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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2010
Bottle @ UDRM, Oirschot. Ash, whisky notes, dark chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Ash, dark chocolate and smoke in the almost vinous flavor. Alcoholic but still well balanced. Ashy aftertaste with dried fruit. Very good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
Süßer und deutlich kaffeeartiger Antrunk, ausgeglichen. Dazu deutlich malzlastig, was sich schnell steigert. Dabei gleicht die Süße aus, so dass die Malzigkeit nicht so stark erscheint, wie sie eigentlich ist. Sehr schokoladig, herllich aromatisch, gleichzeitig wirkt der Hopfen frisch und bringt so neuen Schwung in das Bier. Sehr gelungenes und erstaunlich weiches Bier. 8/12/12/10//11

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2010
First sampling at the schoolhouse in December 2009, courtesy of Urbain who described it as "it’s 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9560) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle poured a translucent reddish brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, peat smoke, bakers cocoa and light oak. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, peat smoke and light oak with a smooth lingering roasty peaty finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9471) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Tap. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted, dark fruit), light hops (floral), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, prune, and leather. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted, dark fruit), light hops (floral), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, alcohol, smoke, licorice, prune, and leather. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and creaminess with a sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9371) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 15, 2010
courtesy of Allen - pitch black coloured with a dark beige foam; roasted aroma of nut with a touch of vanilla and oak; full-bodied and very thick, solid bitterness with an aftertaste of tar, roasted malts, nuts and chocolate with light woody notes; salty - robust and heavy

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9191) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 29, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 330ml bottle (Tuulensuu, Tampere) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Rich roasty aroma, gentle bacon component. Bacon really takes over in the taste, this is just full of smoky bacon. Smooth sweet palate, decent carbonation lightens the heaviness of the roast. Huge roast, but no astringency. Not quite up to the stunning Black Albert level, but a magical mellow super-rich stout. Not saying 13% at all.
Rerate: Tap (SBWF2012) (6:5:6:3:11=3.1)
Odd aroma, good dark roast, but some sour and bitter bite. Taste is apple seed bitterness. Metallic, a mess. A ruined Black Albert - don’t do that please.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2010
From the Bottle at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, Kensal Rise 31/07/2010 Hop and roast aromas. Beige head. Black very strong in alcohol and hoppy with a dry and bitter coffee roast finish.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirADNielsen (8960) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Huge thanks! Black appearance with a small dark brown head. Very roasty, dark chocolate, moderate anise, lightly peaty smoky, pretty intense aroma. Very rich, dark roasty chocolate malty, earthy, moderately peat smoky, anise flavor. Actually pretty smooth for 13% but it is very intense.

Update: I tried another bottle at Kulminator. Deep black appearance with a dark brown, thick head. Smoky, rich dark chocolate malty, peaty smoky, herbal, somewhat spicy, delicious aroma. Charred, roasty, burnt malty, swampy, smooth peaty smoky, mild coffee, rich chocolate flavor with a fairly sweet, charred, smoky finish. Fuck yea.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (8950) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Noize...thanks my friend! Black pour, brown head. Aroma is quite roasty, ashy, molasses, peat. Flavor is boozy, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, ash, tobacco and a nice bitterness. Damn fine brew...awesome stuff.


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