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

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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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The Black Damnation series is a dark twist of Urbanís 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 Cuvťe Delphine was used.

Beware: labels are the same, taste however isnít. Some bottles are recognizable because of he handwritten 2 on them.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle shared at a BA/RB tasting [huge thanks to BelgBeerGeek for sending this bottle our way]... Poured black with a thin, light brown head. Lots of coffee on the nose. Dark chocolate flavors, coffee, a little bit of acetone, alcohol warmth, amaretto liqueur and creamy, lighter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - OCT 23, 2010
Aroma is earthy, hoppy, beneath the earthy and hoppy, thereís some coffee, caramel, some barrel qualities, oak, lots of coffee, a bit of alcohol, some kind of newly torn green plant, perhaps selleri. The weird earthy and plant take over the aroma, and thatís just not good. Taste is still very earthy, but a lot more impy and Black Albert than the nose reveals. Lots of fresh coffee, hops, very hard roasted. Some barrel qualities too. Iíd say it is a bit disappointing, but still a really good beer. The aroma is too weird for it to score really high.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jaksmart (394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle. Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is packed with roast, caramel, earth, faint smoke, earth, earth, dryness, booze, plants, broccoli, fruit-sugar, and some faint hops. Lots of spices as well. Taste is similar to aroma; lots of earth, caramel and sugar, yeast, roast and heavy spices. A very different and original beer, not what I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2010
33cl bottle Poured a dark black color with a large sized tan head. Aromas of roast, licorice, coffee, ash tray, light smoke, some wood, and chocolate. Tastes of roast, ashy, chocolate, some dark fruits, coffee, woody, and some whiskey.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Poured very black, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, little alcohol, little molasses.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottled. Poured higher-viscosity deep brown with an equal complement of dense chestnut head. The aroma picked up a blend of semi-sweet chocolates, nutty character, and vanilla, with just a hint of rubbing alcohol-like astringency on top.. roast was light-moderate and easy-going.. definite power beneath this. The flavor found chocolate, coffee, and black patent maltage at the core.. sourness in the form of oak, bourbon, and slight medicinal character showed up early and often, throwing off the brewís flow.. the sharp stuff did mask some of the alcohol warmth on the finish, but it wasnít enjoyable. Heavier-bodied with a thick feel on the palate.. the roast and malt bill were used quite nicely, but the sourness from the barrel didnít work.. all in all a decent imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
330ml Bottle: GUSHER! Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, light coffee, ash, slight vanilla, and slight yeast. It really smells delicious. Poured pitch black in color with a huge, creamy, loose, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Very good to excellent lacing. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, light coffee, slight whiskey, light oak, slight licorice, and slight yeast. Medium to slightly full body. Slick, creamy, then lightly dry and lightly chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Roasted malt, ash, dark chocolate, light coffee, and light wood finish is lightly dry and lightly chalky. 12%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mumares (98) - BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 Pours black with a small brown head that is quickly gone. Aroma is nicely roasted espresso and just screams to drink the actual beer. The next thing that hits you right in the face is the whiskey. In the flavour you certainly taste the de Molens Hel en Verdoemenis but just turned up another notch. Dark bitter chocolate, some sweetness as well and very very drinkable and balanced. If you like coffee and big beers, this is just your beer. Has to be the nicest coffee beer Iíve ever experienced.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6300) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
On tap at The Trappist. Pours black (of course) with a tight and pretty brown head. There is a delightful coffee and chocolate aroma with a matching flavor that leaves chocolate on the palate. Tasty and interesting.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
On tap at the Trappist. Unbelievably good! Much better than the original. It pours pitch black with a creamy brown head. Great lacing on the glass. The aroma is infinitely suductive and complex with notes of coffee, mocha, cherries, wood, plums, vanilla. The bright fruity characteris just wonderful. The flavor is the same with stronger notes of coffee. Itís only slightly sweet with chocolate covered cherries, booze, and roasted malt in the finish. The body is perfectly drinkable yet very full. I wish I could get this more frequently.


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