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


on tap

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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr (19881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2010
A twist of the mind indeed! Thank you, Urbain, for this beer. Darkest black color with a small brown head. Aroma of anise, malt, and burnt espresso, like when you leave the espresso pt on the flame for too long. Flavor of licorice, malt, bitter cocoa, and earth. Dry bitter finish. Very different from batch #1, less coffee flavor. Just as wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle from Havnens, Vejle
The color is absolutely black; it has a brown creamy head, solid. The aroma is mild and not extremely complex, with some roasted malts and an interesting pepper edge; some yeast too. Very good body strength, with a round and smooth mouthfeel; strong flavor of heavily roasted malts, that covers but at the same time is complemented by a good level of residual sugars; there is though a too strong liquorice component; traces of pepper also in the flavor; the alcohol is nice and warming; correct bitterness level, without roastiness excess, in a long final that also provides a very good roasted malt backbone; but it’s also a bit dusty.
Very good, and quite balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (17450) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle at Bruce’s Housewarming Party Tasting, London. Just a phenomenal beer. The chocolate character is so robust and true that you probably won’t know what to do with yourself. Huge but actually not too hot. Not cloying. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Big, lasting mocha finish with some moderate roast notes. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (16886) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle. Black beer with a huge creamy lasting brown head. Coffee aroma, licorice and some smoky notes. Salty and with bitter hops. Flacor from coffee beans, chocolate and tar. Quite bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (16704) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16306) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16099) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is black and there are fliaties. Aroma and taste are rich coffee, roast malt, chocolate and hops. Very rich in taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (15908) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, heavy coffee, chocolate and dusty. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and rather bitter. Oily. 210412

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois (15891) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle at home - 08/07/12, thanks to an IP trade with Dennoman. Black as squid ink and a good finger and a half of dirty brown head. Espresso coffee attacks you on the nose backed up with a little cocoa and a whiff of booze. Huge roasty flavour, dark malts, you know about the coffee but it is well blended into the main body. Full bodied but very drinkable, the 12% alcohol is well disguised. This is right up there for me - an excellent coffeed up RIS!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Koelschtrinker (15750) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 11, 2012
Erdig-malziger, deutlich torfiger Beginn. Die Intensität nimmt rasch zu, neben dem komplexen Malz auch die Süße, die kurz zu stark erscheint. Dann ist das Malz aber wieder unangefochtem im Vordergrund, Röstnoten, Vanille, leicht trocken. Geringe Herbe, das Bier ist trotz der Intensität weich. Komplex malziger Abgang mit angenehmen Vanillenoten, langer röstiger Abgang. Spitzenklasse! 13/15/13/14/13/14

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