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Struise Black Damnation VII - Single Black

Struise Black Damnation VII - Single Black
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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Low Alcohol
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 60   ABV: 2%
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After providing 6 Black Damnations with a very high ABV, we thought time has come to launch a more drinkable dwarf...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3019) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
After the Double Black, the other extreme in this remarkable series of experiments. Basically a table stout, but a very complex one, with thick, beige head and equally black colour. Aroma of cold coffee, ashes, charcoal, dates, chocolate, burnt grains, liquorice. Light but oily and velvety mouthfeel, very rich and strong taste and remarkable amount of body in comparison with the low strength (though inevitably a lot thinner than the other Black Damnations), malty, increasing roasted bitterness towards the end, long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kappldav123 (5369) - GERMANY - JUN 20, 2013
On tap at CBC 2012. Bier in the glass deep black, small head. Mild-malty aroma. Starts mild-malty, a bit moldy-old. Finish dry-malty, a bit washy. Okay, but not more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (2488) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2013
Sample at ’het Schooltje’ Oostvleteren. I always imagine that the quality of the beer deteriorates a little because it’s kept for a longer time in the ’tap trailer’. Though amazing idea! Appearance: pitch black beer, big stable beige head. Nose: Coffee, somewhat smoked, chocolate. Taste: very watery start, chocolate finish, but rather watery. But still a very strong aftertaste, especially for it’s alcohol! I enjoyed drinking this beer a lot, it’s watery, but still has the taste of a decent stout. Though, you get tired of it rather quick, it loses it’s taste. Nice idea from Struise to put this ’ice water’ on TAP.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
On tap at Monk’s, side-by-side with the double black. Very dark appearance, opaque, with a small tan head. Next to the double black, certainly a little thinner in appearance. The aroma is light cocoa and chocolate. Surprisingly robust chocolate and cocoa; lightly sweet, but very flavorful. Verging on thin, obviously drinkable. Pretty enjoyable, and a refreshing departure from the average high-gravity beers that are the norm. [1103]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
NikkTwist (1913) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Draft at Monks. Missed this before. Opaque brown pour. Small tan head. Looks dark but tastes watery. Complex stout flavors but well watered down. Too much so to recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Had on draft at the Struise schoolhouse. My first beer in the style and I have to admit I was dreading even trying a low alcohol beer. This has been a pleasant surprise. The pour is very black with a small tan head. Nose has some chocolate, coffee and fruit. The taste is sweet with a lite bitter but has some amazing depth for a beer so low in alcohol. The mouthfeel is clean, the body is light but still has a good presence for a light beer and the finish is long. Impressive beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (5567) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On draft at Max’s 9th Annual Belgian Fest. Pours a nearly opaque, deep brown with some creamy, beige head. Nutty, coffee aroma, but mostly just coffee. Flavor is light malt, nuts, coffee. Thin finish, like watered down coffee. Zero mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11958) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Draft. Creamy large tan head atop black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, Belgian yeast, light anise. Taste is medium sweet, roast, some coffee, light milk chocolate. Slightly watery light body. Impressive attempt at a low alcohol stout, and it’s possible that it can’t be done better. But that doesn’t mean that I like it -- it’s simply too thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4129) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Tap. Pours opaque black with average, creamy beige head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is light roasted malt, plums, raisins, faint woody and earthy notes. Flavor is light roast malt, leather, dark fruit esters, light oak, and faint earthy hops; dry finish. Light body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10607) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear black with a frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is light roast and chocolate malt with earthy hops and prune esters. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

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