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Black Damnation - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

133 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.14%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 03-10-2009)
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Reviews by grub:
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. lab test indicates 9.2% rather than the posted 13% above. sampled feb 2/2011.

bottle opens with a hefty pop. very active carbonation quickly builds a full glass of foam and making it a struggle even splitting the bottle between two glasses. colour is opaque and nearly black. the fuffy light brown head drops slowly and leaves plenty of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. anise. caramel and toffee. dark chocolate. espresso. date and raisin. bit of fig. light alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. earthy and woody. seems a little more mellow than the cuvee delphine, but i can definitely see the common lineage.

taste is great. dark and milk chocolate. caramel and toffee. espresso. toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. raisin and date. earthy and woody. light anise. very similar to the delphine, but smoother and mellower... whereas the delphine was intensely roasty and a bit hot, this one is softer around the edges. it loses a little in the depth, but makes up for it elsewhere.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. right around medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced. nice depth. a damn fine stout! looking forward to the mocha bomb that is up next!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 18:10:17 | More by grub
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeffo for a bottle of this!

jet black, one finger dense tan head, good lace as well. Smell is of major roast, coffee and rich dark chocolate, black liquorice, a slight touch of oxidization is setting in but not in an over the top way and just hangs in the periphery, some warming alcohol as well. Taste is full of roasted malts up front, big dark chocolate and coffee flavours, some dark fruit, anise, mildly bitter in the finish with a long roasty aftertaste. Thick full feel with light to medium carbonation. This was an impressive stout, big and viscious but drinks like it is much lighter than it really is, really well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 16:21:16 | More by peensteen
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Mitch_Cumstein

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-17-2014 04:57:02 | More by Mitch_Cumstein
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-02-2014 01:16:51 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-01-2013 00:00:03 | More by ncaudle
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

09-08-2013 02:20:08 | More by DaPan
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz, BBD March '14
Riedel tulip

**Getting close to 1,000 reviews and wanted something special. This didn't disappoint.**

A: Pours pitch black. Some reddish, brown hues around the edges. Layer of light tan head that forms a collar. Sticky lacing bits.

S: BIG. Strong dark roast coffee. Dark chocolate. Booze. Some licorice. Roasted malts. Touch of toffee. Dark fruits.

T: Wow. Very impressed. Age has done this very very well. Dark roast coffee. Dark deep cocoa. Sweetness from the malts. The heat is there on this big beer, but its impressively integrated. Long finish. Lots of lingering chocolate flavors.

M: Full bodied. Rich. Creamy.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 14:55:47 | More by inlimbo77
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass, Best by date March 2014.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color forming a big sized think, creamy and thin bubbled beige head: Solid. Medium to low retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass. Lingering and molasses

S: Wow! Strong roasted malts combined with coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, candy sugar and dark fruits. Strong notes of wood. A bit metallic. Light oxidization notes

T: Slightly sweet upfront followed by roasted flavors. Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, candy sugar, licorice and vanilla. Excellent notes of oak. Metallic notes and some oxidization. Excellent bitterness in the end. Perfect taste

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Low carbonation and a just perfect bittersweet aftertaste

O: Great drinkability despite the high ABV. A perfect Imperial Stout. Thanks to Dennoman!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 18:48:12 | More by eduardolinhalis
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JamLand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-03-2013 13:47:16 | More by JamLand
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scottfrie

California

3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into snifter, split with shortysdude285. Thanks for the bottle dboon! Best by date March 2014.

A: Pours pitch black with one inch of dense dark brown head that faded to a thick collar. Streaky patches of lace were left down the glass.
S: I get rather aged scents of coffee, raisin, slight soy oxidization, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, and roast. Smells old but not turned, and smells good.
T: Tastes like a well-integrated and well-aged RIS should taste. Chocolate and roast dominate alongside flavors of molasses, toasted nuts, vanilla, char, licorice and coffee. The finish is full of mellow toasted flavors and leather, but the aftertaste is bitter and rather acidic (acid, not sour).
M: Very very fine bubbles in the carbonation, although rather frothy. Rich, decadent and syrupy mouthfeel, super viscous thick body. Heavy and thick all around. Slight booze comes through along with a punch of bitterness and some acid in the back of my throat. Acid reminds me of certain black coffee.
O: A very powerful and rich stout with intense but complex flavors. The acid and frothy carbonation take away from the drinkability, but this still drinks great and was quite enjoyable. Thanks again, Matt!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 00:01:01 | More by scottfrie
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-27-2013 21:53:01 | More by WOLFGANG
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-16-2013 22:20:23 | More by jkane101
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Abio

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-29-2013 14:12:31 | More by Abio
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jegross2

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Black Damnation from BREWERY out of PLACE. This is the first beer brewed in the Black Damnation series. Black Damnation is a blend of Black Albert and Hel & Verdoemenis.

Score: 96

Unknown vintage bottle served in a Founders snifter/tulip hybrid glass and enjoyed on 04/05/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Coffee colored body. Pours a finger of khaki head. Awesome head and lacing. The lacing slowly oozes back unto the glass. 5/5

Smell: Chocolate, roast, light wood, hint of licorice. Reminds me of fresh Surly Darkness without the hoppiness. A little brown sugar and stale coffee too. 4.5/5

Taste: Bitter bakers chocolate, wood, char, and toasty malt. Bittersweet syrup, light coffee and licorice. Finishes with a lingering bitter chocolate and syrup flavor. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. On the bitter end of bittersweet. 4.5/5

Overall: Excellent; the best of beer of Black Damnation I-IV

Cost: $12 for a 11.2 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 19:57:35 | More by jegross2
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-12-2013 03:53:32 | More by cadaugherty
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-24-2013 01:41:13 | More by Sparky44
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bsuedekum

Missouri

5/5  rDev +19%

12-12-2012 01:01:41 | More by bsuedekum
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-10-2012 00:23:00 | More by JMBSH
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-19-2012 17:39:13 | More by ElGallo
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-13-2012 20:31:40 | More by imperialking
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billab914

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass. Nice retention and good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a strong coffee presence to the roasted malts. I get some rich chocolate to it reminiscent of brownie batter. It's got a little bit of a sweeter, milky chocolate to it as well. Very good aroma overall, the dark roasted malts really shine in it. It also comes together very well, the flavors are bold but end up being pretty smooth as well.

The taste follows through with some really bold and flavorful coffee notes. Twards the finish is where more of the sweeter cocoa and milk chocolate come out and help give some balance to the roasted, bitter malts.

The mouthfeel is heavy and almost syrupy. Carbonation is on the low end. Overall, it was a great beer and one that really impressed me. It's one of the better imperial stouts I've had in a while. The coffee flavors especially stood out to me. It came together very well and had some fantastic flavors to it. Great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:19:28 | More by billab914
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-18-2012 23:32:58 | More by t0rin0
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WynnO

Florida

5/5  rDev +19%

09-08-2012 05:33:55 | More by WynnO
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-03-2012 23:02:33 | More by koopa
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely with a thick brown head. This is a pretty nice one to drink, though the carbonation is a bit more than I would ask for, considering the style. Flavor profile is a smooth delivery with no real tones stepping out to steal the show. It's thick and consistent. Pretty nice beer. Thanks to baggio for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 08:23:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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Black Damnation from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.