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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1610   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 Ebenezers 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 brewerys 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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Pour is coal black with just mild hints of mocha around the edges; head is full, creamy, mostly lasting, and dark tan in color with a dense, lasting froth remaining throughout and lace all over the place. Nose is nice and complex but takes some time to breathe; lots of dark, bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, burnt grains, molasses, dark candi sugar, and chocolate cake with lighter notes of anise, black plums, red currants, and earthy/floral hops. Flavor has a shorter progression than I expected but still nice; the flavor starts with similar dark chocolate notes are prominent, mocha coffee, similar fruit notes (black plums, red currants), faint molasses, and burnt grains. As the flavor progresses the fruity notes become more like dried fruits, burnt caramel comes into play and the sweeter notes begin to dry out a bit. Palate is full, round, nearly chewy, but nearly lively with only some warmth noted in my stomach long after the flavor is gone. Finishes average length, drying with lots of cake notes, unsweetened chocolate, faint fruits, and a good amount of earthy/floral hops and bitterness showing up very late leaving a bitter note on the tongue. A beer that took some time to breathe before it reached it maximum potential, and the ABV is nearly undetectable until minutes after each sip. More bitter notes and dryness in the finish than I would have wanted and a shorter flavor progression than most 13% beers. All in all, a very nice, complex beer from Struise.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 3/8/2009... Since this has been blended with KtG in the past somewhere, if memory serves me right, it doesnt hurt to toss it into the Portsmouth snifter. This one warmed on the counter before opening. Actually it gets to be borderline room temperature before I pop the cap. OK, Donnie...lets do this work... Pours gently into the snifter a jet-black opaque body...moderately viscous, and an awesome peanut-butter-maple 2/3-finger head emerges and sticks for a while. A picture of strength (or maybe the feats of strength). The aroma of this is a little more understated than I would expect but for the most part smooth. Theres a fairly significant presence of tannin shakeout from the patent malt here. Mild, slate-ish austerity...with a slightly bittersweetness and a touch of booze. Hop presence is loose and light. Actually would expect more here. Now the malt presence reverts to expectations of huge, bountiful husky roast. Dark fruits also have your back here...maybe not as acidic as plums but definitely dates and a prune or two. Definitely the austere slate quality abounds but is backed up by a muted alcohol sweetness. Not as much nuttiness as I would expect but very enjoyable. This one has depth and bench strength...and no empty clamminess. I dont get an alcohol burn...this is too well-constructed for that. Finishes with a sweet slight booziness that is viscous, warming and velvety...maybe a touch of chocolate. Not quite perfect but very good. After a while the sweetness emerges along with a more leathery feel. Different from many in its weight class, but it drinks nicely and I would welcome this into my glass anytime.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2009
33ck bottle. Pours opaque black with medium thick short-lived tan head that fades to a thin disc of mottled tan and brown spots. Dark fruit and cherry aroma with some chocolate and coffee sweetness, light earthy mustiness, and alcohol. Slight acidity with good bit of roasted grain character. Flavor starts chocolatey and cakey with notes of dry cocoa and red wine. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit/cherry. Earthy balancing bitterness with subtle resiny notes at mid-palate. The beer finishes somewhat dry with rich cocoa and fruit, mild toffee sweet character, and subtle acidity that enhances the perception of red wine and cherry. The mouthfeel is swishy and creamy with high - but pleasant and not harsh - carbonation. The beer is surprisingly only medium in body, accompanied by a very velvety texture. Overall, a very rich and luxurious big stout. It is surprisingly mellow - I expected something more extreme, but thats not to say Im disappointed: a very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
11.2oz bottle, Best before April 2013. Thanks to Storm for sending me this with the Secret (summer) Santa 2008. I believe this is from Batch 1, the original supposed totally rockin batch that was near perfection. We shall see. Clear deep brown with a three finger tan head, good retention. Hmmm--I still get the purple Kool-Aid smell in the aroma that I got from a bottle that was shared almost a year ago, which is one of the stranger aromas Ive gotten in a beer. There is also some Belgian yeast, berries, less coffee and roasted malts than one would expect. There are also some figgy notes, raisins, and toffee. Flavor is much the same with everything leaning towards dark fruits (and grape Kool Aid). Still strange. Semi-dry moderately roasty (hey, there you are!) finish with some light alcohol burn. Moderate carbonation with a full body. Yep, this is about as good as I remember it. Definitely different.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3858) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2009
Bottled. Old rating Dark brown colour, almost black with a tan head. Lots going on in aroma: Toast with accompanying slight sourishness. Juniper and blood. Chocolate and dark fruits. No alcohol here. Darker fruits in flavour, with very rounded mouthfeel, lots of juniper here and a little toast along with vineous sourishness. Very smooth beer, without fieriness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2009
(bottle - 330 ml) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is dark and roasty with a nice hop undertone mixing with some chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor is a little sweet at the beginning with a very dark and roasty followup. The hops are rather apparent as well as roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and some caramel near the end. Thick and sticky with the alcohol well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 30, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks ogglethorp! - Pours a viscous dk dk brown with a small, creamy tan head...aroma is cocoa and scotch, roast and a bit of vanilla...flavour is really nicely integrated, I was expecting it to be a bit more salty, so Im happy...coffee black, cream, more roasted malt...it grabs all the surfaces of your mouth...some sour fruit and burnt wood on the finish and some heat that I didnt really taste, but felt the effects of immediately...great experience...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
favourite beer ot the night. Pours black with a decent tan head that dissipates nicely. Very nice nose of chocolate and almost a fruitiness to it that gives it an almost wine-like characteristic. Nice complexity in the flavour with chocolate, coffee and a certain sweetness that isnt often found in many imperial stouts due to the large amount of hops. In spite of the sweetness I still bfound it to be nicely balanced. Very nice

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 28, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Super sweet treacle nose, licorice and roasty malt. Flavor is more of the same. Near syrupy body. A "WOW" beer that, in final analysis, is not complex but pretty tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (7034) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle. Dark pour. This beer hits all over the place with flavor and aroma with a solid aftertaste. Great beer.


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