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Black Damnation XI - Special Kay - De Struise Brouwers

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 191
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  22.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Kate The Great (10.79% ABV) and Black Albert (13% ABV), brewed by master brewer Todd Mott of the Portsmouth Brewery in USA and Urbain Coutteau of Struise. This time our beer was fractionally frozen to -15 ° C over a period of 20 days. This method allows the water which is present in beer, slowly but surely to be separated from the alcohol, and allowing the volume % to rise. Another Eisbock process but modified a la Struise, still allows the result to be called beer. "Special K" has previously been aged 10 months in Noval Port barrels before undergoing the Eisbock process.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 08-29-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

A: This is a nice deep black beer with minimal head.

S: This beer has no dominant recognizable odors.

T: This is a beer with a bite not for dummy's.

M: This beer is really delicious with an beautiful carbonation.

O: This beer is very drinkable and lively present.

DARIVA, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

750 ml red wax/plastic/cement topped and then corked bottle into a couple of snifters. I probably took about an 8 oz pour or so of this. Once again, HUGE thanks go to Stakem for opening this up for us to have a go out. This wasn’t a beer, it was an EVENT!

Pours a dense black in the glass, topped with roughly a ½ finger of burnt and angry looking dark mocha head. This stays frothy around the edges of the glass, leaving back a cascade of gooey oils and spotty lacing that slowly creeps down the sides and sticks a bit. The aroma smells of oak, chocolate fudge, dark vinous fruit, roasted coffee, and spicy alcohol warmth. There is a nice depth and power here to the nose but it isn’t exactly blowing up for me like it feels like it should.

The taste just brings it, with a sticky and boozy blend of chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a strong dark fruitiness, with green tannins and burnt wood that stick to the tongue. It’s the sweetness here however that lingers the most for me, with a combination of fruit and sugars that work really well together and just coat the mouth with flavor. The more burnt and bitter aspects of this can’t be ignored however, and despite the overall smoothness of the flavor profile, there is still an intensity to this that is hard to shake. That sweetness (emboldened by the alcohol) is definitely leaving the biggest impact on me though. The mouthfeel is beyond full bodied, with a thick and chewy carbonation and a bold spicy sweetness from all of that alcohol. This may be the highest ABV beer that I’ve in this large of a quantity during a sitting and while I can feel the alcohol content slowly sapping my body of any remaining moisture, I am just astounded at how smooth and downright drinkable this is for a 22% beer, which really speaks to the depth and richness of this.

Like I mentioned above, enjoying this beer was an event, as you don’t just drink or sip something like this, you wrestle with it, as it commands that much respect. This beer is a downright beast and despite the headache the next morning, I’d tussle with it anytime. Thanks again Adam. This beer was a pleasure.

Kegatron, Jan 24, 2012
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imperialking, Nov 13, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

Dear Struise, can you please explain the easiest way to open this bottle? Knife, saw, chisel, blow torch, hammer, saber? When the wax finally gives up the fight of keeping the brew away from you, it gets the last laugh by shattering into a dozen pieces. The cap pries off and displays a synthetic cork still getting in the way. When the last line of defense is finally broken, the 750ml bottle pops with a warning.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black. Just very black with the faintest line of dark brown around the edges. A finger of dark mocha brown head appears and quickly fades. A swirl revives a half finger of froth back to the surface which again fades fairly quick. Spotty lace sticks to the glass and as its tilted to the light, you can see some faint ruby coloration.

The smell is thick and boozy. Vinous port quality mixes with a strong scent of cocoa batter. Raw oak provides a bit of tannic harshness to the nose with a contrasting deeply sweet smell of vanilla. A bit of coconut, licorice, oak and grape comes out as the brew warms up. Despite smelling bold with alcohol, it displays a very cruel sweetness that deceives you into making false assumptions about what thinks going to taste like.

The taste is super strong and boozy with a bold array of bitter charred grain. Tobacco and burnt sugar is suggested mixed with port wine, vinous tang and a bit of grapes sweetness. The derived sweetness gets completely crushed by the bitterness of the roast and bold alcohol impact. Across the back are notes of raw oak and more alcohol that gets a bit fusel.

This is a full bodied brute of a beer. It is thick and viscous but displays a moderate amount of carbonation. There is lots of character to take in this brew. There is no hiding that Kabert is running all through this brew. The 22% alcohol is not hiding at all, it seemingly stains the glass. Very aggressive brew that I can't describe any better than Kegatron stated while drinking this with me. "This tastes like it was made with testosterone." It seemingly rips the moisture right out of your mouth. Putting this in a 750ml bottle is cruel. It's something I'd love to open ad sip on but at this format, you need to call in friends to help with this beast unless you want to get wasted.

stakem, Jan 23, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

Why not? My mate Doopie pulled this new vintage of EisKabert out to pair along side Kabert on a random Friday night. It was fun to drink a full 16oz of this one (Doops is slow). Cheers man!

From a red cemented and corked 750 into a snifter
Best before 29 December 2016

APPEARANCE: Pours basically the same as its little brother. A black pour yeilds a one finger, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Body is black with medium levels of carbonation evident in the form of tiny, tiny bubbles. Head slowly fades to a half wisp and a thick, foamy ring. A good ring remains and swirly wisp remain until the end but leave no real lacing down the glass. Looks great for such a big beer.

SMELL: Roasted, burnt malts, some dark fruit, grapes mostly, and a strong port barrel. Dark chocolate, coffee and molasses, as well as some strong boozy notes. This is an iced version of Kabert for sure, though the booze is perhaps a tick too much for a perfect score.

TASTE: This is definitely a Kabert concentrate. Add water. Lots of port barrel and much boozier than the nose had indicated. Roasted and burnt malts, coal, and dark fruit flavors are there. Sweet molasses and caramel as well, with lots of port and alcohol everywhere. Big, bold and boozy aftertaste of port, bunt malts, dark chocolate and sweet caramel. Lots of port and booze linger on the palate.

PALATE: Full body with medium carbonation. Heavier and thicker than the original. Creamy and quite smooth, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky. No bite at the swallow, but a good amount of boozy heat lingers.

OVERALL: They call this beer "Special Kay." How retarted. That name reminds me of fat old ladies on their Buns Blaster 2000. The original name, EisKabert, is much more true to what this beer is all about. This is, in every sense of the word, an iced version of Kabert; a Kabert-concentrate if you will. The flavors are there ten fold, but unfortunately the booze is as well. The higher levels of alcohol and heat make this one a little rougher to drink, but with some time, this might mellow out into the master-craft brew it's destined to be. I'll stick to Kabert for now, but in a few years... Cheers for brewing this gents. We really enjoyed this!

Jeffo, Jul 09, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -4.6%

thanks to stakem for this 'special' treat, enjoyed from a tulip shared with tenderbranson 69.

This is a deceptive liquid -a pfsst! from the cap as it is pryed off with a pour that collapses the liquid on top of itself looking as thick as used motor oil with no head and legs line the glass as it is swirled. The smell is immediately intense with huge malt aromas filling my nostrils and a woody element that has a sweet odor with slight soy sauce spiciness and moderate cocoa notes with light vanilla and peppery odors.


The feel is thick, warming drying and sweet without being cloying, smooth for what it is with pretty aggressive yet not harsh alcohol that is balanced by some serious malt intensity and residual sugary smacking texture with tannic and alcohol holding steady throughout. The taste is something I don't think you can imagine unless you have tasted it so concentrated with dark malt and wood it is almost salty yet still has a sweetness and fruity quality with spicy and bitter cocoa flavors alongside a serious taste of alcohol and toffee-like burnt sugar flavor. This is a truly impressive substance, not highly drinkable, but very worthy for the process has created something you will not experience the like of often! Thanks again Adam!

Slatetank, Jan 20, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

shared with one of the tasting crews on 8/15.

a - still. black. frightening.

s - BOOZE. black malts. some fruit ala kabert, port and green apples, but swallowed by the bigness of the booze.

t - really smooth. definitely a bit boozy on the flavor, but doesn't feel like the 22% that it carries. roasted malts and some port barrel. like kabert on steroids.

m - this is a BIG beer. smooth, but still big.

o - overall this is a really nice treat, but not mind blowing. mind blowing how easy it is to drink. i prefer double black and kabert to this one. a bit of a novelty. tasty on its own, but for what it is, definitely impressive to make such a tasty and drinkable beer at this ABV with a non syrupy body.

cosmicevan, Aug 21, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

I had this on-tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Poured into a tasting tulip.

Appearance: This beer is black as night with a half finger of creamy tan head and nice retention.

Smell: Sweet and roasty with a strong dark fruit and port presence. I'm getting some chocolate and brown sugar. Roast and some alcohol as well.

Taste: Not as overpowering as I would have expected. Dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. I'm definitely getting some port here. There is a smooth roasty flavor throughout the sip and a bitter alcohol burn in the finish. I'm pretty sure I like this better than regular Kate.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with smooth carbonation and a dry finish. This is a really nice feeling beer.

Overall: This beer tastes really good and feels wonderful. Incredibly drinkable given the abv. The fruit/wine undertones really make the flavor. I would love to have this again.

oline73, May 13, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

Special Kay begins life as Kabert, a blend of Kate the Great and Black Albert aged 10 months in Noval Port barrels. It then undergoes the Eisbock process, wherein the beer is fractionally frozen to -15 ° C over a period of 20 days, removing the water and increasing the ABV and flavor intensity. This bottle was very generously shared by ejyoung and poured into a tulip.

Inky is an appropriate descriptor for both color and thickness — this stuff is black, viscous and scary-looking. There isn’t much head, just a thin, cocoa-colored ring.

Yikes. A rich, syrupy aroma that sticks to the nostrils. Major coffee, notes — like fresh-roasted beans — with smoke, alcohol, dark chocolate and cognac. Just packed with rich, alcohol-laden fruits.

When I was but a beer noob, I remember being awestruck at the thickness and massive fruit flavor of the 2009 Dark Lord. My palate wasn’t right for days. This reminds of that first taste — it’s such a huge flavor. Alcohol is very noticeable, as are chocolate syrup and huge port, brandy and cognac flavors. Grapes, figs and prunes show up as well. The swallow brings a huge wave of booze, some earthy hop bitterness, soil, dark chocolate, smoke and seared steak. A beer for giants.

Very thick, viscous feel. The body’s medium-full and almost like syrup. Alcohol is spicy on the tongue — no getting around that alcohol content. I can feel myself getting dunker with each sip. Gentle prickles of carbonation are all that keep this from being dead flat.

A crazy beer. Rich, outrageously flavorful and boozy as all hell.

Phelps, Jun 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Thanks for sharing, Nick!

A: Pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head that faded into a very long lasting collar. Spots of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Meaty and hearty smelling. This is a beast of a beer. For such a high ABV I’m surprised I don’t smell more alcohol. This smells pretty smooth actually. I get a few notes chocolate and fruit. Definitely boozy though.
T: Chocolate and booze. The finish is sharp and lingers forever and ever. The booze is pretty mellow, but this beer is crazy strong.
M: Super duper thick beer. This thing is like barrel aged chocolate syrup. Carbonation is low and thick.
O: For what it is this is awesome! I could only handle two or three ounces of this though. Like a chocolate milkshake with booze and fruit. Thanks a ton Nick.

scottfrie, May 19, 2012
Black Damnation XI - Special Kay from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.