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


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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Pours black, ruby edges, minimal tan head. Smell is big, burnt coffee roast. Taste is strong roast and red fruit, big vanilla and coffee. Medium body, very light considering how high abv it is Very good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdtm82 (1396) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2010 Wow this hits me like a bull. An intense hit of black coffee. Just a bomb of mocha! This is mesmerising. Poured at home from bottle into ESB glass. Lovely thick dark head. Jet black tar texture of the beer. Aroma is bloody awesome. As a coffee man this just has to be an ideal wake up call. Tastes of rich dark chocolate; coffee, roasted malts, old dried fruits and oak. This is stunning. I’m loving every sip. Carlo and Urbain are master craftsmen and this is a monet on my pallet. Awesome. Stunning. Bought from Alvinne beer shop at PRE-ZBF. Thanks for sharing the wealth! WOW. This is just insane.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 17, 2012
Köszi Armando és Balázs! Nem viccel a címkéje sem, de ami az üvegben van, az igazán veszélyes anyag. Az egész fekete méreg olyan, mintha egy ritka és igen minőségi kávéból főznénk egy szuper erőset, felturbóznánk egy jó adag csokoládé likőrrel, megfűszereznénk alaposan csilipaprikával, pár emésztést segítő gyógynövénnyel és tejcukorral. Az egész olyan száraz, mint a sivatag, de mégis mélyen ott van egy kis lappangó édesség is. Erős idegzetűeknek, reggeli kávé + feles helyett!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, 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 didn’t work as well here for me. Love the bottle graphics though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at a bar in Germantown of Louisville some time after we left Sergio’s on December 26. I’m going to start this review by saying I’m pretty sure this was the bottom of the keg, and I really don’t think this is typical of this beer. The pour is a dark brown, lots of sediment. It’s almost like a glass of pure mud. There is no head and no lace. The aroma comes off a little fruity. There is a light sour bit to it, and it’s just not really good. The roast is drowned out as well and I’m not getting any mocha. The flavor is very similar. There is a little whiskey on the back end, but that’s about the whole difference. The mouth feel is a little light and it’s very flat. Just a couple of bubbles of carbonation that let the mud slide right off the tongue. The aftertaste is really fruity and sweet. I hope I might get to taste this again, this time without all of the sediment and as the beer was intended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Draft at Max’s. Definitely the best of the Struisse black damnation beers. Thick tan head sits on a black pour. Very sweet coffee aroma with a hint of chocolate. Strong, slightly sweet coffee flavor. Hints of chocolate with a bitter finish. Reminiscent of Founder’s Breakfast Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Pour is black and viscous with a slight beige head. Aroma is potent coffee bean, chocolate powder, flutter of anise, espresso. Flavor is intense coffee grounds, bitter and charred. Powerful charred coffee dominates most of the flavor, however hints of toffee, chocolate, and a flutters of dark fruit and licorice make their way in. Damn, best one of the series imo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1319) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2011
33 cL bottle shared at De Kulminator in Antwerp. Chocolate head, smooth and coffee like flavour. Strong mocha taste, smokey and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Poured very black, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, little alcohol, little molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured reddish black and settled totally black. No light penetrating at all. Moderate pour resulted in a 3 finger high mocha colored head. Once it receded to just above film, it left thick bands of lacing. Excellent head retention upon swirling. S-- Coffee and mocha. Pretty simple and straightforward. No hint of alcohol with this and would think I got a pretty strong mocha from a good barista. T-- Vanilla, coffee, mocha, molasses and touches of bourbon. Fantastic. M-- Much more dynamic than the first. At times on the thin side in the mouth and once swirled it becomes heavy and thick. A whole lot of coffee in this. Feels more like a huge coffee than a beer. Does have some coffee acidity to this. D-- Evil drinkability. Very well hidden ABV and really get no alcohol taste with this. Just keep thinking that this is a really well made coffee that has a whole lot going on. Impressive.

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