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Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%

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

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 03-14-2010)
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Photo of dgilks


4.68/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 09:40:29 | More by dgilks
Photo of brurevu


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 19:31:42 | More by brurevu
Photo of inlimbo77


4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 14:46:05 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:40:35 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 00:23:12 | More by Jwale73
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 17:39:59 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of DenMar

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 20:11:35 | More by DenMar
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 20:37:12 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of Brabander


4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 21:03:58 | More by Brabander
Photo of jegross2


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 04:57:18 | More by jegross2
Photo of warnerry


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:03:24 | More by warnerry
Photo of mulder1010


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 14:12:31 | More by mulder1010
Photo of woosterbill


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.


Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:15:20 | More by woosterbill
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 17:07:56 | More by axeman9182
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 18:59:52 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of CuriousMonk


4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 17:40:50 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Rifugium


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 19:25:54 | More by Rifugium
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:45:22 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 01:18:24 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 17:12:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of callmemickey


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 06:25:48 | More by callmemickey
Photo of crnipeter


3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After easily getting Black Damnation II, III, VI and even V (much sought-after Double Black) the IV prove to be the most elusive prey I had to wait for patiently for a long time.

Pours up to an inch thick well formed medium-tan head with moderate retention that creates rather short lived laces as it sets to a stable collar atop of opaque blak body.
Nose is dominated by huge espresso and tobbaco with alcohol-soaked dark fruits shining through. Coffee aroma is so pronounced I' cant believe it hasn't been aged on coffe beans, solely on old rum barrles.
Flavor is better with coffee element being less dominant: smooth chocolate-sweet initially followed by dark fruits and tobacco and final transition to coffeeish roasted finish with warming alcohol that lingers. (330 ml, BB date 12-29-2016, into tulip.)
Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.

In short, somewhat boozy imperial stout with strong espresso and tobacco character.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:09:22 | More by crnipeter
Photo of Mar02x


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We hit the road last monday for a trip to the Westvleteren monastery and afterwards we wanted to go for a meet and greet with Urbain (Struise). Urbain however didn't show up so we went to the pub near by. Luckily the pub in Oostvleteren has warm connections with the Struise boys, because the Black Damnation Coffee Club and other variations were available. I wasn't the driver so I could give it go.

A - A pitch black poor with a brown head, with a big bubbly structure. this is how any beer should look; powerful and tasty.

S - A very nice coffee odor mixed with mocha and chocolate wake up my nose. This has to be a beautiful beer.

T - This is a thick syrupy, mouth coating sipper. Beautiful coffee and wood tones are mixed into this near perfect blend. It is one of the nicest coffee stouts I have ever tasted. In the deepness of this beer there is also peat, mocha, toffee, candy sugar and some tiny liquor tones present.

M - This beer coats the mouth very nicely, a superb mouth feeling; thick, syrupy and creamy.

O - A very nice imperial stout, very heavy and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 15:44:50 | More by Mar02x
Photo of Fux


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dense liquid which has hard time trying its way out of the bottle ! Black as hell. Thick and opaque. The head takes shape after a while, dark also then fades into a thin film.

S: Coffee is surely present here. But the smell is mainly ashes, smoke, a resinous, herbal scent. Faint notes of soaked red fruits and a huge alcohol background.

T: Taste however is mainly coffee. A bit earthy also. Very bitter with a long finish.

M: Full bodied, thick as it can be. Creamy but not sticky, then not drying out, almost perfect for the style.

O: Woh ! I love this beer. Coffee stout might sometimes be too straight. This one is a stand out !

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 22:20:17 | More by Fux
Photo of Knapp85


2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap a Capone's during their Black Friday event. The beer came out in a small snifter glass and it looked like a liquified chocolate bar. The color was a muddy brown color with not much head on top. The smell of the beer reminded me of a chocolate milk shake... The aroma has lots of chocolate and coffee notes and yet they seem muted somehow. The taste of the beer is very bitter. There is a ton of bitter chocolate and coffee notes along with a hefty amount of Nobel Hop flavors too. The mouthfeel is thick, and leaves a film of your teeth. There beer also feels like liquified cocoa powder. Overall sadly I was not a fan of this beer at all. Maybe it was a bad pour or the beginning or end of the keg... Who knows but either way it was kind of a let down to me. It might be worth trying from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 06:40:29 | More by Knapp85
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Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.