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De Molen / Struise Brouwers Black Damnation

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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The Black Damnation series is a dark twist of Urban’s mind. His idea is to realize a dozen beers with the use of Black Albert, and over a period of two years, that are as black as hell, filty rich in the nose and with massive taste. Black Damnation is a blend with the use of Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen. This is the first of the series.

50% of Black Albert was used with another 50% of H &V.

Black coloured beer with just a sliver of a dark tan head. Aroma is glorious & full of coffee, brown sugar, dark fruity chocolate. Flavours of H&V are quite evident, charcoal and mineral notes, chocolate, cocoa powder. Good coffee chocolate finish with good balancing bitterness and hops & sugar in the after taste.
2009 vintage 12% abv
2010 vintage 13% abv

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6307) - Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2012
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours black with a large foamy tan head. The foam actually started to come out as soon as I opened the cap which had me nervous. There were also large clumps of yeast that came out with the pour. The aroma had some roasted malt, dark chocolate and sweet Belgian character that was expected, but included a big sour/wild and vinous character that supported the earlier observations that this had some infection issues. The initial taste had some infection issues, but subsequent tastes and warming offered more of what I would have expected with this beer. Roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, wood with tart fruits and vinous notes. This was not as good as I expected, but tasted better than my early observations would have predicted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2758) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! The beer is black with a tan head that leaves a nice coat of lacing on the snifter. The aroma is quite nice, with heavy roast, coffee, espresso beans, and chocolate. The flavor is very tasty, though not quite at the level of the aroma. The finish brings some bitterness and charred malt. Overall, a very good beer. I would definitely have it again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-23-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (5969) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2012
33cl bottle shared with Kermis from my beer cellar. 2 or 3 years old. Thick tan head. Clear dark pour. Lots of chocolate. A great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
In short: A slightly chaotic big mean black beer that is surprisingly easy to drink
How: Bottle 330ml. 2010 vintage (13% abv). Consumed when over 1 year of age
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head that quickly dissipates to persisten very small tan head
In long: Nose is roasted, a bag of coffee beans, burnt wood, Taste is surprisingly smooth, roasted woody maltiness, good coffee beans presence, mild tickling spiciness, liquorice, some soy sauce, the sweet creamy stuff in the middle of chocolate sandwich cookies, blackberries, black liquorice, more... There is lots of sweetness here but somehow there is enough hops to partially clean off the finish, I wouldn’t call it a well balanced beer but it sure isn’t just a sweet bomb. Alcohol is very well hidden but there is of course a little warmth, it is a 13% beer after all. Body doesn’t feel heavy at all and the carbonation is very lively, that helps to make this monster 13% beer too easy to drink. Not bad at all for a 13% monster, but this is definitely a step down from the excellent and simpler Black Albert. To me it felt like the beer was trying to throw too much stuff at once at my taste buds, entertaining but lacked focus a bit. And you know that if you stand in front of the mirror and scream out loud “Black Damnation” exactly 666 times, you can make appear concerned family members and health professionals.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10654) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, herbaceous and complex bitter chocolate, celery salts, and light alcohol warmth. In mouth, a dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, intense and kick ass, burned molasses, warming alcohol. Tasted with GRM on August 28, 2012. Merci Sylvain.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois (10651) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle at home, thanks to Wim for an IP trade, 08/07/12. Pours inky black with a dirty mocha brown head. Roasted malt nose backed up by chocolate, mocha, licquorice and brown sugar. Taste as nose with a little oaky wood and very subtle smoke and spice. Medium to full body with great carbonation. Very well made and balanced RIS - top notch!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1177) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
A-- Poured black, very black, no light penetrating at all. Dark mocha colored head that settled to just a layer of film. A small bit of head retention and a lot of legs on this puppy ( using the wine analagy). Had a good sized white cloud of smoke come out of the bottle when opening it. S-- Big time roasted malts (closer to tar like), big, thick bitter and sweet chocolate and coffee. Touches of raisins, plum, and prune with splashes of cognac. When swirled the fruits and sweetness come out. When let to sit the chocolate comes out. T-- Raisins, plum, prune and cognac at first followed by the chocolate. Fairly sweet tasting but the chocolate helps smooth out the fruit taste. M-- Heavy body and a little bit of carbonation. Big, thick, rich and sweet. Have to really let this sit in your mouth to get more of the chocolate and coffee flavor in this. Also get a good dose of Molasses in the mouth. Small bit of an ABV burn but not very boozy at all. A little on the sweet side though until the chocolate kicks in.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (4185) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2012
33cl bottle (2010 vintage ) at hevig hoekske ( antwerp ). truely one of the best brews i’ve ever had. can’t realy say what i recognize, so i’m just gonna come out and say my opinion, wich is that this beer has everything you could wish ! blackened by hellish demons could be a reason to describe the colour of this one ! the taste is les complex than the other black damnations, but either way, it still remains my favourite ! sweet , but they didn’t push it to far. drinking this makes me wanna buy a crate of black albert and hel en verdoemenis, mix it, and drink it till the end of times ! definetley recomended !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Thanks for sharing Bill. Silly me didn’t record the vintage, but likely 2010 due to when we went to Belgium. Pours to a black body with a light tan head. Aromas of coffee and oatmeal with deep chocolate. Very smooth. Flavor of sweet but balanced chocolate. Oatmeal and coffee. Very well balanced and complex (even if the notes don’t show that). The palate is full bodied, but easy drinking. A true gem of a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9629) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle @ Kulminator. Deep, thick black appearance with a rich, deep brown head. Excellent lacing. Rich anise, thick dark chocolate, roasty, lightly charred, mild vanilla aroma with some dark fruit notes like plum and fig. Very smooth flavor for 13%. Somewhat sweet, charred dark chocolate malty, somewhat ashy, mild anise, a bit earthy flavor with a burnt, somewhat earthy finish. Way too smooth for 13%.

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