brokensail (10794) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The beer pours black, viscous, and surprisingly carbonated with a tan head.
S: The aroma is intense to say the least. Tons of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and booze. A decent amount of molasses and brown sugar with hints of licorice and dark fruit. Thereís a bit of vanilla as well.
T: Overly sweet. Tons of brown sugar, burnt sugar, molasses, and licorice. A little too much booze presence for my liking. Roasted malt and char, as expected, with some oak and more booze.
M: Thick and full on the tongue with a low but sufficient carbonation.
O: This was a very cool idea and I really wanted to try it. But, it was just too much. My couple ounces were more than enough.
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
3 oz sample poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pitch black, not much head or lacing, viscous in appearance. Alcohol, licorice, and roast on the nose. Tastes amazing, everything on the nose is present in the taste, but I was amazed by how smooth it was for the alcohol level. Iíve had a few beers half as strong that were twice as boozy. Thickest mouthfeel ever, almost like syrup, but it works well with the beer. Glad I got to try this one!
BoBoChamp (5415) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl, exclusive brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex sweet Stout, heavily roasted, alcoholic/woody and slightly fruity, heavy, yet very balanced for a beer of this ABV, cloudy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet way too expensive!, WOW!
Jakebra (22) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Priceless, beautiful, black gold, liquid gold...delightful! The sole occupant of my chalice.
GothGargoyle (1164) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample glass of the latest batch at the new Struise store in Bruges. Black and syrupy with a minimal golden head. Aroma is simply divine, I could sit back for hours just smelling it - dark chocolate, cognac and a hint of coffee. Rich and oily on the palate, you can almost chew it. Flavour is chocolate syrup, molasses, raisins, coffee and a slight alcohol harshness of the finish (not surprising for a 26% ABV). I suspect this will age well.
Sean9689 (272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve had this from the bottle @ DLD (thank to Eric aka Turd) and on-tap last night at the West Lakeview Liquors Meet & Greet Event w/ Urbain. Obviously, Urbain brought the keg...
A - Pours black, slight tan-colored head, some bubbles here and there. Thereís a huge motor oil quality to this beer, as it leaves a brownish/gold hue that coats the entire glass. Sticky, viscous, black...damn(ation)!
S - Smells like booze, lots of char, roast, some chocolate. Thereís not much sweetness (some chocolate, some dark fruits), as itís covered up by the huge booze and char. It smells like what it is, a huge monster of a beer.
T - Slight dark chocolate, dark fruits, lots of char, lots of booze. Thereís a harsh/char hot boozy note on the finish that makes me grab my water after every sip. A little off-putting, but I contribute this to the huge amount of alcohol in this beer.
M - Full, rich and viscous, light carbonation, creamy finish.
O - I enjoyed sipping on this one on two occasions, but one or two 4oz pours is just enough for me. Iím not dying to try this again in the near future, but would love to see how this ages down the line. Iím sure the booze will smooth out and make it more enjoyable. Itís good but a little too much for me at the moment.
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with friends. Pours the thickest jet black with a fluffy and lasting tan head. Intense aromas of dried stone fruits, cigar, tar, earth, chocolate. Overwhelming sweet and sticky flavours of chocolate, coffee, dried prunes and a stemmy tobacco quality from the bourbon oak. Amazingly viscous and full mouthfeel - akin to a PX sherry. Truly memorable beer.
ClubGonzo (3995) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the Struise webshop, shared by Palme and friends. Finally! After no less than three purchase attempts on the web, a lot of research, waiting and spending hard-earned cash, I can now at last open this legendary beer with my good beer-loving friends here in Bergen! :-) This crazy eisbocked imperial pours a jet black, oily thick body with a piece of Struise magic on top: a small, yet clearly present dark caramel-hued membrane, swirling across the surface for a while before it vanishes into the darkness that is Black Damnation V. According to the brewers (and I believe their claim is backed by my tactile sensations) this monster is somehow bottle conditioned! How they manage to do that after a process of eisbocking which takes the beer up to a lethal level of alcohol, is beyond me. Maybe some secret yeast strain from their "yeast store"? Or maybe just Carlo and Urbain reading ancient Flemish spells into the fermenter under the pale moonlight. :-) In the nose, this beer gives of intense, yet incredibly smooth dark chocolate, coffee and deep, roasty malt tones. Hints of burnt toast as well. Despite the whopping 26 % ABV, only hints of alcohol is present; itís there but so well integrated in the overall layers of aroma that only focusing on it reveals its presence. Taste is very much in the same vein: intense espresso flavors, toast, cacao beans, smooth creamy dark chocolate. Long roasty aftertaste, which once again reveals the awesome feat of managing a toned-down alcohol profile on a beer of this size. Palate is also amazing: creamy, thick, oily and full - and with just a slight roll of carbonation over my tongue, giving the beer that little extra edge that most brews of this strength does not have. Another Struise masterpiece for sure, hats of for Oostvleteren! :-D
Jblauvs (1339) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blackest pour Iíve ever seen. Ever. Aroma is alcohol foremost, chocolate, black olive, brownie mix, flutter of soy, lots of booze. Mouth feel is the thickest Iíve ever experienced. Good God. A chocolate bomb, syrupy and decadent, chocolate cake mix, brownie batter. Sweet and Boozy, but this
drinks like a 13% beer, Masterfully Done. A true feat of brewing. The flavor of the stout is foremost on the tongue, alcohol taking a backseat. This is Epic. The Gooiest, Thickest, Biggest Stout you will ever have, Guaranteed.
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2011
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Massive thanks to oteyj for this one. Unbelievably thick, completely black pour with a small brown head. Aroma holds gigantic notes of bourbon, chocolate brownie, vanilla, and big amounts of booze and ethanol. Nose also has slight notes of duck sauce, fig, and further dark fruit. Flavor is absolutely LOADED with chocolate, bitter espresso, roasted malt, cognac and bourbon; just awesome sweetness. Yeah you can definitely get the alcohol, but youíd be hard pressed to guess this is 26%.... until after you drink it. Palate is absolutely monstrously thick, syrupy, and decadent. The most ridiculous legs Iíve ever seen. This is an experience unlike any other beer Iíve ever had and I love it.