Black Damnation III - Black Mes - De Struise Brouwers
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4.29/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
on tap at falling rock, i dont know how those guys get beer like this, but they do, and i ma grateful. this is dark as coal, just a hint of brown to the black, nice and viscous too, with a dark brown head on it. the nose is amazing, dense russian imperial stout here. that bitter black barley malt base and a syrupy thickness that has oak notes to it, and some peat, like a smokey single malt. the flavor shows everything the nose does, with strong hints of leaf tobacco, licorice, and belgian and bakers chocolates. dark and bitter, with some sweetness on the finish probably from the barrel, which really impacts this beer. not much carbonation, but its so thick and dense i dont wish the feel was any different, i like its thickness and palate coating ability. its strong and filling, but how much of this would someone really drink in one sitting anyway? nice as it warms up, complex and enormous, on par with some of the big mikkeller stouts and others. love the scotch influence on it, and now i am super keen to try other variants. rock star quality.
Serving type: on-tap
04-23-2014 16:04:54 | More by StonedTrippin
4.8/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Valentine's Day gift from EM, bottle from Proof. Pours the blackest of blacks with creamy chocolate colored head that started at an inch, then settled into a very thick collar and a thin layer of foam across the surface. Good legs and light lacing. Aroma is very odd: smells earthy and funky, like a farmhouse style funk. I get some black raspberry and black currant. Taste is rich dark malt, light smoke, a touch of coffee with all of that dark fruit at the tail end and aftertaste. There's a faint briny flavor, maybe from the scotch, and some woodiness present as well. Silty and rich thick mouthfeel, full bodied and low-medium carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 23:48:35 | More by mverity
4.41/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Looks like it's time for another Black Damnation - in spite of the fact that I STILL haven't had any Black Albert to date. I'll eventually change that, but why bother when all these fun variants are hanging around? 12oz bottle purchased at Provisions, and poured into a tulip glass. Split with Todd, who apparently hates most Scotch whisky, but particularly hates peated ones such as Caol Ila. I don't mind them, though, so I was looking forward to this one.
Pours like most of your beers in this series - blackened as all hell, thick, and slightly syrupy, with a minimal head and gigantic alcohol legs with each swirl. This time around, the head in question is mahogany tinged, with some enormous, intimidating bubbles that rise to the top as it slowly recedes. Each swirl also pastes light dark residue against the glass's edges, which may mean that of all the regular ABV variants, this may be the most intense one yet that I've come across.
Smells rich and intense, but just like the others, never too sweet. Huge notes of dark chocolate, fudge, and coffee collide with dark fruits, ranging from prunes to raisins to blackcurrant, as well as a touch of molasses. The oak is definitely there, although it's not as predominant as I'd want it to be. It doesn't smell peated either, which is probably a good thing. It *does* however retain some herbal properties such as black tea, tobacco, and leather, and at the finish seems a bit "dusty" (my favorite oak aroma), topped with caramel, vanilla, and baking soda. This doesn't smell boozy at all, however, and it's fascinating just how complex and action-packed of an aroma as this one remains so simultaneously pleasant.
The flavor is equally approachable and pleasant, but don't kid yourself - this is a massive, massive beer. Huge notes of prunes, raisins, and figs meet strong, rich roasted notes of toffee filled dark chocolate, some coffee, and molasses. Light licorice, and maybe a bit of a burnt vanilla consistency, but it's otherwise ALL about the dark fruit and roasted malt components here with the unique oak profile this time around. And, how it is unique - still no noticeable peat or smoke, but rather a woody, lightly sweet oak finish that brings out more tobacco, leather, tamarind, cinnamon, as well as a toasted almond nuttiness at the finish. Continues a little bit more earthy and tannic (quite tobacco forward here), but the roasted notes remain the longest, in a manner that prepares you for the next sip. Carbonation is JUST right here, with enough gas to elevate the roasted flavors, and at the same time it's quite thick and hedonistic overall. Really delicious stuff - could be my favorite of the series so far.
It's really impressive how good Black Albert is as a base beer. You can throw it into any type of barrel or screw around with it in any way and it ends up producing a legion of world class imperial stouts. This one is great because of the hugely woody, earthy properties from the oak that accentuate the dark fruit and dark chocolate base that makes BA a pretty good beer (from what I can gather). Great stuff - a little pricey, but worth splitting with a friend over.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 19:18:59 | More by magictacosinus
Black Damnation III - Black Mes from De Struise Brouwers
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