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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1616   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
"Hey, hey, hey it Black Albert.sigh Im so sad I cant believe I just wrote that. Hahaha the ingredients list candy as one!!! What kind of candy I wonder. The beer is completely black with a thick brown long lasting crown. Aroma has a yummy smoky alcohol presence. Nat says it smells like brown beer. Aroma also has rich chocolate and I think cinnamon. Yummmmmmmmmmm awesome flavour. Maybe a touch mild for an imp. Stout. Mmmmmm. That is yummy rich malts, sweet coffee, mild coco and a bitter finish. Dont notice the 13% at all except in my brain. This is so simple tasting and easy drinking for an imp stout, its causing me to drink it way to fast. Must get more."

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kappldav123 (6022) - GERMANY - JUN 11, 2009
The bottle looks really good, the beer in the glass also. Very zippy, black, brown head. Starts dry-malty and firy-alcoholic. Complex finish with notes of coffee and liquorice, also a bit earty-woody. A modest sourish note continues from the beginning to the end and makes that beer very interesting. Really good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2009
11.2 oz. bottle. Black with a big, light brow head that leaves rings of clinging lace with each swallow. Espresso, dark chocolate, and peppery spice aromas. Big, full body, smooth and rich on the palate.Black treacle flavor, some dark fruitiness, and a spicy bitter finish. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle, thanks to Jimbowood. Black pour with caramel brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, roasted malt. dark malt and light alcohol. Flavor is the same, very smooth for a beer this potent. Nice amount of chocolate offsets the alcohol and roast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5332) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2009
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. black pour with a khaki head. nose is chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol and dates. good thickness and a huge roasted chocolate flavor, alcohol is surprisingly not as apparent as i was expecting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 9, 2009
6/1/09 notes: bottle, joyously purchased from Bruisin Ales. Pours black with a large, fluffy, creamy tan head. Aroma upfront has molasses and brown sugar, fruits, and then a rich espresso and dark chocolate layer. The flavor is WOW. A ton of raisin, complex-rich chocolate . . . it is tough to describe it all! The finish builds in flavor, not alcohol, a superb accomplishment given the ABV of Black Albert. Yes, as others have mentioned the palate of this beer is thinner than one might expect. But this is missing the point. Black Albert has a palate that builds, tingles, and lingers. I actually came to enjoy how deceptively light it starts! Overall, all thumbs up to this absolutely unique and luxurious beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle. Big thanks to Matt! Poured a nice dark body with an aroma of chocolate, malt and yeast. Flavor was very earthy with light cocoa hops and yeast. Smooth.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Extremely good tasitng well balanced beer. Black body with a small light brown head Lots of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, vanillla and licorice. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and the most wonderful combination of coffee, malt and dark chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2009 Botle shared by WeeHeavySD at AleSmiths tasting bar. Thanks Jon: Black color is topped with a medium brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, black cherry and a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts dark chocolate followed by a light sourness, dark fruit, a touch of alcohol with hint of smoke and a lingering coffee/licorice bitter finish with a hint of tobacco. Full body is rich and creamy with moderate carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2009
bottle. pours an average black with a huge rocky tan head. Deep plums, candy sugar and a touch of hops on the aroma. Medium body, very smooth throughout... sweet up front with dark fruits such as raisins and plums coming forward with some chocolate and coffee on the sides. Nice lingering finish with some bitterness and bigger malts. There is a red wine quality to the body, somewhat tart / sour, but really carrying the grape / dark fruit notes forward. The fruit really smacks you up front on the finish, while the back carries the deeper chocolate / mocha malts. Quite tasty indeed.... but too expensive. A very unique twist on the Imperial Stout... glad Ive got another bottle aging.


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