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

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RATINGS: 1463   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


ygtbsm94's rating

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2008
I’ve had the pleasure of tasting this brew during several different occasions from the tap and from the bottle and I must say this is by far one of the best Imperial Stouts brewed; bar none! First, I don’t even know if this should be in the same class with other Imperial Stouts; it has its own distinctive style. The appearance of this brew has to be one of the darkest stouts I have ever seen. The head was so thick and velvety brown head that it looked like a shot of espresso…superb! It had a magnificent scent of sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans and molasses along with roasted malt. The taste is just out of this world. Started off with a blitz of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts; followed by light vanilla hoppy presence and fruit flavors with a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel wasn’t too thick along with soft carbonation keeping the brew from tasting too syrupy. The complexity of this brew is such that 13% ABV is totally absent until the glass is almost empty and then you begin to say Wow, this is one hell of a beer! For me this was like drinking a fine Port that I could have sipped all night. I can’t say enough about the brews that are being produced at the Struise camp, but I do know that the rating of number one brewer in the world is without doubt; justified! This brew has taken Stouts to a whole new level!!!


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
s_hartshorne (2295) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle sarkynorthner3kyorkshiredaytasting. Black tan head. Aroma is fruity choc dark malts taste same good roasty notes lots of citrus bitters very roasty bitter finish. Nice oily mouthfeel. V good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (3031) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Sarkynorthener 3k yorkshire day. I have been looking for this beer for three years. Thanks to richthevillan, cheers Rich for finding it. Black beer with small oily rim around rim of glass. Aroma of licorice, roasted malts and treacle. Taste is licorice, sticky toffee, dark fruits and tar. Palate is very sticky and full bodied. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamestulloch (2139) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle from Cornelius. Black body with a thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma of vanilla, creamy coffee and dark chocolate. Flavour of affogato, fruit cake, chocolate, plum pudding and yeast. Thick body with a powdery texture. Soft fizz. Is this really 13% ABV? It goes down as easily as a 6.0% beer. Well balanced and flavoursome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (1283) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 28, 2015
Destul de dulce cu note de fructe uscate, mai puțin roast, puțin alcool.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
witthatsbier (399) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Pours jet Black like a beautiful Malaysian womens hair with a coffee coloures thick head Aroma is full on roast coffee with dark belgian chocolate,and a big alcoholic finish, Taste Wow this is something else sour dry bitter coffee with mocha bit of sourness and a big alcoholic kick ,long dry coffee finish overall world class beer,when Struise get it right they blow your tastebud,s brilliant beer

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fombe89 (631) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2015
Botella @II cata Ratebeer Asturias. 19/07/2015 Color negro, epuma beige, aromas malta, sabor dulce, tostado.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clockk (193) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2015
Entrada suave con final fuerte, buen cuerpo, gran espuma consistente, sabores tostados

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SeniorZozo (294) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 18, 2015
Perfect. Taste is malty, with toffee, coffee and some vanilla, raisins and roasty as well. Very nice imperial Stout, awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borup (7909) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2015
From tap at KŘ 15. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, caramel, licorice, coffee and alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2015
Might as well get this turd out of the way...
Big thick black, decent lively tan head. Nose is smoky, teasing BBQ and soily - I never get past this as quickly as I’d like. Initial taste is smooth, sprightly choc and chips of red velvet cake. Stirs of melted brown sugar sweetness, perhaps too much. There’s plenty of dark blackcurrant stamped away though, certainly bright and softly boozy and well watched bitterness. Soft, silky, desserty with a cloying enough mouthfeel. Scampers of more sweetness on the finish. Linger is a charred and burrowing bitterness without any rustic coffee nonsense.

Bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh


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