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Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club - De Struise Brouwers

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 120
Gots: 45 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 201 | Reviews: 94
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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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.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears black in color with 2.5 fingers worth of brown head. Solid retention to the cap throughout the duration. Patches and a webbing pattern of lace stick to the glass. A swirl revives a dark brown finger back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is dark and roasted coffee which imparts a light citrus aspect. Deep roasted grain fills the nose with hints of char, chocolate and earthy almost dirty notes. Somewhat of a light touch of must from a combination of coffee and earth character. As the brew warms, a light note of tobacco emerges mixed with more earthy and chocolate malt.

The taste is quite earthy with a deep almost dirty earthen flavor of old, stale coffee. The coffee element imparts a light citrus coffee bean aspect with a hint of hops. Herbal at times with a bitterness contributed equally from hops and dark roasted grain. There is a minor alcohol kick that seems lightly exaggerated from a spirit-like inclusion that gets increasingly tangy as the brew warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 13% abv is very well integrated in this brew. Overall it has a solid balance and arrangement of flavors. However, when compared to the rest of the black damnation series, I think this one falls a little short compared to the others. Perhaps this one would have been best enjoyed as fresh as possible. Regardless, it is worth a try if you get the chance.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with spidery foam webbing stuck to the sides. Lazy skim retention.

Aroma is dark coffee rinds that have been left in the French press for a day because I forgot to wash it out after I made coffee. Wet soil and bourbon.

Dark roast coffee is the big cock on the block but the bourbon and dark chocolate syrup sweeten the deal. Engaging and addictive.

I could sit at Ebenezer's all night, drink this and listen to crickets. Last night I did just that.

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3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ebenezers.

A- Pitch black with a massive, creamy dark mocha head. It retains nicely but doesn't leave a lot of lace.

S- Coffee explosion. Just a ton of dark roast coffee, cocoa and malt.

T- Dark roast, bitter, coffee ground bonanza. It seems like a truckload of coffee goes into each keg of this. Some harsh alcohol at times. Dark malt and vanilla flavors as well.

MF- A bit lighter bodied than I expected. Alcohol fumes warm the palate. Roast bitterness level is huge in the finish.

One word: Coffee.

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4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 8/10/2011

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.

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3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ebenezer's.

Pours just about pitch black, 2-finger tan head settles to a thick ring pretty quickly, some lacing left.

Smells of intense coffee and booze. Taste is similar...strong coffee, roasted coffee beans, very boozy on the finish, though I got used to that after some time. Some chocolate and big vanilla sweetness as it warms. A bit of dark fruit. Decent mouthfeel, way too boozy.

Not bad, nice intense coffee flavor here, but the alcohol detracts big time. It got better as it warmed though.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: the beer pours a very dark color with a dark brown fluffy head.
Smell: Roasted malts, lot of coffee, some chocolate, vanilla and rum. Nice
Taste: A letdown compared to the smell. For me this tastes like old bitter burned coffee. Some malts, chocolate and vanilla. Still not bad though, was just expecting more after the excellent smell.
Mouthfeel: medium-thick body, medium carbonation.
Overall: A nice beer, I love coffee, I love coffee beers, but for me this tastes a bit too much like old coffee. Still, not a bad beer, excellent nose, worth to try.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is a deep, dark brown shade, bordering on blackness. The tan head lasts for a considerable time, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings lots of coffee. Oh I do I do I do want coffee! Ahem...additionally, scents of yeast, roast, and chocolate.

What a terrific flavor, with a heavy, potent dose of delicious coffee. The beer is far from one dimensional, with beautifully integrated yeast and chocolate flavors. The finish brings a dry bitterness that has me yearning for more.

Alcohol presence is a non issue. I wish I had a box of this awesome brew in my cellar.

Overall, superb.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on tap at teresa's.

Black with a seriously dark chocolate head. Big coffee aroma with some dark chocolate. Bitter taste with more coffee. Dark malts and chocolate round it out. ABV is well hidden with a thick mouthfeel. This is a decent coffee stout, though not my favorite, but it's a good one to get an idea behind the difference between the struisse stouts and typical American imperials.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door in a wine glass.

Coffee club is a black stout like every other black stout, it is B-L-A-C-K, black like a stout. A nice film of a cap of dark colored tanish foam on top leaving minor stick.

Coffee Club smells like a coffee club, a big roasted coffee flavor with cream, vanilla and a splash of rum soaked in from the barrel. A bit of wood. All coffee no filler, even though I heard there aint no coffee addition except for the base beer components.

Coffee Club tastes like a coffee club, in that I can taste coffee and a heaping of roast and vanilla with slight coconut. The rum barrel is there and noted and quite bold. Cream, with some char in the back with dark fruit and some alcohol, it is 13% afterall. Comes of more sweet than the Mocha Bomb I had before.

Feel is quite big, the body is quite above medium approaching full, oh hell, it's full bodied and it packs a punch leaving for a sipper. Carbed up nice but not overly so, it stays with me for a bit after putting it down. Overall, I enjoyed this, but Mocha Bomb was more my thing.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Rattle 'N' Hum in New York, NY on 6/8/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. It has a nice 1.5-finger chocolate brown head on it. The head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts, and a big coffee presence. There are notes of vanilla, caramel, molasses, and toffee. I am getting a touch of booze as well.

T - It starts off with a big roasted malt flavor. There is also a strong coffee presence here, as expected. There are also some nice flavors of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and even some black cherry. The finish leaves some lingering roasted bitterness and booziness.

M - This has a full body and lower carbonation. It goes down smooth, and it coats the mouth nicely letting you taste every bit of it. It has a slick and oily feel to it. There is some lingering bitterness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - There is good drinkability here. It is most definitely a sipper, but it goes down great. It's 90 degrees out right now, and this is drinking great. Overall, I really enjoyed this. The coffee notes stood out quite well. I would definitely purchase more of this.

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Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.