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Struise Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert

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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Black Albert with blackberries aged for 1 year on port barrels


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2439) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this one at the Brew Crew Bash in Ann Arbor on May 21. This one was poured from a 750 mL bottle. The pour is a lighter black with some hints of garnet shining through. There is a fluffy lighter tan head that slowly recedes, leaving a pretty strong lace. The aroma is full of blackberry. There is definitely a strong port influence as well. I thought I would like this more. There is a light roasty malt, and a bland of dark fruit in addition to the blackberry. The port is throwing me, it’s nearly dominant. The flavors are a little better. The port fades a little and lets the dark fruits and the blackberry shine a bit. The malts are big, and there is a little roasted coffee bitterness present as well. There is a light booziness on the back end. The mouth feel is thinner and light. The carbonation is a little too bright for a big stout like this, and the aftertaste is lightly medicinal with the blackberry and the wine blending together. This one had a lot of promise, but it just fell a little short.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (8984) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
75cl bottle shared at Kings Night Avoidance Tasting. Thin ring tan head. Clear black pour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (3919) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
Bottle at Kingsnight tasting. Black with small light brown head. Blackberry, coffee, cocoa beans, marzipan, sweet chocolate, blueberries, light bourbon. Over medium sweet and light fruity bitterness. Full bodied. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2719) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
Sampled from bottle at Kingsnight avoidance tasting. Black with no head. Fruity blackberry, quite alcoholic, roasted malts. Sweet, light better. Full body, light carbonation. Oily texture.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdedone (3222) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, blackberries and coffee. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, blackberries, oak, port notes and dark fruit. Sticky texture, full body, fine carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (2103) - Gdańsk, POLAND - APR 17, 2016
I had this a while ago and it was one of the best from the series. Packed with chocolate, coffee, dried and dark fruits. Thick mouth feel and intensive flavors. Alcohol is well balanced. Great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Pours a dark mahogany brown with fluffy tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, malts, and some woody notes. Flavors of chocolate, malty, and some berry highlights.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (15278) - DENMARK - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle as " Black Damnation One - Black Berry Albert", 13%. Slow gusher. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, strong port, sour fruit, coffee, chocolate, berries and dark fruit. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, port, dark fruit, little sour fruit, berries, wood, oak, liquorice, medium sweet, little sour, little acid, warming and medium bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (848) - SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2016
Backlog 2015-06-05 Lots of berries and some tartness to mix up the sweetness. Decent, but I expected more from this one.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1836) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2016
750ml bottle of 2012 release. Pours a thick black color with a lot of head. Foams out of the bottle for 10 minutes. Delicious Berry fruit balances nicely with the hoppiness.


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