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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 bottle at home ... dark black ... thin tan lacing ... huge chocolate ... little coffee ... big whiskey ... big alcohol front ... lots of whiskey ... hint of iodine ... long coffee roast ... some chocolate ... rich heavy .. but lovely ... possibly little too much whiskey for perfection. 4.1 bottle at home ... dark black ... thin tan lacing ... huge rich malt nose ... big coffee ... massive coffee front ... rich bitter front ... over heavy coffee ... not getting whisky this time, ... 3.9

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierkrug (2133) - - NOV 24, 2010
330 ml bottle in Germany. Much thanks to Steptin and Travlr for this one! Let this one warm up a bit! Pour it like a Weizen there are a lot of goodies at the bottom of the bottle. Excellent stout with black body and creamy dark brown head. Coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of woody aroma. Taste is roasted malt, lots of coffee, chocolate and some alcohol burn. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Characteristic and complex beer for those who like strong stouts. Not something to drink all day but a fine treat.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1112) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2014 Aroma of coffee, chocolate, bread, pine, earth and some hops. Big beer with a big taste of coffee and mocha. I recognized alot of the black albert in there too. All the stuff in the Aroma is in the taste too, huge roasted coffee-ending.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2010
The first of the Black Damnation series I’ve tried. This pours pitch black with a thick long-lasting creamy tan head. If there’s a better looking Imperial Stout I’d like to see it. Thin sheets of lacing coat the glass after each sip before falling back down. The aroma shows roasted espresso, milk chocolate, some ripe dark fruit burried in there, and a touch of caramel. The coffee is no doubt strong in the flavor standing way out along with dark chocolate. But this is really slick going down for such a big beer. That’s not suprising as Black Albert is the same way. A bit of charred wood and sweet toasted caramel join in with some soft bourbon finishing it off. Something in there is just throwing this off a tad for me and I can’t really figure it out. Perhaps the roast isn’t matching the sweetness of the beer but regardless it’s pretty minor. Overall this isn’t as complex as it sounds but still very good. It’s incredible to me how easy drinking Struise can make 12%. This glides along without any effort at all and I find myself quickly reaching for another sip. Heck, my wife, who hates most Imperial Stouts I hand her, even thought this one was good.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Defreni (2602) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Flaske: Kulsort øl med et kæmpestort tæt flot mokkabrunt skumhoved. Fantastisk duft af sød kaffe. Højlandskafe uden bitterhed. Smagen er igen overvældende sødlig kaffe med en snert vanilie. Næsten ingen brændthed eller bitterhed. Alkoholen kan kun mærkes ved dens virkning og en smule balance til sødmen. Fanbibtastisk øl. Potentiel 5. Super og koloenorm.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 18, 2010
De botella. Pitch black colour with a huge well lasting creamy nice light brown head leaving a good lacing. Lovely aroma of very roasted malt and pepper, vinious, chocolate and plenty of coffee, just great. Very good filling mouthfeel. Lovely flavour: lots of hard roasted malt, lots of coffee, chocolate, pepper, alcohol in a pleasant way and a good bitterness . Long lasting roasty coffee bitter dry finish, sooo great!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2010
Chocolate, coffee; barrel flavours subtle, certainly not overpowering. Quite balanced. Beautiful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours black as night, an opague black color with no light coming through. The head is real frothy for a 12% beer with a nice tan/light brown espresson like color. Aroma is of mostly of espresso coffee with roasted malt, darkfruit, ash, wood and some slight amount of vanilla. Flavor is very big with lost of coffee and roast, i get notes of vanilla, slight amount of wood, earthy hops, dark fruit that reminds me of figs soaked in coffee, ash, chocolate and some smoke. The body is full with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall a very good Imp Stout, i would love to try more from the Black Damnation series!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvilBuddha (69) - SLOVENIA - NOV 13, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2011 Update 02-12-2011. 330 ml bottle, lot A, BB date reads march 2015, into 180 ml baby Chimay chlaice. Pours well formed deep tan head with good retention atop of opaque, nearly black body. Swirls weave attractive lacings being broken into bands and patches sliding down the sides. Aroma is roasted malt that takes on strong chocolaty notes nicely balanced with coffee. A breeze of bourbon originating from the barrel aging adds to the complexity while alcohol produced by the beer-fermentation itself is nearly imperceptible despite the beer was consumed at the room temperature. The roasted malt flavor with strong chocolaty character melds perfectly with coffee and bourbon and there’s a faint fruity tartness of subdued plumy & raisiny esters. The palate is chocolaty-sweet while finish is relatively dry with slight astringency and lingering mild roastiness, light hoppy bitterness and warming alcohol. A thicker than medium body seems lighter than actually is, probably due to high level of effervescence that supports the body keeping it from overburdening the palate. In short: A nicely mellowed chocolaty-coffeish imperial stout with a tinge of bourbon

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
330cl bottle from a recent trade. missed belgium so much that i needed to pop a struise brew this evening.... pours a silky, semi-full, dark blackish pour with lighter shaded hues on the edges. head began fluffy, light tan in nature and slowly dissipated.... aroma was pretty roasty off the bat, almost smoky with a light tobacco influence. bittersweet chocolate follows shortly there afterwards, very quasi creme brulee-ish... flavors continued on a similar wavelengths with bursts, albeit a steady one, of coffee bean and some burnt roast with an underlying silky imperial stout feel to it. some coffee bean bitterness comes into play, but just barely, in the finish but it takes and keeps a sweeter profile throughout. carbonation is prickly to say the least adding too much liveliness in my eyes with an eventual dry finish. enjoyed this just a tad bit more than coffee club. the coffee takes over much of this beer and masking the JD influence although some of that fruity nature of the whisky is evident.


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