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


on tap


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 660   ABV: 22%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4251) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Pitch black body. Thin dark khaki head. Nose is roasted with brown sugar, molasses, caramel, chocolate, and booze. Not getting much in the way of port barrel here. Flavor is similar with caramel, roast, and chocolate taking center stage. The port barrel (dark fruits and oak) starts to show a bit. Big, thick, and slightly boozy on the tongue. Lingering roasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks a ton, Blake! Huge want that I considered unrealistic, assuming I probably wouldn’t see it. Label and wax have seen better days; apparently another beer in the box blew and made this bottle less pretty. Pours a deep, midnight brown with a small dark tan head; not as dark as the BDV but still wicked. Aroma of molasses, roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, oak, and brown sugar. Jumps out of the glass. Flavor of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, rich, roasted malts, more dark fruit than the nose (picking up more of the Port in the flavor), and some earthiness from the Belgian yeast, which is more apparent here than in the BDV, as well. Sweet throughout. Full-bodied, with a sweet, rich, boozy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Loved this one. 22% ABV is pretty mellow, especially compared to the 26% of the BDV. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1547) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle thanks to Blake, awesome! Pour is Pure black with a small ring of tan foam. Aroma is loaded with rich rosted malt, loads of creamy malt, dark chocolate, and cocoa. Oh my! Flavor is so rich with loads of rasted malt, Belgian yeast notes, light alcohol notes, and Chocolate milk. I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (6144) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2012
enjoyed a 75 cl bottle with gEUS and dennoman in a fabolous tasting including dark lord, zombie dust, geuze (15 yearn vintage ) and more great stuff. lets just admit this once and for all. i’m not the biggest kabert fan. but i am a fan of the damnation series, so one one hand i was very very intrested in this one, but i had a bit of fear that if you make a kabert more pure, im gonna like it even less...so i’ve put them together to taste the diffrence even better. the problem was ( the glass, the bottle? ) that 2 of 3 glasses of the same bottle kabert, tasted more ’metallic’ than the other one. including mine. was this also the case the first time i drank kabert? i dont know, but still, not the biggest fan. the special kay on the other hand, was better than expected. as in all the damnation series, as in kabert itself, this beer is pure black, the foam is there in small amounts, and is ’darker white’ the scent kinda hits you in the face. more smell than the other damnations so far ( maybe double black is more, havent opened that one.. ) the taste is way more complex than i’d expected. i was expecting just a pure version of kabert, but this has been aging a little more on barrels, though i normale cant pronounce these tastes, i definetley did here (i think? ) its thick , but not as thisck as i thought . the alcohol ( beeing 22 percent, the heaviest in beer i drank so far ! ) was hidden very well, and even after the tasting, i didnt feel like it had been so much. that, lads and gents, is a good point. cause you can perfectley enjoy this bottle with 3 withoud it beeing to much . I definetley enjoyed this more than the kabert , and i’d say its the third best ( maybe even second, sory black mes ) damnation i drank so far... to bad for its high price and rarity ( i hear 400 bottles, does somebody know if thats true?? ) very much thanx to dennoman for sharing this ’ tasting winner’ ( he knew i wanted this one for a very long time) i owe you mate ! btw : i heard from different persons that this is way better on bottle than on draft. i never had the pleasure of drinking this on draft, but if you did, and did not like it, dont give up on this one just yet !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2841) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2012
Tap @ CBC. Black body with a creamy small light brown head. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla. Flavor is light bitter, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle purchased with GT2 and oteyj. Rich brownie color with a brown bubbly head. Boozy molasses, chocolate ganache, rich brownie, sweet vanilla, crazy rich. Just superb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (7460) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2012
750ml bottle pours an oily black with zero head. Looks like soy sauce. Nose is boozy, coffee liqueur, apples, toasted bread, prunes, toffee. Flavor is straight booze, sweet brown sugar, coffee liqueur, soy, coffee beans. Full bodied (duh) hot finish. Heart burn city.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18521) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
Tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Pours black with a thick, beige cream head. Like topping. Nose holds musty cocoa, earth and roast. Medium sweet with lots of dirt, earth, some dark fruits, some baking cocoa. Very mellow considering the ABV. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mild warming finish with earth, raisins, cocoa. Nice, and inordinately mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2012
Tap at CBC ´12..... It pours jet black with a thick creamy tan head..... The aroma is dark fruits, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate....The flavor is dark fruits, roasted malt and licorice......very nice....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rvdoorn (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
Picked up some bottles for myself and some fellow BAs in the struise shop in Brugge some time ago. Only between 300 and 400 bottles are made of this one. Look: the beer pours a deeep black color, with a dark espresso brown thick head. Smell: coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits and fruity port notes. Taste: Dark fruits, freshly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak port notes. A bit spicy, warming alcoholic aftertaste. There is incredibly much going on in this one. Mouthfeel: Thick creamy body with low but perfect carbonation Overall: This beer is extremely well made. Right now, still a bit sharp/spicy, however, age will do this one very well and will surely make it a true worldclass beer! Can wait to open one of my other bottles in the future!

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