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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,501 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,501
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 319
Gots: 363 | FT: 21
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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Photo of reebtaerG
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured bottle with batch B6BB into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours an all black body with a thick creamy brown head.

S-Aroma of dark berries, cocoa, roast, raisins and spices.

T-Taste is fruity yet dry roasted, dark chocolate, raisins, and a sense of vanilla towards the finish. Lovely mocca and cocoa aftertaste.

M-Mouthfeel is well rich body, great balance here. Good carbonation

O-Overall it was well worth the money I paid for this a special 4 of July treat.

reebtaerG, Jul 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Dbot, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mlew, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

vande, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Brutus627, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

wrightst, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

comfygoodness, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

FalconOne, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

briang01, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

iL0VEbeer, Jun 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

kingjohnh, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

cp45, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

kwkdmk, Jun 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Stormwatch, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of tmzl
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%

29/11 2012 bottle.

Look: Very dark, syrupy pour with average sized, very thick, solid, dark mocha head. Slow, consistent and very pretty retention, mostly diminishes, the thin layer still leaves fair amount of fine lacing. Colour is dark, dark brown.

Smell: Intense burst out of the bottle. Raisins, dry plums with medium fat sweetness, mostly milk chocolate, burned caramel and roast. Touch of sour (dark fruit notes) and a very light alcohol feel in the nose - combined they break the fatness. Fat, rich but in good harmony.

Taste: Surprisingly pleasant, fruity (dry fruits - raisins, dry apricots) start. Smooth, medium sweetness develops into a rich, strong medium-heavy but still smooth sweet middle, mostly chocolate driven with strong, fat caramel. Light sour still present, not so dark fruity, more notes come from different dry fruits - sour dry cranberries come to mind. Sourness with a very light, subtle alcohol spike refreshes the whole thing. The end is medium-heavy mostly coffee, roast bitterness with a solid light hop character (noble). The after-taste is mostly roast with some very light noble hop and light chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full, heavy body, very creamy, smooth. Light alcohol to detect, it is very well incorporated, breaks the solid, fat sweetness.

Overall: One of the best in the style for me. If you can get your hand on it, do so. Rich, smooth, fat and fun, all that it wants to be and more.

tmzl, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

rydev24, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Lovely85, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

kylehay2004, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

facesnorth, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

OKCNittany, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

egrace84, May 24, 2014
Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%

Dense mocha head on a black body. Good head retention and lacing.

Faint dark candy sugar on the nose. Chocolate.

Dark fruit sweetness mixed with cocoa. Booze on the backend although wouldn't 13%abv.

Very silky smooth mouthfeel. Low but adequate carbonation. Very nice.

Talk about a well built beer. Appearance and mouthfeel are world class, and the taste isn't tht far behind (flavors meld great together). Recommended for any stout fans or strong dark Belgian ale fans who are trying to get into stouts. Thanks MaxSpang, wherever you are.

Duff27, May 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,501 ratings.