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

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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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".


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4117) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle shared at a BA/RB tasting [huge thanks to BelgBeerGeek for sending this bottle our way]... Poured dark brown, near black with a thin brown head. Peaty nose here. Lots of smoked tones, hints of coffee crept in with sweet, mocha/cocoa and big whiskey/scotch tone.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Iodine aplenty tends to dominate this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout’s soft fullness where chocolate, molasses and licorice dwell.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A generous head of foam to crown the blackness.
-Fruity connotations emanate from the whisky barrel and yeast.
-Roasted coffee bean edges can be tasted.
-The iodine provided by the peat is too much for my liking; its salty suggestions and inky, chemical protrusions mar the aroma.
-The body is as well conceived as any other Struise brew.

Bottle. Thx Fred!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle. Poured into the classic Darkness tulip glass. Pours a really dark brown/black with a slight tan head. Pretty carbonated. Holy barrels Batman! This thing is just loaded with the whiskey barrel aroma, so much so, that it almost wipes out all other smells. Some tobacco and leather makes its way know in the nose as well. Earthy/woody as well. Sweeter than I thought it would be to start which then transitions to a leather and bitter aftertaste. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Some coffee notes as well. The booze definitely makes itself known as it warms slightly. Dark fruit notes as well in almost a cloying way. It’s a sipper for sure and not the best really at that.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Thick and creamy burnt expresso-hued head. Viscous appearance in the glass. Aroma is relatively smooth with decadent chocolate, smooth malt, and a light whisky influence. Taste deviates from the aroma with rich, bitter chocloate and a very strong whiskey dryness. Some dry coffee and perhaps expresso in the taste as well. Very smooth and silky in the mouth. The transition from the chocolate IRS to the dry whiskey works extremely well. Amazing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1816) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Half-finger of darker tan head; mahogany brown hue that is very dense. Wood and booze at first in the aroma, roasted malt and liquor-like aromas that follow with some rich dark fruit and maltiness. Lots of roastiness and dry woody qualities, very nice on the plate. Chocolate comes in quite well, but the rich dark, sweet fruit dominates. Rich body with medium carbonation. Dryish finish. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
11.2oz bottle, courtesy of MarioRubio. Thanks, dude! Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color, minimal light coming through; creamy, fine-bubbled medium-tan head with good retention and lacing. Significant amounts of ash, milk and dark chocolate, and dry roasted malts in the aroma, though slightly hollow at the core; modestly dry, with a light Islay peatiness. Medium-full body; moderate carbonation; minimal amount of overt alcohol coming through here; lots of cola, milk and dark chocolate, and light amounts of ash and dark roasted malts; reasonable imperial stout, but a touch ashy and light at the core; slightly clumsy carbonation. Lengthy finish of ash, dark roasted malt and dark chocolate; nicely dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11351) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2010
33cl bottle, thanks Travlr. Brown-black body, no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, faint raisin. Sticky full body, no carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to alen. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is roasty, coffee, wood, whiskey, and slight chocolate. Taste is roasty, coffee, with a lovely whiskey flavor, peat and smokey notes. Love how the whiskey shows up in this beer. Can’t really tell its such a high ABV either. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2010
33cl bottle. Poured a dark black color with a large sized brown head. Aromas of roast, whiskey, earthiness, smoke, tobacco and wood. Tastes of whiskey (more than the aromas), vanilla, chocolate, wood, smoke, dark fruits, and roast. Alcohol content well hidden.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (4621) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Pours an oily black with zero head. Nose of turpentine, burnt rubber, oxidized malts, apples. Flavor is super hot, whiskey, turpentine, apples, maple syrup, rubber. Finish is rubbery. Yep, not good.


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