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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1348   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


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Draught @ Erasmus, Brugge, Belgium.
Dark dark black color with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, milk and dark chocolate, strong coffee, moderate hoppy grass, grape, plum, raisin, licorice. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long long duration, a very complex flavor and so round and smooth. Body is full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft - flat. It is truly the best brewers in the world. ;o)) (280208) 9-5-10-5-20
Bottle 33cl @ home.
Clear dark black color with a large, creamy - frothy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, dusty chocolate malt, moderate to heavy yeasty, raisin - dryed plum, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft - flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. All in all the bottle version is a bit more like a belgian IMP, and the it a lot of air and time in the glass to all the good aroma’s and flavor’s that the Black Albert has on draught, so for me it means that to rate this beer properly from a bottle the bottle need to site for some days and you need at good sniffer glas and good time to give the beer time and air ... but then it just gets better and better ;o)) (060708) 8-5-9-4-18

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30713) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
33 cL bottle at Den tatoverede Enke. Pours pitch black with a extremxly slowly collapsing chocolate broan head. Aroma is mild fruity and hard roasted malt. Flavour is mild yeasty and hard roasted malt. Extremely smooth and roasted flavoured. Light acidic and mild citric touch in the finish, hard roasted. Nice one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29107) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
Drunk to celebrate my rating number 10,700. Bottled. A black beer with a deep red shine under a huge dark brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of spices and fruit, as well as lighter notes of phenol, chocolate, herbs, and alcohol - a very complex aroma. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of chocolate, caramel sauce, roasted malt, herb, vanilla, and alcohol - I guess it can be reduce to an ice cream topping of world class. The finish is dry and roasted - and you don’t notice the 100 IBU, they are hidden behind the roasted malt and alcohol. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Pours completely opaque black with a dense and creamy light brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol. Very full-bodied with a soft mouthfeel, sweet hard roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate with a little vanilla. Malt bitter finish. No way of telling that this is 100 IBUs! A sweet and not overly burned Imperial Stout. Listenining to La Brabanconne on YouTube while drinking this didn’t really add all that much to the experience! 030309

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle. Black coloured with a huge beige head. Roasted and fruity aroma of liquorice and berries with notes of chocolate and vinous notes. Sweet and roasted flavour of dried fruits, liquorice, chocolate with vinous notes. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2008
Bottled. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, smoked notes, some slight alcohol as well as yeast, some ryebready notes. Flavour is wellbalanced, roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruits and quite sweet notes. Also some slight yeastyness is lurking.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19213) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2008
Draught at the Struise farm. Opaque black, firm creamy head.Aroma of black currant and licorice. Swet and fryuty with coffee, tobacco, caramel and dextrose. While there are massive amounts of interesting flavour in here it also suffers a little from the Mikkeller Black syndrome - sharp dextrose sweetness. Here it is far from as overpowering, leaving much more room for other flavours. It’s surprisingly slim for a beer of it’s size and remains drinkable. Slight inky finish - sort of orange juice and tooth paste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16390) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle @ chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2008. Pours a black color with a longlasting creamy tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty licorice and chocolate flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate finish with a slighlty hoppy bitter aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14323) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle from Barley Wine, Copenhagen
Dark brown colors on the glass borders, black heart; very big head, persistent. When poured in the glass, the aroma shows a true Belgian character; it changes later, when warmer, into a crossover between a Barley Wine and an Imperial Stout, sweet caramel, almost woody. Good body, based on a medium sweet caramel flavor with chocolate notes, and only mild roasted malt, possibly disappearing at the end; it doesn’t show the alcohol in the mouth, but with a punch in the stomach. Good, very pleasant to drink even while getting warmer; it gets the average rating for good beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (14006) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 Bottle at home...09/2008 thanks ChristianScheffel for this ... Deep black with a head that foams up vigoursly that settles down into a fuller thicker head ... molasis and deep roast malts ... mmm very odd ... I know why there so keen for it not to be clasified as an IRS ... as its unlike any ive ever had ... ive just started it and im not sure how much i like it yet... definite coffee tones and nice roast malts ... but theres something odd there that i cant place my finger on... a little liqorice ... quite dry ... i think im getting a yeastyness i see in some belgian ales but hidden by the roast malts ... Nice and i DO want to try it again... but i think i prefer most of the other Struise beers. ...

Tk2 08/2009 Bottle in Hotel room brugge.... black thin tan head ... huge chocolate nose with a littlr sweet cherry ... little over carbonated ... sweet tofffee roast ... lots of molasis .. some chocolate ... little spirit... very welll rounded...

Bottle at home ... dark brown ... thin tan head ... big chocolate malts... soft dark fruit nose ... foams a little ... rich dark malts ... hints of balsamic vinegar ... rich treacle fruits ... molasis ... chocolate ... rich malts ... lovely... 4.1

bottle at home .. deep black .. thin tan head ... dark roast malt nose ... chocolate roast ... darek malts ... meaty roast ... molasis ... rich 4.0

bottle at home .. a gusher ... deep black ... colapsing to a small thin tan head .. deep meaty malty chocolate roast ... soft mellow low carbonation (considering it gushed)... hugly meaty ... dark malts .. light salt ... rich and smooth 4.0


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