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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1599   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesie1857 (2186) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, - NOV 13, 2012
33cl bottle from brewery shop in Brugge - a black body, almost oil-like, with a dirty looking thick brown head which last some time. The nose is chocolate, liquorice, blackcurrants, coffee, very complex as new notes hit the nostrils. The taste is the same, a bit of vanilla, cherry and some spices come through as well. Oily in the mouth, a boozy warmth at the end. I like this a lot. Shame I didn’t buy more than one!

nathanvc (542) - Brugge, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 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 (47) - 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 (102) - 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

Kampfar (271) - Osnabrück, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2017
From tap at VCBF; pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, some coffee. Taste follows the aroma, very slightly sweet. Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Toasted malt in the long finish. Great!

basjansen14 (424) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2017 Zwart kleurig bier met een bruine schuimkraag. Aroma: geroosterde mout, zoet, koffie, wat drop en wat chocolade. Smaak: geroosterde mout, espresso, wat rood fruit, wat drop en misschien wat anijs en een redelijk bittere afdronk. Vol en romig mondgevoel met redelijk tot weinig koolzuur.

guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Totally black body with a small tan head that had a crimson edge. Lacing was sparse. Vinous aroma of ripe fruit, dark chocolate, anise and molasses. Complex flavors of dark fruit, strong coffee and semi-sweet chocolate mingle with licorice, smoke and toffee. Hops stay hidden in the background; carbonation stays low; alcohol stays approachable. Like a fortified wine, best sipped instead of gulped. Mucho thankos to Sloth.

Stew41 (2040) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 7, 2017
2011 Vintage (Kulminator 8 euro)
Served at room temp. Massively rich and full bodied but not crazy over the top. If this is 5yrs old this is a mere babe. Quite sweet but also very powerful. Will goes 10yrs+ with ease. Lacks a few smarts but time might heal.

BlazerT (1140) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 2, 2017
Troszkę mi się chyba lewa warka trafiła, albo zbyt długo u mnie leżało. No cóż dużo czekolady, kakao, na pewno ciemne owoce w tle. NIestety również metaliczne doznania, które psuja trochę klimat piwa. Smak półsłodki to słodkiego - długi, raczej stabilny. Ciało półpełne, wysycenie niskie, tekstura taka oleista. Naprawdę niezłe czekoladowe piwo, tylko ta metaliczność.... i tak dałem mu fory.

oobawa (1500) - Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2017
2015 bottle. Such an enormous sweet stout, full of chocolate and molasses and dark, overripe fruits, an absolute monster of a brew. Nose almost comes across like a boozy Mudslide, thick with chocolate and coffee and a noticeable liquor back. Appearance is black as oil and almost as viscous, with a heavy brown head leaving no lace. Taste starts big and only grows bigger, massive Hershey syrup meeting Kahlua and anise, dried fig and black cherry meshing with a touch of black pepper and mild hop bitterness on the finish. Mocha fade gives up no heat despite the 13% ABV. A touch too sweet for me to be in love, but damned if it isn’t a drinkable beast, the smooth texture and lack of any burn making it scary how quickly my pint is disappearing. Let’s tick this baby up to 4, just for posterity’s sake.

k92488 (491) - KVERNALAND, NORWAY - APR 12, 2017
DWF kull svart med flott skum men det forsvant. Aroma og smak fantastisk kaffe malt karamell vanilje litt alkohol. Utrolig godt men ble litt flat etter 10 15 minutter.

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