Black Damnation III - Black Mes - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by twelvsies:
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
Another variation on Black Albert, I'll give it a go for sure. This beer looks much like the regular Albert, black and viscous, though has less of an impressive head, but it is there, smallish and brown tiny bubbles, probably due to the time spent in the barrel. Aroma of deep char and heavily roasted malt, plus peaty Scotch depth, real nice, a little boozy. After the initial impression of roasted barley and a nice char, the smoky Scotch peat flavor makes an appearance. I like it, but it seems to have thinned the beer out a little bit. This is an interesting take - having had most of the other variations, this one is probably my least favorite. Seems that instead of the flavors melding and becoming more complex with the barrel aging, they've just become too contrasting and it seems to have separated things. Still an excellent flavor and a great beer, but doesn't hold together as well as some of the other Black Albert hybrids out there (Delphine, Mocha Bomb, etc). If you are really into Scotch (I could go either way) you will probably really appreciate this beer - if you have an aversion, best stay away. All in all a great beer, but falls apart a bit towards the end. Probably would be best in a bottle with some age on it.
01-24-2011 17:49:09 | More by twelvsies
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
A: Pours deep black, thick fluffy light tan head that lasts for quite a while. This looks great.
S: Nose has a milk chocolate base, vanilla notes and a spicy Islay character on top, subtle brine, some smoke.
T: Roasted dark malts, some coffee bitterness, massive whiskey finish with peat, spice, and smoke. Dry, bitter alcoholic finish.
M: Creamy in the mouth, though the aggressive whiskey notes make this a little rougher going down.
O: As a fan of Islay whiskeys, this was always a favorite of mine, but tasted next to the other Black Damnation beers, I see there is a trade off between the strong whiskey character here and the richness found in the first of the series.
08-22-2011 00:33:05 | More by jbeatty
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
A - Pours pitch black with three fingers of brown head. Head has very good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.
S - Smoke, char and earthiness, with some definite Scotch notes up front. Eventually, some chocolate and oak come through
T - More chocolate up front than in the nose, followed by some Scotch, smoke, char and earthy roasted malts. There is a slightly tart dark fruit taste that I didn't get at all in the nose. Finishes quite dry with the roasted elements lingering. There is a substantial char character to the taste, which I often don't like, but I didn't think it took away from the taste in this case.
M - Medium mouthfeel, not overly heavy, with a dry, roasted finish.
O - A very good stout. I liked Mocha Bomb and regular Black Albert more, but this is pretty tasty and I didn't notice any alcohol in the nose or taste.
12-19-2011 04:05:13 | More by warnerry
4.8/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
04-13-2014 23:48:35 | More by mverity
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Pitch black throughout and a very thin light brown head. This doesn't leave much more than a few small spots of lace down the glass. Gorgeous color.
Balanced and not overly strong aroma, but what's here is very nice. A nice combination of roasted malt, a bit of smoke and wood character, some chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Complex and not at all overpowering.
Simple, straightforward, though delicious flavors of roast, mild coffee, some chocolate, and a touch of smoke or wood. Incredibly well rounded and highly drinkable, especially for the incredibly high ABV.
Medium to thick bodied with low carbonation and no presence of alcohol whatsoever--a miraculous accomplishment.
A very well rounded, complex, and highly drinkable big stout.
11-21-2011 01:47:40 | More by ehammond1
4/5 rDev -3.6%
(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a inky dense black body with a thin dark cinnamon rocky ring of foam. It is to dense to see any carbonation.
S- There are some woody vanilla notes with and inky black roasted malt note to follow. Some graham malt notes come through with a peat and spent grain musty note in the finish.
T- The leather and chocolate malt flavor blends and are pretty mellow with a raisin and other dark dried fruit quality to it. Thee is a fruity tartness to the scotch and peat hint in the finish. There is a touch of black malt bitterness that lingers and takes on an inky hint as it warms.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slippery finish and no alcohol heat at all.
O- The well blended smooth and subtle black malts and barrel grows a bit when it is pretty warm. It is a nice stout that is well aged and the barrel is less oak and more bright scotch fruitiness.
09-01-2011 21:32:31 | More by rhoadsrage
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Best before 3/2015
Purchased through Cracked Kettle, Netherlands
Price - $13.52/bottle U.S.
Pours pitch black, midnight black with a beautiful brown two inch creamy head. A thin creamy film remains after a few minutes accompanying the ring along the edge. Due to the viscous nature, the dots of lacing fail to make a big impression. A gentle swirl is all it takes to reinvigorate the brown head, wow.
Aroma is dominated first by a heavy scent of black licorice and whiskey followed by dark fruit and oak.
The flavor is both sweet and spicey. Pretty complex with a lot going on. Whiskey, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee and dark fruit.
Thick and chewy with a huge body. I can definitely feel the heat of the 13% punch as I near the end of the bottle. Finishes with a bite of hops which provides a slight dryness.
Overall this was enjoyable and has it's place huddled up near a fire on a cold night.
05-21-2011 19:59:55 | More by 05Harley
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
I believe this was the base for 'the messy'. I drunk it after the messy on Borefts. It was a gift from beer buddy Jeffo or one of his friends, I don't exactly remember because I was a bit turned of by the messy.
A - Like a light messy
S - Oak, dark cherries mixed with yeast.
T - A very smooth taste, spicy beer (cardamom and cloves).
M - Smooth carbonation, warming and bitter in the after taste. No alcohol is present. A very, very good brew.
O - Also very good.
09-24-2011 13:14:24 | More by Mar02x
4.36/5 rDev +5.1%
A - Thick and oily and pitch Black with a small dark brown head.
S - Coffee, Chocolate and lots wood, I love the barrel nose in this one.
T - Coffee, and dark chocolate up front, Molasses and a slight peat, There's a ton of wood flavors in here. Very sweet with bitter aftertaste, no signs of alcohol whatsoever, so beware!
M - Really low Carbonation for a Struise Stout, almost flat.
O - Great Imperial Stout, highly recommended!
03-03-2013 20:35:11 | More by DenMar
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottle from Mikegroove and its very good IS. Black bodied with a good two inches of head. Some peat smoke, but understated, maybe the amount of cellaring helped. Very drinkable and medium moutheel: licorice, undertated whiskey, peat gives it an interesting edge.
02-03-2011 13:49:37 | More by Sammy
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
11.2oz single, Beer Temple in Brussels - crazy how there is just rows of this whole series. consumed in a hotel room in amsterdam
appearance: served in a small water glass at slightly cooler than room temperature, dark as night with a light creamy tan head...looks much like an espresso, something ive been more or less living off of for the last 2.5 weeks on the road
smell: peat malts, dark belgian chocolate, light notes of the scotch barrels
taste: rich dark malts, peat, earthy, dark chocolate, char, scotch, dark fruit, very smooth but forceful
mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium-full chocolatey body
drinkability: sipper, but nice
05-30-2010 22:14:34 | More by dirtylou
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
330ml bottle from De Struise.
Pours black with a nicely formed tan head leaving swirls.
Aroma is nice and almost peaty, like a scotch ale. The peat is backed up by smoke, roast, and chocolate.
Flavor is good and slightly sweet. Rich chocolate, coffee, earth, and peat.
Very smooth and creamy on the palate with medium-full body.
Pretty solid beer, but a little below expectations.
08-19-2010 17:54:42 | More by nickd717
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo as well! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt peat, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, and peat. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I am not a big fan of peat flavors in my beers so this one suffered a little bit on the scoring due to that fact. The base on this brew was quite good however and it does shine through but the peat just overtakes it for me. Was lucky enough to have this one back-to-back with the series (except V) and this was my least favorite of the group, but it still wasn't bad at all though, just in tough company.
06-10-2011 16:42:53 | More by thagr81us
4.26/5 rDev +2.7%
This poured with a bright iridescent black onyx and a deep opaque fullness. The head was tight and thick with a thin layer of bubbly foam.
The aroma was sweet with alcohol, presumably the scotch barrel. There was a smoky char scent with coffee, molasses and faint dry chocolate.
The taste is sweet with scotch like alcohols, strong smoky embers, charred or burnt coffee, molasses and bitter chocolate.
The feel is rather thin for such a complex beer but it seems to work for a beer with scotch qualities. It's almost like the feel took on the properties of the scotch.
This is a real treat as it has such complex flavor and character but remains drinkable despite the 13 pct ABV.
01-27-2014 02:07:16 | More by KYGunner
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Nice appearance - pitch black with a tight, well retained tan colored head. Light scotch notes and hints of bitter chocolate in the aroma. Not super boozy or sharp. Really great body - well carbonated sugary flavors up front that roll off into a scotchy finish. Really drinkable for such a high ABV. This is the second beer of this series that I've had. These guys do a great job on this style.
03-18-2011 21:25:34 | More by pleasewearpants
Black Damnation III - Black Mes from De Struise Brouwers
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