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Black Damnation III - Black Mes - De Struise Brouwers

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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 89
Gots: 62 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alcstradamus on 03-14-2010

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
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Pours black as night, great head and lacing.

Smell is a big sweet malty imperial stout, scotch barrels, an interesting orangey-presence that is almost Grand-Marnier like. A bit of vanilla, almost like a flan with a dominant almost artificial fruitiness (this is not meant as a detraction, merely a description of the complex flavour). A bit crayon/waxy, a bit of oxidation.

Taste is a complex meld of roast and scotch barrels. Nice, drying flavours. Roast is still present in the backend in a delicious way.

This is a great beer and the barrel has really improved this beer. Having had Black Albert and Cuvee Delphine recently this was substantially better than either, the barrel seems to emphasise the roast elements of the beer while adding its own smokiness as one would expect. Probably oxidised so it loses marks for smell, but was still very enjoyable and reserved and far more imperial stout-ish than some other iterations like the base and cuvee delphine. Second only to Double Black (by a long way) of the variations I've tried, which admittedly are few.

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33cl bottle, lot A, best before March 2015, poured into a Struise pokal glass at Kulminator in Antwerp.

A- Pours black with a finger of creamy brown head, great retention, spotty lacing.

S- Loads of chocolate, roasted grain, fruitiness, along with wood, scotch and peat. Smells pretty awesome.

T- More chocolate heavy, dark fruits and roasted grain, more scotch and peatiness towards the finish.

M- Full-bodied, creamy, just a bit of heat in the finish.

O- Didn't have any trouble finishing the bottle, a quite tasty and complex beer, although doesn't come close to my favorite from the series (of course, Double Black).

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Black Damnation III - Black Mes from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.