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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1347   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


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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBeerFanatic (841) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 $19 bottle from belgium shop online. Saved for around 6 months. Pours a dark molasses with medium carbonation and a foamy head that fades slowly. Huge and very complex aromas that explode the nose with roasted malts paired with candied malts, big tobacco (like someone left a cig bud at the bottom of the bottle), dark cherry, chocolate, wood chips, toffee and some others that I can’t find because of the high complexities! Extensively powerful and complex are the flavors next to the aromas! Tobacco, chocolate, and plum upfront with some touches of dark cherry, fig, slight coffee, wood, and some candy like yeast. Leaves a strong smoky aftertaste. Theres a slight hint of sour mixed with the stronger bitterness and medium sweetness. You can just smell the authentic 100 percent belgian products and craft that went into this beer. The best imperial stout I’ve smelled. Alcohol only comes in the nose a little! Must, must, must be drank very slow and siping in long intervals to truly appreciate the wonderful complexities this has to offer otherwise the alcohol and smoke will cloy the other flavors. Fantastic!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (2968) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle @ Café Rose Red, Brugge. Pours cloudy nearly black with airy but very stable tan head. Dark aroma of coffee, caramel malt and liquorice. Sweet flavour of coffee, chocolate, and caramel malt, with notes of roast and touches of liquorice. Lingering, sweetish and slightly roasty aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. Very nice, indeed.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewgrav (10) - - JUL 20, 2014
330 ml Une biere syropeuse Deep dark colours Une longueur en bouche puissance Aromes de cafe caramélisé Une élégance pour une biere a 13 %

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zoret (54) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2014
Cervesa rodona, llarga i llaminera. Bona per pendre mica en mica tota sola o acompanyada de postres dolços. Exemple d’estil.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aaron68 (542) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2014
330 ml on tap @ "Cafe Sara", Oslo.July 05, 2014. Beer from a tulip glass. Black in color with a beige brown head.Medium carbonation.Oily look. Aroma is espresso,roasted malt,dark sugar,dark chocolate,some spices and vanilla. Tastes sweet,roasted malt and has a warming alcohol feeling. A really nice and well balanced Imperial Stout. To be re-tasted when possible.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
666ale (54) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
The black damnation is ways better! Black beer, good aroma, but taste is alchoolic and a bit flat, not so complex as thought. Just okay!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vincentvega72 (59) - - JUL 6, 2014
Donkerzwart bier met cremekleurige schuimkraag. Als je het bier uitgiet zie je al dat dit geen gewoon bier is. Heel dik, stroperig van structuur. Heel mooi aroma en smaken van gebrande koffiebonen, chocolade, rozijnen, toffee. Heel smaakvol in de mond met heerlijke afdronk. Zeer goed uitgebalanceerd bier. Ondanks de 13 % heeft de alcohol nooit de bovenhand, deze zit zeer goed weggestopt. Puur vakmanschap van de Struise Brouwers.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daje (2043) - NORWAY - JUL 1, 2014
On tap at Cafe Sara, june 27th 2014. All black body with a thick creamy brown head. Aroma of dark berries, roast, raisins and spices. Taste is fruity yet dry roasted, dark chocolate, raisins, and a sense of vanilla towards the finish. Lovely mocca and cocoa aftertaste, rich body, great balance here. An excellent beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (1659) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Keg at Cafe Sara. Pours black, aroma of coffee, chocolate, liquorice, taste is smooth chocolate, rich, boozy, liquorice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (836) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a beautiful, long-lasting dark espresso foam head. Big rich cherry nose. Somewhat coating mouthfeel with a mild carbonation burn. Notes of coffee and underlie the cherry forward flavor. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (1027) - PORTUGAL - JUN 1, 2014
15cl on tap at the brewery. Pours a really dark brown with a nice pale brown colour head. Aroma is chocolate, liquorice, roasted, hoppy, grassy and floral. Soft carbonation and medium to full body. Taste is medium bitter and light to medium sweet. Overall... how can I leave without drinking another?


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