michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mumares (98) - BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
marcus (6419) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this during the Backwoods Brewdown up at Hill Farmstead. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Roast, toast, coffee, caramel on the nose. Lots of chocolate malt, light smoke. Toast, roast, loads of cocoa. Slow developing alcohol on the end. Pretty good, or should I say damn good stuff.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Pours black with a huge brown head and great lacing. Nose is of cocoa and espresso, followed by ash as it warmed. Taste was of mocha and tobacco. Mouthfeel was dry and smooth. Very nice.
lucylager (6) - USA - SEP 27, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I originally had this at Stone 14th Anniversary in August and loved it so much I ordered some. Love the coffee aroma and hint of chocolate flavor. I donít remember the bitterness at the end when I had it at Stone anniversary but its still great.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle, best by March 2015 and consumed in September 2010. Like the others in the series, you simply canít pour a more menacing looking stout. Pitch black and impenetrable, the Łber dense body supports a tall, slowly deflating head of rocky, light brown froth. Sheeting breaks apart into sticky, bubbly swaths of lacing. The nose is rich and enticing, based in lush, bittersweet, highly concentrated cacao, with heaping loads of dark roast espresso and some creamy French vanilla. Hints of leather and tobacco deepen the earthen tendencies, while a soft kiss of sweet bourbon and toasted oak are appropriately subtle. Flavors are equally stellar, showing impossibly rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee most prominently. Charred barrel imparts a toasty, woody overtone, while bourbon plays a backup role. Though the chocolate and burnt caramel show a healthy amount of sweetness, the roast and the dry Belgian yeast do a good job of trying to balance out this beast. Thereís a good deal of earthy spice on the finish, intensified by overly active carbonation. That fizziness, along with the crackery, dry yeast is an odd counterpoint for what is otherwise a thick, syrupy body. Somehow, it seems weightier than some of the other Black Damnations. This is another nice one from Struise. Itís probably the most dessert-like of BD I-IV. Itís not my favorite of the series, but itís still a damn fine beer.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a super dark brown color with a big fluffy 2 finger head. I was a little surprised by the amount of carbonation but went into this one with an open mind. Nose is just loaded with coffee, dark chocolate, and some leather aromas. Also get soem notes of vanilla and lactose. Medium mouthfeel that is fairly carbonated, a little too m uch for my liking to be honest. The taste yields a wallop to the mouth of coffee and leather. Some barrel earthy flavors as well. In all honestly I found this beer farily one sided and over carbonated. Yes, I like the coffee just like most people but it just didnít work as well here for me. Love the bottle graphics though.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap. Really big, pure coffee and chocolate aroma with a big, rich chocolate flavor. Medium roast bitterness; itís like drinking an 85% cocoa chocolate bar spiked with coffee beans.