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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1616   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1699) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 31, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4, 2015 vintage, BB 21/05/2020. A pitch black and highly viscous draught. Intense ripe dark fruit, some coffee and chocolate. Heavy, yet not overwhelming, fine smooth carbonation, a bit boozy. Almost like eating a cake, sweet and sticky. Good balance though. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (8450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2016
(Rating #7000!!!) Aged 1 year. Inky black pour giving a light tan foamy head. Rich roasty black malt aroma thats dark and foreboding with some dark semibitter cocoa, roasted coffee, belgian candy sugar, a slight but deep fruitiness, and a mild earthy bitterness. Rich roasty flavor thats sweetened by some raisin and belgian candy sugar, some bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee and a light bit of plum cake on the finish. Complex and deep and roasty but also stoutly and semisweet with a touch of deep cocoa/coffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nicola5555 (12) - - AUG 17, 2016
caramel, chocolate, coffee, toast, licorice, BIRRA SPETTACOLARE. UNA DELLE GRANDI BIRRE DI DE STRUISE.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopmaestro (1497) - rebro, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2016
Aroma is huge from dark chocolates and roasted malts. Sweetnes, soy sauce, licorice and raisins as well. Complex stuff. It has that aroma that you could smell all day long, and be completely satisfied with that. Taste is full bodied and smooth. Dark fruits, coffee, licorice and roasted malts mix together in a very complex and unique stout. This is how you brew a masterclass Imperial Stout. No fuzz, no extra special stuff, just pure craftmanship. This beer also changed quite a lot over time in the glass, so if you are going to enjoy one, let it breath and rest between the sips and you will get a lot of different dimensions in one glass. Top notch!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (892) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Miltei sysimusta, vaikuttavan nkinen olut kohtalaisella, ruskealla espressomaisella vaahdolla, joka jtt mys hieman pitsi jlkeens. Tuoksussa makeahkoa maltaisuutta, paahteisuutta, lakritsia ja hieman kahvia. Maku aloittaa vyrytyksen kermaisella karamellisuudella, sen jlkeen kuvaan tulee mukaan espressomaista kahvia, paahteisuutta ja lakritsisuutta. Loppupuolella suutuntuma kuivuu ja mukaan tulee varsin vahvaa katkeruutta ja mausteisuutta. Keskitytelinen/tytelinen suutuntuma sopivalla hiilihappoisuudella. Vaikka kaikkea on paljon, on maun hieno siirtym makeasta alusta kuivaan mausteiseen loppuun toimiva ja kokonaisuus kuitenkin varsin pehmen juotava.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alteregoo (1201) - POLAND - AUG 6, 2016
Piana brązowa, sycząca, szybko opada do postrzępionej firanki. Barwa czarna jak smoła, oczywiście nieprzejrzysta. Aromat intensywny, sporo tu trufli, kakao, wiśni i śliwek w czekoladzie, świeżo palonej kawy, karmelu, rodzynek, daktyli, porto, w tle nawet jakaś wanilia, tytoń, lukrecja i sos sojowy. W odczuciu przede wszystkim gęste, aksamitne, pełne - jest przyjemna słodycz, likier kawowy, kakao do tego powtrka z zapachu - suszone owoce, jeżyny, jagody... Goryczka średnia, palono tytoniowa. Wysycenie średnie, drobniuteńkie, w tej treściwej, oleistej cieczy sprawiające wrażenie, jak byśmy mieli na języku coś o konsystencji bitej śmietany...
No i to jest RIS! Tu nawet nie potrzeba leżakować w beczce, bo tylko zmieni się profil z owocowo-czekoladowego z nutą tytoniu (jak tu) na może nieco bardziej szlachetny, waniliowo-czekoladowy z nutą drewna (jak w Cuvee Delphine).
13% ABV? Wydaje się, że bliżej ośmiu w odczuciu :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dinkle50 (1419) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2016
Jet black with an espresso head, lace present. Aroma is sweet with a little fruit as well. Chocolate, fudge and a little smoke. Huge mouth, chewy as hell. Taste is full of roasted malt, just tons of roasted malt. Bitter finish. Lots of sweetness to counter balance that bitter roast. Chocolate specifically, like milk chocolate. Slight dry fruity yeast finish. Man is this good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are lots of dark fruits, licorice, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeersweden (631) - SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2016
Vintage 2015. The beer pours black with a two finger high, beige-brown creamy head that leaves thick lacing on these glass. Nose: Sweet caramel, raisin, prune, orange, roasted malt, light smell of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Taste: Brown sugar, molasses, chocolate nibs, cocoa, caramel, raisin, oak, toffee, red berries and burned sugar. This beer has such a complex and rich taste! Mouth: Full body. Smooth and tasty. Oily texture. Medium carbonation. Wow! De Struise Brouwers had once again made me fall in love!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (3024) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle shared. Big, dark cacao nib and plum notes with brown sugar and light coffee coming out as it warms. Cakey on the palate with sweet dark fruit and roasty cacao nib notes. Finish is a tad boozy, but all the flavors meld together really well. Solid stuff.

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