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Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 122
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 03-14-2010)
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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

t0rin0, Sep 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh at last Thursday's tasting. Served in a HopCat tulip. Notes from my in-progress tasting sheet.

Pours black with a good tan head that sticks around for a long, long time and leaves plenty of lacing on the way down. Lots of spotty lacing. Head is really creamy. Nose brings forward a heavy dose of chocolate and coffee. Loads and loads of coffee. Loving it, just like Dov, my hilarious psychology professor who liked to quip that he coined the phrase "I'm lovin' it," not McDonald's. Back to the beer.

Flavor brings even more coffee. Really delicious throughout. Can't get enough of that coffee. Light sweetness. Full and viscous body; really creamy. Still lovin' it. Really beautiful beer that I'd love to have again.

Thorpe429, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.9%

acurtis, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

BEERchitect, May 12, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

kjkinsey, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mikesgroove, May 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for the beer and Craig and Chris for their exquisite taste in beers I haven't ticked yet.

A: The pour is black, no doubt about it, with a nice dark brown head to go with it. Ominous indeed.

S: The coffee does come through nicely along with some more subtle tones of chocolate and vanilla. A solid roast and a surprising spiciness, not quite like chili peppers, but close enough. Perhaps that's the rum...

T: Again, plenty of coffee, roast, and vanilla. The spice is more mild, but the oak character is much more pronounced and gives the beer a mild astringency.

M: Not quite as full bodied as I would have expected, but a pleasing smooth carbonation.

D: The Black Damnation series offers up a bunch of interesting/different beers, but I can't say I've been totally amazed by any of them. Still, this one was good.

womencantsail, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Knapp85, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle shared by t0rin0. Thanks, Bobby. Black Damnation IV is apparently Black Albert aged in old rum barrels.

Pitch black with a dense retaining head that's only a few shades darker than the body.

Strong scents of coffee and rum greet the nose. Dark chocolate and molasses, blackened malt balanced by sugary rum. This beer has a great nose.

Bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors meet undertones of sweet sugary rum and oak. The body is on the lighter side of full, but the intense flavors make it seem heavier. Carbonation is high, scrubbing away the burnt bitterness. The finish is sharp, almost acidic from the coffee.

This is my favorite of the Black Damnation beers so far, the rum barrel lends a really nice balancing sweetness to the intense bitterness of the base beer.

largadeer, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains black coffee, dark chocolate, a touch of dark fruit and roasted malts.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character and bitter-sweet flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee. The hops presence is very mild but brings a good balance. There are some flavors of dark fruit and alcohol in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, nice big stout to drink for a long time but not quite as good as Black Damnation II.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Struise webshop. Served in a Surly Darkness glass. Best before March 2015, Lot A.

A - Giant three fingers of dark reddish mocha foam that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving fingers of lace behind. Body is a very, very dark brown that has some faint color at the bottom of the glass.

S - Taste has the signature Black Albert anise and fruity Belgian yeast character. There's a coffee with cream element, as well as some vanilla and a touch of spiced rum and tobacco. Very faint oak and minimal alcohol.

T - Taste has significantly more candi sugar and dark spiced rum flavor. There's some oak and star anise in the finish. Dark chocolate malts and roasted coffee beans rounds out. Not overly sweet, but not too much char and smoke either.

M - Feel is wonderful. Creamy medium-full body, with soft moderate carbonation, and a tannic and roasty finish. Tooth-coating residual sugars remind me of drinking rum. Almost no alcohol presence.

D - I crushed a bottle of this in no time. Delicious stuff that is highly recommended. The only fatiguing part was the espresso and anise bitterness in the aftertaste. Another masterful job by Urbain in disguising alcohol.

MasterSki, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Stoutfest.

Pitch black dark thick color with decent dark creamy head.

Nose with tons of mocha, dark choc, cocoa nibs, spicy chopotle like aroma, chalky powdered choc.

Taste brings chewy malts, darker malts, light spicy chopotle, dark choc, lighter cocoa nibs, chalky powdered choc, light bitter earthy malts, light booze, creamy body, light vanilla, semi sweet with drier finish, plenty of roast and coffee as well.

mouth is fairly heavy bodied with decent carbonation and creamy feel, light booze.

Overall pretty good, nice dark malts, drinks much better than 13%.

jlindros, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 33 cl bottle, beer is black with a brown tan head with some lacing, some carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is great, chocolate, fudge, sweet, coffee, nice.

Beer does not live up to its taste. It falls flat, too thin, mildly sweet, almost no bitterness. It is fine but every time I take a drink I smell it, get excited and then end up disappointed. Oh well. Maybe the other Black Damnations will be better.

drabmuh, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's Belgian Beer Festival.

Appearance: This one pours pitch black with a bit of tan head that goes away almost immediately.

Smell: This one has a pretty mild smell. There is some coffee roast and dark chocolate and sweet alcohol from the rum.

Taste: This one is sweet and I think some of it is coming from the rum. I'm picking up a lot of dark fruit like raisins and figs. There is some coffee in the background and some mild dark chocolate as well. The finish is kind of boozy.

Mouthfeel: This one is thick, but not motor oil thick or anything like that. The body is also quite smooth. There is some mild carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: I think this is a good beer but given the alcohol and the sweetness, I don't know that I'd pick it out again.

oline73, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Rifugium, Apr 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.