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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle… Pours midnight black with a mid-sized, light brown head. Fantastic retention. The nose offers charred wood and acrid espresso grounds with whispers of cayenne and chili peppers. Full-bodied and slick with medium carbonation. The flavor suggests mild acidity, heavily roasted black and chocolate malt sweetness and carbonaceous bitterness. Burnt, bitter, lightly tangy finish. Thanks go out to darkguardian for sharing this one with the Delray Beach gang!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Massive coffee aroma with just a hint of vanilla and a little woody-ness. Flavor is light-medium sweet chocolate cover espresso beans with a light astringency on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2010
Had this at the brewery in Oostvleteren. Pours totaly black. Has a begie head. They have really gone "All in" on the coffee on this one. Both aroma and flavor is totaly dominated by coffee. It´s really pleasent! The mouthfeel is very nice. Has a nice dry feel to it as well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2010
33cl bottle. This one looks like a real stunner. Pitch black and ominous, with a tall, lasting column of spongy, light brown foam, this beauty leaves thick, semi-solid sheets of lacing all the way down the glass. The nose is just as gorgeous, seamlessly integrating notes of darkly roasted coffee, mocha, bittersweet dark cacao, and vanilla. A strong waft of cake is distinct, and it plays beautifully off of the softly earthen hops and light barrel char. Traces of minty pipe tobacco make the Black Albert presence known. Flavors are boldly roasted, featuring ample dark coffee bean, dark chocolate, barley malt, and a surprising dose of peppery, grassy, green hops. Fruity subtleties emerge, and the rum barrel makes its first distinct appearance with traces of cane sugar, molasses, and oaky vanilla. Delicious. The palate has thinned slightly from the barrel aging, but still carries ample weight. Carbonation is fine but slightly prickly, perhaps a little too much so for my liking. There’s very little alcoholic heat, but hints of spicy rum and coffee linger on the tongue and lips well after the swallow. This is just a stellar beer. Decadent, yet approachable. Bravo Urbain!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Embrouille (2803) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 11, 2010
Bottled 33cl. Courtesy of kappldav123. It pours a pitch black beer with a small deep beige head which leaves a nice lace. Complex, deeply inviting aroma which is reminiscent of poppy seeds, bergamot, nasturcium, vietnamese coffee (Nguyen), aniseed, gooseberries, tobacco, rose petals and pralines. Great taste. Full bodied with poppy seeds being rather present. Good bitterness. Warming on the swallow. Licorice, nasturcium and aniseed in the finish. A fantastic beer. Big thanks to kappldav123 for this one!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (4402) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2010
33cl Bottle via trade with Glouglouburp, thanks Dany! Pitch black colour, creamy light brown head. Aroma of strong ground coffee or coffee residue, alcohol, strong brown rum. Flavour is pure coffee, chocolate, hard roasted malts, boozy coffee bitter finish with some sweet chocolate mousse. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, fullbodied. I just don’t dig all the coffee, I hoped for more rum flavours.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 Bottle, thanks to darkguardin. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is espresso, roasted malt, and smoke. Flavor is espresso, roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, smoke, and a touch of rum. Nice heavy body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kromamc (192) - ITALY - MAY 5, 2010
molto buona... forse meglio della black mes... l’affinamento in botte di rum la rende fruttata e valorizza le note torrefatte..... eccellente!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2010
Courtesy of Jrallen34. Pours deep black, viscous thick tan head. Aroma, chocolate malts, lots of coffee goodness, touch of rum, some bitter chocolate/coffee seem to be present. Flavors, warm thick chocolate, light dark fruits; currants, prune, thick coffee with a tad of astringency, can definitely tell a bit of the rum barrel. coffee is very forward though not overpowering the whole experience that is enhanced by the whole rum barrel aging. Superb beer, complex and the perfect slow sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1243) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
HUGE thanks to SeaBass for another rare gem. Wow what a tasting we had. A: Pours a dark black with a nice tall mocha colored head. Medium retention with some spotty lace. S: Bold coffee aromas. Nice fresh espresso. Dark roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. T: Coffee forward, lots of roast with sweet dark fruits. Roasty chocolate malts, mild barrel, and vanilla. M: Rather thick, bold, and vicious. D: Sippablility is very high. Wonderful brew one I am happy I got the chance to have try.


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