77ships (10455) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to Beerlover_Ben. Lightly red hue, very dark brown / black. Lovely smell, sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla oak, faint hops, milk chocolate. Taste is faintly bitter mocha, sweet coffee, touch molasses, faint hops in the back but clearly there, lovely, very interesting, vanilla oak, light bourbon in the finish, sweet coffee. Lower carb. Very easy to drink. Wasn’t expecting too much from this one & I was wrong, this was really good, even more since I felt that the other new Black Albert based beers which recently came out weren’t on par with the first batch. I have never had the first batch of this one, all I can say is that this one was really lovely. gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2013
I had both the bottled version and the draft version at the Schooltje. Whereas the draft version is softer and smoother, the bottled version has more outspoken notes; both were excellent (review holds the bottled version). Pours deep black with a massive marroon brown/dark beige head. Beautiful how the head builds up from within the beer, incredible thick lacing. Aroma unveils rich coffee notes on the fresh and fruity side a bit more than the roasty and green side. Aromas of vanilla and liquorice as well. Outspoken and complex. Body is typically Struise: massively rich and full with a marvelous balance between the roasty malt characteristics and fruity hopiness, making this a flavour bomb... with a surprising finish and aftertaste of - I shit you not - orange peel and "orangettes" (confit orange peel covered in bittersweet dark chocolate). Drinks away dangerously easy... SimonBeer (113) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2014 (Drinking date: 20 February 2014) (Black Damnation Eight. Vintage 2012, alc. 12%.) Pitchblack colour, no light comes through it. Very small layer of creamy beige foam. Lovely sweet aroma of alcohol, vanilla, coffee, ripe dark fruits (figs and plums) and milk chocolate. I expected the aroma to be a bit more powerfull, that would have been better. The taste is exactly what I love: sweet and bitter, the aftertaste is coffee. The beer starts sweet, with a sweetness of sugar, ripe dark fruits and alcohol. Then the bitterness of coffee and pure chocolate comes through, you really taste coffee. The beer leaves a coffee-bitter taste in your mouth. The mouthfeel is perfect. Flat to medium carbonation, and really lovely thick in the mouth. The beer is really ?warm? in the mouth and throath, which stays for a time. The alcohol causes that. So overall, I am really enjoying this beer. Unfortunately this beer was 25 euro for a bottle of 0,75 litres, otherwise I bought a hundred bottles. This is one of the best beers I have ever had. With a bit more powerfull aroma this beer would have been perfect. But now, it?s close to perfection. That?s why it gets the total score of 4.6! Christos (5862) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle 750ml at home, into a big tulip glass. ABV 12%
Looks impressive with its almot totally black coloured body, its shades of ruby red where the light manages to pass through and with its tall and thick brown head. Really good retention too, it never actually collapses, but it persists in the form of a thick layer of foam on the beer’s surface. Heavy lace that creates a dark brown wall around the glass.
Aroma of chocolate, hops, light vanilla, booze, dark roasted malts, some smoke too, all nicely blended together.
Wow, what a great taste! Lots of whiskey notes, vanilla, alcohol that intensifies all the flavours, roasted malts towards the finish, plenty of wood, hops struggling to surface, really great!
Full thick body, carbonation on the right levels, good dryness on the palate, smooth and silky texture.
Not much to say about this beer, a total must! DwarfeD (3540) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2014
75cl bottle at home from ’t Drankenhuys. Very dark brown with a tiny off-white head. Full body with low carbonation. Sweet and boozy with bitter tones. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, yeast, vanilla, some dark fruits, little bit of grapefruit, spices, licorice, raisin and bourbon. A very rich full bodied brew, which is quite awesome!
ST247 (494) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
On tap @Het Oude Schooltje. Pours black with light brown foam. Aroma is dark malt, light bitterness, little alcoholic. Taste is roasted malts, bit sweet. Lowenbrau (4512) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 19, 2016
75cl bottle @Kraken, Oviedo. 15-03-2015.Maarten1993 (1329) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2014
Pours black with nice frothy tan head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Roasty, nuts, spicy and wood nose. Full bodied, soft carbonation, viscous texture. Taste is smooth, bitter, roasty, licorice, nuts, spicy. Quite robust and extremely enjoyable.
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Drank with Thijs at Sophie’s birthday 16-2-2014. Great beer. Typical dark. Complex taste. No weak points. Great! kraddel (8615) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2013
Pours black , good white foam . Smell aint intense , bitter .
big mouthfeel, combined with a bitter enter and back , realy intresting !
Lads and gents , THIS is how a black ipa should be like ! hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Roast, chocolate, some earth / woodiness, and dark fruits. Alcohol hidden with a smooth body. Softer but I enjoyed it.