JorgeLee (1298) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at t’ Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Had to get the Struise on tap, even if coffee beers aren’t my favourite thing. Underwhelmed. Expectations too high? A bit cold from the keg? I mean it was still really nice beer, well balanced lightly roasty strong stout. Actually not as much coffee as expected. But not the most memorable beer of the evening.
daleharshman (944) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle purchased 15 months ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($16.99). Mark had actually carried the bottle back from Belgium! Pours a pitch black hue with one finger of long-lasting creamy mocha-colored foam. AROMA has a distinctive vegetal element (raw chili peppers comes to mind), fine dark high-end fair-trade java, charred malts, dark baker’s chocolate, with hints of bourbon and vanilla. FLAVOR of very dark and earthy artisan coffee, triple espresso shot mocha, creamy vanilla, nutty burnt malts, dark fudge, and smooth bourbon barrel. Finishes with some nice roasty bitterness. Heavy mouthfeel. Except for a bit of pleasant bourbon, the very high ABV is really concealed here. I feel that the coffee (though very high quality) overpowers the bourbon facet somewhat. It could be better balanced between the coffee and bourbon, but this still comes off superbly well. Would like to see a lot more of this series hit the U.S. (413, 848)
ST247 (425) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft @Bierhuyske. Pours black with light brown adhesive foam. Aroma coffee, chocolate. Taste little alcohol taste. The chocolate taste is more intense than the coffee. 2nd Black Damnation and I really love them. Great one for my 100th :-)
rxeight (1574) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. Warning it’s a gusher. Nose has a lot of Belgian and wine going on. Some sweet and tart with grape must. Taste is Belgian and stout. Has a touch of chocolate and mocha. By no means is this this a mocha bomb.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with dark tan head. Careful...bottle was a gusher. Sweet Belgian chocolate nose. Tart yeast chocolate in front then toasty imperial stout type malt. Not bad but the price says it should taste otherwise. Minimal bourbon. A bit disappointed.
Okay...tons better with warmth. Still easy on bourbon but mocha coming through. Price still steep but better. Worth a shot.
Rune (8587) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle shared with Charly and Finn. Huge, bubbly brownish head, fragile lacing to the glass. All-black body. Prominent aroma of cocoa powder. Well balanced flavours of mocha, ash, and dried fruits. Coffee bitterness to the finish.Very smooth and velvety in the mouth. Integrated alcohol. Dangerously easy to drink. Perfect sipper (Nerstranda session,Tromsø 19.02.2014).
RobertDale (3784) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. Somewhat of a gusher. Pours black with a big mocha head. aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. Something not quite right with this bottle.
Finn (4480) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske 0,33l fra Ølbutikken, København. Delt med Rune & Charly under samling på Nerstranda 19 Feb 14. Svart. Veldig høyt lysebrunt skum som varer. Nydelig kaffearoma. Smaken er sjokolade med innslag av kaffe. Forbausende lett-drikkelig. Ettersmaken er sjokolade.
Maarten1993 (402) - - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank with Thijs and John at the bierlokaal at Struise brewery. Did not like it that much. Watery beer. Very thin. No explicit taste. However, nice dark color and okay smell. When you keep the beer in your mouth for a while, a good taste emerges.
DrSilverworm (7229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Hell yeah, the star of the show from my taster flights. "Mocha Bomb", I like the sound of that... Nearly pitch black body, just some slight translucent brown around the edges. Thin ring of little khaki head. Awesome massive coffee aroma, yes, I love this type of thing... Some dark chocolate. Roast malts. Moderate sweet taste, moderate bitter. Light bite in the finish, but it’s reasonable for 12%, I think. No burn or excessive warmth or anything. Very light carbonation, nearly flat. Lightly slick. Alcohol makes for a lightly dry finish. Good long mocha aftertaste is enjoyable. Great stuff to try, I really enjoy the big coffee aroma, love coffee flavor in my beer. But its pretty light in carbonation, a little more could have amped this up a bit. It’s nearly flat. And besides the coffee, the light belgian influences in the background aren’t doing much for me.