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


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RATINGS: 1514   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

Boekanier's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boekanier (57) - - NOV 16, 2013
Superb beer, matches perfect with the deScription provided by the brewers. Both taste and finish are amazing, lots of chocolate, caramel and dark fruits. A bit of sharpness from the alcohol is present as well. All in all a very complex and rich stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (924) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Yet another great Struise beer courtesy of Travlr. At 8 years, Black Albert was the middle child of our aged Struise session. Unlike most middle children, though, Black Albert wasn’t easy to ignore. Thanks to midnight body and a rich, boozy aroma this Imperial Stout grabs your attention right away. With flavors of chocolate and coffee, Black Albert is like many Russian style Imperial Stouts. However, the dark fruit notes add an unmistakable Belgian flair. The latter elements give Black Albert a character similar to Port. While its complexity didn’t match that of Pannepot (older and less boozy, impressively), Black Albert was my 2nd favorite Struise. Damn, 2 out 3? It’s in the middle, again...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kapusil (885) - HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
0.33l bottle thanks to Cristobal37. Black body, thin and lacing light brown head. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, dark rum, reisins and some caramel. Taste of chocolate, figs, caramel, floral hops, woody and dark rum again. Smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cristobal37 (458) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
Cognac figs and fruits aroma. Super dark thick brew. Very tasty slight bitterness at the end. Sweet dry earthy fruitiness. Delicious. Heavy brew a great nightcap. Rummy sweetness heavy brew very balanced. Unreal considering 13% alc a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (1160) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2015
(Thanks, Gene! "Travlr") A- Dark fruits, red wine, booze, oak. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Red wine, chocolate cake, dark fruits, booze, subtle sourness. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, strong finish. O- While I would say that this certainly doesn’t live up to expectations, it was still good. And it did have like 8 years of age on it. According to the Lot B/06/BB, it was from 2008 so hey, age effects things. Not a lot of coffee or cocoa that I expect in an Imperial Stout but it was a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4910) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2015
Pours a near headless brownish head atop an opaque coloured body. Nose of soya sauce. Very soya flavour, deep prune, fig malt, and red wine. Pretty nice. Says the Best Before is April 2013 so I’m drinking this 2.5 years later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (779) - New York, USA - NOV 15, 2015
bottle poured into a snifter..jet black with a thin light brown head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,licorice,molasses,bread..tastes of coffee,molasses,bread, chocolate,dark fruits..thick and chewy..good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luengus (36) - - NOV 15, 2015
Average creamy dark diminishing head with muddy dark body. Molasses, licorice an pepper. Full oily body with soft carbonation. Long duration flavor lightly acidic and harshly bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Humlehode (366) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2015
Pours pitch black with brown lace. Sweet smoked roasted aroma, coffee, dark chocolate. Full bodied, intense, very flavorful and well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
borre_m (814) - NORWAY - NOV 14, 2015
Pours Pitch black, very little head. Aroma is raosted, malty licorice. Taste is complex, very Nice Balance. creamy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (3324) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2015
Old rating rerated 14.11.2015, tap @ Mikkeller Bar:
Small light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry boozy, weeds, oak, dark fruits, dark malts, dark sugar, grass, minerals, unripe banana, caramel, chocolate. Taste is slightly harsh boozy, weeds, minerals, oak, grass, dark malts, dark sugar, fruit stones, unripe banana, caramel, chocolate. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. As fresh, not my cup of tea. Will be rerated at some point, with a well aged bottle...

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