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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,465 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 317
Gots: 360 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 08-23-2007)
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-26-2011 05:02:00 | More by HopStoopid120
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-26-2011 03:01:15 | More by Exiled
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-25-2011 20:04:15 | More by deapokid
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mrunseen

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-23-2011 05:12:21 | More by mrunseen
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LockeSD

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-22-2011 03:11:11 | More by LockeSD
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - the special ale pours a deep charcoal black with coffee colored edges. less than a fingers worth of mocha colored foam which slowly dissipates into a ring around the edge of the glass.

S - soft, yet well rounded aroma. chocolate with a tinge of coffee at the forefront which leads into hints of dark fruit, spice, a subtle bit of smoke.

T - very similar to the nose, but more intense. roasty, chocolaty malt flavors resonate on the tongue immediately, followed by lots of peppery spice and deep fruit notes, mostly raisin and possibly hints of blackberry. there is a touch of peppery heat on the finish and a flavor reminiscent of coffee liqueur, which lasts well into the next sip.

M - medium bodied, lighter than expected. creamy sort of milky texture with a light almost effervescent carbonation.

O - fantastic. an incredibly interesting and flavorful beer. the bold flavors meld seamlessly with the subtler notes making me wish i had more of this. A truly great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 07:22:44 | More by Teleweizen2
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Teresa's, Paoli, PA

They didn't have it in stock when we visited Ebenezer's, but I finally broke down and purchased the bottle from Teresa's fridge. Split between myself and the wife, I poured my half into an Ebenezer's snifter, and her half into a Pinocchio's tulip glass. The beer poured out a thick, oily black, with a pinky finger of chocolatey brown head that receded to a mere ringlet, leaving a few trails of lacing behind. Smell was booze-heavy, with notes of cocoa and dark fruits. Taste improved as the temperature rose, with a blend of dark roasted malts, molasses, rum-soaked dark fruits, charcoal, and hints of dark chocolate. Pretty complex, but still a bit more thin than I'd expect overall, so I felt the full range of flavors didn't completely come out like it should have. Medium body, and pretty drinkable, but not as good as say, a DFH World Wide Stout...not that many things are.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:15:49 | More by Rifugium
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ehammond1


4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Nearly black but truly a very, very dark brown with a thin brown head. Spots and specks of lacing are left down the glass.

Rich aroma and a lovely combination of roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, and plenty of dark fruit characteristics (prunes, black cherry, and currant).

The flavor follows the aroma, though leading with the roasted malts and rich chocolate flavors. The dark fruit flavors are more of an afterthought when compared to the aroma.

The highlight of this beer is its mouthfeel. It's thick, creamy, with relatively low carbonation, but rich and luscious. Velvety. Delightful.

A wonderful, complex, big RIS. A joy to drink, particularly because of the rich mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:54:06 | More by ehammond1
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-20-2011 20:34:03 | More by Rempo
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice; enjoyed at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton.

A - deep, deep black and thick; not a single bit of light passes through this ichor! One finger tan head with thin streaky lacing.

S - smoke, caramel, and Islay scotch! Heavenly.

T - interesting complex with only the slightest hint of bitterness that's quickly offset with bittersweet dark fruit, licorice and smoke. Very solid and enduring.

M - smooth and velvety; lightly carbonated and with some substantial alcohol warming.

D - definitely a sipper, but still approachable. Exceptionally complex and full of surprises.

Really delicious beer; absolutely lives up to its reputation. Must try for any beer fan.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 23:17:28 | More by DoktorZee
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-19-2011 12:28:31 | More by bacher468
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-18-2011 18:35:18 | More by FreshmanPour77
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cpinto6

Georgia

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-18-2011 07:38:56 | More by cpinto6
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 0 poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours black as midnight with a hint of tan head that goes away almost immediately.

Smell: Quite sweet and slightly roasty. There is some dark chocolate, overly ripe dark fruit, and perhaps a hint of soy sauce here. May be picking up what reminds me of port as well.

Taste: Amazingly smooth and complex. I'm picking up some roast and dark fruit. The soy sauce from the smell doesn't really show up. There is a roasty bitterness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick with hardly any carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer. Quite complex. I would have another, but I don't know how often I'll search it out due to the price and the number of great stouts that are out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 05:29:39 | More by oline73
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California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 22:40:24 | More by nmann08
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-15-2011 19:37:04 | More by twowheelssoar
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Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 18:22:44 | More by Burt
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 18:17:08 | More by kkrez
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-15-2011 15:35:45 | More by richbrew
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eerbayman

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 11:26:18 | More by eerbayman
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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-15-2011 05:51:01 | More by ithinkimasofa
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.