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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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".


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2010
Pre-ZBF ... deep black ... bubbly tan head ... soft chocolate malt ... deep roast nose ... little chocolate ... bitter chocolate ... light dry finish ... hint of raspberry ... mostly 80% bitter dark chocolate ... its the dark chocolate linger that makes this work

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14104) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2010
33cl bottle thanks to MesandSim. I mean how do I talk about this beer without going completely over the top. I was there when Urbain first tasted the Coal Ila whisky up at Borefts BF in 2009 and witnessed his magical blending on the following Monday at The School in Oostvleteren. I went over with MesandSim and Paulís brother Nick as part of making the beer and then sat at the table at Pre ZBF as Glen from Alvinne introduced "The World Famous Tasting Couple," for the world preview of this beer. Not much comes close to this. Apart from the fact that MesandSim, every time I meet them, astonish me with their personality, generosity, knowledge and passion for beer, music, shoes and life. And this beer is a worthy tribute to them and to Struise. All good friends. And there is no higher accolade. So after being so subjective, I will try my best to be objective about the beer, as all involved in this brew deserve that at least. Pours (into a Struise glass, of course) black as black with a thick tan head. Yes, some peat from the whisky but not the over the top TCP of some other Islay barrelled beers Iíve had. The peat blends perfectly with the sweet roasted malts from the Black Albert. Some intense dark choc from the Black Albert. Smooth as hell in the mouth with just a prickle of carbonation on the finish. Full in the mouth too. Espresso coffee on the very lasting finish which is then just as dry as hell and gorgeous. The dryness was something we all noticed on trying it for the first time, back at The School. Some chewyness on the malts. Itís a pretty special beer that I would be happy to have a bottle everyday of my life and still look forward to it. Well all that is left is to thank Mes, Sim, Urbain, all at Struise and Glen and Davy at Alvinne for putting it on at Pre ZBF 2010. (oh and having read Reneís (thewolf) rating, he is completely correct and much better than me at describing the actual beer)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14103) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle @ Bir und Fud Beerstore, Rome. Pours black with a small creamy beige head and lacings. Hard roasted malts, coffee and soy. Oily and stikcy. A bit of alcohol warmth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14008) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. A black one, topped by a two-finger light tan head. Licorice, dark chocolate, some cofefee, a touch of dark dried fruits, some alcohol and a faint note of mocha in the aroma. The flavor has pretty much the same elements, with more focus on sweetness and mocha, finishing with chocolate and coffee. Maybe, just maybe, it would be nice with some citrusy hops. Full body, a bit flat on the carbonation, but still smooth. Overall, a quite nice one, but I donít think itís world class. 120107

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (13777) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Draught at Pre-ZBF 2010. Black - brown head. Whiskey, burned, coffee, alcoholic, chocolate, smoothness, high malty, light lactose, licorice, caramel, smokey, dried fruits. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (13196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2010
First sampling at the schoolhouse in December 2009, courtesy of Urbain who described it as "itís what people dream about, but what we drink." Second tasting on draught at pre-ZBF, March 2009. Further samplings on days #1, 2 & 3 of bottle fermentation. Black. Dark tan head, even apparent on day #1 after bottling. Aroma of roasted malts, dark bitter cocoa, prunes, very subtle whisky. Flavor has rich chocolate, wood, dark fruits. Bitterness progresses rapidly after bottling, bitter dry finish in other tastings. Wonderful.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12989) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2010
Bottled (BB 03/2015)
Thanks Pat for buying this for me. Opaque black color, big cloudy brown head. Strong nose has dark roasted aromas, coffee, licorice, bourbon and cellary notes. Medium-bodied (thinner than expected). Lots of whisky-bourbon in the flavor, alcohol. Sticky. Licorice, peat, burnt malts, same cellary notes than in the aroma. Lingering roastyness in the aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Quite typical whisky barrel aged brew - original Black Albert is better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
(33cl bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a black body with a small brown head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, charred, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, char, smoke, toffee, caramel, and coffee with a dry finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (11729) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle @ DōE tasting. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and whisky. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 211112

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2010
33cl bottle, thanks Travlr. Brown-black body, no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, faint raisin. Sticky full body, no carbonation.


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