Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club - De Struise Brouwers
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4.1/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a snifter
Pours an inky, jet black. I can make out my reflection in the glass; I cannot see any brown or red even at the bottom of the body; this is dark. Less than one finger of tan head sits on-top when the glass comes to me, and it doesn't bother staying around for very long. Still, the color of the body is perfect.
Chocolate malt and lots of espresso dominate the nose in the early going. As the beer warms up, it gains plenty of complexity. The coffee gets lighter and fruitier. The alcohol fusels start to emerge, but they bring a lightly fruity quality the bouquet; I am attributing this to the rum barrels that Black Damnation IV was aged in. Most intriguing is the green vegetal quality that this beer has. Fellow BA, FernMaster, called out this note as a soybean component; I have to say that the vegetal character does come across a lot like soybeans. That may not sound appealing to you, but it makes the aroma stand out for me.
Imagine if Founders Breakfast Stout were more dark fruits-driven, more Belgian in character. That is what Black Damnation IV tastes like. It truly does taste like Black Albert brewed with coffee: the signature dark fruits and yeast flavors of Black Albert are evident here, only smoothed out by the rum barrels. Nothing can tame down the coffee in this beer though; it's pretty dominant.
I love love love love the mouthfeel on this beer. It's very thick, even for the style, yet retains a carbonation level that allows the beer to be luxurious and smooth while not also not being flat or still. Chewy yet silky: this beer feels great.
Overall, Black Damnation IV isn't up the the same par as the bottles of III (Black Mes) and especially II (Mocha Bomb). It's a bit too disjointed to achieve an extremely high score. It's damn good though, and a worthy member of the Black Damnation line. If you're lucky enough to have a keg near you, then you have to take advantage of it.
Serving type: on-tap
05-10-2011 07:12:58 | More by Reaper16
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Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club from De Struise Brouwers
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