Foffern (1879) - Bodø, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle at Delirium Cafè, Brussels. Pours a black colour with a medium coffee-like and brown head. An amazing roasted aroma with burned wood, camp fire, coal and dark chocolate. This continues in the mouth with the addition of dried fruit, berries, dark wood, wonderdul dark chocolate and lots of dark coffee. Has an oily mouthfeel, and a medium bitterness. One of the most complex and delicious beer I’ve ever tried. Very balanced with a great roasted touch. Abio (1869) - BERMUDA - MAY 21, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2014 Bottle. Almost pitch black, very small head, brown, holds good. Roasted smell of coffee, chocolate, mokka, red fruits and spices. Could be some more carbonation for me, a bit to flat, costs points... Heavy roasted taste like the smell, lots and lots of coffee. Biterness comes in at the end, and holds very long. Good brew, wished it had some more gas inside, cause this causes some points at the appearance and taste. After retasting a couple of times I only could at some more points. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Lot B with a best by of September 2015. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good for a beer this big and a very short ring of lacing is left. Some yeasties throughout with a higher concentration on the bottom.
5.0 S: Well damn, this smells fan-fucking-tastic, which is a surprise since I’m not much of a fan of Black Albert or Cuvee Delphine. Foremost, this is dripping with molasses and caramel and nearly as much chocolate. Solid, yet smooth roastiness. Coffee is found after all these other flavors, but still contributes well. Brown sugar, dates, and maybe some raisins underneath. There’s just the slightest hint of the barrel from Delphine, but I probably wouldn’t notice it if I didn’t know it was in there. Quite sweet as well. I hope it tastes as rich as it smells.
4.0 T: Not bad. Definitely an improvement over Albert. Much earthier than the nose suggests. Indeed, it tastes a hell of a lot different than the nose. The barreling comes out a lot stronger. Leather, oak, mineral, and vanilla all stick out. Tangy roastiness with big earth notes. Still plenty of chocolate, but less caramel and molasses. More raisin and dates. Moderate espresso influence. A lot less sweet than the nose as well.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess in this. Mouthfeel is almost as good as the nose.
3.5 D: The taste was a borderline 3.5, so I have to dock this a bit overall. Still, quite enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-30-2012 23:41:25 mmahut (1859) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 24, 2013
Pours in ultimately dark body with creamy beige head. Aroma is smoky, sweet of candy sugar and licorice, almost like wood ashes, loaded with coffee. Taste is bitter in front with sweet tail at the end, complex flavours are little bit masques by the bitterness, sadly. Body is full, creamy, well carbonation. Great beer. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2011
A-pours a jet black liquid with tons of creamy mocha colored head and lingers for a bit.
S-the nose is roasted coffee, slightly burnt, light notes of ash with some bourbon and wood undertones. dark plums in the back and a little sugary.
T-the taste is more expressive than the nose. roasted malts and dark chocolate with notes of espresso and a faint bourbon and wood flavor underneath. the plums are very faint in the back and it is less so than the nose.
M-fuller body and very creamy on the palate. nicely carbonated with a good slightly dry finish.
D-this beer is very nice, a nice balance or roasted malt flavors and some sweetness in the back. the barrel components are quite light but they are faintly detectable.
Dazz3 (1798) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2011
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a huge lightbrown head. Smells smokey chocolate. Coffee, chocolate nutty taste with nutty chocolate finish. BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Bottle from local shop popped right after an infected BD3: Black Mes. This one is another gusher. Pours pitch black with a small mocha colored head into my mini snifter. A somewhat metallic aroma with cardboard, roasty chocolate, and, yes, more sour apple as in the Black Mes. Ffffck this. Flavor is sour apple cardboard with no trace of coffee, and maybe just a hint of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with lowish carbonation but on the thinner side relative to what was expected. This seems both infected with bacteria and a good bit oxidized. Complete garbage. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle, Pours black, with a large, light brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, and bourbon. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit, bourbon, and. alcohol. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2010
The first of the Black Damnation series I’ve tried. This pours pitch black with a thick long-lasting creamy tan head. If there’s a better looking Imperial Stout I’d like to see it. Thin sheets of lacing coat the glass after each sip before falling back down. The aroma shows roasted espresso, milk chocolate, some ripe dark fruit burried in there, and a touch of caramel. The coffee is no doubt strong in the flavor standing way out along with dark chocolate. But this is really slick going down for such a big beer. That’s not suprising as Black Albert is the same way. A bit of charred wood and sweet toasted caramel join in with some soft bourbon finishing it off. Something in there is just throwing this off a tad for me and I can’t really figure it out. Perhaps the roast isn’t matching the sweetness of the beer but regardless it’s pretty minor. Overall this isn’t as complex as it sounds but still very good. It’s incredible to me how easy drinking Struise can make 12%. This glides along without any effort at all and I find myself quickly reaching for another sip. Heck, my wife, who hates most Imperial Stouts I hand her, even thought this one was good. aleksander9 (1726) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2014
Black with almost red head. Aroma is red berry, wild yeast, port, chocolate and some coffee. Rich and creamy palate. Aftertaste is fruity, oak, brett, floral, belgian spicy yeast and chocolate finish. Overall: excellent. Really nice!