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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1625   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   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

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4.2
Icedwarf (1838) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2017
Zwart bier zonder schuim. Smaak is krachtig warm, bitter en rokig met iets van bittere chokolade, pruimen en zwarte bessen. Echt een bier voor de winteravond.

4
tanel025 (235) - ESTONIA - DEC 9, 2017
Dark brown beer, with dark beige head. Aroma is roasty, some chocolate, malt. Taste is vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malt and it's all covered with alcohol. Very good beer but needs aging a lot. Medium sweet, if there was any hops, then all of it is covered with bitterness from alcohol.

4.4
yoxik75 (287) - Wroclaw, POLAND - DEC 9, 2017
Uzupełnienie profilu notatki.
Piana średnia, szybko znika. Kolor czarny, nieprzejrzysty. Aromat ciemne słody, czekolada, kawa, nuty suszonych owoców, lekko likierowy słodki. Smak oleiste, pełne, słodkie z mocną gorzka czekoladą, suszonymi owocami, delikatnymi wędzonymi nutami, wyraźną chmielowością i goryczą niczym jak w długo leżakowanym Imperatorze z pinty( podobne piwa, tylko tu jest wszystkiego więcej i bardziej z mniejszym akcentem na amerykę). Nagazowanie wysokie ale pasuje ożywia piwo, są akcenty drożdżowe, estry owocowe, dożo nut naszych porterów bałtyckich. Piwo Genialne mega złożone, alkohol mimo ze wysoki nie wyczuwalny, ułożony, jedynie fajno rozgrzewa przełyk. Belgijsko-RISowe WOW.

3.6
matbli (491) - Poznan, POLAND - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Pours dark brow with high beige head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, dried fruits, caramel, brown sugar, some red fruits and a hint of coffee. The aroma isn't very intensive but rich and complex. Unfortunately everything is covered by tons of alcohol. In taste medium chocolaty sweetness with a long and ashy roasty bitter finish. Alcohol is strongly warming.
I belive this can be really great, but it definitely needs some additional aging. For now it's extremely boozy.

4.1
evannell (1434) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 4, 2017
Przemyciło się wiele belgijskich nut - przejrzałe śliwki, delikatne przyprawy. Reszta to wanilia, suszona śliwka, dostojny karmel. Bardzo fajna gładkość. Świetne piwo.

4.2
edgallow (4550) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2017
Bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dried fruit, coffee and caramel. Taste is cocoa, coffee, and caramel.

4.3
Stultus (179) - ESTONIA - DEC 3, 2017
Pours black with a tan head and medium lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasty, alcohol. coffee, lots of maltyness and a nice milk chocolate creamyness. Taste is creamy roasty with a lot of chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee alcohol warmth (alcohol well hidden), raisins. and ripe plums. Good quality and nice balance.

4
L_Lovecraft (744) - - DEC 2, 2017
Maybe a but of time (two years) can improve this beer, a bit hot with alcohol in evidence, dried fruits, plum and dates, some roasted and cocoa, black with a good tan head, full body, again dark fruits and roasted...very good.

3.6
LukaszK (127) - Wrocław, POLAND - DEC 1, 2017
Butelka 0,33. Czarne, wpadające w brązowe, bez piany. W aromatach niestety na pierwszym planie alkohol, potem praliny, lekko wanilia. W smaku dzieje się więcej: czekolada gorzka, czekolada mleczna, wanilia, migdały, kawa. Bez zachwytu, jednak mamy w Polsce lepsze RISy.

4.3
Bill Becker (1905) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 29, 2017
From Jul 2008


This pours from 11.2oz bottle a pitch black with a 3 finger and growing head of foam.excuse me while I knock down the foam some....Hmmm, that tan foam sure is tasty. ;^) Awesome head retention here and the lacing is very good.

The smell is loaded with dark fruit, caramel, and did somebody mention grapes?? You darn tootin there is a grape aroma here. wow.

The taste is pretty darned sweet with a good caramel presence and some figs, some plum, gee wiz grapes, some dark chocolate, slight coffee note, but...I just can't get over that grape. Who'd have thunk that it would work so well in beer?? Anyhow, I digress.

Wonderfully full bodied and silky smooth, light in carbonation, it finishes with a nice dash of chocolate and I'm going to say milk chocolate because it's on the sweet side. Still, as sweet as it is, it's very drinkable because it's not cloying at all. And the alcohol, which is quite substantial, has no presence in either the smell or the taste. It only shows up some time after the swallow. Very unusual example of the style and one that I favour a lot.

Bottom line: Yeah, it's a superhyped brew and I couldn't resist seeking some out(Belgian Shop) and I *did* pay a few bucks to have 6 bottles delivered but, if I didn't like it as much as I did, I would say so and follow up with "never again" In this case, I think what I got for my money is a very special brew and I'm glad for it.


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