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


on tap


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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
The Black Damnation series is a dark twist of Urban’s mind. His idea is to realize a dozen beers with the use of Black Albert, and over a period of two years, that are as black as hell, filthy rich in the nose and with a massive taste.

Black Damnation IV was made with Black Albert that aged for 6 months on very old rum barrels.

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17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Draft. Delicious! There’s my old friend Black Albert! I love that guy. Smells basically identical to Black Albert with a fantastic dry coffee note that is strong but fits in nicely with the sweet roasty fruity aromas of regular BA. Had no idea this was aged in rum barrels, so maybe that’s a good thing that it was that subtle. Flavor follows, however the coffee takes a little more of a lead than it did in the flavor, basically fantastic BA with a moderately strong, and quality, coffee flavor, I like this marriage a lot. Supremely drinkable, probably be a 5 in palate again if this weren’t served on draft and a bit too cold. Although, I’m not sure the bottle conditioning would do the coffee all that well so flavor wise it’s probably best on draft. Well done! perhaps my favorite iteration/take on Black Albert of the bunch.

mjs (7768) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2010
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Kulminator) The beer poured black. Its head was large and brown. Aroma had coffee, oatmeal like sourness and roastedness. Palate was full bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were roastedness, coffee, malts, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste had roastedness and coffee. I couldn’t spot the barrel flavours at all. Deserver a re-rate if I ever have a chance.

Marko (6275) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 23, 2010
Courtesy of and shared with ogivlado (thanks!)
Poured a black body, brownish thick head that went away slow. Raw ground coffee nose, hints of... frozen food? hard to explain, thawing ice maybe, a particular aroma. The taste is pretty much the same, the strong coffee notes, like ground Franck espresso (not that this descriptor will mean anything to a huge majority of people here), sliightly "stale" but not in a bad way. Some alcohol, bitter chocolate too. Lacks some complexity and didn’t impress me as much as the original did. Ah well.

badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Black with a thin brown head. Coffee chocolate and that chile aroma that sometimes accompanies coffee beers. Tastes of chile chocolate vanilla and subtle rum with a warming finish. Coffee grounds taste linger in the back of the throat.

anders37 (27577) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2010
Botle @ Chris O. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty coffee and chocolate flavor with hints of rum and some weak hints of coconut. Has a roasted malty coffee finish with hints of rum barrel.

tiong (7739) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2010
330ml bottle from Bierkompass

Pours pitch black with beautiful, huge and sticky beige head. Aroma is woody and roasty. Same elements dominate the taste, but it also has hints of rum and coffee. Alcohol and sweetness are well hidden. Great and well balanced beer.

Nisse666 (8153) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2010
Bottle from Bierkompass.de cons 2010-12-16 Göteborg AR: heavly roasted coffee, tobaco and vanilla tones AP: pitch black with black tones, 6 cm?! high compact stouty dark beige long lasting head = 5 F: havey bitterness, hard rosted coffey, bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak barrell, rich body, long and lasting bitterness, wee tropical fruits - mango!

Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle. Let me preface this by saying coffee stout is probably my favorite style so i was pretty let down here. Pours a nice rich black body with a coffee like tan head and okay retention. Strong vinous etoh latent notes with a mild dusty coffee tone. The problem is the coffee character is not right, its totally oxidized and diminished and is reminiscent of green bell peppers. I really hardly get coffee at all just peppers. A drinkable mess.

danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Served from a 33 cL bottle from the Struise Yeast Store. The appearance is a beautiful chocolaty brown black with a huge foamy brown head. The aromas are amazing roasty mocha, and coffee, heavy roast malts. Great nose. The flavors follow up perfectly to the nose. A great heavy roasted coffee, great darker chocolate, oak barrels, the rum is present but a more subtle note they a usual BA beer. There is such a great full roasted whole coffee bean in the brew that it’s hard to believe there isn’t major coffee additions, or maybe the Black Albert is more coffee forward then I remember. I’m also loving the tone on the rum, it is very molasses and mildly spiced. The mouth is full bodied, slightly chalky, with a heavy carbonation. Wow a beautifully done beer! I’m even more sad my 2nd bottle broke in shipment. Maybe they’ll have more come my next order.

Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2010
Bottle shared by plovmand, thanks! :) Pours pitch black with a light brown head and beautiful lacings. Aroma is dominated by fresh non-roasted coffee beans mixed with roasted coffee, dirt and somewhat rum like notes. Flavour has a lot of the same notes, but it way more smooth than expected, the coffee notes appears even stronger along with tobacco, caramel and vanilla.

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