Black Damnation III - Black Mes - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by ktrillionaire:
4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Big thanks to MasterSki for this random gift...
While drinking this, I noticed it tastes best at a relatively cold temperature. Whereas many Double Stouts benefit from a warming and airing-out, this brew really does not.
A - It pours the deepest imaginable shade of brown, capped with a wispy sandstone-colored micro-froth, depositing little in the way of lace.
S - The aroma is comprised of equal parts rich chocolate-y Double Stout and the most sublime Scotch conceivable. Small notes of cinnamon and caramelized brown sugar seem to bridge the gap between the Scotch and the Stout.
T - Chocolate and sweetly roasted malt leads the flavor onslaught, but it quickly gives way to barrel-imparted nuances. The Scotch contribution is easily discernible because it contributes exactly whatever specific flavors Scotch has (something like peat, leather and "Scotch flavor"). The Black Albert base is very nice, hugely smooth, and tremendously well-matched for the barrel.
M - Due to the Scotch barrel flavor, this beer is best suited to be a bit thinner than the average Double Stout, which it is. Scotch is a thin liquor, frequently enjoyed with plain water or ice, so a more viscous mouthfeel would be a detraction. Still, it is velvety, softly carbonated and ultimately quite enhancing.
D - I had been looking forward to this one for quite some time, and it did not disappoint. This could be my nightcap, nightly.
Serving type: bottle
10-25-2010 01:39:27 | More by ktrillionaire
More User Reviews:
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
Black Damnation III - Black Mes from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.