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

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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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, filthy rich in the nose and with a massive taste.

Black Damnation II is yet another blend with the use of Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen. This time a level more complex than BD I. 50% of Black Albert was used that matured for a while on whole coffee beans out of a craft Columbian coffee plantation. 25% of H&V was used that aged for 6 months on JD barrels at Struise. Another 25% of Cuvée Delphine was used.

Beware: labels are the same, taste however isn’t. Some bottles are recognizable because of he handwritten 2 on them.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (1548) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Pours dark with low brown head Aromas of coffee, chocolate, bitter dark malts Taste has coffee, sweet caramel, chocolate, hints of alcohol

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (2321) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Pours black with medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar. Taste is sweet, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate, light bitter and astringent finish, slightly boozy. Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adster (482) - HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2014
A démoni fekete testen csak egy szempillantás erejéig időzik a megszokott, fahéj és kakaópor színezetű bézs hab, megforgatva harsányan szórja félelmetes aromáit. Kávészirup, tüzes whiskey, bourbon vanília és megannyi elegáns csemege, nem kimondottan gyerekeknek való édesség. Ez hatványozottan igaz lehet az első kortyaira is, amik talán nem nagy meglepetésre az I-es verzió nyomán haladnak ízvilág tekintetében. A folyékony csokoládés, befőttszerű gyümölcsös vonal ez esetben is alapját képezi a főzetnek, a kávés hangulat, valamint az alkohol jobban kidomborodó, de semmiképpen nem kitüremkedő karaktere összetettebbé teszik a szerkezetet. Ha lehet, egy fokkal talán még férfiasabb ital, mint a Black Damnation I, legnagyobb erénye azonban a komplexitása, végtelen mélységei, zabolázhatatlannak tűnő, valójában inkább mérnökien megtervezett vadsága. Minden egyes korty felér egy robbanással, amint a csokoládéfagylaltra öntött cseresznyeszirup, a vaníliás kávé és a whiskey-vel megbolondított krémlikőr okozta ingerek vad ámokfutásba kezdenek. Színtiszta varázslat minden perce.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5310) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
11.2oz bottle, thanks to iphonephan. Thanks! Poured a pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma was notes of bitter dark chocolate. Some notes of chocolate, bitter malts. Smooth chocolate. Pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4775) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Wonderful stuff. Toasty smoke, chocolate and lots of body. Coffee is a presence but well integrated. Black pour with great mocha head and lacing. Thick creamy consistency. Awesome. Thanks to iPhonephan for this gem.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (3119) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2014
Flaske delt med Ovesen: křlsvart, med hřjt kakaobrunt skum. En overraskende aroma av blĺbćr og bjřrnebćr sammen med nydampet eikespon (medium roast!). Eikespon er ogsĺ fremtredende i den bćraktige smaken, men nĺ med et delikat anslag av nyristede kaffebřnner i tillegg. Eminent drikkbar selv med sitt kraftige utslag pĺ Richters skala.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (1494) - NORWAY - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 30.11.14. Black. Brown head. Aroma of blackberries and blueberries, dry wood. Wonderful complex taste, with fine, fresh coffee beans and dark chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubblehouse (602) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Really good and complex. Normally don’t rate beers so hogh but this is really good. Black Friday Blackout.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westchesterco (1238) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a slight head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee the taste is a strong coffee black licorice and dark chocolate yummy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABT_S54 (221) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
750ml bottle shared in a snifter. Pours a black oily liquid with a thin brown head. Aroma is fairly un-complex (particularly given the processes required to produce it). Taste much the same burnt malt, bitterness little hint of barrel aging and certainly no mocha. This could well have been an infected bottle (2012). White mould occupying the neck of the bottle and floating in the beer. Sadly, this is an all too common occurrence with the Black Damnation beers. Fortunately, previous examples (Coffee Club and Nuptiale A2) have proved to taste excellent so whether the less than spectacular taste is down to the (possible) infection remains to be seen. I have a further bottle with no mould that I will update this review with when I have tried that one. Disappointed. Certainly not worth the price.


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