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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1622   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   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 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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   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (7409) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - JUN 28, 2009
Tasted at delirium. Very dark and Black colour. Such a malty and a chocalate flavours. More like a dark chocalate like %85 percent aroma of coca. Such an amazing beer experience. Very very good beer. and also very hard to drink it...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Pours dark black/brown with a creamy mocha colored head. Delicious aroma of dark fruit, sugar, and chocolate. A lot of dark fruit on the flavor as well, with a hint of bread, mocha, and candy . A little bit weak on the body. Its very good but not completely blowing me away.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 26, 2009
THOUGHTS: This was incredible. It put everything I love about stouts and Belgian ales together with a touch of Flemish red to knock it out of the park. It actually hid the alcohol fairly well too. For all the IBUs it really wasnt all that bitter either. Near perfect balance of malt and hops. Not much hops noticeable, but still very much an imperial stout and also very Belgian. Sort of tasted more like a Belgian foreign stout with spontaneous fermentation. The least noticeable alcohol to ABV ratio I think I ever had in a beer. The next day I could still taste it. And yes I brushed my teeth. The flavor just kept coming to mind all day long. If I win the lottery I am buy a case of this and putting it in a hiding place that I wont even find it in. At least not for a few years, or it will be gone much to fast. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was an opaque black in the glass with an average to large light brown to medium brown that slowly diminished, keeping a decent sheet for over an hour and leaving good to fair lacing. The aroma was heavy milk chocolate, cocoa, chocolate syrup and slightly lighter roasted malts, light to moderate sour yeast, licorice, cola, slight alcohol, and dark fruit that may have been plum or blue berry. The initial flavor was a little sweet, sour and bitter; while the finish was sweet, sour and rather bitter with a long duration. There was cocoa, sour fruit, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark sour fruit, roasted malt, plums, slight coffee, and maybe some acai berries too. The medium to full body was creamy with soft carbonation and a light to moderate astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Thanks to Craig for the generous bottle! One of the more "belgian" stouts Ive ever had ... rich, robust, full bodied. Rich malts blend nicely w/ beligan yeasts leading to a transitioning dry finish. Some dark fruits/licorice. Quite complex and really good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2803) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of toasted and molasses, light resin for the hops, moderate earth for the yeast, and background notes of tar, alcohol, and whiskey. Head is creamy, light brown with good lacing and legs, and is mostly lasting. Color is black and has a thick amount of tiny particles. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter and just a little sour. Palate is full, syrupy, has a soft carbonation and a sticky finish. A thick and rich beer. This Imperial Stout is definitely meant to be sipped and savored from a snifter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Bottle. Pours deep black with thick beige head. Has fruity very nose, flavour is of licorice with roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee, and sour notes. Complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2009
Pours black, this beige head. Some suspended sediment. Aroma is very alcoholic with some chocolate and roasted malt. Flavour is yeasty, fruity (apples) some chocolate and lots of alcohol. But it is not over stated or overpowering. The beer is strong and hot. Some spice hidden in the palate as well. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Pours black and a very understated aroma. Aroma of licorice and coffee. Flavor of coffee and a bit sour. Very good.l\

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