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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 394   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BelgaBart (51) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2012
This is so far one of the best beers i ever tasted. Just wonderfull. The dark fruits (not sweet) roastyness and then the coffee flavor @ the back. Pff, jusr wonderfull !!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Temptation (233) - - NOV 13, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 One of three best beers I’ve ever tasted, if not the best. Like petroleum poiring into the glass, it has everything (creamy, powerful, overwhelming, full). Complex in its aromas and tastes, but incomparable.. Unnecessary say nothing else: PERFECT.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bought this 11.2 ounce bottle, in Amsterdam a few months back at The Cracked Kettle- the last beer buying stop of the trip, top shelf and a ladder later, all mine for 12.50 euro .. .

Pours a deep brown black with fantastic dense head on the pour, settles down nicely.. .

Aroma of coffee, tar, and gods coffee cup..

Amazing complexities in this one, coffee being the main player but chocolate, espresso, tar, more coffee, light rum, and more espresso...

i’m in love, my beer of the year, and maybe even the best beer i have ever had..

This floaty thing is amazing. We should patent this.

one of the best beers i have ever had. period..

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAY 14, 2012
Black body, dark brown head. Strong aroma of espresso, vanilla, strawberry, dark chocolate. Full body, ideal carbonation. Amazing flavour with lots of coffee, vanilla, strawberry, wood, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice, a hint of rum. Incredible.

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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
klaas81 (11) - BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2014
Amazing stout. Pitch black with great taste evolution. Coffee is not to dominant. But the price you pay for a bottle is to high

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adster (437) - HUNGARY - AUG 8, 2014
Vészjóslóan sűrű és olajos állagú test bugyog ki az üvegből öblös poharába, barna színű habot képezve, mely leginkább reprezentatív jellegű, néhány másodpercig teszi csak tiszteletét ugyanis. Illata fenomenális, a legintenzívebb kávébabos jelleg, amit valaha éreztem, megspékelve különféle pikáns ízesítőkkel, fűszerpaprikával, masszív étcsokoládéval és dohánnyal; mindennek a tetejére egy csipet virágpor aromája kerül, a távolból pedig egy kevés vanília élénkíti meg a palettát hangulatos színeivel. A sör alapjául egyébiránt az előzőleg rumos hordóban érlelt Black Albert szolgál, a határtalan komplexitás ennek és a különleges összetevők jelenlétének köszönhető. Édes-savanyú nyitány során teszi le névjegyét, mely a gyümölcsösség jegyében zajlik, kissé borszerű, testes, ám élénk zamatokkal. A fás, enyhén földes és pirospaprikás jegyek árnyalják tovább a képet, hogy aztán a mézédes és tiszta, szinte megfoghatatlanul összetett aromák is kiteljesedhessenek. A kissé fanyar, füstös, dohányszerű jelleg remekül harmonizál a másik végletet képező intenzív, harsány gyümölcsösséggel és telt, egzotikusan édes ízekkel, melyekre a komló határozott kesernyével operáló, hosszú utóéletű jellege mondja ki végítéletét minden korty során. Az alkohol eközben meglehetősen visszafogottan ténykedik a háttérben, nemigen vagyunk tudatában annak, milyen erő lakozik e sörben. Nagyszerű kompozíció születésének lehetünk tanúi az idő előrehaladtával, melynek során az ember úgy érzi, elvész ebben a parádés összetettségben, és leginkább a vizsgálódás és elemzés figyelemlekötő haszontalansága nélkül szeretné élvezni a pillanatok varázsát. Így tettem én is, mert ez a sör igazán megérdemli, hogy teljes mértékben átadjuk magunkat neki. Aki teheti, mindenképpen próbálja ki, megéri!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bytemesis (3503) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 29, 2014
330 ml bottle, not sure of year - thanks to Sean! Cracked in celebration of my second full day off the anti-nausea meds, which means I can drink a full beer rather than a couple ounce taste. I was hoping for a lot, and this one did not disappoint. Pours opaque back with a medium dark brown head, creamy and slow to dissipate with nice lacing in its wake. Aroma is heavenly, roasty, boozy, lots and lots of rich chocolate mocha, vanilla. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, creamy mocha pudding, decadent with vanilla and oaky notes. Boozy, but not overly; not getting rum specifically, just a general spirit warmth. Full body, creamy silky mouthfeel. Lingering coffee bitterness and just a touch of acidity on the finish. Wow.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
This was pretty damn tasty and dangerously drinkable. Dark, dark brown...almost like dried soda residue or day old black coffee. Lots of great coffee aroma and some fruit present in the aroma. Palate was almost perfect, wasn’t chewy but not watery at all. Barrel flavours in the background at all times, but they aren’t overpowering. Full flavour but very well balanced, nothing is offensive, too heavy, or detracting. Well done, sir!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
foodtraveller (61) - BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2010
I can only rate this one comparing it to the II, now called mocha bomb. BD IV comes out less dry, less moka, more chocolatey and creamy. More balanced and easier to drink. It is a bit like this one is the female version of the mocha bomb ... so far I prefer slightly the bomb. But this one is easier to drink ...


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