deyholla (7157) - 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 (3880) - 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 í11, 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 thatís 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 hersheyís 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 (290) - 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 donít know how the do it.
M - They are geniusís!! 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 (11854) - 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 (5759) - 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 (1473) - 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 (286) - 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.