fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#1000. Huge thanks to Eric for sharing this at DLD. Wow. What an impressive beer. Pours pitch black with little to no head. Aroma is dense molasses and coffee. Aroma was nice, but I would have thought it would have more punch. Thick or heavy mouthfeel would be an understatement for this brew. I swear this stuff is thicker than the thickest pancake syrup I’ve ever had. I had to chew each sip like I was eating more than drinking. Taste was more molasses and coffee, char, has a subtle sweetness, a touch of anise, and finishes with a touch of alcohol. Not nearly what I would have expected. I would have thought it would have had more alcohol to it. Its really well hidden. A real treat and a standout brew at DLD this year. Thanks!
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.
Pitch black and opaque with a half finger mocha head that quickly settles into thin, lasting ring. Spotty lace left behind.
Smells like a boozy artisan chocolate bar. Strong ethanol with chocolate malt, subtle roasted coffee and oatmeal. Alcohol overpowers everything until it warms up considerably.
Viscous medium body with a blast of intense spicy bourbon heat. Huge alcohol presence although there is a decent barrel character. Dry oak, vanilla and tons of bourbon. It’s just insanely hot and rough to drink. 5oz is almost too much. As it warms, the malt character starts to show with a nice balance of sweetness and roast. Sweet vinous fruit, burnt coffee, ash, charcoal, dark chocolate and toffee but the bourbon and booze are really intense. Lots of heat and warmth in the chest.
RobertDale (4550) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours black with a very small brown head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, wood, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, barrel, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of coffee. WOW! Packs a punch.
visionthing (3887) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a big bottle at Grünerløkka brygghus, Oslo. Wow, that dark and oily. Really the used motor oil look without any traces of head. Intense roasty aroma dominated by dark chocolate, notes of coffee, cocoa, caramel and some wood and alcohol. Sweet, but surprisingly balanced and just delicious liquid dessert. Certainly a beer to enjoy in moderation, alcohol content is more in the liqueur range, and it does remind me a bit of a good one. Full body, warming alcohol and no traces of carbonation. Just delicious!
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pour at struise
cocoa, boozy, soy, paper, wood, cooffe, slick, sweet, warming but not boozy, black cherry, fruity, muscavado sugar, alcohol comes through in finish. rounded.
Tsekouratos (560) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - AUG 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Etre Gourmet. Pitch black with no head at all! Aromas of chocolate, liquorice, alcohol, bourbon. Taste is sweet with chocolate, bourbon and vanilla on the front, followed by booziness, liquorice. Full body with light to now carbonation, which, compared to the high abv, makes it a really difficult sipper. Still, amazing!!
gunnfryd (13341) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grunerløkka . Black colour with no head. Flavour is alcohol, fruit, dried fruits, coffee, licorice, bourbon. Full body. Boozy but also a very nice beer.
PauloAG (251) - BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours black with thin brown head that quickly dissipates. Dark chocolate, ristretto, dark fruits, dark caramel. Really sweet reminding a tawny port. Thick oiley mouthfeel. To be served as digestive with, after a nice dinner. Really outstanding.
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Black brown with tan suds. Nose is dark chocolate, caramel, coffee and dark fruit with hints of bourbon. Sticky medium to full body a bit chalky with surprisingly lively carb. Taste is dark chocolate, prune, some smoke, espresso and molasses. Tangy chunks. Super buzzing.
CraftBeerNick (1412) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750cl Bottle, split two ways, with the Beast, interchanged with Cuvée St Gilloise as a relief and palate cleanser. 19th June 15. Pours deepest dark brown, thick as engine oil, literally. Nose is liquorice, booze, chocolate, some banana, caramel, molasses. Taste is massive, to start, liquorice, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, some booze evident, but not 26%. Palate is so rich and decadent, tongue coating, this is a imperial stout liquor, liquid chocolate, bourbon, desert. Second glass, gives less liquorice, more caramel, slightly more mellow, more banana, so rich and fatty. Excellent and quite a beer. One to fear as it lingers in the bottle, a great experience, but I now look forward to the rest of the Black Damnation series I have. A one off experience
zinneke (152) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
New batch released in 75cl. Served at about 10°C, very boozy nose (more than i remembered from at schooltje, maybe served too cold there), Oak, chocolate, licorice, coffee, chocolate cake, roasted/toasted/nutty, i think i could go on for hours.... Very thick mouthfeel, a tad too bitter for me, but very nice long aftertaste. Yes it is 26%, and it is ridiculousely expensif, but yes i bought one, and it was quite an experience.. But a bit over the top for me. Time to drink a decent pilsner!