Struise Black Damnation XVII - Ben

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Belgian Russian Stout-Benriach 12 years old cask B.A

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jbeatty (1267) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2018
Bottle, 2/10/2018. Bottle 53/2000. Pours black as hell, rather thin head clinging around the edge of the glass. Aroma initially hits very fruity, dark glazed berries, hint of banana, round chocolate notes through the middle, transitioning to dark coffee with touch of booze in the finish. Taste follows suit, fruit expanding in the mouth with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and licorice providing balance, barrel presence noticeable through the aftertaste but not distinct or overly distracting. Medium thick body. Not particularly distinctive but drinks well and is fairly balanced. Middle of the road entry for the series I suppose.

Raviq (123) - POLAND - JAN 20, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2018 sporo się dzieje, czuć belgijskie drożdże, fajnie łączy paloność i czekoladę z owocowymi nutami fermentacji, na finiszu intensywny i moim zdaniem nie do końca szlachetny alkohol

Pinball (12647) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2018
Celebrating new year 2018 as well as the conclusion of a pretty exciting 2017. pitch dark, smooth brown head. aroma of wood, dark dried fruits, roasted malts. quite intense, but not thick and oatsy. flavor is roasted malts, fainter dark dried fruits, fainter honey, tons of bitter wood, some charred wood, some whiskey, quite dry, not that sweet, and the woody bitterness is way big. I like it when stouts don't have tons of coconut, this one has none, good. Disregarding the price, this is a very decent imperial stout. Buy it you are curious about wood barrelling and have ample money to spend. If on a budget, you can get lots more great beer for the price of one of these bottles.

SinH4 (6931) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 10, 2017
Bottle. Black color with beige head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, vanilla, wood. Taste is chocolate, caramel, vanilla, creamy custard, wood sugar. Oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Good, but not convincing among these other bottles.

Beerhammaren (1837) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2017 . 75l bottle shared @Harry's. Pours deep dark with low tan head. Aroma is tar, smoke, whisky notes, dark malts, burned bread. Flavor is mostly same with almond liquorice. Liquorice and dark fruits. Swell and smooth!

Rask0lnikov (1609) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 2, 2017
Sample from 750ml bottle. Pours black colour. High beige head. Lots of berries (rowanberries), sourness, chocolate in the aroma. Sour, slightly smoky beginning. Cocoa, berries, hints of smoke in the middle. Cocoa and slight dryness in the end. Notes of smoke too. Berries in the aftertaste. Alcochol well covered. Whiskey is only present because of the smoky accent. Carbonation is moderate. Do not have that bubbly and crisp accent as the previous Black damnation editions. Heavy bodied, well balanced imperial stout.

Marduk (8849) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 14, 2017
750ml bottle @ Black Damnation tasting, bottle #944. Pitch black color. Tiny to almost no head. Roast, sweet, woody, cognac, dark fruits in aroma. Roast, sweet, oak, woody, metallic in taste. Plums, dark fruits, yeasty and cognac in aftertaste. Mellow, ashy dry mouthfeel. Solid one.

nutjes (1378) - Zwevegem, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2017
75cl-fles van bij Tabac&Co - Palais des bières te Dottenijs (in Famiflora). U: Zwart met bijna geen bruine schuimkraag. G: Chocolade, geroosterd, likeurig, wat kruiden en een beetje noten. S: Zoet met een lichte moutbitterheid. Licht kruidig, chocolade en geroosterd. M: Volmondig, bijna geen carbonatie en licht sticky.

Hopverdju (1718) - BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2017
Zwart bier met dunne bruine schuimkraag. Geur: wat drop, ietwat zeperig, regenwater, koffie, noten. Smaak: wat vanille, noten, likeur. Doet denken aan Frangelico. Volmondig. Matige koolzuurprikkel. Leuk.

FatPhil (17513) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 13, 2017
750ml bottle (Overpriced Black Purgatory, Koht, Tallinn) (6+:4:7:4:13=3.4+)
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.
Specific variation: Esterier than average, but some solvents and plenty of alcohol. Burnt cake tin raisins in the taste, and fortunately less alcohol than the aroma threatened, more burntness, quite dry. Dustier later, maybe cocoa powdery.

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