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


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RATINGS: 1452   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zaf (266) - - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimplySike (1119) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
33cl. Bottle.
Pours black with tan head.
Aroma vinous, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, red fruits, roasted malts, caramel.
Taste complex caramel chocolate red fruits sweets, little roasted bitter.
Mouthfeel full, creamy.
Great imp. stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevd193213 (927) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle. Oily black pour with a thin brown head. Aroma of black licorice, smoke, leather and bitter chocolate. Full body with a lasting bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jelledebont (18) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2015 Stroperig pikzwart bier met een aroma en smaak van gebrande koffie. Na een paar slokken komt daar een zoetere smaak, die een beetje doet denken aan rode vruchten, voor in de plaats. Om vervolgens in de nasmaak dat gebrande (ik weet niet zo goed hoe ik dat het beste kan omschrijven) weer terug te laten komen. Het heeft wel wat, maar is niet helemaal mijn ding. Te zwaar, al drinkt het gemakkelijk weg voor een bier van 13%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1128) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle. The pour is black, but looks a little on the lighter side. The aroma was big malt. The taste is good, has a unique taste to it that I can't put my finger on. A little thinner than I was expecting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
poech73 (273) - Braine, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2015

From Boone Delicatessen (Nieuwpoort)
Brune forte à la robe opaque plus proche d’une bière de Noêl que d’un Stout. En effet, elle se caractérise l’absence de saveurs d’orge grillé. Les effluves alcooliques dominent le nez accompagnées par un bouquet sucre + épices, des senteurs de café fort et peu d’amertume. En bouhe, j’ai l’impression de boire un grog sirupeux et épicé (girofle, cannelle, cardamone?) tellement pesant qu’il fait boum dans l’estomac. Dans le même temps, je note un bon équlibre en maltage épices et alcool sur des notes malts torréfié au fruit confis (saveurs de pain d’épices). Levure intéressante. Ce n’est qu’en rétro-nasal que je retrouve le maltage aux arômes fort torréfiés avec un goût de café à la fin acre légèrememt aigre.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popway (96) - California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Chocolate bourbon raisins with char Hecka good swirly light brown lacing Black indeed This was cellared for two years

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (999) - GREECE - JUN 26, 2015
330ml bottle. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, bready, dark dried fruits. Sweet and heavy bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily to creamy body with soft carbonation

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Niam (6) - MOUSCRON, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015 does not count
Robe noire et opaque. Odeur de réglisse et caramel. Carbonation très faible, aucune mousse. Le goût est puissant (malt grillé, céréales, réglisse, caramel...), bref une stout à recommander.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (1470) - CROATIA - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle, 330 ml from Roybeer, Milano. Pours dark brown with light brownish head. Chocolate liquorice aroma. Thick, oily, sweet, chocolate. Complex. Well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1364) - Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2015 Oh yea, this is good. Dark thick motor oil. Thin tan head. Chocolate. some licorice. Starts off like candy, (not too sweet), and rounds off to coffee. Nice transiton on the palate. I cant believe this is 13%, it’s just so drinkable.

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