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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1579   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

ygtbsm94's rating

   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!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1746) - - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are lots of dark fruits, licorice, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeersweden (549) - SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2016
Vintage 2015. The beer pours black with a two finger high, beige-brown creamy head that leaves thick lacing on these glass. Nose: Sweet caramel, raisin, prune, orange, roasted malt, light smell of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Taste: Brown sugar, molasses, chocolate nibs, cocoa, caramel, raisin, oak, toffee, red berries and burned sugar. This beer has such a complex and rich taste! Mouth: Full body. Smooth and tasty. Oily texture. Medium carbonation. Wow! De Struise Brouwers had once again made me fall in love!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2210) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle shared. Big, dark cacao nib and plum notes with brown sugar and light coffee coming out as it warms. Cakey on the palate with sweet dark fruit and roasty cacao nib notes. Finish is a tad boozy, but all the flavors meld together really well. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vighals (2924) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2016
Svart med fingerhøyt lys brunt kaffeskum. Lukter lakris, kakao, espresso, mørk sjokolade alt jeg forventer av en imp stout. Noe vingummi solbær, gidder ikke drikke opp denne, bare sitte å lukte. Fyldig. Søt, svisker, tørket frukt, salt lakris kaffe. Søt start, med bittersalt avsluttning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (1407) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2016
DWF; Bottle 330 ml, drunk at Cardinal. Pours moderate, black with creamy, lacing and lasting tan head. Nose is heavy, roasted malt, chocolate, coffe, moderate dark berries, dried fruit, vanilla and light ash. Taste is heavy sweet and bitter with lasting chocolate warming finish. Body is full, texture is silk, carbonation soft. Big, heavy stuff.. Wow..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1623) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle at home. Three year old bottle. The colour is pitch black and a very small light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, lactose, oak, coffee, black currants and dried fruit. The flavour explodes in coffee beans, BBQ-sauce caramel, dark chocolate, ash and licorice. Has a silky and soft mouth feel, full-bodied and a balanced bitterness. A rich and roasted ale. Nice and heavy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mjp12 (1361) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2016
From an aged bottle, it pours a super dark, thick black, with a thining tan head. The aroma is sweet dark fruits, with a coffee background . The mouthfeel is very creamy, with a chocolate influenc. Some cherry on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1884) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head and aroma of dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is sweet, of dark fruits, vanilla, mocha, chocolate, liquorice, and warming alcohol notes into the finish. Great stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1960) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2016
With Z, pours a pitch black pour with a mocha head. Nose is dark fruits, malt with mild black licorice . Taste is sweet dark fruits, alcohol subdued despite the ABV, with a nice confluence of malt and hops . Finishes on the same dark tasting notes with a moderately long finish. A nice sipper ! Quaff Score 7 /10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (2585) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
@ Hotel Mirabeau, Brussels 20160507. Bottle from Délices & Caprices. Roasted malty with dried fruits and chocolate, medium to full body with an oily texture. The finish is roasted with dried fruits and alcoholic notes.

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