Black Damnation XI - Special Kay - De Struise Brouwers
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4.75/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Had this several times draft. First time was fresh at the Kertbierfestival 2011 in Essen where I was blown away by it. Had about 6 tasting glasses of it. Many of those were from people who couldn’t manage to drink their own sample. Tried it since then again draft at the brewery and at their store in Bruges. Both times it was nice but paled in comparison to having it fresh on tap in Essen. Review is from the first time I tried it.
Appearance: Ridiculously dark, looks viscous and oily when poured. Incredibly it supports a bit chocolate mousse despite the very high ABV, courtesy of Struise’s special eisbocking technique.
Smell: Cold the booze comes through way to much, almost smells like vodka – not my thing. When warmed you get chocolate, thick roasted malts, ice coffee as thick as a milkshake but unfortunately the alcohol comes through still heavily.
Taste: Thick, very thick, thick syrup, super concentrated malt syrup, bucket of molasses squeezed into this, concentrated brown sugar, ice coffee & condensed coffee, sludgy, a roast which tries not to drown in the syrup & sweetly goodness, strong Porto (calvados?) aftertaste, warming but not really alcoholic.
Body: By far my favorite aspect of this beer, thickest RIS I have every head. Pure syrupy sludge – incredible.
Overall: The first time when I tried this, freshly made it was divine. An experience aided perhaps by the fact that this my first beer in this ABV category. Previous incarnations failed but I hear that the bottles are much better. I have never managed to convince myself to cough up the incredibly hefty price tag.
Serving type: on-tap
07-12-2013 12:47:55 | More by 77black_ships
4.7/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had from tap at the brewery...awesome!!!
First of all, Carlos apologized for this batch only being like 18% ... (how will I sleep?!)
This pours a thick oily black with thin tan head. Amazing chocolate malt, dried fruit, vanilla, and booze aromas. Taste is truly amazing. Chocolate, dried fruit and I suppose its port I taste...its fantastic!! I so wished to take a whole barrel home with me. Just an amazing brew.
Serving type: on-tap
09-13-2012 22:07:55 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-13-2012 14:04:57 | More by oline73
4.65/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A frozen version of Kabert. Three gallons reduced to one gallon via secret method of freezing.
Served very late night by De Struise at Ebenezer's Belgian Fest.
Black tar appearance with a surprisingly dense, rocky head of brown. Ripped lacework throughout the glass.
Charred chocolate, reduced espresso, roasted malt embers, and nougat in the nose. Warming alcohol steps forward along with intensifying Port.
Bits of rich earth, vanilla, and burnt brownie ends follow though.
Massively thick, chewy body. Tongue-wrapping and approaching an almost solid state.
A dense mix of dark chocolate, char, Kona grounds, and nougat lead off the pallet. Warming alcohol steps forward with a mildly intense oaky Port essence.
Fudge batter, blackened cake bottom, and Kahlua follow though.
The alcohol warms up a bit more but the richness of the brew hides it so well.
Finishes with lingering char-infused chocolate batter, drizzled with Port.
By far, the most massive stout I've ever had. The Port from the Kate brings a great complexity through the massive profile, and the 24% abv strength is incredibly subdued.
Big props to Chris Lively, Todd Mott, and De Struise for making this gem happen.
Serving type: growler
08-29-2008 19:33:13 | More by brewandbbq
Black Damnation XI - Special Kay from De Struise Brouwers
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