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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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 III was made with Black Albert that aged for 3 months on Paul Melia’s (Mes) favorite Whisky, the "Caol Ila’s Distillers Version 1995".


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mverity (263) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
Valentine’s Day gift from EM, bottle from Proof. Pours the blackest of blacks with creamy chocolate colored head that started at an inch, then settled into a very thick collar and a thin layer of foam across the surface. Good legs and light lacing. Aroma is very odd: smells earthy and funky, like a farmhouse style funk. I get some black raspberry and black currant. Taste is rich dark malt, light smoke, a touch of coffee with all of that dark fruit at the tail end and aftertaste. There’s a faint briny flavor, maybe from the scotch, and some woodiness present as well. Silty and rich thick mouthfeel, full bodied and low-medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6797) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
Draft. Black beer with a brown head. Herbal and rich malt flavor with light licorice. Malt and light toffee flavor with herbal notes and alcohol. Medium-plus bodied. Malt and alcohol lingers with herbal notes and caramel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dohny (207) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 9, 2014
Poured from bottle. Dark brown color with big brown head. Aroma of chocolate, prunes. Full body, oily texture, moderate carbonation. Chocolate, coffee, prunes, ash in taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fajry (428) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
Flaska. Velmi tmava, az cierna farba s hustou tmavou penou. Vona je prazeny slad, horka kava a sladky slivkovy lekvar. V chuti opat citit horku kavu, alkohol, slivkovy lekvar a zlahka karamel. Fantasticke pivo!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (1572) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is plum, a bit colaish, light coffee ans roasted. Almost black colour. Taste has really strong prunes, some liquorice and candy, carbonation is assertive and supporting. Very pleasant roasted-fruity finish. Considering the ABV, easily drinkable, and alcohol hidden well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (4298) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Very dark brown color with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, plum jam. Taste, dark malt, dark berries, coffee, whiskey, plum jam, caramel, licorice. Alcohol is evident, but not in bad way. Very tasty beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MisoW (1132) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
Bottle at Behind the hills beer tasting 2014. Pours black color, dark beige head. Aroma is roasted, cocoa, plums, apples, cocacola. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter, roasted malt, cocoa, cocacola, apples, grapes. Very nice sweet finish. Very nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (919) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2014
Complex aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, oak, peat, dark chocolate, whiskey. Flavour is roasty, whiskey, peaty, dark fruit sweetness with a hint of tartness which pushed this brew over the edge for me. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2356) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2014
At cellar temperature and into a shallow chalice. The lid pops off with a burst of chocolaty ganache and muscatels. A quick waft and some tar, molasses, yeasty dough, chargrilled beef rump and Worcestershire sauce comes through. A deeper sniff and you get a sense of the alcohol as heated fusels with a layer of fruit mince pie underneath. Oh, yes, yum! Pours like used engine oil; a viscous black liquor that foams up one of the darkest tan heads I have ever seen. Shortlived, this recedes back to a wafer atop its opaque, lifeless body. Sticky, bold, robust and viscous on the palate. Smooth, oily and treacly in feel. For 13% ABV it is warming but well restrained. Strips the tongue but excites the olfactories. Lots of bitter/sweet chocolate, tar, treacle, molasses, muscatel fruit, port-wine, roasted coffee bean, scorched timber and vanillin comes through but the Islay malts of Caol Ila fail to show. Alas it is an extraordinarily complex meld of aroma and flavour. A very slow sipping beer. Doughy, bitter malt finish; wood and a touch of lavender resides amongst a little meaty, umami savoury sweetness. I have to say this is gold. A lovely brew. Surprisingly good!! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Sampled @ Mikkeller Bar SF. Not sure what happened her but this was certainly a miss. Squid ink pour with four or five massive bubbles that erupted quickly, leaving a very still beer in their wake. Aroma was subtle with cocoa, charred oak, whisky, and raw wood. Flavor was similar. Very dry, peaty, and chalky. Thin bodied. Not a fan...hope my bottle is better!


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