TheAlum (6027) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Zwanze Day - WLV (Chicago, IL). Pours a an inky thick black hue, thick and lacing sticky swirl with legs. A small very dark brown frothy head dies to a film and laces small. Aromas are rich chocolate and roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and coffee. Toast, rich Bourbon, really thick. More cocoa and bakers chocolate, toast, richh sweet caramel, lucious silky malts and barrel. Not hot. Initial is thick, full bodied, a sharp dark fruit and cocoa up front, dark fruit, some subtle black olives. Rich roast and coffee, dark cocoa grow. Barrel, caramel, toffee. Rich and big, with proper whiskey and oak notes. Really hides the ABV for how large it truly is. A bit smoky and ashy lingering finish. Pretty big and warming. Certainly, an interesting beer to try. Nice. Big and deep layers offer a lot of interesting flavors, envelopes the palate. But it’s obviously a bit big, sticky and thick. Good. I appreciate the effort put into it, and it is a good beer. But I just can’t find what makes it so highly rated. Priviledge to try.
deyholla (7302) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Zwanze day 2011 Chicago. Pours motor oil black, thick with a very dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of roasted malts, dark grain, dark fruits, coffee, bitter chocolate and a bit of cough syrup. Flavor is bitter with roasted malts, coffee and chocolate and has backing dark fruit. Extremely thick and not too much alcohol.
drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at WLV on Zwanze ’11, pours black with no head. Nose has some oxidation, doughy, chocolatey, and some port. Flavors have strong dark fruit, booze, grape cough syrup, rich nutty character. Big boozy finish but that’s expected. Syrupy body. Bit much for me.
Doodler (313) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 bomber shared by Bryan at his Black Damnation party tonight. One word - Wow. Or maybe two -. Nice Beer. Pours a crazy, tar black thickness into my snifter. Translucent rainbows of sheen float around the top of the body like a BP oil spill. Nose is all coffee and cocoa - and with 26% ABV, loads of alcohol to boot. To quote my friend Logan - this is the bomb. Taste is complex and decadent.... thick and rich like hershey’s syrup with sweet chocolate, vanilla bean and italian cream-sprinkled espresso all rolled into one. Slick and sweet finish. Offers up a nice buzz. Fantastic stuff..
thepeter (295) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks again to MlhopeTC for bringing this 250ml bottle that he labelled himself (at Decca) to our little tasting.
A - Motor Oil, small dense head.
S - Cocoa, rich malt, and dark fruits
T - Deep roasted rich malts, cocoa, some dark fruit and a hint of booze which was amazing considering the 26%. I don’t know how the do it.
M - They are genius’s!! I have rarely (if ever) given a Struise beer less than a 4.5 in mouth feel. Perfect as always. fuck that, BEYOND PERFECT!! So rich dense and viscous like a milkshake that was giving my uvula a blow job.
O - Wonderful Beer, drank like it was 15% which would be dangerous if it was not so expensive. Thanks again Matt.
brokensail (12002) - 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. There’s 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. I’ve 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 (5758) - 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 (1512) - 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.