Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
Had on tap at the armsby abbey stoutfest, slight smokyness, a little of the oily characters of coal ila shine though, mild, delicious beer! douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2011
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pure a jet black with a large mocha head. A sweet dark fruit nose, ash. The flavor; huge sweet and smoky flavors, woody, whiskey, vanilla, roast, a heavy metallic roast, complex and wonderful. A distinctly dry and smoky whiskey flavor. Awesome. Warm. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
33cl bottle received in a recent trade with PALMEJ1. Thanks again Jacob!
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Nice smokey aroma with a good balance of sweet and roasted malt as well as some dark fruit and earthy whiskey barrel. At first there is a very roasted malt character with hints of toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean but it doesn’t smell burnt or acrid. As it warms, the barrel character becomes more prominent with hints of toasty oak, peaty scotch whiskey, faint vanilla and possibly some licorice.
Chewy full body with some tight carbonation and a bone dry, extremely roasted dark malt flavor. Lots of smokey toasted character with hints of bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, burnt toast, deeply roasted, almost burnt espresso bean and a very prominent smokey peat barrel character. Plenty of dry toasted oak accompanying the prominent dry, smokey peat flavor. As it warms, the sweeter notes become more evident with subtle hints of dark fruit as well as some boozy whiskey. Although the beer has a boozy flavor, there is hardly any heat or warmth to speak of. The ABV is very well masked and although this beer is very smoky, roasted and somewhat acrid, it’s actually very quaffable.
Overall, this was an interesting take on the Black Albert/Damnation series. The single malt scotch barrel aging is very unique and adds a good amount of smokey peat without killing the base beer. It’s a bit one dimensional and heavy on the roasted, almost acrid side but I still really liked it. If you like Islay single malt scotch and or roasted, smokey stouts then this beer is for you. Habanero (4911) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - APR 8, 2011
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a brown glow and a large tan head. Nose of roasted malt, dark choclate and coffee. Sweet flavour with coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, dried, liquorice and dark dried fruit and whiskey notes. Flat carbonation. Oily texture. Full bodied. Ends up with some malt bitterness and alcohol notes. Very enjoyable but could gain with a little more storage.
. dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2011
Tap at Belmont Station. Black pour, thick and oily, with a thin tan head. Chocolate, whiskey, peat and oak all popping through in the aroma. More chocolate in the taste with vanilla oakiness and whiskey cutting through the sweetness. The whiskey keeps this from getting too sweet and makes it a bit crisper than other versions. Awesome brew.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2011
11.2oz bottle courtesy of madmitch76. thanks, ken! pours an oily, slick black with a thick, creamy, dark khaki head with great retention and thick sheets of lace. aroma is awesome with huge, in-your-face, whiskey, cedar wood, and dark chocolate but as it warms notes of roasted malts, mocha coffee, charcoal, and toffee emerge along with subtle notes of topsoil and peat. flavor is deliciously intense with big notes of smokey, peat whiskey, roasted malts, and black coffee up front backed by dark chocolate, hints of tart, vinous fruits, and charred leather with a touch of hazelnut and quinine on the back end. palate is rich, smooth, and well cabonated with a long, bittersweet, smokey and roasted finish. overall, another fantastic edition of the black damnation series. kermis (14958) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2011
On draft at Kulminator. Another fantastic imperial stout from the series and a rare treat finding it on tap. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours dark black with about a finger of tan head. The head rises about a finger but is gone is pretty quickly. The lacing is light.
The aroma is on the lighter side. The malts come throught at first with chocolate. It finishes with a distinct scotch alcohol.
The taste is strong and overpowering with the scotch. You get a little black coffee but its just dominated by the alcohol. I’m not a big scotch person so its not for me. If you like scotch you would love this beer. emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Pours a dark inky black with chestnut edges and a rim of mocha brown head. Nose is straight up black cherry, hints of alcohol and wood, fruity, mild sweetness. Flavor is richer and darker than the nose, bakers chocolate and spent espresso grounds, cherry skins and a mild sweetness, mild hop astringency. Palate is warm and sharp, roasty and bitter. Peat and scotch show with some warmth. DSG (15403) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2014 Re-rate 2/14: Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks Tom L. Black with a beautiful brown head. Aroma of roastiness, chocolate, coffee and some whiskey. Bittersweet and alcoholic flavor with a burnt bitter finish. Full-bodied. Very good. 7/5/7/4/15=3.8
[3/5/11] Draught at Kulminator in Antwerp. Black with a brown head. Aroma of burnt coffee and some smoked wood. Burnt bittersweet flavor with coffee, alcohol and some molasses notes. Full-bodied. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6