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Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 204
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 118
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

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Photo of Wanne
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, almost black, with a big brown head. Overwhelming aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. These aroma’s return in the taste, accompagnied by a mixture of vanilla and candy Sugar. The aging on rum barrels doesn’t go unnoticed and elevate the beer to a sublime taste experience. Superb beer!! (314 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. 2011 vintage. Pitch black pour with an incredible 3 finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is big and bold, dominated by dark chocolate and roasty black coffee and espresso notes along with hints of vanilla, oak, and booze. The taste mirrors the nose with huge fresh roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, oak, vanilla, caramel, and boozey rum on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with little to no carbonation and a dry, bitter, and subtly sweet finish. Overall, another epic brew by Struise that is incredibly drinkable for a 13% ABV beer. (670 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Black, straight black. Pours thick and syrupy with a heavy carbonation given the viscosity. Dark khaki/tan head starts off massive and creamy. Drops to a small cap and small creamy collar. Minimal lacing. Vigorous swirl produces a sizable head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Deeply roasted, like crazy roasted. Loaded with cocoa and bitter baker's chocolate. So dark it crosses in to alkali. Slight oxidation as well. Coffee beans and bitter pressed coffee. Deep dark fruit, plum and fig and cherry. A sharp bite of alcohol layered throughout. Red wine and chocolate. Milk and dark, Tons of coffee bean. Licorice and a touch of leather. Touches of char and burnt malt. Deep caramelized sweetness. Some chocolate cake as well. Cherry skin, some oak, and vanilla. Dense and deep.

Taste: Deep dark fruit and crazy roasted malts. A touch of char and burnt malt. Caramelized malts add a ton of sweetness. Cocoa and lots of it. Deep dark baker's chocolate pushes in to an almost metallic level. Some plum and fig as well. Chocolate - milk and dark - and bitter. Coffee beans and old over-extracted coffee. Some vague notions of licorice and old leather. Oxidized and deeply metallic without tasting like a battery. Burnt and charred. Almost smoky. Warming pushes the alkali cocoa taste up a bit much and the coffee beans take on an older quality.

Mouthfeel: Not quite as thick as the pour would indicate. Medium pushing toward full body with minimal carbonation. Slick and almost creamy. Surprisingly clean.

Overall: We're not just a beer we're a coffee club.

It's big and burly as expected. A bit over roasted and loaded with a bitter cocoa and alkali profile that ultimately hurts. (1,745 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared with Goblinmunkey7, cheers to him for the acquisition and gifting

Consumed 10/24/14

A: Pours big, thick, and intimidating - jet black at its core with some dark brown around the edges - gushes out of the bottle with a dense, thick, light brown foam - retains a mostly solid cap with a thick, dense collar

S: As if someone decided to soak chocolate cake and brownies in a pot of coffee - extremely rich with a ton of chocolate - dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fudge, brownies, and cake - tons of coffee, with some acidity - some light oxidation - dark fruits, caramel, and molasses - some hints of Belgian yeast with some fruity esters - some big alcohol notes - very decadent and complex

T: Big, thick, rich, absurd - huge chocolate and coffee flavors - rich chocolate cake with chocolate frosting - brownies - fudge, tootsie rolls, semisweet chocolate, chocolate syrup - caramel, molasses, and some dark fruits - some nice esters and some booze - sweet, but there's so much chocolate and coffee that it works

M: Full body, but not the thickest I've had, very smooth, unexpectedly drinkable for a big beer

O: I'd join this club

The bark is bigger than the bite. For a big beer, drinking this is definitely not a challenge. The chocolate and coffee notes are lovely. This is the best stout I've had in a while. (1,324 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Inky black with a small, rich and creamy tan head. Good head retention. Very nice.

Intense coffee aroma. Charry roast and lovely tobacco aroma. Deep and complex bitter chocolate. Alcohol. So complex and so good.

This is why I love beer. Intense. Big tobacco and roast flavour. Raw coffee. Touches of oaken whisky notes probably associated with the alcohol flavours. Rich espresso. Light sweetness that gets sucked away quickly. Wow.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy. Motor oil.

A big rich stout. Among the best beers out there and a truly fine creation. I wish I had more. (597 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes: The Black Damnation IV poured a deep opaque black with a strong chocolate and coffee aroma. The taste was sublime. It had a very deep and smooth coffee and chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla almost like drinking chocolate syrup. The very high alcohol was almost imperceptible as I savored every sip. The only downside is I may never get to try this one again as you cannot get it in Texas. (416 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz, Best before 3/2015
Riedel tulip

A: Pours thick dark black in color. Medium tan layer of tight bubbled head. Good carbonation for a high alcohol beer. Alcohol sheeting and alcohol feet.

S: Really deep espresso notes right away. There is booze there. That sweet rum brings the vanilla and oak notes. Dark fruit. Tobacco. Roast.

T: Dark roast. Dark chocolate. You get that sweet rum, bringing vanilla and oak. Lots of espresso. Tobacco for sure. Some leather. It's a deep beer. Finish is long. You start bringing more of that rum in finish.

M: Full bodied. Chewy. (572 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Best by March 2015.

Appearance - Just shy of inky black. Some transparency at the edges. A lot of nice khaki foam. Lots of wisps.

Smell - Lots of coffee. Extremely strong. Raw, green coffee flavor. Roasty chocolate. Some cadamel.

Taste - Intense coffee again. Less raw, more bitter. Touch of acidity from the coffee. Dark chocolate. Bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel - Really bitter and some booze. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall - Not sure if that coffee acidity is a result of age. It's not off-putting, but the coffee is extremely strong. (585 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz. bottle enjoyed on 4/7/2013 at the Delirium Hoppy Loft. Pours an inky black with a one inch, dense, creamy, mocha-colored head. Nose expresses intense coffee grounds followed by rich chocolate on a roasted malt backbone. Taste follows nose - the coffee flavor has held up surprisingly well. There's also a nice chocolate character interspersed with a tart, slightly vinous quality, followed by a hint of oxidation that is just starting to peak through. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a creamy/silky texture and a light carbonation. The body on this beer is really quite pleasant. Overall, a very good big stout that has held up surprisingly well; however, I would say that it is just starting to decline based on the slightly oxidized character that is starting to show itself. Perhaps my favorite Black Damnation so far. (836 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Raspberry black with rosey sandstone foam that trails.
Humus, boozey rum barrel and coffee on the nose.
Black cherry skin, cocoa, raspberry jam, a vanilla hit and vague tea leaf hop.
Brown sugar syrup finish and tobacco linger.
Medium to full, round, chewy, smooth.

Big and chunky. The wood is there, but there's plenty of fruit, too. Gentle, at the end of the day, especially for the strength. But should this really be called "coffee" anything? (451 characters)

Photo of DenMar
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black as night, Thick oily texture with two finger dark brown head that seems to last forever!

S - Coffee, wood, Chocolate and some peat, very nice nose, more intense than regular Black Albert.

T - Roasted Coffee, a lot of Coffee!! and dark chocolate, Molasses and a bit of dark fruits, There is also sweetness in this beer that compliments all the flavors.

M - Low carbonation and thick mouthfeel, what you can expect from the Struise, very sweet finnish.

O - Fantastic Stout from the Struise, one of their best in my opinion. (535 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

Batch from 2011.10.01. Best before 2016.12 29.

A: Pours an absolutely oily black color forming a small brown thin bubbled brown head. Good retention but no much lacings left. A thin layer remains for long time on the top

S: Perfect. Dark chocolate, coffee, wood and bourbon. Some notes of roasted malts, grassy hops bready yeasts. Also some notes of mint and alcohol in the very end

T: Perfect as the nose. Upfront is slightly sweet with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, roasted malts. End is made of an intense roast bitterness and some earthy and bready yeasts

M: Extremely creamy and heavy body. Molasses. Low carbonation. Aftertaste is very woody with notes of roasted bitterness

O: Excellent beer. One of the best beers I've ever had. Perfect (805 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, normally i always review my Struise beers i drink. I always thought i had reviewed this one. Seems to be not the case....

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks like heaven. Black, pitch pitch black this one is! Huhge head with millions of bubbles. Nice and slow lacing in the glass. Smeel is coffee, dark roasted coffee. I stopped drinking coffee twelve years ago and now i am drinking a coffee based stout.

Very tasty, i am glad i have lots of bottles left! The alcohol is really hidden with its super balanced taste (530 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Black Damnation IV (Coffee Club) from De Struise Brouwers.
Score: 87

Unknown vintage bottle served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 08/08/12.

Appearance: Pours the color of black coffee with a finger of creamy milk chocolate/mocha colored head that settles into a ring around the glass. Average lacing and retention with an oily cling. 4/5

Smell: Black coffee, cocoa, sweet raisin and alcohol. A little syrupy brown sugar aroma and roast too. 3.5/5

Taste: Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and brown sugar. Sweet dark fruit flavor and a hint of creamy vanilla. A light metallic alcohol flavor in the finish that seems to fade out as the beer warms/layers. Lingering coffee flavor. The flavor is not boozy, which is surprising given the nose. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A really solid tasting stout that is overpriced and overrated for it's rarity.

Recommendation: Stick with De Struise's Black Albert. It is easier to find and substantially tastier (albeit without the coffee flavor).

Pairings: Pound cake.

Cost: $12 for an 11.2 oz bottle. (1,142 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slick, oily pour of black liquid under at least three fingers of brown head. Head lasts forever and leaves nice lacing.

S - Coffee and dark fruit up front, along with a slight mustiness that I have also noticed in some other Struise beers. Doesn't really get in the way though. Chocolate and vanilla and a light sweetness as well.

T - Lots of dark fruit, some coffee and chocolate and a bit of molasses. Also roasted malt and some light char. There is some sweetness but it is kept in check. Some noticeable alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is as slick as the pour suggested. Full but not heavy, with a roasted, bitter finish.

O - Another nice stout from de Struise. Not my favorite of the series, but the rum barrel aging adds a nice twist. (738 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Why not!!
Thanks to Baggio for the bottle

A-- Poured an oily looking reddish black color. Settled black, no light penetrating this at all. Nice looking head. A sort of dark reddish brown leather looking head. One finger in height and looks like a mousse with the thickness in the head. Sits at a nice layer of film. Great spotty lacing and leaves a dark reddish brown layer of film in the glass.

S-- Strong, powerful coffee. Has held up well with some age. Marshmallow, peat, wood, chocolate, char and ash. Just very vibrant and a big nose. Just lovely.

T-- Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, coco powder, carmel and some char and ash. Nice well rounded flavors.

M-- Low carbonation and medium feel. Slick and oily in the mid and back with a overdrawn coffee and burnt tire finish. Slightly sweet as well. Well hidden ABV.

O--- Excellent example of a RIS with coffee. Slightly dry, slightly sweet, coffee in the right spots. Well hidden ABV and just a fun beer to drink on a cold night. Will buy again if given the chance. (1,068 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to warnerry for this one.

A: Thick, oily, black body under a finger of dense reddish-brown foam. Great retention, lots of lace. Terrific.

S: Coffee, chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, and spice. Rich, round, and intense.

T: Sweet molasses and dark fruit out front, followed by rich maltiness and solid coffee. Vanilla, spice, and mild booze on teh finish. Very smooth and flavorful.

M: Thick and very sticky. Moderate, soft carbonation. Nice.

O: Yet another extremely enjoyable, extremely huge stout from De Struise. I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as Black Mes, and neither this nor that could hope to touch Mocha Bomb, but it's a great beer in its own right.

Cheers! (726 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, allowed to warm before being poured into by Bruery tulip.

Black Damnation IV- Coffee Club pours completely black, with four billowing fingers of brown foam crowning the beer. Head retention is great, and lacing is left in solid sheets. There's not a flaw to find in the appearance. The nose is great, with lots of chocolate, and a little bit of coffee present from the roasted grains as well. From there the rum barrels really begin to show, as the dark fruitiness present in regular Black Albert is magnified, and there'a a definite spicy aroma. The barrels are a little too present in the flavor profile though, as plums and raisins and a spiced rum character overwhelm the milk chocolate, coffee, and vanilla sweetness. The body is nice and full, with a pleasant creaminess to it, but the carbonation is a bit dull, even for a big imperial stout. Black Damnation IV- Coffee Club is a well crafted beer that doesn't quite reach the highs of Mocha Bomb. (972 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dominated by obvious coffee overtones, it's the nuances of Belgian influence that create complexity, interest, and challenge in this aggressively roasted and powerfully alcoholic choice.

When poured, there's no glaring difference in the appearance of this beer and espresso except for slight variations in viscocity. Carrying moderately heavy visual weight, the beer's absolute blackness is backed with an onyx-like sheen. Completely opaque, the beer releases a delicate creme of foam that swirls about the surface and clings tentatively to the glass.

Aromas of bold espresso roast is accompanied by deeply recessed notes of walnut, maple, fennel and aniseed. Make no mistake about it, this beer is all about brash coffee and alcohol fusion.

Flavors of espresso also dominate the taste. The counterpart of malts are roasty, dry, and hardly allow for malt starch or sweetness in support. Instead, the balance is given to the fruity notes of raisin and plumb and the counter of licorice and rummy alcohol. Surprisingly, the underlying sweetness makes hardly an impact and the beer doesn't seem "all espresso".

Medium bodied by somewhat of a misnomer at 13%, the coffee-like acidity and dryish roast combines for a lightly ashy texture and timid malt support. Dryness and heat of alcohol adds to the effect of abrupt closure with a strong lingering of coffee and booze to finish.

Quite enjoyable and challenging all at once, the beer follows the mold of Founders KBS and Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout but with less grace and balance- it's just more abrupt and brash. (1,587 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Damnation IV was made with Black Albert that aged for 6 months on very old rum barrels. Poured from .33cl bottle into snifter glass at a tasting. Pours black with medium thin brown head that lasts decently throughout. Aromas of coffee and light rum. Flavor was really boozy and coffee. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Quite similar to Black Damnation II but more subdued. A quaffable beer nonetheless. (401 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Farmers Cabinet, Philly, PA

7oz. pour, jet black, with a small, tan ringlet of a head; minimal soapy lacing left behind. Aroma of booze up front, then roasty malts, a bit of coffee, and a soft sweetness, almost cherry-ish. Big roast in the taste, coffee, bakers' chocolate, charcoal, with a balance of sweetness, and ubiquitous sugary rum with a touch of spice. Medium-bodied--a bit thinner than I prefer for a stout--but nice and silky nonetheless. Very good overall. (490 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Previous reviews lead me to believe that this beer would be light in carbonation so I poured straight down the middle of the glass to produce a thick black liquid with a good 4 inch mocha head that persisted forever. The smell is quite oxidized with bit of cardboard and wet dog. There's coffee and roast in the aroma with bits of ash and cardboard. Damn I hope this tastes better than it smells. Taste is thick roasty molasses and sugar. Bits of dark sugared fruit dipped in vodka round out the flavor. Thick body and syrupy mouthfeel, light level of carbonation. Rum barrel aged Black Albert had me quite excited, but the sample in my glass is quite disappointing. Oxidized syrupy and actually hard to drink. I hope I have a bad bottle, because up until now De Struise hasn't let me down. (790 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up in a recent de struise order. poured into a southampton 2012 irs snifter.

a - black as hell. thin milky tan head. had the BD2 just before this and it sported a much more impressive head.

s - filthy rich on the nose. there is a lot going on in here. the bottle boasts rum barrel aging vanilla honey tobacco and fruitiness...and although the fruitiness does not jump out to me, the others are all there in spades...providing a journey to the senses in each whiff. the vanilla and rum create a decadent bakery odor.

t - massive taste. explosive. the honey jumps out to me first, then a ride through a rum barrel tunnel and finishes with a vanilla burst...leaving a dry tobacco coating.

m - big and bold. coats the mouth and finishes with dry tobacco. much thinner than black albert.

o - overall an amazing jump from black albert and an interesting take. worth seeking out, but not nearly the best in the series. the mocha bomb that i just had was far superior. (982 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Inky, onyx black body with a scant head due mainly to the heavy, to-the-rim pour.

Smell: Well roasted malts, espresso, a generous chocolate note, light spice, with some subtle rum accents with a stunted dark fruitiness for a distant rum raisin hint.

Taste: Thick chocolate sauce thinned out with a drizzle of sweet treacle and charged up with a few shots of chilled espresso. An underline of smoked currants and prunes. Faint resinous tone underneath the heavy maltiness. Fairly restrained rum character. Earthy, roasty bitterness throughout. More coffee flavor on the back half with some astringency presenting itself on the swallow. Shows a bit more caramel as it warms a tad. Warm, ashen/roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's tasty, with bold flavors, and an overall enjoyable stout that, despite its heft, goes down with a relative ease. (954 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black body, large chocolate brown cap, nice retention and a sizable quantity of lacing.

S: Bold, freshly brewed coffee with a hint of citric bitterness as the beer warmed. A bit 'one note' compared with some of the more impressive coffee stouts.

T: Coffee, chocolate, restrained dark fruits like prunes, and some leathery notes.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium full bodied, restrained boozyness.

O: A nice offering, I enjoyed all the coffee throughout, but would have prefered a bit more depth in the nose to really push this one to the next level. (561 characters)

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Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club from De Struise Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.