MrHangover (3895) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage. Luckily no jellyfication has started in this bottle. Pours a pitch black beer with a massive off white head on top, very creamy and stays on for a long time. Aroma has a lot of roasted malts, sweet sugary stuff, some booze and even some faint hints of coffee after all these years. Flavor is very sweet, with roasted charcoal characters, sweet molasses, licorice, basically everything you want in your imperial stout. Alcohol is very well hidden in the flavors, yet it punches like a mule after drinking. Aftertaste is sweet and roasty, dark fruits and again the coffee is in there. Very faint, but there. A shadow of it’s former self, but still great!
aleksander9 (1333) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2015 Black with tan head. Lingering head considering abv. Chocolate coated cherries, caramel and belgian spice. Sweet, "drops" and lingering alcoholic caramel. Overall: wow!!!
Maarten1993 (909) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank at ZeeBra 2015 (21-6-2015), 2010 bottle. Typical Struise black damnation taste, and very present H&V as well, only the basics of that, without the added crazzyness. Deep chocolate, a bit coffee. Pleasant taste.
bytemesis (6568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to 50Belair! Pours inky black, medium dark brown creamy head, slow to dissipate with nice lacing. So far, so good. Aroma is fudge brownies, molasses, roasted malts, cocoa powder, raisin, some coffee. Flavor is all of the above, quite sweet, light plus bitter, rich and decadent. Full body, creamy mouthfeel
olsvammel (5805) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a big tasting (Nörprovning 2015). Dark malty smell with chocolate, coffee and a hint of metall. Similar taste with chocolate, caramel and a roasted aroma. Musty and deep flavour. Very nice!
rouhlas (2675) - GREECE - FEB 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle at home, 13% ABV. Thanks Spiros!! Black color with nice creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, light coffee, chocolate, nuts-hazelnuts, dark fruits, peat, leather. Taste is sweet and bitter, roasted malty again, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, dark fruity and nutty, light peated. Full body almost creamy with soft carbonation and long bittersweet nutty coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste.
Beerman6686 (6244) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poured a darker brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of green pepper and dark fruit. Flavor similar, with some booze and caramel. Another way overrated European Impy.
Art (3070) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. More dark fruit aroma and taste than the typical roasty stout. Not so much my style here.
Blind taste test:
1. Founders imperial stout
2. Evil Twin Christmas Eve at a NY Hotel room
3. Shorts Publican Porter
4. Hitchhiker Rucksack Porter
5. Church Brew stout
6. Struise Black Damnation
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ebony pour with a decent biscuit head. Huge aromas of malts, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, smoked wood chip. Boozy, rich and hoppy. Tremendous.
MarcoDL (3977) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2015 Bottle, one of the 5 year olds they sold at Borefts this year. Beer came gushing out, shame some was lost. Probably infected. Delicious smell of roasted malt and cacao, but a bit sour as well. Taste was a bit of a lettdown, it didn’t age very well. Body somewhat thin, with a sour/sweet (infected) taste of malt and chocolate, the bitters got lost. I like the current BD series better.
UPDATE. Had an uninfected as well, much better beer. Thick and heavy, with both sweet coffee and choco notes and bitter roasted malt and hop. Great beer. Rating is for the uninfected one.