Sammy (10882) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Marko (4793) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. Didnít have huge expectations from this version after the alcohol-laden aroma, but it turned out to be a very nice twist on Black Albert!
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ContemplateBeer (1967) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Sergioís 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 Iíve 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.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Tmoney99 (13241) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to Cletus. Pours black with a beautiful brown head, which left good lacing on the glass. Nose is of alcohol, chocolate and berries. Taste is of chocolate-covered berries. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very rich. Nice brew.
piscator34 (2298) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Black in colour with somewhat strong carbonation. Aromas are of clarified butter, char, model glue, peat, and an aloe-like vegetal note. Flavours are of scotch barrel, coffee, chocolate, peat, saltwater, and ash. Medium bodied with a bit of a boozy kick. More balanced than some of the Brewdog whiskey + impy experiments, but the nose on this one was really not good. At least it tasted better than it smelled.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich coloured tan head dark mass for a pour aromas fruit coffee whiskey influence cocoa liccorice cigar flavour dry cigar taste cocoa whiskey coffee the flavour is classy raisin sweetness and dryness meet so well liccorice great roasted and aged stout dry sweet pleasing aftertaste that lasts
brokensail (15570) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: The pour seems to live up to the name of the beer and looks black in the glass with a small mocha colored head.
S: Thereís quite a bit of smoke and peat on the nose with plenty of roast to go with it. I donít get too much in terms of chocolate or coffee. Maybe some vanilla, but certainly whiskey and booze are evident. Thereís some rubber in there too.
T: Things donít change much on the palate. Lots of smoke and peat along with a slight rubber flavor. Pretty roasty with the whiskey being strong. Thereís a really distinct soap flavor to the beer which I donít find very appealing.
M: The body is medium, nothing really special for an imperial stout, with a low, smooth carbonation.
D: Not as good as the other beers in the Black Damnation series, not by a long shot.