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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 418   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2012
29th December 2009
ChrisO ’Night Of The Gaylords’ tasting. Opaque black beer. Rich beer. Minerally malt. The coffee is light but more weighty than Black Damnation. Decent beer but not as good as BD 1.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13179) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (12758) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010. Almost black - brown head. Coffee, vineous, dryness, bitterness, grassy, spicy, yeasty, sweetness, yeasty, alcoholic, light bitter hoppy. Not that interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (12682) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle. A big, creamy, beige head rests patiently on top of a pitch black body. Lots of coffee on the nose, but also a good dash of something reminiscent of chili, guess it’s the coffee playing my mind some tricks. The flavor is filled with mocha, mocha and more mocha, and also the same chili-like thing found in the aroma. Dry, dusty and full-bodied on the palate, warming too. Long finish. A mocha bomb indeed, dangerously wonderful, still a bit intense and unusual to be a true classic. 110621

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (12666) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2010
Bottles and I do mean bottles, at the "how to blend beers" afternoon at The School brewery of Struise. Now I like coffee. And I like espresso coffee. But this was something else. The coffee hits you all ends up. Smooth yet roasty in the mouth. Good dark bitter chocolate flavours, but it is the coffee without doubt that hits you the most. Better than the first Black Damnation to be honest. This is very distinct. That dry beaned flavour runs through it. A memory of one of the best tastings/weekends I’ve had. Sat with Urbain and Mes and Ken and J, mixing and sampling beers. Perfect.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (11913) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2010
Bottled
Opaque black color, small steady tan head. Nose is really unique: coffee, coffee beans, dark malts and tobacco ash mixed in the intensive way. Flavor is similar: ash, burnt malts, some sweetier licoricey notes. Warming alcohol in the finish. There is too much roasted and ashy notes in this one to be pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Draft, Max’s Belgian Fest 2011. Medium tan head that leaves nice lacing atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2012
@Maxx’s TURD Tasting-11.2oz bottle-pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is mocha/cocoa-dark malt. Taste is mocha/cocoa-dark malt, earthy hops.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (10781) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2010
Bottle. [thank you, skortila]
Pours completely black with a firm, staying, creamy, beige head. Lovely lacings. Heavy cold coffee aroma, plums sweetness, light vinious, chocolate, coffee liquor. Heavy roasted base. Some slight oak and spicy dryness. Low carbonation, but still fairly lively. Wonderful oily and creamy. Flavour is elegantly complex. Lots of coffee, elegantly vinious, roasted malts abound. Elegant oaky tartness helps to balance the powerful flavours. Vanilla, ginger, chocolate, hops, plums. Lovely sweetness runs through all the notes. Fantastic.


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