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


on tap

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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Struise black damnation coffee club. 33cl bottle at delirium cafe, brussels... Pours a slick thin black pour with lighter reddish edges and a silky light khaki head... Aroma of anise and chocolate with a pretty mild roast, fairly noticeable and more subtle than i would have thought. Sweet Belgian sugars added.. Sweeter chocolate and anise with some added candied sugar as well as a dark fruitiness to give a confectionary sugary aspect to it. Coffee plays a subordinate role but does poke its head at the beginnind and during mid-palate. Soft carbonation and smooth light silky mouthfeel. Sweeter residual sugar towards the end and finishes with a touch of a coffee earthy bitterness. 7/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
A: The pour is black, no doubt about it, with a nice dark brown head to go with it. Ominous indeed. S: The coffee does come through nicely along with some more subtle tones of chocolate and vanilla. A solid roast and a surprising spiciness, not quite like chili peppers, but close enough. Perhaps that’s the rum... T: Again, plenty of coffee, roast, and vanilla. The spice is more mild, but the oak character is much more pronounced and gives the beer a mild astringency. M: Not quite as full bodied as I would have expected, but a pleasing smooth carbonation. D: The Black Damnation series offers up a bunch of interesting/different beers, but I can’t say I’ve been totally amazed by any of them. Still, this one was good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle shared at a BA/RB tasting [huge thanks to BelgBeerGeek for sending this bottle our way]... Poured black with a tan head. Lots of coffee here, more than the first three. A little too hot and unbalanced with the coffee and alcohol warmth. Molassess, chocolate, whiskey and oak flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured black with a beige head. aroma was coffee, grain, and chocolate. flavor was pretty much the same as the nose. body was medium with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (2388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle. Jet black color with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma carries burnt roasted malts, lots of coffee, some sweet dark fruits, kiss of booze, but not really picking out the rum. While the rum treatment doesn’t come through in the aroma, it certainly slides into the taste. Definite coffee presence, but not harsh. Quite well-rounded with a touch of sweetness, but still lots of savory characteristics that dominate. Slick, oily, and a little thick in the body that leaves a dry palate from the roast and warming on the back of the throat. This is definitely a big brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (12170) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Re-rate 7/28/12: Bottle sample at an Imperial Stout tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks Nimrod. Black with a light brown head. Aroma with lots of coffee beans, roasted grains and a bit of alcohol. Bittersweet flavor of roasted coffee beans, a hint of chocolate and a bitter and slightly herbal finish. Full-bodied. 7/4/8/4/16=3.9

[9/22/10] Bottle at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Black with a big brown head. Aroma of espresso, burnt wood, some dark chocolate and dark fruits notes. Bittersweet flavor with lots of coffee, somewhat burnt, smoke, tobacco, chocolate notes and alcohol. Bitter roasty finish. Thick and full-bodied. Good and bursting with flavor but a bit over the top. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle thanks to alen. Black pour with a brown head. Nose is all coffee, roasty malts, chocolate and some chilli pepper aromas. Flavor is dark roasted coffee, pepper, dark chocolate, vanilla, and chilli as well. Rich finish and a great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Thanks to the guys from Grassroots brewing for sharing this one. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is coffee, pepper, cinnamon, roast, and some earth. Flavor is similar with coffee, pepper, with some cinnamon showing through. Pepper and earth are also trying to join the party. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2010
330 ml bottle @ home.
Pours a pitch black colour with a very foamy and large head at first, which collapses to a minimal head. The taste is very, very coffee-driven with raw espresso, dark chocolate and raw hops. Aggressive aroma. The flavour is very coffee-driven too; coffee, dark chocolate, syrup and raw hops. Full bodied, very oily texture and low carbonation. Warming finish. Very nice but this isn’t as good as Black Albert. I have to taste the other Black Damnation brews too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Bottle from a PUB’N wannabee secret admirer, whom I remunerated handsomely. Pours turbid deep black with 2-finger dark brown head. Great look here. Nose is huge freshly brewed coffee, coffee grounds, earthy figgy notes, black pepper, green asparagus, and jalapeno oil notes. Tastes of huge roasty dark malt, huge coffee, and a big black peppery and Bell peppery and jalapeno peppery flavor, with a dense palate, a very complex palate, and backup hops. This one is full of rich dark malr, coffee, and multiple pepper varieties; perhaps the most peppery beer ever, and that is a good thing. You could use this to cook hunan beef or pork, and it would likely be the best you’ve ever had. Nice stuff, and with surprisingly little heat for something this huge; and yes, that’s what she said.

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