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

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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Black Damnation series is a dark twist of Urbanís 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 Meliaís (Mes) favorite Whisky, the "Caol Ilaís Distillers Version 1995".


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2011
From tap at Kulminator in Antwerp. This Black Damnation aged for half a year on Bourbonbarrels is the second version I have tried and is the best one yet. The Bourbon adds more depth to the - somewhat monotone - palate. At 13% ABV this is a beer to be reckoned with!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6406) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Bottle. Dark black pour with tan head. Aroma is of oak, smoke and chocolate tones. Flavor of sweet caramel, oak, chocolate, smoke, and whiskey like warmth.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle at Mesís, and at home. Great big props to Mes not only for the beers, but also for pouring me a glass of the Caol Ila itself to drink alongside, in order to give me a bit more insight into the alchemy which has transpired here. Poured black as a ravenís wing with a plump, gradually dissipating brown head. Sniffadelic aroma that demanded a big inhale, with plenty of dark chocolate and roasted character tussling for position amongst notes of smoke, seaweed, dark fruit and spice. Top notch stuff, as indeed was the wonderfully proportioned flavour. The whisky notes had a real delicacy and understatedness to them, with the fragrant peaty/smoky character floating unobtrusively alongside the sweet malt, coffee and barrel notes. The ABV was barely noticable, and like the whisky this was clean, complex and bloody tasty. A masterful brew which fuses some of the finest constituents that Islay, Flanders and of course North London have to offer. Hats off.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Thanks to anders37 for this beer, a 50cl bottle It pours black with a generous head. The body was lighter than I would have guessed and the whiskey barrel aging shows up as a background flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1947) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Draft, The Trappist. Good beer with some interesting barrel notes, but the flavors donít seem to work as well as in the base beer. The aroma has a lot of Scotch whisky booze. Itís just a bit overwhelming. Roast, chocolate and coffee notes lurk below, but Black Albert has such a great aroma that this was kinda disappointing. The mouthfeel seemed a fair bit thinner than normal BA, presumably from the barrel time. Taste was also a bit too boozey but otherwise had some nice stout flavors and big barrel note. The barrel note really isnít bad. Itís actually a rather complex whisky note, just a bit strong. I think I might prefer this beer with some age on it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (5486) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
On tap at the Trappist in Oakland. This one was a bit of a whiskey bomb. It pours dark brown with tinges of red and orange in the light. The aroma is straight up alcoholic with whiskey and a touch of roast and chocolate. The flavor is pretty much the same. It has a thin body for the style even for a barrel aged beer. There is strong whiskey flavors, but not as big as the aroma. It also has a very sweet cola like finish. A bit of a disappointment.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle thanks to 50belair. Tasted with some friends along side Cuvee Delphine, Black Damnation 1-4, and regular Black Albert. Dark cloudy black pour, tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, decidedly peated scotch, earthy, coffee, and a bit of fruit. I love the single malt scotch mmm.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Draft. Poured a little cold so Iím sure this would be a typical 5 on app when itís poured at the correct temp. Again cold and scotch and really a match, so that somewhat muted everything, definitely serve this at cellar temp please. Aroma is a lovely marriage of fruity BA, black currant, and strong grassy peaty scotch, there is no hiding the scotch it is fairly strong. Flavor follows, the two seem to be not exactly working as one unit, gorgeous scotch notes though, the natural sweetness of the BA combined with the natural sweetness of the scotch might be a tad too much in one direction. However, that Black Albert taste underneath is as good as ever, and if you love scotch, this is a true treat, fruity and grassy, warming but doesnít kick you with harsh alcohol in any way which is a true brewing feat. Great amount of depth, just maybe wish there was something in there to balance the scotch, not that this is a necessity, not every beer has to be balanced. This also avoids being scotch chocolate milk which is a good thing (as some other scotch imperial stouts canít seem to avoid this). Scotch scotch scotch, I love scotch.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3909) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2010
bottle at home. Pours an opaque black with a creamy, light brown head and lacings. Smells of chocolate malts with some whisky and peat. Dry with hints of sweetness. Aromas of roasted malts and peated whiskey. Some alcohol notes. Tiny salty hints. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Long dry finish with aromas of sweet liquirish and peated whiskey.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 24, 2010
Botella. Pitch black colour, light brown head. Lovely aroma of deep roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some smoke. Great filling mouthfeel. The flavour is just sooo great: lots of heavy roasted malt and chocolate with coffee, some smoke, dark fruit, bit whisky. Pleasant bitterness. Sweet roasted malty chocolate long lasting finish. Yum indeeed!


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