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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
c0fein (555) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 750ml bottle @ Maunula beer tasting. Bottle from Saveur Biere.

1/3 of bottle poured out from bottle when opened the cap :/ Black stuff with small circle foam. Aroma of sweet red orange. Sweet full bodied beer. Fantastic mouth-feel. I love this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlavioSP (4) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 28, 2014 does not count
I had high expectations for this one. It was a gusher getting me some trouble when pouring. Midnight black, big dark head. Aroma is coffee, boze, spices, licorice. I got no wood or barrel at all in aroma. Taste is sweet, thick mouth feel, bitter coffee, roasted malts, alcohol. Overall is good but not great. Missed wood/barrel profile and gushing turns me off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4911) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
Bottle 750 ml at home, into a snifter, ABV 13% Light gusher, nothing serious that will ruin everything around, but it keeps gushing after pouring a glass so I had to pour another one to keep it from spilling. Pours a totally black beer, with a tall dark brown head, quite thick, great retention, steady. Medium lacing left on the glass. Aroma is faint cherries, light black olive pit, some chocolate. Very nice taste, dark roasted malts, quite some coffee especially on the finish, a touch of acidity, very well hidden alcohol. Medium thick body, good carbonation, sticky on the palate. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (17263) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv röstmalzig, viel Kaffee, Whiskey, Vanille. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, intensiver Kaffee, Alkohol, holzig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2015 75cl bottle shared in a trappist glass. Pours a highly volatile black liquid with an impressive brown head. Taste is Black Albert but to my taste a little subdued. The almost buttercream richness is missing but the complexity of the rum casks perfectly makes up for this and maybe enhances the berry notes usually present in a standard Black Albert. Cannot say which is better and for the price you could argue you should. Nevertheless, a hugely satisfying stout and a wonderful addition to the Struise range. Another bottle opened 5th July 2014: This is hugely superior to the previous bottle and I have adjusted the marks accordingly (albeit not too much as they were already pretty high). Coffee is more prominent in the nose than the taste but the richness is toned down from regular Black Albert (in a good way). The taste is that complex I couldn’t pick out one identifiable flavour which is a testament to the balance that no aspect overpowers the other. Truly epic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 14, 2014
Where and how: gift , 330 ml bottle 2009 VINTAGE
Aroma chili with coffee. Plenty of pepper heat with dark coffee backing. Black vibe with good depth. Tad oxidized.
Appearance : 4-
Top: creamy, dark cap. Rings on glass
Base: dark brown.
Palate : medium bodied with medium lighter carbonation. Mid walls.
Taste: strong frontal coffee feel, slight heat, Tad metallic hints. Some heat on top. Late bitterness.
Other notes Solid coffee profile. Craftsmanship was evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (2624) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
750ml. Last in our tasting of 2-4. Same belgiany nose. Yeast and white wine grape must. Taste on this one is Belgian stout. I do get a touch of rum. Sweet belgiany finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Pours black with mocha head. Tart nose like the mocha and mes. Coffee bean tartness with chalky filmy after taste. I think these need an acquired taste. Maybe I’m off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5520) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle 75cl, a dark beer with medium brown head, got long gushing with 13° !! Nose is on wood and cherries as for an oude bruin with roasted notes. Aroma is sweet, very roasted, got the typical wood and oude bruin touch, donno if this is normal for it. Anyway bit disappointed about whole complexity, yes too expensive for what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm_Warning (82) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
Currently drinking whilst typing. Lively beer; it gushed quite vigorously when opened which was highly irritating especially when I've paid a lot of money for such a beer, needless to say I licked the spillage off of the kitchen table! Aroma is rich and laden with sweet alcohol notes, liquorice, dark fruits, dark rum, gentle coffee and slight esters of sour yeast. Pours as a terrifyingly black vessel with a bubbly beige/tan head which isn't around for long. Taste is ludicrously rich, a powerfully sweet barrel aged alcohol note, burnt black malts, liquorice, slight coffee, red wine, with an aftertaste of a sweet, fruity and dark rum. Seems slightly thinner than a standard Black Albert, though it still has a big body and filling mouthfeel, it has a bit more of an oily texture; a tingly carbonation is present too. Overall, it is a must try beer! Hard to get hold of and very expensive, but being an explorer of beer; this was a chance I could not pass. Go get some! If you can... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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