Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club - De Struise Brouwers
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5/5 rDev +21.1%
Bought this 11.2 ounce bottle, in Amsterdam a few months back at The Cracked Kettle- the last beer buying stop of the trip, top shelf and a ladder later, all mine for 12.50 euro .. .
Pours a deep brown black with fantastic dense head on the pour, settles down nicely.. .
Aroma of coffee, tar, and gods coffee cup..
Amazing complexities in this one, coffee being the main player but chocolate, espresso, tar, more coffee, light rum, and more espresso...
i'm in love, my beer of the year, and maybe even the best beer i have ever had..
This floaty thing is amazing. We should patent this.
repeat: the best beer i have ever had. period..
01-16-2011 01:40:16 | More by Onslow
4.83/5 rDev +16.9%
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
12-13-2012 20:37:12 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
Pours black with a quarter finger of head. The aroma is an absolutely stellar mix of coffee and rum. Along the lines of KBS and Devil Over A Barrel although this one was aged in a different type of spirit barrel than those two classics. A bit of sweetness from the fruity Black Albert base peeks through, but only in a small dose.
The flavor here is excellent. Not as terribly complex as I was expecting, but thats OK because what is here is more than worthy. It starts out with some freshly roasted coffee bean up front, with a dry oak finish. The rum barrels did not impart as much flavor as they did aroma, but the treatment definitely helped add some nice subtleties. Hints of vanilla, dry cocoa, and dark fruit do their best to peek out from behind the coffee. There seems to be quite a bit more hops than in Black Albert, but I believe that is just the bitterness from the coffee beans playing tricks on my mind.
The body is full and the carbonation is sufficient but low enough to create a wonderful creaminess. Drinkability is excellent for a 13% ABV monster. This one just keeps me coming back for sip after sip. Such a well crafted and balanced coffee beer. I put this on par with any other barrel aged coffee beer I have tried, including KBS. Highly recommended.
03-25-2010 23:49:20 | More by alcstradamus
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
Up for review is a bottle of Black Damnation Coffee Club. Poured at cellar temp into a Thomas Hardys glass. Cost less than $10 from the yeast store. Great beer, possibly my favorit eof the series thus far. The barrel really comes out nicely. Full body, well carbonated, great finish.
02-21-2011 02:04:29 | More by rye726
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
12-28-2013 09:40:29 | More by dgilks
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
I was looking for Black Albert at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. They were out, but they had this instead, which is aged in rum barrels for 2 years. Nice.
A: Motor oil black with a thick and lasting dark brown head. Absolutely not a speck of light coming through here. Awesome looking beer.
S: Rich and earthy, emphasis on some sort of caramel malt. Roasty. Hints of honey and vanilla. Some tobacco, like walking into a humidor.
T: Roasty and slightly woody with fleeting fruity accents. Dark and beautiful spiced fruits. Plum and raisin in the finish, lingering on and on and on. Tempered slightly by a bit of vanilla, then covered completely in dark chocolate. Later on a mocha flavor comes through. Haven't seen a coffee note that rich before to come out clearly as mocha.Clove and nutmeg and slight tobacco. God there are too many flavors here. Incredible.
M and D: Very smooth, covering the alcohol character perfectly. Dangerous. A slow sipper to be sure, but what an amazing sip each one turns out to be.
11-04-2010 08:03:37 | More by BucBasil
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
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
Oh Urbain, you sexy thing!
Went down to the cellar and snagged a bottle from the shelf. It pours as black as it gets with a lovely tan marshmallow-y head, 1 finger in size and slowly recedes to the edges of the glass.
A lovely aroma of coffee with a hint of rummy spice teases the nostrils with each breath.
Taste gives flavors of tobacco, vanilla, coffee and that lovely bit 'o barrel at the finish.
The mouthfeel is silky smooth to the point wear I'm starting to feel violated.
Unfortunately this one is incredibly drinkable which doesn't bode well for the remaining bottles in the cellar lasting long.
04-13-2010 00:57:28 | More by Cedromar
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
4.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
12-04-2013 19:31:42 | More by brurevu
Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club from De Struise Brouwers
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