Black Damnation III - Black Mes - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by twelvsies:
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2011 17:49:09 | More by twelvsies
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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
Black Damnation III - Black Mes from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.