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

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RATINGS: 418   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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1204) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
330ml bottle BB 29/12/2016 Diabolical black sump oil in my glass. Holds a pale brown espresso foam. Intense nose; vegemite, vinous plums and cherries, darkest of espressos and chocolate, treacle, vanilla, charred oak, with an earthy smokey spice. Seriously thick, oily stuff. Low carbonation, clings to the palate, yet dries out with a big hit of acrid roast. Delivers a big dose of treacle sweetness upfront on the body. More intense black coffee and cocoa powder, followed up by port-like vinous fruits. Lingering oaky spice and subtle earthy smoke. Warming finish with firm bitterness. Sinister stuff, very full on. Despite it all, probably underdelivers compared to its parent beer, Black Albert.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle. Aroma has notes of deep roasted malts, peat, wood, dark dried fruits and whisky . Black oily hue with a nice average sized light brown head that diminished to a very thin reappearing head that remained till the end and left little lace. Flavor is sweet then roasted bitterness. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very nice Impy that becomes much more complex as it warms. Very roasted and bitter so I imagine a few years will turn this into something even more wonderful.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasmusOtt (1171) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2011
Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Aroma is smoke, peat, vanilla, dark sugary fruits, liquorice, light acetone and woody alcohol. Taste is big strong and sweet. Add a bit more liquorice and roasted notes, but it’s still vert very sweet and the alcohol is there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Draft @ pre-ZBF March 4, 2010. Pours very deep brown, with a tall head of large mocha colored bubbles. Aroma of dark chocolate, oak, licorice, and some peat. Bittersweet chocolate hits the palate first, and is supported by peat, dark chocolate, caramel, alcohol, and a little salt. Body is thinner than expected. Whisky becomes more evident in the finish, especially as it warms. Good, but not as great as the other Black Damnations I’ve sampled thus far. I look forward to trying this again alongside its siblings when I finally place my order with the Struise webshop.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1159) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
330 mL bottle tasted alongside the first four in the series, served in a snifter. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big notes of molasses and Islay malt, along with oak, roasted malt, chocolate and a touch of earth. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with a light-moderate bitterness for balance. In addition to the notes from the nose, the body develops the Islay malts quite nicely, showing off the peat. It closes with a long, lingering malty, whiskey finish. On the palate, it is full in body with a creamy texture and very soft carbonation. Overall, this is a truly amazing imperial stout, definitely the best of the early part of the series.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
k0mpsa (1158) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle at konttori, tampere. Temptating black color with light brown head. Aroma of licorice, salmiakki, roasty and chocolate. Smooth delicious taste of chocolate, licorice, roasty, whiskey barrels.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
prawlie (1151) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2011
33 cL bottle shared at De Kulminator. Gorgeous black colour with chocolate brown head. Syprupy and coffee like. Full rich taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (1137) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2014
Complex aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, oak, peat, dark chocolate, whiskey. Flavour is roasty, whiskey, peaty, dark fruit sweetness with a hint of tartness which pushed this brew over the edge for me. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zer0 (1132) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep black with a brown-ish head. Aroma is chocolate, some smoke, boozy, coffee and some blueberry. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied and soft carbonation. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to antonfred all the way from Greece. Spewed pitch black with crazy tan head. Was a gusher because they didnt leave enough airspace in the neck when bottled. Aroma strong with woody oak smokey lil peat roast choc. Light carb thick bod. Taste of smokey peat light bitter. Pretty good. If youre a scotch guy youd love it.


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