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

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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 IV was made with Black Albert that aged for 6 months on very old rum barrels.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gerbeer (1780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
330 ml bottle. Pours black with little head. Aromas of cocoa powder, dry chocolate, and plums. Rich complex flavors: dry coffee, espresso, oily vanilla... Excellent

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2013
33 cl bottle at 13 %. Nose is light organic coffee and light roast. Flavor is light roasted malt, mild coffee with some notes of soy sauce. Mouthfeel is oily with a medium body. Almost has a porter feel rather then a stout. However, I could just be a really spoiled beer geek. I didn’t get any hit of rum or aged barrels or wood. Decent and no way bad bit not top tier.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Super acrid dark coffee roast and rum and wood on the nose. Black pour creamy tan head. Dark fruit acrid roast residual sugar a ton of woody notes definite brown sugary rum. Tons of acrid dark fruit. Lingering residual sugars. Chewy. Big bodied hot.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2331) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2013
What a beer. Aroma is fantastic with tons of rich coffee, nuts, toast, and chocolate. Taste is heavily coffee with dark fruits and a smooth roastiness that is perfect. Just great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1154) - 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 huge coffee notes, along roasted malts, molasses and a significant rum accent. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with a light bitterness up front that becomes moderate. There are notes of coffee and roasted malts from the nose, but also distinct notes of rum and cane. The finish is long and roasty with a slight alcoholic burn. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and flat carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting brew, but the rum did not work for me. 2012-08-01

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2013
Black colored beer with a very small brown head. Hardly any carbonation which gives the beer a certain smoothness. Nose of burned malts, pure chocolate and notes of coffee and alcohol. Strong chocolate flavor. Alcohol warming and rum flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1593) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle. Pitch black, quite a dark brown head. Aroma: fruity, rum, berries, green chili. Taste: dark fruit, tobacco, light spices, brown sugar, rum, dark berries, milk chocolate, a hint of licorice. Full bodied. A good version with a very nice rum influence.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3104) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. A touch better than the mocha blend. As the name says, it is over the top bitter espresso tones all over. A touch of vanilla through this to add some sweetness behind the huge bitterness. Solid but as with the mocha it was a little grainy in the mouth feel. Decent enough

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. The pour’s deep brown with a thick, menacingly tight tan head. Very attractive. The nose is sweet chocolate sauce, some hazelnut coffee creamer. Notes of espresso. Sweet caramel sauce and vanilla cream. Robust sweet aromas. The taste is very sweet concentrated chocolate. Charred coffee beans. Mildly boozy caramel. Roasted malts. Earth, ash and wood. Light vinous berry notes. Very rich, oily body. Full, fat profile. Overall, a pretty nice imperial stout. There’s a bit too much tang for my preference. Still, well-brewed stuff!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at Kulminator (Antwerp, Belgium)
Very dark pour with a dark brown head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma of coffee, licorice, raisins, caramel, toast. Taste is sweet and, oddly, very spicy. Didn’t have as much coffee in the taste as I was expecting, but there was a spiciness that was rather pervasive. Very good beer. My bottle was also a ’defect’: the label was printed upside-down, which seemed rather fitting given the design. I thought it was intentional until I went home and looked it up. One of the best beers that I’ve ever had. Wish I would have tried some others from the Black Damnation series while I had the chance.


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