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Black Damnation III - Black Mes - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 89
Gots: 63 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 238 | Reviews: 106
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredible power, grace and aritistry is performed on such a dark and ominous base- the Black Damnation recipe is just that- black and damning. Its sophisticated scotch influence plays upon a dry and roasted character in a balance that's unrivaled.

You don't so much as pour the beer, the tap opens and the ale simply crawls out on its own. As it settles cozily in the snifter, it releases an arid mocha-stained head that looks quite light on top of its inky-black body. Its opaque appearance gives the ale a onyx-like sheen. While the ale's foam character eventually succumbs to the beer's alcohol, the beer quickly prefers brandy-like legging and oily coat to more beer-like foam offerings.

Aromas are heavily charred. Burnt molasses and charcoal all weave into highly robust and powerfully carbonized scent. Complementing burnt toast, espresso, walnuts and cocoa are all of the darker and deviant attitude as the barrel character silently builds. What is first sweet booze of caramel, vanilla and butterscotch soon develops into a full-blown earthy, smoky sweet bit that can only be captured by heavily peated whisky.

To taste, its exemplary roast character is front and center. Approaching ash from time to time, its heavy campfire taste is slightly of mesquite but more of the cocoa powder, toast char, burnt toffee and scorched coffee is a damaging to the palate as it is rewarding. Without a more malty-rich body- all that burnt sweetness turns dry and relies on the sweet whisky and barrel flavors to show some semblance of balance in its finish. That's where the thin caramel, honey, vanillin and butterscotch character from scotch whisky comes forth with its peppery bite and spicy, smoky earthiness. It finishes like burnt dirt!

What should be full in body seems so much lighter because of the beer's charred textures that plague the mouthfeel early and often. The ale simply can't avoid its ashy texture as its powdery feel pangs away at the tongue and palate and prevents a proper balance from its roast-derived acidity, barrel-astringency and its alcohol heat. Yet, the ale's dry sweetness remains alluring.

All in all, Black Mes' balance and procession of char and whisky is sublime. But its sheer burnt character limits its drinkability and its enjoyment. But built on unimaginable complexity, high scores are a must.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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2.54/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from the local shop out of nowhere. Popped this one with Beastmaster. A huge gusher from the start. Finally stopped and poured into mini snifters. Pitch black pour with a small dark brown head and no light showing through. Aroma is a combination of sour cherries, roasty chocolate, green apple, peat and scotch whiskey. Yeah, pretty sure it’s not supposed to be like this. Flavor follows with a good amount of peat and roasty chocolate, alongside some sour black cherry and sour apple flavors. Mouthfeel is bold and thick with low carbonation. This is really disappointing. Bottle was a hefty price to begin with at $43, but now that is a travesty. Afraid to pop my Damnation II now. Still drinkable I guess but not a big rich BA stout like one would expect.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam@platinum, purveyor of fine liquor and liquor-related products.

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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