Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by StJamesGate:
3.96/5 rDev -4.1%
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?
04-02-2013 17:39:59 | More by StJamesGate
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2.1/5 rDev -49.2%
Bottle poured into my trusty Bells tulip glass this beer produces a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly.
S: I am not sure what this beer is supposed to smell like but I am sure it is not supposed to smell like freshly cooked asparagus. After the initial onslaught of stewed vegetables I get a faint coffee smell. This smell is horrid.
T: The taste actually follows the smell. This is all vegetable with some stale coffee. Color me not impressed by the smell of this beer.
M: The mouthfeel is redeeming. I find it to be on par with any other great imperial stout.
D: I poured this after trying to stomach it for 30 minutes. If I had a choice between this and triple bock I would pick triple bock each time.
I couldn't recommend this beer to anyone...unless they really enjoy stewed vegetables with stale coffee.
02-28-2011 19:39:14 | More by ROBORB
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
A: Pours deep black with a fluffy tan head. Looks very inviting.
S: Initial heavy blast of ground espresso, followed by spicy tobacco, subtle vanilla, honey dark chocolate.
T: Smooth dark chocolate transitions to bitter espresso roast, ending with smoky oak, bitter molasses and alcohol in the finish, spicy aftertaste.
M: Smooth, though I found this to be thinner than the first three in the series. Still, definitely one to sip.
O: Very nice, strong coffee flavor that somehow melds perfectly with the rest of the flavors. Interesting how this is expressed so softly, when I would expect a softer profile from rum barrel aging.
08-22-2011 00:41:15 | More by jbeatty
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
06-14-2012 00:03:24 | More by warnerry
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Pitch black throughout and a very thin light brown head. This doesn't leave much more than a few small spots of lace down the glass. Gorgeous color.
Strong and powerful aroma of roasted coffee beans and freshly brewed coffee. The aroma comes in waves, and while is coffee-centric, there is some chocolate and vanilla notes as well.
The flavor follows the aroma very closely. This is a big, rich, coffee stout, and it makes no apologies for being so. There's some rich vanilla, earth, and wood flavors as well, but the coffee is dominant and delicious.
Medium bodied with low carbonation. I would have preferred a slightly thicker, richer mouthfeel, though it's not at all distracting.
Another wonderful Damnation.
11-21-2011 02:16:05 | More by ehammond1
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
On-tap at the Brick Store.
Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of smooth roasted malts with moderate amounts of rich coffee and lighter amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and molasses. As the beer warms slight dark fruit aromas waft out.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal amounts of roasted malt and molasses flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of smooth coffee. Midway through the sip the sweetness from the molasses subsides a bit as dark chocolate flavors come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. As with the aroma, dark fruit flavors work their way into things as the beer warms - booze-soaked plums with hints of raisins.
Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall I was expecting a lot more of a full flavor profile from this beer but I left somewhat disappointed. As with almost all of de Struise’s beers, the mouthfeel is fantastic. A solid beer that’s worth a shot but I wouldn’t spend much time seeking it as there are better coffee beers out there.
06-02-2011 19:58:06 | More by glid02
4.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
01-14-2012 15:44:50 | More by Mar02x
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
03-03-2013 20:11:35 | More by DenMar
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
Thanks to Adam and Matt for this one. 11.2oz. bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.
A: A deceptively carbonated beer. Gentle pour yields a slowly rising, and rising, and rising 3 finger, thick, rich, mocha head with great retention. Beer itself is appropriately opaque black, thick, and viscous. Lacing is pretty outrageous. Patterned, good legs, and great stick.
S: Nose is basically all mocha with just the slightest hints of chocolate and sweet soy sauce. Simple and to the point though not quite as sweet as I would like.
T: Opens milk chocolate and a sprinkle of hoppiness. Middle is sweet soy sauce, booze, liquified prunes and raisins, and just a touch of chocolate and roasted malt sourness. Finishes milk chocolate, cocoa, and dark fruit. Aftertaste is cocoa and roasted malt bitterness.
M: Full bodied and moderately carbonated. Oily and viscous in the mouth though not as smooth as I would like due to a good amount of bubbles. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.
D: Nothing too crazy and not nearly as good as Cuvee Delphine if we're talking similar beers. However, still well crafted and worth trying if you get the chance. Complex and a sexy looking beer... feel is a bit off though.
12-01-2010 01:33:44 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
330ml bottle generously shared by Chris at Ebenezer's.
The pour is phenomenal - as black as can be with a huge lasting tan head sitting on top. Good lacing.
Aroma is rich, intense coffee and dark chocolate. A great roasty and chocolatey base stout sits under that.
Flavor is also really rich and awesome. So much coffee, although it doesn't lend any harsh bitterness to the beer. The coffee is of really high quality, and there are notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt, along with some rum and perhaps a hint of oak barrel.
Full-bodied and very creamy on the palate with a nice medium-low carbonation level.
A real bruiser overall, but awesome. Better than regular Black Damnation for sure.
06-21-2010 18:21:42 | More by nickd717
4.06/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
04-30-2013 00:40:35 | More by Alieniloquium
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo as well! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, spices, and wood. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. Very nice flavor profile going on here. The spice aspect really was a nice palate change up in the series as it really made this one stand out from the others. Had the chance to be lucky enough to try all the series (except V) back-to-back to compare them. This was my second favorite in the series.
06-10-2011 16:46:16 | More by thagr81us
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
On tap at Rattle n Hum.
A: It pours black as night with a hint of a tan head. It recedes quickly leaving little to no lacing. Completely opaque in appeance it is quite the menacing brew.
S: Huge notes of coffee and and smokey wood start out the experience with aromas of licorice and charred malt. The coffee is completely dominant leaving very little room for anything else.
T: Coffee forward with some astringent bitterness from the wave of black malts. There are some strong tobacco and wood/barrel flavors that meld seemlessly with the burnt nature of the brew. The base beer is still evident with similar notes of apples and dark chocolate. It finishes pretty dry with another big dose of java.
M: medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation.
O: Back to back I prefer the Black Mes, the coffee notes are a bit too dominant and completely over shadow the rum barrel.
06-07-2011 21:14:59 | More by Neffbeer
3.68/5 rDev -10.9%
The last of the trifecta. At Max's of course.
A: Black. See the others for what little additional descriptors are needed.
S: Sweet rum and coffee and roasted stout. Plenty of strenght. I'm surprised at the vivacity of the rum barrels.
T: Roasted malts, coffee and the residual sweetness of rum. A triple threat of richness. That being said, this is the least favorite of the three (II though IV). The rum, while adds sweetness, weighs the beer down. A rum barrel, IMHO, doesn't belong with beer. That may change in the future, but not now.
M: The mouthfeel, dark and roasted, seems at home with the dark sugary sweetness of the rum. I'm not sold, but they work well together.
D: At 13%, this is not a beer to experiment with. I shared it with the intrepid ksak but I wouldn't come back for another.
02-19-2011 00:32:45 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark dirty brown color head with great retention and good lacing. Complex aroma consists of vanilla, rum with deep roasted malt and coffee notes. Taste is also a complex and extreme mix of vanilla with rum and light oak, some warming and creamy notes are also distinguishable with loads of malt and light roasted note. Body is extremely full with rich creamy notes and alcohol is still well integrated thought it can be felt. Not something I would drink on my own every day but well worth to try and share with others.
06-14-2010 16:41:37 | More by Phyl21ca
3.8/5 rDev -8%
Reviewing the Black Damnation IV (Coffee Club) from De Struise Brouwers.
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.
08-09-2012 04:57:18 | More by jegross2
4.58/5 rDev +10.9%
Hot damn, I could not wait until this one hit my fridge. I had been waiting to try this forever, having loved the first edition, I figured the coffee and barrel aging was going to do nothing but improve this one. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/13/2010.
The pour was perfect, dark black with no light coming through this one at all, nothing was going to stand in its way. A head over two fingers high then jumped up and over the top of the glass, easily dripping down over the sides, foamy and rocky, but had incredible staying power. Dripping with cocoa colored lace it finally settled down to earth and the session could begin.
Aroma of deep coffee, intense and fresh with ones of bourbon and vanilla thrown in for good measure. The warmer I got the bigger it got, smoky with roasted malts and loads of deep vanilla and coffee just dominating the air around it. Burnt toffee, caramel, hints of coffee and oak all coming together very nicely. Really a very well put together creation here. As I take the first sip the huge body on the one is ever so present. Really an enormous amount of roasted coffee, smoked, peat like flavors and vanilla converge to make this one damn near perfect. An insane flavor, just tons of rich dark flavors, coffee, bourbon and a rich feel. Serious alcohol notes aside it was a fine, fine sipper. Warming up to room temperature reminded me a lot of KBS, it had that rich barrel flavor with who coffee just floating in it. Really well done.
Overall I was pretty damn impressed here. One of the better stouts I have had and easily better then the original version. This would be a great offering to really knock someone down with; it's a heavy one for sure.
05-15-2010 16:38:20 | More by mikesgroove
Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club from De Struise Brouwers
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