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Black Albert | De Struise Brouwers

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Black AlbertBlack Albert

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by brewandbbq on 08-23-2007

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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.

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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


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.

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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.

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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.

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,792 ratings
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