Struise Special Darkest Night


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Formerly brewed at De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 780   ABV: 26%
Blend of three Black Damnation versions, fractionally icedistilled during 5 days.

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Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
Frozen version of three Black Damnations made for the Kerstbierfestival of 2010. Like Black Damnation Double Black, this ’beer’ (if you can still call it that) had a thin dark beige head which disappeared under influence of the alcohol and a jet black colour with burgundy hue which was only visible on the edge of the glass. Very dense and concentrated, almost intoxicating aroma of charcoal, baker’s chocolate, espresso, leather, whisky, rhum, black pepper, cloves, peat, raisins, coffee liqueur... Taste equally concentrated even for its genre, ’oily’ does not say enough, this is one of the thickest, most viscous beers I ever tasted, syrupy mouthfeel with little carbonation left; massively thick taste of bitter chocolate and coffee, sharp but still drinkable, and warming, drying, strong alcohol which does not even disturb in spite of the enormous strength; lots of spiciness in the finish too. Almost like motor oil, like the Double Black from which it does not differ that much, but remarkably still drinkable. What a great idea to stretch the boundaries of the concept of stout like this, I loved this, but I’m sure this is not for just any beer drinker.

Benzai (16500) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2011
Draught @ Kerstbierfestival Essen, Belgium December 2010. Pitch black opaque color, no head. Smell roasted, dark chocolate, little coffee and surprisingly only lightly alcoholic. Taste chocolate, roasted malt, light alcohol and coffee and a little bitterness. Oily texture, low carbo. Not nearly as heavy or hard to drink as you would expect!

mjs (7571) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2010
(Draught - generously shared by Fin, thanks - at the 16th Kerstbierfestival) The beer poured blak. Its head was huge and brown. Aroma had roastedness, coffee, whisky and alcohol. Palate was full bodied, warming and dry with quite low carbonation. Flavours were roastedness, vanilla, hint of smoke, liquorice, coffee, whisky, fruitiness and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty and bitter. A suprisingly easily drinkable beer even though its strength was insane. One interesting fact was that the coffee scent and flavour turned up only when the beer had warmed up - when the beer was cold it was missing completely.

fonefan (50489) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2010

Draught @ The 16th Kerstbierfestival 2010, Heuvelhal, Kapelstraat 7, B-2910 Essen, Belgium.

Clear dark brown black color with virtually none head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dark berries, dark licorice moderate alcohol, when is warms up and get more air aroma change a bit for light heavy chocolate to coffee. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration, dark licorice, chocolate, roasted malt, light alcohol, and as in the aroma, there ges more and more espresso coffee as it warms up and get more air. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is flat flat, finish feel is moderate alcohol. IMO very easy to drink special for the stupendous strength. Let’s go and get some more Darkest Night *<;O) [20101218]

Fin (10820) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2010
On tap at Kerstbier Festival, Essen, Belgique, 18.12.10 I had this as soon as I turned up but it was rather busy as we’d arrived late and was heaving with folk, my rating was done stood up being buffeted by people, so far from ideal. Pours very, very black, consistency of very thick oil. This is quite thick in the mouth, with big roasty flavours, liqourice showing. We were chatting about this for some time did it have coffee? one or two on the table said no, I thought that it did (btw the three versions of Black Damnation used to blend were unknown) Once it had chance to warm up the consensus seemed to move toward it having coffee, so I felt like my initial thoughts my be right. Incredibly easy drinking for the stupendous strength. I enjoyed it and wondered if I had of sat and been able to sip in more comfort then my rating may have been slight different. A7 A4 T7 P5 Ov15

BelgBeerGeek (1307) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2010
head: bubbly, coffee latte to capuccino coloured
colour: black
smell: strong scent of chocolat, coffee and burned malts, some yeast but not the alcohol that i actually expected
taste: strong, licqour, coffee ad sweet start , anis, smokey/ashy , bit irony, alcohol well hidden, malts in the background, overall sweet , strong palate, dry finish and hopy aftertatse , great brew !

JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2010
Draught Deep dark-black, clinging dark brown to greige head. Not liquorice, but really drop, alcohol, fusels, and a certain spice - allspice? Deep, rich, some liquorice, some coffee, some Irish - make that some Irish coffee, will ya? - Kahlua, and vanilla beans. More viscous, you put it in engines. Strong as none, alcoholexplosion. Some "beer"!

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