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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1608   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 Ebenezer’s 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 brewery’s 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 19/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes. A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is about one fingers of tan shading, retaining quite well for 13%. S: Really evocative. Chocolate fudge, currants, plums, licorice, smoke, and charred malts all come together on the nose. As a whole, it’s cohesive yet balanced. T: I love the flavor progression here. It starts with a combination of fudge and mildly tart (not sour) dark fruits, followed by a licorice middle and a charred, roasted finish. The licorice notes don’t bother me here nearly as much as they do in other imperial stouts - a testament to this beer’s balance. I can taste a bit of booze, but it’s still hidden masterfully for 13%. M: The finish is damn near bone dry, without exposing the alcohol significantly. As a result, it’s not very viscous or sticky, rather it’s drinkable and almost freakin’ refreshing. Seriously. A 13% imperial stout is refreshing. Not to mention devastatingly dangerous. I could use a touch more carbonation, though. O: Seriously one of the best imperial stouts I’ve ever had - yet for different reasons than most of the really great ones out there. This aims to be more drinkable, more subtle, and more approachable than others, while retaining its bigness and complexity. One to seek out, plain and simple.

pjotrapostou (361) - POLAND - NOV 9, 2017
W zapachu czekolada, kawa, lekko przyprawowe. Smak bardzo intensywny, kwaśna kawa, deserowa czekolada, suszone owoce, grzejący gorzkawy ale dobrze ułożony alkohol na finiszu. Bardzo złożone i bardzo intensywne.

Rask0lnikov (1471) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 8, 2017
330ml bottle. Vintage 2016. Aroma of this beer coming into my nose right away after opening a bottle. Pours pitch black colour with beautiful brownish medium size head. Different aspects of chocolate and coffee, notes of berries and toffee in the aroma. It is hard to describe the complexity of the smell in my nose, but it is beautiful. Chicolate, coffee, caramel, notes of dark fruits, berries in the taste. Nice and crisp floral finish. Aspects of some calvados or sherry. Rich aftertaste of cocoa and chocolate. Silky and bubbly palate. So complex, but at the same time refine and balanced. Rather medium bodied, extremely drinkable and absolutely, ridicolously beautiful beer.

brandy cools (28) - antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2017 Great aroma: coffee, malt and chocolate. Taste : coffee again, malty bitterness/bitter chocolate and some dark fruit in the background. The beer is very dark, has a lightbrown head that stays for a while and the finish , coffee with cane sugar/ soft malt, lasts long. A real classic. A new favorite of mine.

dzudohonor (290) - POLAND - OCT 5, 2017
backlog - 2015 vintage - Aromta mało intensywny, winny, rozynki, czekolada, karmel, w smaku mamy powtórkę i wspaniale ukryty alkohol. Bardzo dobre!

Maracuja05 (1719) - Mainz, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2017
23-07-17 // bottle shared at home. Vintage 2015. Pours a deep black beer with a creamy beige head. Nose of chocolate, coffee beans, fruits. Taste is delicate, heavy bitter chocolate and espresso with some dried mild fruid in the background. Great!

Grima (2506) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2017
Bottle from Sliterij Van Bergen, Eindhoven, Netherlands!
Bought in 2009, so its well aged. Pours deep black with a brown espresso head. Wide range of aromas. Coffee, Whiskey, chocolate, burnt malts, rhum. Taste is intense malty roasty, slight sweet, with lots of bourbon, vanilla and toasted malts. Long lasting burnt malty finish with bourbon and roasted coffee. Absolutely outstanding!!!

Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2017
Bottle @home, (Clear out the cellar evening). Pours black, opaque, tan head. Nose fruit cake, Christmas cake, boozy, raisins, coffee, chocolate, licorice, ooooft. Taste is massive, there is a bitterness that gives way to a sweet finish, the taste is as the nose, huge fruit cake vibe and massive booze, you know this a strong beer and it does not hide it.

nathanvc (708) - Brugge, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2017 At ’In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst’ (bottle shared with Anke, luckily). Pours hazy jet back with a small, lasting, dark beige head. Intense smell. The aroma contains dark chocolate, coffee roast, caramel, hops & spices, roasted malt, ’jenever’ or ’whisky’, licorice, figs & raisins, some bread. It tastes heavy to medium chocolatey sweet and light roasted bitter, with a toasty, light hoppy finish; warming (and surprisingly well-hidden) alcohol. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Extremely tasty and deeply complex. What else can I say than this is world-class?

rodenbachvintage (171) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2017
Zeer overtuigende gitzwarte zware Stout. Een absolute aanrader voor de liefhebbers van een degelijke stout. Chocolade, koffie, mokka, mooi gebalanceerd. Drinkt verrassend vlot!

Richardvv94 (195) - Valthe, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2017
Gedronken met Peter, smaakt een beetje naar pure chocolade, maar meer naar port of sterke rode wijn, een beetje zurig, rozijnen, weinig bitter en weinig koolzuur, vol van smaak, maar niet romig, droog of toffee-actig

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