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Struise Black Damnation XI - Special K

Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 660   ABV: 22%
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A blend of Kate The Great (10.79% ABV) and Black Albert (13% ABV), brewed by master brewer Todd Mott of the Portsmouth Brewery in USA and Urbain Coutteau of Struise. This time our beer was fractionally frozen to -15 ° C over a period of 20 days. This method allows the water which is present in beer, slowly but surely to be separated from the alcohol, and allowing the volume % to rise. Another Eisbock process but modified a la Struise, still allows the result to be called beer. "Special K" has previously been aged 10 months in Noval Port barrels before undergoing the Eisbock process.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4924) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
bottle with friends, many thanks bros. pours murky dark brown with a small light beige head showing minimal retention and lacing, acknowledging it is clocking at 22%. peppery and slightly perfumey booze, very warming (duh), burnt caramel, vinous and liquorous, slightly ashy, hint of metal, acrid coffee berries. light to low carbonation, medium to full body, sticky, boozy and peppery-piney finish. interesting experiment.. result is a-o-k.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2147) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Pours jet black with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of apples, fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, coffee. Taste is of extreme alcohol, very ashy, roasted malt, coffee. Palate: Full bodied. Light carbonation. Overall: Good, but not really awesome. Maybe a bit too much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (3592) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting. Oily black pour, no head. Aroma is really rich, volatile alcohol carries tons of chocolate, fudge, light winey aromas, port, roasted grain, thick caramel. Taste is rich, boozy, intense mouth coating chocolate and port flavors, roasty bitter finish, very very rich. Palate is mouth warming and coating with still a bit of carbonation. Delicious stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3253) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Side by side with Kabert. Thanks to Evan for this one! Deep black with a small beige head and little alcohol legs. Aroma is of port with the expected alcohol presence, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits and hints of liquorice. Taste is of dark chocolate at first followed by port and light acidic notes along roasted malt, alcohol warmth and molasses. Ful bodied. Moderate carbonation. Liquorous. Long lasting warming finish, but not burning. Rich and so complex. Balance and "drinkability" are amazing too considering the abv. I was expecting a tiny bit more considering how good were Double Black and Kabert when I had them a few months ago, but this is still a world class RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1660) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Pours a dark brown with no head, no lacing. Maybe reddish brown after all. Nose is of alcohol and port, pretty intense. Taste is ash-y but not necessarily in a bad way (I know this sounds strange), chocolate and slight peppers. It is also really hot but not burning. Body is full and carbonation moderate, feeling liquorous. This was pretty intense but still really good and I’m glad to have had the opportunity!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
In short: A monster big dark ale that
How: From a 750ml bottle at Drunk Monk, Mataró, Spain.
The look: Very dark burgundy body (near black) with no head to speak of.
In long: Nose is rich malts with a certain fruitiness reminiscent of port wine. I ordered this beer almost out of morbid curiosity, because Drunk Monk was selling decent size 4oz samples from the bottle so I could try it without having to subject myself to a 750ml of a supposedly 22% brew. This is a monster big dark ale that tastes a bit like some kind of malted port wine (if that makes any sense). It offers plenty of flavors, rich fruitiness, mollasses, wet tobacco, etc. I don’t think I could enjoy a full bottle all the way through, but I sure enjoyed my 4oz sample. Named after a breakfast cereals that was engineered to provide an alternative to customers who didn’t want the deafening snap crackle and pop of the Rice Crispies.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2737) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
Another collaboration in the Black Damnation series and another one frozen to enormous strength, tasted at the OBER Kerstbierfestival in 2011. Very creamy, deep beige, dense head, remarkable stable in relation to the alcohol, colour black, very thick, motor oil-like consistency. Very concentrated, ’piquant’ aroma, more of a beer essence, roasted, smoky, coffee-like, baker’s chocolate, dates, raisins, leather, soy sauce, sherry, old port wine, old madera, tobacco... Very thick and dense taste, extremely heavy, oily mouthfeel, syrupy, complex and very concentrated, sharp, finishing in a very long, thick, smoky and roasted bitter ending. Though a little bit less strong than the Double Black, I found this one to be even more challenging and demanding, with a thicker consistency. Just a little bit too much, perhaps.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
b79turner (237) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2013 750ml bottle, corked and red wax sealed. Pours jet black with a small tan head. Nose is port wine, huge rich malt profile, port brandy and grape really dominate the smell. There is some oak here too. Taste is incredibly rich! Fortunately I split this bottle with 2 other guys, 2 small glasses is plenty! Strong beer, a fair amount of burn, but not bad for 22%. Highly recommended if you can find it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (5812) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle shared at Franks, courtesy of CallmeMickey - huge thanks Ryan! Pours a super pitch black body with nice, thick rich chocolate brown head. Aroma is molasses, rich port, chocolate, and cake. Mouthfeel is super rich and full with notes of bouron, chocolate, caramel toffee, dark fruit, and finishes with a warming oaky character. Would have never guessed the strength of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3570) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle compliments of Ryan at Franks. Pours pitch balck with medium head. Nose of toffee, fig, mollases, port and chocolate. 22% is somewhat approachable. Flavors were super rich with warming booze, caramel, licorice, and dark fruits. Long lasting finish. Wow, this beer kicks your dick in the dirt alright.

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