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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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".


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (5112) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2010
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Pikkulintu) The beer poured pitch black. Its head was small and light brown. Aroma had roasted malts, vanilla, whisky and smoke. Palate was full bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were roastedness, whisky, smoke, vanilla, chocolate, ash and bitterness. Aftertaste was ashy and bitter. Caol Ila is quite strong flavoured whisky but the beer flavours were also so strong that the combination had good parts from the both.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esox (1175) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2010
Black beer, creamy beige head. Plentiful of aromas: licorice, vanilla, smoke, some tar, caramelly malts, chocolate the finish. Subdued but balancing herbal hops. Sweet maltiness, not very bitter. Full bodied, syrupy texture. Rich and comforting. Lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Thanks to jrallen34 for this. Poured a thick black with a nice, fairly tall black head. Smells of roasted malt, smoke, and some peat. The taste has the same components, but for me the peat really stood out and completely dominated the other flavors, creating a one-dimensional beer. A bit overwhelming. Moderate body; somewhat dry. Not nearly as good as the other things I’ve had from De Struise. A bit of a disappointment. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-17-2010

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Furseth (2015) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle at The Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Black colour,big Brown creamy head. Aroma is complex mix of liquri, raisins,dark chocolate and coffe.then à nice finish with fruity hops. Flavor is the same, creamy mourhfeeling, huge body, and à long liquri/chocolate/fruity finish. This was à fantasic beer! One of the best so far!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black viscous body with a coffee tan head. Nice lacing and decent head retention. Lightly smokey with big boozy chocolate notes and heat. Roast y with a hint of caramel. Hints of wood and whiskey tones, creamy chocolate and coco wooden tones. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a deep dark black with a thin tan head. Big roast and caramel with a nice smokiness on the nose. Raisins and plums, smoky toast. Dark cocoa and lots of char. Very chewy smoke and roast. A bit warm on the finish with a ton of smoke.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Thanks to Puzzl for sharing. Pours a very thick syrupy oily black with a thin orange head. Aroma is tar, tobacco, oil, whiskey barrel- slight oak, and wood, slight petroleum and fusel, lots of big fruity esters, raisin, almost a wine cask tannic hint and slight sherry- big roast and chocolate, slight oxidation. Flavor is also tobacco, tar, messy, thick, grass, acetaldehyde, big fruity esters, mostly big sweet malts in the middle- not sugary, but just a lot of malts going on- some wine character, earth, burnt and light acrid ashy roasted malts- whiskey and alcohol seems mostly hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle. A pitch black beer with a large, frothy, creamy, fully lasting brown head. The aroma is moderately malty. There are notes of roasted/burnt grain, chocolate, whiskey, oak, vanilla and alcohol. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly bitter. Some coffee in the taste. Full body, creamy texture, average/lively carbonation, extremely long finish with heavy bitterness, heavily alcoholic. Very nice appearence and after all complex, but there is too much whiskey, it’s almost harshly alcoholic, and perhaps the burnt malt note is excessive. I liked Black Damnation IV a lot, this is an OK beer, but not at the same level of Coffee Club or even the regular Black Albert, as far as I’m concerned.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
330cl bottle from oldgrowth once again and enjoyed while "decking the halls" for the holidays... opened with a loud hiss and once poured, took a similar appearance as its other siblings. solid deep black all-around with a heft slightly darker beige head than the base black damnation. again, a nice looking beer... aroma-wise, doesn’t inherit as much roasted notes as its brethren but more of a sweet laiden , slightly charred smoke, almost meaty, while not overpowering the base black albert completely. some belgian yeast and booze occupies the remaining openings... flavors are characteristic of black albert with smooth bakers chocolate and a belgiany yeast profile. the whiskey is more pronounced in the aroma while playing a supportive role in the flavor. was hoping for some of that char and smoke to come through moreso than it did although a trace of it comes through with a smudge of saltiness in the backend. as the beer warms to room temp, the whiskey comes into play a whole lot more while not taking precedent and adding a nice balance. likewise for mes, the mouthfeel is creamy and velvety in nature, delicate and smooth. is not overpowering in any way but its strength does creep up for those unprepared.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (2775) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2010
Flaske: Kulsort fantastisk udseende øl med et kæmpestort cremet mokkabrunt skumhoved. Diskret duft af røg og en smule malt. Smagen er diskret røget med en flot balance imellem brændthed røg og sødme. Alkoholen er komplet skjult. Hvad jeg godt kunne have tænkt mig er en snert mere røg. Der mangler noget udefinerbart for at få den helt op at ringe.


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