TBone (17996) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2010
Bottled (BB 03/2015)yngwie (17168) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
Thanks Pat for buying this for me. Opaque black color, big cloudy brown head. Strong nose has dark roasted aromas, coffee, licorice, bourbon and cellary notes. Medium-bodied (thinner than expected). Lots of whisky-bourbon in the flavor, alcohol. Sticky. Licorice, peat, burnt malts, same cellary notes than in the aroma. Lingering roastyness in the aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Quite typical whisky barrel aged brew - original Black Albert is better.
Bottle. A black one, topped by a two-finger light tan head. Licorice, dark chocolate, some cofefee, a touch of dark dried fruits, some alcohol and a faint note of mocha in the aroma. The flavor has pretty much the same elements, with more focus on sweetness and mocha, finishing with chocolate and coffee. Maybe, just maybe, it would be nice with some citrusy hops. Full body, a bit flat on the carbonation, but still smooth. Overall, a quite nice one, but I don’t think it’s world class. 120107 jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Bottle thanks to Cletus. Pours jet black with almost no head. Nose is hickory smoke, chocolate, oak and roasted malts. Taste is mesquite bbq smoke, bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee and roasted malts. Hearty stout. FatPhil (16896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2017 330ml bottle (Tuulensuu, Tampere) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Rich roasty aroma, gentle bacon component. Bacon really takes over in the taste, this is just full of smoky bacon. Smooth sweet palate, decent carbonation lightens the heaviness of the roast. Huge roast, but no astringency. Not quite up to the stunning Black Albert level, but a magical mellow super-rich stout. Not saying 13% at all.
Rerate: Tap (SBWF2012) (6:5:6:3:11=3.1)
Odd aroma, good dark roast, but some sour and bitter bite. Taste is apple seed bitterness. Metallic, a mess. A ruined Black Albert - don’t do that please.
Rerate: 750ml bottle (Overpriced Black Purgatory, Koht, Tallinn) (7:4:7:4:13+=3.5+)
Before the details for this particular one, here's the prototype for all the Black Damnations in the series: (7:4:7:4:13=3.5) Very rich toasty roast aroma, gentle level of burntness clear, and some spirity aspects reveal that it's barrel aged, but the variety of the wood of the barrel and the spirit itself isn't so clear. Black, and a tan head that forms little more than a ring. Taste very similar to the aroma, burntish, maybe a little ashy, but not astringent. Alcohol comes over a little more, doesn't hide its strength, but it's still a moderately pleasant sipper. Overall, slightly underwhelming.
Results: XVI < XV < XII < XVII < XVIII < XIX < XXIII < XIV < XXI < XIII=XX < XXIV < XXV
Specific variation: Drier aroma, more woody. Tarrier taste, and the tar's very clear in the finish. Nice sipper, alcohol is covered decently. Later gets smoother and sweeter. Very decent, and one of the few that identifies the barrel type, while keeping it balanced.
A: The pour seems to live up to the name of the beer and looks black in the glass with a small mocha colored head.
S: There’s quite a bit of smoke and peat on the nose with plenty of roast to go with it. I don’t get too much in terms of chocolate or coffee. Maybe some vanilla, but certainly whiskey and booze are evident. There’s some rubber in there too.
T: Things don’t change much on the palate. Lots of smoke and peat along with a slight rubber flavor. Pretty roasty with the whiskey being strong. There’s a really distinct soap flavor to the beer which I don’t find very appealing.
M: The body is medium, nothing really special for an imperial stout, with a low, smooth carbonation.
D: Not as good as the other beers in the Black Damnation series, not by a long shot.
Dedollewaitor (16315) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle @ Bir und Fud Beerstore, Rome. Pours black with a small creamy beige head and lacings. Hard roasted malts, coffee and soy. Oily and stikcy. A bit of alcohol warmth. Ferris (16274) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle - Dark cocoa, smoke and wood. Jet black with a nice brown head. Dark and sweet with smoke and a long sticky finish. bhensonb (15609) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
Bottle from Bier Temple in Brussels. Pours black with a foamy dark tan head. Aromas of scotch and oak. Very thick body. Very mild carbonation. Slightly sticky; burnt malt, "scotch" and oak. No significant heat - barely detectable. Almost chewy. A smoother version than the Brewdog equivalents. Scopey (15431) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013. It pours jet black with a medium tan head. The nose is rich-roasted malt, medicinal, earth, toffee, whisky, peat and light fruitiness. The taste is roasty, coffee, toffee, toast, charcoal, whisky, warming alcohol, chocolate and medicinal notes with a dry, roasty finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Rich and indulgent. Good depth, yet still rather drinkable. Ratman197 (15208) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle poured a translucent reddish brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, peat smoke, bakers cocoa and light oak. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, peat smoke and light oak with a smooth lingering roasty peaty finish.