero senso della parola..aromi impressionanti,complessi all’ennesima potenza..ogni sorso era un tripudio di sapori quasi impossibili da decifrare completamente ma che sicuramente meritano un altro assaggio..per la maggior parte ho assggiato birre scure,come questa..micidiale e il tutto servito alla spina insieme al GATTO LOPEZ :D zbf 2013 finalmente la riassaggio..28/07/2013..mai vista birra più scura di questa,è più nera della notte..schiuma incredibile da tutti i punti di vista..colore (marrone scuro) persistenza e spessore (quasi 4 dita,per una birra di 13 gradi è molto molto strano!)..l’odore è un qualcosa di incredibile..cioccolato,caffè,vaniglia,lieviti fruttati e pochissimi sentori alcolici,assurdo..il gusto? sorprendente..l’alcool non si può dire che non si senta (si camuffa da mon cherì!) ma è molto ben bilanciato con cioccolato in primis,caffè e amaro del luppolo che devo dire si sente sia nella fase iniziale che nel retrogusto dove viene raggiunto da un forte sentore di malto tostato..la bocca rimane calda,e vogliosa di ricevere altri assaggi della superbontà di questa birra veramente molto molto saporita (necessita di acqua per continuare la bevuta)..birra simbolo del birrificio De Struise unitamente alla Pannepot,non senza motivo eh!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
karpik (419) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 4, 2016
Big chocolate punch to the nose followed by coffee, liquorice and some alcohol. Pours pitch black with tan head, oily texture, full body. Taste is medium sweet with chocolate, coffee, cherries and roasty notes. Finish is medium bitter. Alcohol is covered very well. Overall amazing stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (557) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle in London. A deceptive beast of a big beer -- the 13% ABV is so well hidden that I thought it was 9% until the next morning. There’s a lot of chocolate up-front, but the complexity comes after that when there’s a surprising mix of stone fruits and toffee. Quite a tasty, complex stout and it reminded me a lot of Kate the Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZombieDuster (11) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2016
Wow, this is a big beer. 11.2'ounce bottle. Reminds me of 3F Dark Lord. Just tons going on and plenty to discover. Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
guzgorog (625) - FRANCE - APR 27, 2016
Vintage 2015. Robe noire profonde et opaque, fine mousse brune. Nez de fruits noirs macérés , réglisse, caramel, chocolat, gâteau. La bouche est encore plus complexe : en attaque, on retrouve des notes de gâteau : caramel, sucre candy, biscuit, ensuite viennent des notes fruitées (cerise griotte, pruneau) et pour finir des notes torréfiées de café et de chocolat. La longueur est interminable, la bière tapisse la bouche pendant très longtemps, l’amertume est importante mais est superbement balancée par l’alcool et le sucre, le corps est dense et liquoreux. Une bière incroyable, un vrai régal !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (638) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2016

Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast dried fruit, liquorice, chocolate and roasted malts.

Opaque black beer with a slight/medium dark brown head.

Medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, dried fruit, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardbeerman (303) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle shared with Marc, thanks buddy. Pours an almost opaque black topped by a 3-finger high coarse and creamy chesnut head. Retenteion and lacing properties are both pretty good. The nose is bittersweet chocolate, burnt toast, roasted malts, serious earthy hops and alcohol. The taste is similar, but the bitterness is a bit subtle. Roasted malts are upfront with hints of dark chocolate. Not too sweet. Alcohol is present and gives it a liquorish facet, almost like a digestive spirit. Earthy hops come through very well and pair with the alcohol also very well. Full-bodied with a subtle bitter finish. I enjoyed it. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldrtybastrd (4400) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Big black beer. Nice aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, and smoke/tobacco? Doesn’t seem like 13% alcohol. Big flavor chocolate/espresso with a nice bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kr1zz (307) - BELGIUM - APR 1, 2016
Bottle bought at Willems en Zoon Grobbendonk. Black as hell with a medium dark beige/brown head.Full body. Nose: coffee notes, caramel, liquor, vanilla, roasted malts... Taste: some coffee notes, butterscotch, vanilla, plum, roasted malts, dried fruits, liquorice. Some alcoholic warmth in the end with a low bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (1094) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2016
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown on the pour to a thick black. Brown head that lasts in a thin ring and laces some. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, plum, raisin, caramel, light coffee, vanilla and licorice. Flavor is the same, complex, roasty and sweet. Medium bodied, smooth with a slightly dry end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2037) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 26, 2016
So rich, and still so easy to drink. Sweet with good balance, very long taste. Perfect for me.

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