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Black Damnation III - Black Mes - De Struise Brouwers

Black Damnation III - Black MesBlack Damnation III - Black Mes

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BA SCORE
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187 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black Damnation III is yet another variation on Black Albert. 100% of Black Albert was used that matured for a while on Caol Ila barrels

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 03-14-2010)
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this bottle from the Bier Temple in Brugge about a month ago, I held off on it until I tried and loved the Black Damnation original that I brought home with it. As with the original Black Damnation, this is a gorgeous label, it looks authentically evil. According to said label, this beer is "100% Black Albert, aged on Mes' favorite Islay single malt scotch whiskey, the Distiller's Edition 1995 from the Caol Ma distillery in Scotland".

The beer itself is dark brown-black with a huge reddish tan foam, 4 fingers which slowly disippated to about 1 finger before holding the line. The aroma is really nice, light smoked wood and a good amount of peat moss (which is easy to place once you expect it from the label). Dark roasted malts and delicious whiskey aromas without any real indication of alcohol, at least based on smell.

The beer tastes, if anything, even better than it smells. Rich and malty with strong whickey flavors but absolutely no trace of alcohol. No ethanol flavors, no belly burn, nothing to indicate 13% ABV.

The body is medium viscosity, not really thick but just a little heavy. Easy to keep sipping quickly, the alcohol isn't easy to notice.

Next up, Coffee Club version. Maybe in a couple days.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 01:17:49 | More by TurdFurgison
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Het Oude Schooltje; July 2010
A vigorous pour by Carlo produces a bit more foam than expected and I have to take a quick mouthful of foam; it has such a smoky, peat-like and rich flavor to it, yet is quite smooth tasting. This black beer is topped by a dense, creamy, long lasting, dark brown head that leaves all sorts of lacing on the sides of my glass. As the beer was being opened I got a quick aroma of smooth, rich coffee. The aroma has a salty, rich-chocolate character to it that is backed by a touch of whiskey like heat. The peat / smoke character is always noticeable in the nose but other aromatic notes join this character at various times. A nice note of Mocha adds a really interesting touch and is at times quite potent. I spent a long time enjoying the aroma of this beer as it was really quite interesting and even satiating all on its own.

As the beer first hits my tongue it tastes rich and somewhat sweet (though not overly so). There is a touch of bitterness and alcohol heat to it, both of which add a bit that helps to balance the up front sweetness. This has a huge Mocha like flavor to it that combines a rich dark chocolate and coffee character. The texture of this beer is just so fantastic; so smooth, somewhat creamy feeling with a fine bubbly texture, yet it is still light enough that it is not cloying. The smoke is more subtle than it was in the nose, but forms a rich, smoky, umami like note that forms a solid foundation for all the other complex flavors. Layers of dark fruit, chocolate, peat, salt, smoky smooth coffee and even some plum and concentrated apple like fruit notes are noticeable.

This is an extremely complex, tasty and consummate sipping brew. It is really just an awesome mix of barrel character and base beer; this is so often not the case with Whiskey / Bourbon barrel aged beers that I almost don't like chasing them down; this is most definitely worth looking for though. This caps off a perfect visit and experience at Het Oude Schooltje; friendly beer-geek conversation, a great eclectic, personality full atmosphere all experienced on a hot, lazy Belgian day spent running around the countryside chasing beer; all of which gets the experience inching towards perfection.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 16:24:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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
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mverity

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
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
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A: Pours a deep dark black colour with a 2 finger mocha head. Nice lacing

S: wow , this smells BIG , awesome aromas. Lots of fresh espresso, green hops, and light barrel.

T: this is beautifull , Sweet milkchocolate, sweet coffee , oak, whiskey, and dark fruits. Alcohol is nicely balanced and works is way as à warm flavour on the palate

M: Full body , smooth , rich ,

D:awesome , i could drink this every day
This is one of the biggest and best stout Beers' i ever had
Worldclass !!!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 19:19:02 | More by beerpirates
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received recently in a trade from jgasparine. Thanks John!

Black mes pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and lacing. This beer looks impressive, but I was still surprised by what I smelled and tasted.

The nose is very peaty and smokey, which only adds to the interesting complexity of this beer. Otherwise, I get a considerable aroma of coffee, butterscotch, chocolate and vanilla. As good as this beer smells, it tasted even better. The beer is very creamy on the palate, showing flavors of coffee, smoke, vanilla, chocolate and cherry liquer. All of this comes in a wonderful soft, creamy and long flavor package. Drinkability is quite good for the abv., though there's a hint of alcohol/heat in the finish that detracts just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

Just a luscious beer. Hopefully we'll eventually see this here in the states. Delicious stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 15:14:29 | More by johnmichaelsen
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another in the seemingly endless black damnation series makes it to my glass. Served cold and allowed to warm. Served in a snifter and consumed on 06/15/2010.

Pours the darkest of darks, the pitch black inky death with a huge head of tan that caps the glass for what seems like forever. This really could not have looked any better.

Aroma of deep whiskey, dark, roasted malts, light touches of oak and hints of deep chocolate. Warming brings out more of the whiskey notes and really pushes it up to the forefront. Smooth, seductive feel as the rich and full body washes across the tongue. Really just a fantastic beer now on all levels. Smooth coffee and chocolate notes was across the palate, whiskey and oak, vanilla all coming through wonderfully. A fantastic mix of flavors here. A rich and creamy finish.

Overall a fantastic beer. One of the best ba stouts in a long time, this did not let me down.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 01:34:29 | More by mikesgroove
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle 13,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter
Reviewed in 2010 - finally have time to type up the review!
Again thanks to Thijs for the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful inky black - absolutely no light is getting through this baby! Huge (would you expect anything else from Stuise?), mocha coloured head that displays amazing retention and leaves good lace for the abv.

Smell: Mmmmm, what a nose! Beautiful smokey whiskey notes right off the bat - perfect since I love Islay scotch!
The nose is also bursting with charred malt, cocoa, coffee and oak. Some warming yields a lot more oak and whisky character - peat, smoke, sea spray etc. Hints of vanilla and a touch of hops are also noted.

Taste: First sip and I can already tell you this is my favorite of the BD series! Charred malt, coffee, dark chocolate, tons of whisky (earthy peat, smoke, oak barrels) and some welcome hops in the finish. A little Alcohol heat is noted, but it’s right at home with the whisky character.

Mouthfeel: Perfect body - thick and chewy! Carbonation is equally good, mild but smooth.

Overall: Superb stout and best of the BD series thus far.

6 months on and this is on the top of my list to taste again!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:28:33 | More by Thehuntmaster
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julian89

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to tulip glass at Brick Store pub.

Appearance: A glorious dark brown to almost black with a coffee colored 1 inch head with great retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: A fantastic scotch ale smell that is quite chocolaty. Sweet brown caramelized sugar smell. It has an earthly base smell to it.

Taste: Oh wow, it’s quite complex and smooth. The chocolate and sweet roasted malts make it an earthy brew. The scotch base helps with the smoothness, but somehow the high ABV is masked quite well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, full rich feel. Excellent carbonation.

Drinkability: An excellent brew, I was waiting all week for this one at Brick Store.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 15:56:33 | More by julian89
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rye726

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, murky brown. Silky tan head with nice lace.

Nose has notes of wood, roasted malts, peaty scotch, caramel, molasses, dark pitted fruits, floral hops and cocoa.

Taste has sweet figs, dates, tart cherries, plums and caramel up front followed by chocolate, bitter hops, molasses, oak and whiskey.

Nice full body, great finish. Another superb Struise offering that should age well.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 02:39:47 | More by rye726
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crnipeter

Slovenia

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml, lot B, BBE May 2015, into 180 ml Chimay chalice.
I've started to sip this one well chilled to keep the whiskey in check but this was proven unnecessary later on. The beer pours opaque black body with reddish tint at the edges, topped by dark tan to brown creamy head with excellent retention that even improves as the beer warms. Any tilt results in thick and stable laces on the walls. Aromas of plums, prunes, raisins, peat, oak, dark chocolate, brown sugar and whiskey with light roasted notes. The malty body is saturated by smoked peat flavor, dark fruits, pleasant whiskey warmth without rough alcohol character I was afraid of, some herbal hoppiness and subtle burnt finish prolonged into lingering aftertaste. Full body with smooth, luscious, almost chewy texture with slight astringency at times. Insanely drinkable for a 13% ABV brew. Fruitier, oilier, chewier and with less charred notes than Mocha Bomb.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 23:50:58 | More by crnipeter
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a De Struise Cervoise.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black with an intial 1/4" tan cap that recedes quickly to a ring.

Smell: Some roasted malt, coffee and chocolate aromas, with a touch of a peaty smokey aroma from the Islay malt. Like most variants of Black Albert as the beer warms the aroma deepens and broadens..

Taste: Same as the nose, again the flavor of Black Albert, Belgian yeast, roasted malt and chocolate this time with overtones of a smokey scotch. Not to say this beer is smokey but if you've had an Islay whisky you know what I'm talking about. Exceptional take on Black Albert.

Mouthfeel: As usual a very nice creamy mouth feel, very smooth with it's abv very well masked.

Overall: Yet another incredible version of Black Albert/Black damnation from Urbain & Carlo!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:27:32 | More by BobZ
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, 13% ABV, from De Struise webshop. Damnation III, aged on aged for 3 months on "Caol Ila's Distillers Version 1995" whisky. Into chouffe tulip.

A- Dark as all hell, head is oatmeal-cookie brown and 4-fingers. Lacing right off the bat, and there's great staying power here. A ring of inital lace leaves a lasting impression on a ~13% beer.

S- Faint peat... not very strong. Chocolate/coffee.. but also mild. Sugar/molasses... interesting bouquet.

T- The peat is a bit stronger here. Rich chocolate and coffee malts, with a bit of tart/bitter baking chocolate. Rich. Sublime. A wisp of smoke. I could actually go for a bit more, but appreciate the restraint on this one. All the flavors are harmonious and nothing is taking center stage.

M- AMAZING. 13%?!? I don't believe it. No alcohol anywhere to be found, and so many flavors I'm flabbergasted the higher ABV doesn't kill the tongue. Awesome sauce.

D- High, minus the ABV and and the availability. I got this for around $11 for a 33cl bottle, and I think it's worth it. Awesome beer... takes the Black Albert in a new (and awesome) direction. Very tasty stuff, I will buy more when I can as this is a precious beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 02:47:00 | More by ShogoKawada
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cosmicevan

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - popped the bottle and poured into a lost abbey tulip. deep and dark like a black hole with a thick dark brown head. the head was creamy and substantial and very milkshake like.

s - coffee, roasted malts, a bit of vanilla and cream. kind of like one of them this-or-that-a-cino drinks you get at an overpriced coffee shop. desserty.

t - deliscious. much like the smell but dominated with chocolate. a mix of milk chocolate and dark chocolate with a strong roasty, almost smoky flavor to it. the barrel is definitely present in the flavor and a super nice compliment on the beer. i've tasted some other whiskey barrel aged brews and found the barrel to not compliment the beer nicely, but goes to show what difference a barrel makes since this barrel is a nice marriage with black albert and enhancing the base beer in my opinion.

m - leaves a really wonderful tingle in my mouth. the booze is hidden amazingly well. creamy and cooling.

o - overall, this is way better than black albert. the flavor is great and the feel is also top notch.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 05:17:05 | More by cosmicevan
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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

Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet woody malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 00:06:44 | More by tmoneyba
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

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

330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours an absolutely black oil color forming a medium thick creamy brown head. Good retention and some spotty lacings left. A thin bubbled brown layer remains forever on the top

S: Delicious smell of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak and liquor. Notes of vanilla, caramel, yeasts and flowery hops. Light alcohol can be felt on the end despite of the considerable ABV

T: Damn roasted and bitter. Dark chocolate. Notes of coffee. Evident Black Albert backbone: thanks god! Strong notes of oak and Scotch. Absolutely tasteful beer. Upfront is slightly sweet but it quickly changes to a deep roasted and bitter taste. A beer to beer geeks

M: Thick and creamy body. Slightly molasses too. Medium carbonation (not bad to such high ABV). Aftertaste is a intense roasted bitterness

O: A masterpiece., simply. As good as a Black Albert. Very intense experience. Not an easy beer, but who cares about the easy ones?! :p

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 20:47:25 | More by eduardolinhalis
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, Scotch whisky, smoke, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some wood. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, Scotch whisky, dark fruit, coffee, wood, smoke, and some caramel and molasses. It's sweeter than I was expecting it to be, not that I'm complaining. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks way too easy for being 13% ABV. I think this is a good overall brew, definitely worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 23:31:57 | More by bluejacket74
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Black Albert aged on Islay single malt scotch-whisky barrels.

APPEARANCE: Pours out thick looking and produces a 2 finger medium-thick mocha colored head after a nice cascading effect. Pitch black with little carbonation evident. Head shows good retention, slowly fading to a thin foam cap and a ring around the edges. Slight wisp and a thin ring remains, but leaves no lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Big bold nose of roasted malts, bourbon boozy notes from the barrel, and some peat. Dark cherries perhaps, with some other dark fruits as well, and hints of chocolate in the background. Very nice and complex, and bold enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Big flavors too. Roasted malts, smoky elements in there, and some whisky from the barrels. Some caramel sweetness with cherry notes through the middle, and notes of bitter chocolate and hops at the finish. The barrel adds nicely to this brew without overpowering. Big and long lasting aftertaste is plenty roasted, almost charred even, with notes of bourbon and bitter chocolate. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and soft carbonation. Very velvety and creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating; just the right amount. Good feel, though slightly more weight would give it a perfect score here.

OVERALL: A wonderful brews. De Struise makes some great stouts, and this one might be my favourite so far. Like Curvee Delphine, the barrel aging adds some nice complexities to the beer without overpowering it. Unlike the Delphine, however, the barrel aging hasn't lightened up the body much. One worth seeking out for sure. Hopefully more will make its way into the city soon enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 09:22:02 | More by Jeffo
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is black with a beige collar that leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass. The scotch character emerges more in the flavor than in the nose. Roasted malt and whiskey working in harmony. Soft scotch aftertaste in the finish. Very well done. Overall, a terrific beer, especially if you appreciate single malt scotch.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 23:12:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 13:14:24 | More by Mar02x
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served into a snifter
Black Damnation III: Black Mes is 100% Black Albert aged in Caol Ila's Distiller's Version 1995 scotch whiskey barrels.

Pours a nice, even black color. The body appears to sit heavy in the glass, indicating that it should have a nice, full mouthfeel. The perfectly tan head sits at two fingers or so, a massive amount for a 13% ABV beer. Lacing occurs in uneven splotches. This is a very good looking imperial stout.

You can tell that this beer is 100% Black Albert when you take the first smell. That Belgian yeast character is unmistakable. Plums and black cherries provide the bright, fruity notes while bitter chocolate, anise, topsoil and licorice give the beer a foundation to stand on. Make no mistake though - the Caol Ila whiskey barrels play a huge part in the aroma of this beer. A fair amount of smoke comes up out of those barrels, as does dry wood and cigar. You've got a general sort of whiskey aroma too, and also some leather. The barrels make for a macho sort of nose but the overt Belgian nature of Black Albert helps to temper that with some esters. All the aromas work together to form a harmonious whole.

Black Mes hits all chocolaty and richly malty up front before yielding to a first wave of the Belgian yeast fruity esters. It tastes like straight-up Black Albert for a few seconds before the leathery, tobacco flavors and the whisps of wood smoke bring some bitterness. Not really any whiskey flavor to speak of, which is a good thing to me. Some baked goods flavors start to creep in there as the beer warms - I'm talking cookies and cherry pie and chocolate pudding. The beer is impeccably balanced. The finish is long and fruity; black cherries and dark fruits and a hint of chocolate syrup. So why, you might ask, am I giving it a lesser score on taste than Black Albert? Well, Black Albert had some hops to it. This beer seems greatly diminished in the hops department; the smoky, tobacco flavors from the whiskey barrels bring the bitterness to Black Mes, not the hops. Black Mes isn't more complex than normal Black Albert, just complex in a different way.

The mouthfeel is Black Mes' only weakness, and even then it isn't a weakness at all. The barrel aging has taken some of the body out of the Black Albert but the carbonation level has somehow stayed roughly the same. What you get is a beer that, while certainly it feels good rolling along your tongue and swishing about, is a touch thinner than desired and a touch more prickly from carbonation than desired. The drinkability is tough to score. One one hand, it is a massive 13% ABV. On the other hand, you don't taste the booze or any alcohol fusels or anything like that. It hides its ABV extremely well. To me, for the substyle of barrel-aged Imperial Stout, this is a might drinkable rendition.

Some people don't really love spirit barrel-aged stouts because they feel the spirit, usually bourbon, overpowers everything else, that is becomes the star of the show, so to speak. This is a barrel-aged stout that can alleviate those concerns. It is delicious, and most of the deliciousness is coming from the base beer - Black Albert. But the whiskey barrels here impart a vital, lovely element of smoke and wood and leaf - bitterness - that compliments the beer rather than loudly demanding attention from it. De Struise has another super-successful beer on their hands. They are rocketing up my top ten breweries list in a hurry.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 07:48:59 | More by Reaper16
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes: ordered this beer in the struise webshop. Poured into my the molen sniffer. Beer pours an completely black colur with a very long lasting brown head. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate and some peat. Taste very similar to smell, with some light coffee bitterness in the end. Smooth with medium carbonation. Very drinkable beer, highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 15:37:39 | More by rvdoorn
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by March 2015
Thanks to sleepydave for bringing this one over.

Poured into a snifter. Dark, dark brown body with a thin, creamy, tan head. Light lacing.

The nose is meaty, laced with peat and somewhat salty. I'm picking up a bit of cheesecloth and light alcohol. Dark malts, chocolate and somewhat smoky. Swirling brings out more complexity. Very interesting and quite good.

Rich dark malts on the tongue. A bit meaty and chocolaty with some smoked malt. Much like the nose. The Islay casks come through nicely. Bittersweet with a touch of sea salt. Some oak and light honey in the background.

Smooth, low carbonation and slightly warming alcohol. Could be a touch thicker in the mouthfeel, but still quite good.

Drinkability is very good, especially for a 13% barrel aged stout. I'd like to see the body a little thicker, but having it a bit thinner probably makes it more drinkable. The barrel aging is done quite well and is a treat if you like peat laden scotch. The ABV is surprisingly unnoticeable in the taste, also adding to the ease of drinking.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome beer. Maybe not the best scotch barrel aged stout I've had, but it's damn close. I really wish this was easier to get. Great for scotch lovers and stout lovers alike. I highly recommend seeking this one out if you are at all interested.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 02:48:17 | More by sisuspeed
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magictacosinus

California

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Westvleteren Chalice.

A - Pours a thick well used motor oil colour with a tanned head that stays the course and laces.

S - Dark stewed plums and yeast with a little smokyness similar to that of a cigar.

T - Massive chocolate up front before yeasty bread follows, then some tobacco flavours appear that is due to it's ageing. Complex to say the least.

M - Not quite full enough for me and therfore the carbonation is too much.

D - This is another complex beer from De Struise that is hard to fault and is unique in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 15:39:59 | More by eric5bellies
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