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Black Damnation III - Black Mes - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 248
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 85
Gots: 68 | FT: 8
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Belgium

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

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (1,417 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.76/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours a finger of thick tan head. Decent retention with some splattered. Color is pretty black.

Aroma: It almost reminds me of the BA Black Hole series, but not as toxic. It must be the barrels I am smelling, because they give off a huge profile. Bit scotch whiskey flavor with some peat and char. Some oak and vanilla, and a touch of honey. I am having a hard time determining if I like it or not.

Tastes: Yep, this is pretty close to the BA Black Hole series, just not as extreme. Tons of peat, char, smoke, and ash. The scotch whiskey barrels show a lot with a significant amount of oak and alcohol. I get a touch of honey and vanilla, but too much gross covers it up. It has a lot of chocolate and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: One of the better aspect of this beer. Smooth and creamy with a nice bubbly feel to it. A medium to full body with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends warm and boozy.

Overall, this isn't what I was expecting. Reminded me a lot of the BA Black Hole series (worth mentioning 3 times). It just isn't very drinkable. Big letdown. (1,090 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into the classic Darkness tulip glass. Pours a really dark brown/black with a slight tan head. Pretty carbonated. Holy barrels Batman! This thing is just loaded with the whiskey barrel aroma, so much so, that it almost wipes out all other smells. Some tobacco and leather makes its way know in the nose as well. Earthy/woody as well. Sweeter than I thought it would be to start which then transitions to a leather and bitter aftertaste. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Some coffee notes as well. The booze definitely makes itself known as it warms slightly. Dark fruit notes as well in almost a cloying way. It's a sipper for sure and not the best really at that. (670 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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 !!! (548 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (2,244 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, thanks a lot Gene!

a - Pours a dark black color with no head or carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, peat, coffee, and chocolate. Smells a little like turpentine.

t - Tastes of alcohol, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and peat again.

m - Smooth and creamy. Medium to full body and low carbonation.

d - Not a huge fan of this one. Had it side by side with Black Damnation IV and preferred that one a lot more. Probably wouldn't seek out again. (512 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 7/16/10.

Poured into a small goblet, this brew appears black in color. A thin film of darkly tanned to brownish head forms for just a moment and quickly receeds.

The nose of this brew is dark roasty grains highlighted with a bit of woodsy character and some more potent alcohol contribution that was not included in my previous damnation experience.

The alcohol character plays a pretty signifcant role in the flavor of this brew. It comes across with a bit of a whiskey kick but a bit of dark sugary sweetness attempts to tame it and mellow it out. An interesting mix of whiskey warmth fills the mouth along with a bitterness contributed from the level of dark roast that the grain has gone through.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. This brew coats the inside of the mouth with a combination of sugary sweetness, whiskey burn and grainy bitterness. All thrown together it is an interesting and enjoyable mix. (975 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jrallen34 for this. Poured a thick black with a nice, fairly tall black head. Smells of roasted malt, smoke, and some peat. The taste has the same components, but for me the peat really stood out and completely dominated the other flavors, creating a one-dimensional beer. A bit overwhelming. Moderate body; somewhat dry. Not nearly as good as the other things I've had from De Struise. A bit of a disappointment. (423 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Big ups to Struise for making this beer available on the webstore. I was lucky enough to get in on the sale and consequently received 3 bottles in the post a few weeks later. Sampled with Delphine and Mocah Bomb, while this was my least favorite of the bunch, it's still one of the better scotch whisky barrel aged beers I've ever had.

Looks great in the snifter. Bold, black body with a mooch head. This beer leaves great lacing in the snifter and is a true wonder to behold.

Smell is deep and really expressive. Layers of roasted malt give chocolate and coffee impressions while smoked peat from the scotch cask adds depth and earthiness.

The taste is a mild disappointment after the beautiful nose, but this is still a win. Lots of roast, peat, some hops, and Dark fruits. The oak added some wood and vanilla. There's just a touch of finesse that's lacking and the scotch whisky doesn't do it for me like I would prefer. But heads and shoulders above most other barrel aged stouts.

Mouthfeel is a work of art. Creamy, smooth, and thick. Perfect carb and a nice roasty and whisky aftertaste. Overall, this was well worth the time and effort to get. Not a beer I think will change the world, but one every BA stout fan shield try. One of my buddies thought this was the scotch barrel equivalent of Dark Lord. Not for me, but a very good beer. (1,347 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours one shade shy of black with a half inch, khaki-colored head that dissipates into a thin consistent skim, with pin prick ringlets embedded in the cap. Head is refreshed with a gentle swirl of the bowl. Some lacing, but weak legs. Nose suggests brown sugar, a hint of booze, lactose and cocoa. Taste reveals cocoa, a smokey rauch-like character, tart fruit, wet cardboard towards the back, some residual sweetness and a slightly caustic character - the single malt definitely peaks its head at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with an even, easy carbonation and some residual alcohol heat at the finish. Interesting and complex. I definitely preferred this one over Batch I, II and Black Albert and am really quite intrigued to see what the remainder of the series has to offer. (789 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (385 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a FoBAB mini-pint glass. Lot B, best before May 2015.

A - Pours with three fingers of slow-dissipating dark mocha foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves plenty of chunky lacing. Body is hard black - no trace of color here. Like most de Struise stouts it's a looker.

S - Intense dark roast, chocolate, baker's chocolate, meaty smoke, peat and salt, scotch whisky, dark fruits. The only knock is that the booze is a little in-your-face.

T - Taste is a little less complex, with lots of sweet chocolate and fruit notes up front, and then a fierce whisky finish full of smoke, whisky, and light bitterness. There's a bit of tart green apple going on as well. Probably a 4.25 here, but I was a touch generous elsewhere.

M - Carbonation is a little harsher than I prefer, but otherwise this is big, viscous, and oily, with lots of residual lip-smacking stickiness. Surprisingly little heat.

D - Split a 33cl bottle with my wife, and gladly would have had more. Glad I have a couple more bottles of this one, as I don't know how easy it will be for Urbain to acquire a Caol Ila barrel again. (1,103 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (3,465 characters)

Photo of ridglens
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Hayesez for this taste, actually had the same bottle as rhodeska:

1/3 of the bottle poured into a portsmouth snifter, sipped from pretty chilly to room temp. keep in mind this was after a BCBS and a Parabola (for whatever that's worth). i'll keep this one short.

A- very pretty beer, black with thin dark head that leaves quickly. no lacing

S- weird, but kind of a skunky, scotchy, PEAT smell (yeah that's what i thought too). all smells intensified as it warmed, which was good and bad. some typical roastiness came through as well, which was great

T- scotch (which i don't really enjoy). Very roasted and good, but still with that weird, not all pleasant funk...

M- pretty damn creamy, could be a little thicker.

D- the flavor kind of stopped my mouth from begging for another sip...

not the worst beer i've ever had, but definitely not my tastes (weird, i usually like funky beers!) an interesting try, but i wonder if we got a less-than-great bottle, as none of us really loved it.... (1,005 characters)

Photo of rhodeska
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer was kind of a new one for me. That peat/scotch smell was something I am not used to, but I don't think I'm a huge fan of.

The appearance was fine, nice pour, looked really good. The smell was intriguing, maybe because it was just something new to me. However, the smell didn't come through in the taste to me, I wasn't a big fan of the peat taste... Overall, I guess the smell made it an interesting beer to taste but I'm not sure I would want a full glass of this beer. (482 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip. Evil looking skull on the 12 oz. bottle, and a 666 logo on the side of the label. Quite menacing.

A steady but determined pour produces a four finger mocha head composed of tiny bubble, tight carbonation. After a minute or two, the massive head begins to sort of implode as the tiny bubbles merge to become larger and larger bubbles (almost as if the beer is a black hole sucking the head back down into it's eerie depths). The head finally dies down to a substantial ring of foam composed of bubbles of differing sizes. The color of the beer is black with only the slightest tint of brown at the outer most edges when held to light. No real lacing left behind, oily legs pull whatever foam attempts to hang on to the sides of the glass back into the brew. Impressive... most impressive.

Smell reminds me a LOT of regular Black Albert. Doughy yeast, sherry, dark cherries, pecan pie, and belgian chocolate. Only the SLIGHTEST hints of wood, whiskey, and peat but it mostly just smells like good ol' Black Albert (not really a bad thing though).

The taste is of dark cherries, raisins, chocolate cake, belgian chocolate, pecan like nuttiness, cookie dough, a bit of green apple, then hints of oak, and a smokey peat flavor with a salty finish. The effect of the barrel aging is mellow, and mostly comes in on the back end. However, it adds a tasty complexity to an already incredibly tasty and complex brew. Smokey peat/fruity whiskey flavors linger on the palate.

The mouthfeel is thick, full bodied, and syrupy. Very rich with low carbonation and a warming alcohol sensation in the mouth and on the way down. All the while, the beer is still quite smooth.

By the end of this review I barely have any beer left in my glass. Way too easy to drink for 13% alcohol. This beer really takes no prisoners. Simply brutal, and I mean that in a good way. (1,887 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As with all the Black Damnation beers, this is a completely opaque obsidian color with a big three-finger head that holds firm, leaving scattered lacing as it slowly descends. Big scotch whiskey aroma, peat and smoke meet baker's chocolate, green apple and dark fruit. The scent reminds me of salty chocolate chip cookies. Big dark fruit and peat flavors wash the palate first, along with layers of brownie, green apple, coffee and roasted fig. It finishes with lingering chocolate and smoke, less bitter than Black Damnation I and II and considerably more smooth and complex. The salty, earthy quality of the scotch barrel lends a unique and enjoyable character to Black Albert, this is good stuff. (699 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,336 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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 (639 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a dirty brown color ale with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of warming scotch notes with light roasted malt with lingering subtle bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by a mix between some warming scotch notes with light bitter roasted malt though not as complex as I had anticipated. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture from the barrel-aging with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though I was expecting more complexity from this one. (518 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (1,186 characters)

Black Damnation III - Black Mes from De Struise Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.