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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2009
Thick, coating in and on the glass. Sticky ring of a head. Super roasted aroma, soft yet powerful. Borderline transcendent. Warmth in my stomach, not my mouth, thats where all he charcoal and goodness lies.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 23, 2009
33cl bottle. Black with a medium tan head and brown edges. Alcohol, burnt sugars and malt, and oxidized coffee grounds that come across somewhat sharp and solvent-like. The flavor is sweet with a bitter and sharply alcoholic finish exhibiting more of the stale coffee of the nose. Full bodied and a bit slick with medium carbonation. This was a real surprise. Nowhere near the malt or yeast depth that I was expecting. I hope that this was an off bottle because I cant ever see myself wanting this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (11027) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma was dominated by the smell of alcohol, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is has hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses. The alcohol is a bit to present for my enjoyment. Not the best imperial stout I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdedone (3372) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a nice creamy tan head that left good lacing. Aroma was roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, licorice and some fruitiness. Flavor was complex and well balanced with rich roasted malts, mild coffee, dark fruit, molasses,dark chocolate and has a smooth and creamy body with a roasted dry bitter finish. Alcohol was well hidden

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2009
11.2 0z bottle. looks thick and viscous as the black liquid fills my glass. a very short thin tan head fizzles away quickly. the aroma comes across as plums, molasses, fruitcake soaked in coffee liquor. Quite fruity actually with a mildly roasty character. lighter in body than it appears, but still very full. lots of creamy chocolate notes, as well as coffee ice cream. like french silk pie, but with more raisin and fig. a fine and robust bitterness manages to keep this from becoming too sweet. well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cheeta (1181) - Lang, DENMARK - APR 19, 2009
Very good caramellic aroma. Huge, creamy, light brown head. Excellent lacing. Fully lasting longevity. Black body. Heavy sweet, dark chocolate flavor, with a long finish duration. Medium to full palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4178) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
330cL bottle from mcbackus! Nose is dark bitter chocolate, toasty yeast, and a little toffee and prunes. Black with a medium cinnamon head. Flavor is chocolate covered prunes with some bitterness added like an impy stout with some barleywine bitterness and fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
Black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, pretty roasty, caramel, yeast, dried fruit. Taste is lightly roasty, caramel, chocolate, light alcohol. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14203) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet roasted malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
tall burnt sienna colored thick creamy head, body is the blackest brown mahogany and light mahogany at edges. aroma is deep roasted malt, coffee, high cacao chocolate, and dried black mission figs. a little chocolate liquer too. flavor starts a little dry, oaky, and a bit yeasty/astringent, gets bready and deep roasted malt with some fresh roasted coffee bean. bitterness of baking chocolate, tart dark dried fruits, and faint malt sweetness comes and goes quickly, then a pleasant ginny heat flies by. a little of the acidity and smoky bitterness in the finish. aftertaste is bitter licorice. very well done, quite a journey!

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