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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: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Black Albert with blackberries aged for 1 year on port barrels


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (952) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle share thanks to GothGargoyle! Pours extremely dark brown, with gritty lacing. Aroma of smoke/roasted malt, cocoa powder, black berry, salt, potent vanilla, wood. Taste is upfront cocoa bitter, with a subtle berry sweetness. Long dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Draft. Black pour no head. Light blackberry and roasted/dark malt aromas. Flavors are tart, light blackberry, darker malts and sweet tones.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnoud (279) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
2014.08.20 - Struise Damnation I Black Berry Albert - 750ml bottle in goblet glass. Vintage 2012. Aroma: You get more of the roasted barley in the aroma than the fruit. Taste is a bit opposite. Appearance: Pours dark, maybe around 40 on SRM scale. Not black black but very very deep brown. Short lived ruby/tan head/carbonation. Taste: Berry. Obvious but not overpowering. Good balance. You get very little of the roasted barley, or it's in very good balance with the berries. Virtually no trace of the 13% abv. Nice. Palate/Mouthfeel: It's a bit creamy. But not overly heavy. Aroma 7/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 16/20 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ABT_S54 (145) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
75cl bottle shared in a Struise glass. Pours (glugs) a nice black colour with a generous (very) dark beige head which lasts well throughout the drink. Aroma is rich malts and dark fruits. Taste is less rich than Black Albert and less complex than Coffee Club but has a style all of its own. A lot fruitier than its other "Damnation Counterparts" that I have tried. Very much an Imperial (or Royal as Stuise label it) stout with a huge mouthfeel (as you would expect); the blackberries are not easily identifiable however, the lighter, fruitier quality imparted is clearly reflected in the end product. Gives the impression of being easier to drink than other Damnations (somewhat unexpectedly compared to VIII) which is not to its discredit. Unmistakably Struise in its style and execution and an unmissable edition of the Black Damnation series. Cannot wait for the next instalment...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WillRunForBeer (647) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Ticked this at a fest a while back, but I was too far gone to give it a proper rate. Taster at Aces and Ales. Pours deep dark brown with haldly any medium brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate and blackberry, a touch of strawberrry too. This is a nice dark, chocolatey base with a bit of coffee and a hint of fruit - raspberry, blackberry, dark cherry. Really nice and smooth, hides the abv well.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1000) - Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Light brown foam rests on the blackness. Berry aromas meld with chocolate and coffee. Dry roasted malts have a touch of fruit tartness. Light carbonation but full mouthful. Finish is dry with hints of berry and birthday cake. Yay!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TET (1623) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Vintage 2012, 0.75 L bottle. A black beer with a small but beautiful and brown head. The nose is great, fresh and intensive. Liquirice, fresh strawberries and raspberries, some black coffee and salt liquirice, touch of vanilla and hint of strenght of alcohol. Taste has strong liquirice, mild roastiness, great strawberries, some herbs, enough of biterness even its not taste, aftertaste is warming. Full bodied, low carbonation, pleasant and smooth to drink. The great beer, smooth and intensive with fresh berries.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerconnaiseur (78) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2014 75cl bottle transported 8500km from Bavikhove city to Thailand and consumed at a swimming pool looking out at the sea on Koh Samui (enough carrying around! ffs). Ofcourse this added to the dramA-roma people... Why not? A narrative created by the taster is as equal as the story invented by the brewer, no? This is a gem beer that never disappoints. It pours tar black with a small foamhead. Sweet berry scent and bold roasty taste combined, this BBA is full bodied and has a beautiful lacing. Taste : malty fruits, slight hints of fruits, berries, framboise and slight soury aftertaste intertwined with the dark stark imperial stout body. Yum!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (2329) - NORWAY - JUN 30, 2014
On tap at Schouskjelleren, june 28th 2014. Full black body with a thick brown head. Heavily roasted aroma with blackberries and cocoa. Taste is strong sweet blackberries, coffee, dark chocolate, light peppery with a nice roasty bitter palate and finish. Light tartness. An excellent enjoyable beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5370) - Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with Joshi and Steve. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, smoked malt, blackberry especially toward the finish, port barrel, wood, molasses, pretty solid drinking beer especially for the abv.


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