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


on tap

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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Draft served in a tulip at 33 Wine Bar in St. Louis. Pours a deep, opaque brown, basically black in the center, with an inch-thick brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, peat, roasted malts, wood, whiskey, and a hint of smoke. Flavor of dark, bittersweet chocolate, peat, earth, whiskey, lightly charred wood, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Medium-full bodied, with medium carbonation and a roasty, boozy mouthfeel. Pretty interesting imperial stout and the second Black Damnation I’ve had but I prefer IV - Coffee Club to this one so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (6208) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle: Brown vast head. Black pour with a creamy dirty brown foaming. Pitch black beer. Smell alcohol, liquorice, coffee, roasted malts, cream, toffee, vanilla, soft balanced smell.  Taste is a straight mix of coffee, liquorice, alcohol, dark fruits, caramel, dark toasted malts, vanilla, wood hint of whiskey something. Long bitter dry dark chocolate light grassy aftertaste. Full body, straight soft to silky soft taste and low carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigMomma (226) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2011
33cl bottle 8 months old,
Pours a pitch black liquid with a huge mocha brown head that dissipates after some time leaving the beer headless.
Aroma started with a big fat dark chocolate smell and then proceeds to a peat smoked aroma that becomes more noticeable while time proceeds. The palate starts with the peat but shows sublte notes of dark chocolate and proceeds to a dry roasted espresso finish. Fat body and decent carbonization that went down in the end giving the beer a more flat mouthfeel.
The peat and roasted espresso give you a huge flavor experience but are also responsible for pushing the other flavors to the background making the beer less complex then I expected. However it still is a truly wonderfull beer with a very special accent to it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
uncle_rick (61) - Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2011
On tap at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar. Black pour with a dark tan thick head. Tasted whiskey, smoke, chocolate and raisins. Could definitely taste the alcohol, but really smooth and delicious. Has a really great smooth scotch finish. Top drawer. I probably shouldn’t have driven home though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
Bottle from Mikegroove and its very good IS. Black bodied with a good two inches of head. Some peat smoke, but understated, maybe the amount of cellaring helped. Very drinkable and medium moutheel: licorice, undertated whiskey, peat gives it an interesting edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4953) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 2, 2011
Bottle courtesy of and shared with ogivlado (huge thanks!)
Poured an almost pitch black body with a tan-brown head that went away slowly. Sweet malty nose loaded with alcohol, raisins, griotte candy (pralines filled with cherry liqueur and cherries), soft and with some token coffee. Not as complex as I hoped but nice, slightly too much alcohol. Earthy roasty coffee-chocolate burned malty taste that manages to stay fresh somewhow. Loooong roasty aftertaste. Completely anchored in roastiness. Some soapy notes, light metallic and fruity show up from time to time. Didn’t have huge expectations from this version after the alcohol-laden aroma, but it turned out to be a very nice twist on Black Albert!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Pours a dark brown with lots of long-lasting brown head. Aroma is coffee and lots of Belgiany roast. The flavor is full, not a lot from the whiskey but tons of rich roasty malt that is balanced by either high carbonation or nice bitterness. Super long lasting finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2011
On Tap at Sergio’s World Beers. Aroma of peat, rum balls, bittersweet chocolate-really quite boozy. Appearance is black with mocha head. Flavor had a substantial amount of peat-more than I’ve personally ever tasted in a beer, a touch of smoke with a chocolate/boozy finish. As the drink warmed, I noticed some slight fruity esters, such as black cherry, which was nice. Palate was bubbly and terminated in growing bubbles, but not quite effervescent; the mouth feel was oily. Good for the style, but just too much brute force and not enough eloquence for me... I guess that was sort of the point, though. Mission accomplished on that front.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle. Appearance of black coffee. Powerful aromas of brown sugar and molasses with omnipresent alcohol. Very sweet flavour lead by burnt sugar with coffee towards the middle and finish. Cloyingly sweet, but enjoyable nonetheless. A dessert beer that is big, bold, and leaves a pleasant lasting impression.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13476) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Draft. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet woody malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

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