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Struise Black Damnation X - Double Wood
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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 4.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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After forcing fresh yeast up its throat during ages, the Black Damnation gets treated to a rest on Balvenie sherry casks.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, - AUG 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to MesandSim. Pours black, with a thick brown head. Strong boozy aroma. Malty, thick, whisky. So so smooth going down. Loved it!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Urbain shared BD 5, 6, 9, 10 next to each other. Shit man! Pour is jet black and completely opaque with a tan head and tight bubbles. The nose is huge, a fair bit of roasted malt and light peat notes, a bunch of bitter chocolate with whiskey taking over. Huge barrel component in this one extremely well done and interesting. The taste is rich and syrupy. Light earthy peat notes, some chocolate cherry syrup as whiskey again takes over and dominates behind. There is some light sour cherry, akin to sherry in there. There is a lingering roasted malt flavor that sits with the heat for a while on the palate with a full body, viscous and thick. A little heavy and chalky with a high carbonation and dry finish. Extremely complex with a lot going on, interesting take as it was intended to show more spirit qualities and does it very well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (13348) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
16th August 2011
On tap at Craft Beer. 18.0% abv bottle. Big thanks to Mes for sharing the Struise goodies yet again! Opaque black beer, small dense tan head. Suprisingly light nose. The palate is also quite light and a little soft but there is a presence to it - it’s not ephemeral. Whisky is immediately noticeable but restrained and tempered with a little fruit. Some sweet notes and then mild wood. Not picking up any sherry - more’s the pity. Finsihes semi dry and then the alcohol is noticeable but it’s not hot or spirity. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
750ml bottle courtesy of Mes, also shared with harrisoni and ndon. Holy crap this is good (bottle says 18%, not the 15% listed here). Poured like oil - thick brown/black with a decent creamy brown head - lovely, nice swirl to it. Love the aroma - Balvenie cask aging for sure, whiskey and the sweet spirits from the barrel overlay a solid nutty/coffee/dark-tart fruit hugely roasty impy - alcohol too, of course, and some green herbal bitterness. Taste follows on, maybe a tad hotter than the aroma, everything is in near-perfect balance, but as it warmed the fruit came to the fore with the barrel character - raisins, currants ... mmmmmm (8- because it also got a little hot in the finish too - a couple of years cellaring would do this wonders). Thick body, a bit boozy, decent carbonation, not all that bitter at all, but there is acidity from the tart fruit - 16/20 for what it will be, maybe even 17.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Courtesy of urbeer, thank you man! Black, dark brown head. Tons of whisky in the nose as well as the taste, with prunes, dates. Sherry is noticeable and blends well with the whisky. Delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2011
Cheers Urbain for the share of these four new beers. Couleur est dans le même style que les autres versions de la série Damnation, un noir profond des ténèbres avec une mousse fine mais crémeuse allant sur le moka. Le profile de l’alcool est épais en bouche, réchauffant tout en restant légèrement en retrait par rapport au Double Black, ce qui vu le ° reste relatif. Le malt est également épais en bouche, le tout couvert par du chocolat avec en retrait une touche du traitement dans le fût de Sherry rajoutant une fine note d’aigreur/fruitée avec le mélange du chêne. Ce qui impressionne le plus c’est le côté réchauffant de l’alcool tout en restant appréciable. En fait, on pense boire un verre de single malt tout en restant à une bière de 15%, le reste étant pur bonheur entre l’onctuosité du chocolat, café avec les délices d’une bière âgée en fût. Bref, une merveille à déguster, car c’est bien cela qu’il faut faire.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Urbain shared BD 5, 6, 9, 10 next to each other. Shit man! Oily black, thin tan cream head. Heavy alcohol in the nose, but it’s identifiable: sherry tones sting initially, some sweeter fruit and oak, and then light iodine interjects, all on top of a dry chocolate cake, the interplay astounding. Flavor blends chocolate and iodine, oily body of a whisky captured beautifully as it is balanced wonderfully with the cocoa, sherry, dates, and dark chocolate that burns with a touch of peat through the incredibly long finish. I was already confused after a day of drinking at St. Sixtus and then Struise, but this one blew me away. It’s immediately reminiscent of BCS Rare in how it captures the barrels so well. It doesn’t preserve the base beer like Rare, but it does more to defy categorization.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
Just a rim of beige on black beer. Whisky, wood, brown sugar and lots of yeast. Estery, fusels’ aromas. More whisky in the mouth, but lots of sweetness behind it, with much chocolate and malt sugars. Very alcoholwarming, slick, oily, viscous. Impressive how the different Damnations show variation in flavours.


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