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

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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.


BarZigKin's rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle shared by bu11zeye. Poured a dark brown, ruby highlit body with a lasting tan head leaving good lacing. Aromas of mocha, CRAZY amounts of espresso, cocoa and creamy sweetness. Flavors of fresh coffee, bittersweet cocoa, mocha, oaky, light whiskey and a great long bitter coffee bitter finish. Very nice, coffee forward imperial stout.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReggieDunlap (2922) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma has some dark fruits and a bit if sweet dark chocolate. Flavor opens with dark fruits and moves into smoky/ashy coffee notes...very minimal booze and barrel presence...roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is dry and roasty/smoky/dark fruity and warming. Just decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1520) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2014
HMOG 2014. Last time I had a Black Damnation variant was at the Brickstore. This time is was not sitting at the bar. Not boozy for the abv, but big rich sweet mocha/coffee, cocoa. Thick, sweet. Some fruits. Very velvety smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (631) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
HMOG 2014. Boozy earthy scent. They weren’t kidding when they called this a mocha bomb. Chocolate is all over the flavor with a lively candy spice. Pours dark brown and a tan head.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (135) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2014
Aroma has coffee, whisky, wood, roast, chocolate. Black coloured beer with a thin lace. The taste is sweet and bitter, has roast, light peated whisky, coffeebeans and some chocolate. Full bodied, oily textured. Nice stuff. Good balance and good complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1065) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (855) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
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)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ST247 (164) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2014
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 :-)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1041) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (7346) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2014
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).


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