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

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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 IV was made with Black Albert that aged for 6 months on very old rum barrels.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5367) - 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. Black pour, tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, sweet dark fruit, raisin, and oak. A nice sweetened coffee version of Black Albert.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Courtesy of Secret Santa December 2010

Bottle: The aroma consists dark chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and a strong alcohol (rum) presence. The alcohol is a tad too strong for my preferences. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small light brown head that fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with lots of dark chocolate and black coffee. The finish has light vanilla, sweet rum, wood, and alcohol. Black coffee and wood really linger in the aftertaste. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Draft. Delicious! There’s my old friend Black Albert! I love that guy. Smells basically identical to Black Albert with a fantastic dry coffee note that is strong but fits in nicely with the sweet roasty fruity aromas of regular BA. Had no idea this was aged in rum barrels, so maybe that’s a good thing that it was that subtle. Flavor follows, however the coffee takes a little more of a lead than it did in the flavor, basically fantastic BA with a moderately strong, and quality, coffee flavor, I like this marriage a lot. Supremely drinkable, probably be a 5 in palate again if this weren’t served on draft and a bit too cold. Although, I’m not sure the bottle conditioning would do the coffee all that well so flavor wise it’s probably best on draft. Well done! perhaps my favorite iteration/take on Black Albert of the bunch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6395) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2010
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Kulminator) The beer poured black. Its head was large and brown. Aroma had coffee, oatmeal like sourness and roastedness. Palate was full bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were roastedness, coffee, malts, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste had roastedness and coffee. I couldn’t spot the barrel flavours at all. Deserver a re-rate if I ever have a chance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4855) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 23, 2010
Courtesy of and shared with ogivlado (thanks!)
Poured a black body, brownish thick head that went away slow. Raw ground coffee nose, hints of... frozen food? hard to explain, thawing ice maybe, a particular aroma. The taste is pretty much the same, the strong coffee notes, like ground Franck espresso (not that this descriptor will mean anything to a huge majority of people here), sliightly "stale" but not in a bad way. Some alcohol, bitter chocolate too. Lacks some complexity and didn’t impress me as much as the original did. Ah well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Black with a thin brown head. Coffee chocolate and that chile aroma that sometimes accompanies coffee beers. Tastes of chile chocolate vanilla and subtle rum with a warming finish. Coffee grounds taste linger in the back of the throat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2010
Botle @ Chris O. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty coffee and chocolate flavor with hints of rum and some weak hints of coconut. Has a roasted malty coffee finish with hints of rum barrel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6385) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2010
330ml bottle from Bierkompass

Pours pitch black with beautiful, huge and sticky beige head. Aroma is woody and roasty. Same elements dominate the taste, but it also has hints of rum and coffee. Alcohol and sweetness are well hidden. Great and well balanced beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (6152) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2010
Bottle from Bierkompass.de cons 2010-12-16 Göteborg AR: heavly roasted coffee, tobaco and vanilla tones AP: pitch black with black tones, 6 cm?! high compact stouty dark beige long lasting head = 5 F: havey bitterness, hard rosted coffey, bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak barrell, rich body, long and lasting bitterness, wee tropical fruits - mango!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle. Let me preface this by saying coffee stout is probably my favorite style so i was pretty let down here. Pours a nice rich black body with a coffee like tan head and okay retention. Strong vinous etoh latent notes with a mild dusty coffee tone. The problem is the coffee character is not right, its totally oxidized and diminished and is reminiscent of green bell peppers. I really hardly get coffee at all just peppers. A drinkable mess.


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