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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2010
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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
lucylager (6) - USA - SEP 27, 2010 does not count
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2010
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2114) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2010
On tap at Ebenezerís Belgian Beer Fest
Appearance : Pitch black not much lacing.
Aroma : Intense chocolate with strong notes of coffee. Light acidic. Light sweetness.
Taste : Intense bitter chocolate. Notes of coffee. Some hints of fruits. Finish intense bitter chocolate. Palate is oily.
Overall : Very powerful. Maybe a bit unilateral. Extreme stuff. Enjoyable and interesting but not necessarly something Iíd seek again. Glad I could try it. A bit better than the Pannepot Wild I had just before.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (3766) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle from Beer Planet. Dark black with healthy tan head. Perfection. Delectable nose malts, dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Very smooth, creamy and rich texture. Taste of chocolate, espresso and lots of vanilla. Gets nice and bitter in the kick. Well done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle @ Beer Planet, Brussels. Pours black with a large foamy beige head and lacings. Nose is bitter roasted coffee/mocha. Flavor is smooth and dry with some burnt roasted coffee and mocha notes and a light note of vanilla. Very delicious and complex , yet so easy drinkable. Slick. A bit of warmth but alcohol very well hidden. World class!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2010
Roasty coffee nose, with nicely roasted malts. Flavors of sweet chocolate, coffee, cream. Very creamy and milky. Nice.


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