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


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Countbeer (4483) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle: Big vast brown head, disappears slow. Dark brown to black pour, black colored beer. Smell coffee, wood, earth, chocolate, hints of liquorice and burned malts. Earthy tones dominate the taste with a nice woody mix and soft mix of roasted malts, chocolate, hints of dark fruits, liquorice, sweet, bitter, perfect.†† Long dark chocolate kinda like aftertaste. Very silky mouthfeel, low carbo and a full body. Delicious beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kermis (5269) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle at Klooster, Delft. Absolutely loved this beer, the best of the series so far for me. Caramel sweetness reminisent of De Molenís great Tsarina Esra

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Damn! They know how to brew. Coffee, of course, but also a liberal amount of dark fruits and chocolate. Pours dark and thick. Rich and appealing appearance and flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3257) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
On tap. Black Al aged for 6 mos on extremely old rum barrels. Pour is a deep cola color. Small coffee colored head w/ medium lacing. Aromas upfront are fig trees, dark plums, jalapeno, coffee bean, cocoa powder, and hops. Mouthfeel is fine silk. Tastes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, bitter coffee, coconut, sweet captain morgan, candy sugars, and other hoppy flavors. Flat carbonation. Warming with a great aftertaste left on all parts of tongue and easy going for 13%. Top notch imperial.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ABT_S54 (149) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 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 couldnít pick out one identifiable flavour which is a testament to the balance that no aspect overpowers the other. Truly epic beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2010
A Mes rate. Draught at Pre ZBF, and then a few bottles since.
It looks nothing short of delightful. Thoroughly black with a fully brown pillowy head, amazing condition and just incredibly inviting. Bloody hell, itís espresso concentrate. Perfect wood, the barrel notes are just massive. Some fierce herbal notes and bitter as hell. If you didnít know it had been in a rum barrel you probably wouldnít notice, but when you think about it itís actually quite clear, itís just so superbly integrated it just becomes seamless with the beer. Itís Black Albert with knobs on... Ridiculously good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Silky black. Pillowy light tan foam. Potent aromas of strawberry jam, grape, chocolate and espresso. Uncommon richness, length and texture. Begins very sweet, but dries out into the finish. Excellent flavor intensity. Milk chocolate, red ripe fruit, espresso. Finish is very long lasting. Minutes after swallowing, you still taste the coffee. My third bottle. Really like this beer and itís super young now, it should only get better. Struise beers are the best Belgians to age.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 8, 2010
Draught at Pre-ZBF 2010. Iím an enthusiast for beer and coffee so I knew this would be something special. The darkest brown with creamy brown head. Stunning aroma of yes! coffee and plenty of it. The flavour carries through the coffee tremendously but does change and takes on new character throughout. Vanilla bean and chocolate plum pudding starts to show through now as well. This is remarkable. Beautiful balance with a creamy, coffee bean finish. Funking wow - this is the goods! Iím fiendiní already - I need more!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2010
WOW. Another fantastic beer by De Struise. MMM. Massive mocha bomb on the nose. Maybe traces of vanilla and deep rich chocolate. In the taste I get lumpy thick chocolate, burnt roasted malts, coffee beans, black tar, licorish. This beer is simply devine. Maybe some oak is in here too. Poured into De Struise glass. Opaque colour. Didnít have any Heaven and Hell so had this instead to celebrate Mennoís birthday yesterday. I love this beer. Thank you so much guys for the consistentcy in wonderful beers. Bottle poured into authentic De Struise glass.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Delicious looking black pour with a tan frothy head. The aroma is loaded with woody booze, with roasty rum, and burnt timber. The flavor is loaded with bitter chocolate and charred woody booze. The rum is slightly noticable, and adds an excellent dimension to the brew. The palate is epically thick and rich with a velvety mouthfeel and a dry roasted chalky finish.


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