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


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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8852) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (4758) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2010
330ml Bottle: Complex aroma of roasted malt, burnt malt, peat, whiskey, chocolate, light oak, slight vanilla, slight tobacco, light tar, light coffee, slight smoke, and slight alcohol. Poured pitch black in color with a medium to large-sized creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. A few medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, burnt malt, caramel, peat, light coffee, oak, chocolate, light tar, light smoke, light whiskey, and hints of alcohol and vanilla. Full body. Viscous, then lightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Roasted malt, burnt malt, oak, chocolate, tar, peat, slight caramel, and light whiskey finish is lightly dry. 13%ABV is barely noticeable throughout, and definitely not hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2010
330ml bottle. Bought in Belgium @ Struise. Pours black. Has a brownish head. Aroma is loaded with dark chocolate, coffee, sweet liquorice and wood. Flavor is from dark chocolate, coffee, tar, wood, dried dark fruits and burnt malt. palate is fantastic. Smooth and medium dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Sampled at Het Oude Schooltje; July 2010
A vigorous pour by Carlo produces a bit more foam than expected and I have to take a quick mouthful of foam; it has such a smoky, peat-like and rich flavor to it, yet is quite smooth tasting. This black beer is topped by a dense, creamy, long lasting, dark brown head that leaves all sorts of lacing on the sides of my glass. As the beer was being opened I got a quick aroma of smooth, rich coffee. The aroma has a salty, rich-chocolate character to it that is backed by a touch of whiskey like heat. The peat / smoke character is always noticeable in the nose but other aromatic notes join this character at various times. A nice note of Mocha adds a really interesting touch and is at times quite potent. I spent a long time enjoying the aroma of this beer as it was really quite interesting and even satiating all on its own.

As the beer first hits my tongue it tastes rich and somewhat sweet (though not overly so). There is a touch of bitterness and alcohol heat to it, both of which add a bit that helps to balance the up front sweetness. This has a huge Mocha like flavor to it that combines a rich dark chocolate and coffee character. The texture of this beer is just so fantastic; so smooth, somewhat creamy feeling with a fine bubbly texture, yet it is still light enough that it is not cloying. The smoke is more subtle than it was in the nose, but forms a rich, smoky, umami like note that forms a solid foundation for all the other complex flavors. Layers of dark fruit, chocolate, peat, salt, smoky smooth coffee and even some plum and concentrated apple like fruit notes are noticeable.

This is an extremely complex, tasty and consummate sipping brew. It is really just an awesome mix of barrel character and base beer; this is so often not the case with Whiskey / Bourbon barrel aged beers that I almost donít like chasing them down; this is most definitely worth looking for though. This caps off a perfect visit and experience at Het Oude Schooltje; friendly beer-geek conversation, a great eclectic, personality full atmosphere all experienced on a hot, lazy Belgian day spent running around the countryside chasing beer; all of which gets the experience inching towards perfection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3319) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2010
33 cl bottle. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nose is coffee, molasses, chocolate and whiskey. Almost full body with a tang and a tingle. Taste is French roast, honey, vanilla, dark roast and a touch of smoke. Gently mellows into a whiskey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Bottle from the Earl of Imperials, the heathen of high grav, the sultan of stout. Pours thick turbid black with 2-finger brown head. Nose is dark patent malt, definite whisky, some cacao, dark choc. tastes very dark malty, slight rauchy, with a huge whisky and oaky flavor. The heat isnít as well held here, and the flavor is a bit discombobulated, reminding me a but of some of the lower end Brew Dg barrel offerings. A lot of flavor here, but it doesnít mesh as well as the BD I or the amazing Cuvee Delphine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1022) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2010
This beer makes me think of paint and solvents when smelling it. I think I might be wrong and/or that it comes from the whiskey barrels. Still find it a great beer compared to other imperial stouts...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle at Stone 14th, Dr. Billís Corner. Just missed Damnation II, but this was a good consolation. Flavor is more chocolate than cocoa, big roast, boozey whiskey and oak, hints of vanilla and anise before the bitter finish with hefty alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11052) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
Black with a small, light brown head. Aroma of licorice, ink, wood, and a faint hint of peat smoke (just the way it shuld be). Sweetish rich licorice flavour with smoke, tar and charcoal adding to the complexity.

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