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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1610   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2009
Pours black with a dark brown head. The aroma was average with sweet notes and and the alcohol smell is not what you would expect for a beer with 13% alc. I was impressed primarily with the drinkability of the beer. It does a great job hiding the alcohol behind sweet and smokey flavors in the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep brown/black color with a thick, creamy tan head that slowly receded to a thick layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma is dominated by fruit, mainly sweet berry (raspberry, blackberry) and actually borders on koolaid mix sweetness. There is also some chocolate in the nose and a bit of alcohol. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some moderate fruitiness (berry, plum, and red apple) lead into some dry dark chocolate and a moderate chalkiness paired with some faint hop bitterness that lingers in the finish. Low carbonation and moderate mouthfeel. I dont know, at times this seems more like drinking a fruit beer infused with chocolate rather than an imperial stout. The flavor, while not offensive, really isnt what I think of when I think imperial stout, or even stout. I understand that Belgian style stouts typically afford fruity flavors and aromas due to the yeast, but this was a bit overbearing. I have heard the consistency of bottles isnt great, so perhaps this was off, but its doubtful I will be trying it again at $11 a pop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - APR 15, 2009
Rtulo diferente, muito bonito. Colorao preta, turva, com espuma bege densa, cremosa, volumosa, deixando marcas nas laterais e uma generosa camada perene. Presena evidente de malte torrado e caf, sendo seca e com amargor acentuado. Sugesto de ameixas pretas. Leve adocicado. Complexa. Encorpada (muito encorpada!). O lcool encontra-se muito bem disfarado no conjunto. O aroma se desprende facilmente, exalando fortes notas de torrefao. Destaque para o amargor, bem acentuado, em razo de generosa presena de lpulo. timo conjunto, mas acredito que tenha faltado um melhor balanceamento. Para mim, essa cerveja ficou forte demais, no em razo do lcool, mas por ter ficado muito encorpada, tirando um pouco de sua drinkability.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2009
Oh good god yes. This was wonderful. First aroma was straight black coffee at 5am, with a good amount of head for an Impy and carbonation to go with it. Pour looks good, but not chunky like some other big imperial stouts. Huge rich taste of coffee beans, massive chocolate everywhere and some hidden cherry and vanilla flavors. Hops that i can almost pick out underneath the huge malt bill. A slight burn in the aftertaste, which i cant tell if its the alcohol telling me its there, or the burning coffee. Does not taste like a 13%-er, maybe an 8 or so, all the alcohol is well hidden under the mountain of flavor. I wish i could pick this apart more, but god himself couldnt tell you all the flavors in this. Syrupy on the mouth and clings to the glass just a little bit. The only thing lacking is the palate really, but its almost lacking in a good way because of the ease you can drink this. A great beer that doesnt need any mellowing. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10205) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle from a secret admirer whom has pissed off my wife. Pours onyx with 3-finger dark brown head. Nose is dark malt, chocoff, hops, black berry, licorice. Tastes hoppy and richly dark malty up front, with figgy and cherry fruit at mid-point, followed by cacao, chocolate syrup, and a rich, complex palate that throws a lot at you and demands that you sort it out, although if you were drunk it would just demand that you chug it then go vomit at the nearest hole in the ground because you couldnt deal with the massive 13% ABV, or were using the beer as an excuse to cover up your manly shortcomings. Novices need not apply (and please keep cheapdark away from this one!!!), but true beer connoisseurs will love every sip of this very well made beer, and yet another testament from Struise as to what human beings can make when given the right skill sets. BRAVO!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1544) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2009
Pours a black color with a brown head. Strong roasted malt aroma with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and slight hop aroma. Thick on the palate with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and molasses. Slightly bitter finish with not much alcohol coming out especially for 13%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1341) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2009
I was about to order this online, but thanks to a fellow Georgian, the word is out, this beer is at Greens now! Somewhat of a viscous-like pour. Nice chocolate head that fades away to a very thin chocolate head covering the top of the beer. Nice black opaque appearance. A very fine looking stout indeed. A very nice sharp and pungent roast aroma, with some coffee, but not so much coffee as there is roast. Wow, this beer has an awesome nuanced flavor. Starts out very roasty and ash-like then a surprisingly sweet flavor hits your tongue. I thought the sweet flavor was the aftertaste and wasnt satisfied, but then the roast came back with some kick to it. Very nice flavor indeed. That sweet flavor leaves an interesting taste in your mouth, but that final roast taste is just simply amazing; it is deep, dark, and very nice. Chocolate aroma begins to come out more as the beer warms. Extremely silky palate. Just a very interesting and nice imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8179) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
brought by stumac to feces fest, also had at the BA stout tasting .. . Dark as night, with tar,chocolate,and shoe polish in the nose .. . chewy and oily, easy to drink, but beware of the sneaky 13% .. . a class act .. . i dont give a crap about woodstock ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2009
Pours black, big tan head with some lacing and moderate retention. Fennell, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and roast on the nose; flavour develops chocolate and vanilla notes with a long, dry, slightly burnt finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, not too much carbo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2009
Obtained from Bottleworks in Seattle - lucky us! Pours a pitch black with a thin off-white head with minimal foam. Unusual sweet aroma, figs & dark fruit, licorice root and and fennel. More fennel in the flavour, sweet rich and complex malt, lingering herbal hop finish. Creamy, moderately thick body. So complex and tasty - I dont really think of stout, but rather Belgian strong ale. Yum!

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