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Black Damnation V - Double Black - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 587
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  26.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alcstradamus on 03-14-2010

100% of Cuvée Delphine was used that was ice distilled to 26% of alcohol volume.
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Ratings: 298 | Reviews: 110
Photo of DmanGTR
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't give a lot of perfect scores but this was beyond any barreled RIS I've ever had. Super smooth and silky yet boldly flavored and balanced with a slight heat in the finish.

Photo of GRUUMSH
1.75/5  rDev -60.3%

Too much is too much:(

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 poured at Struise

Black as night with a dark brown head which disappears into a ring that holds well. Leaves dark film on the glass. Looks imposing.

Chocolate, graham cracker, wood, slight sweet touch of bourbon. Alcohol is hidden well but not absent for such a ridiculous beer. Wow. Some dark fruit. It's got some sweetness to it. Not much roast more along the big chocolate with dark fruit and roasty accompaniment.

Wow thick and smooth with more carbonation than you would think. Works great for this beer. It doesn't feel extreme heavy, but just like how a big stout should.

A lot more drinkable than I was expecting so that was great. The 8cl pour is perfect. I would love more but there are so many beers at Struise you must drink that it works.
Had a 2014 afterwards and it's definitely hotter than the 2012 but still delicious.

Photo of zhanson88
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out absolutely pitch black, and has the consistency of oil. Very viscous. Probably the best combination of color and viscosity that I have seen in a stout. A dark khaki head slowly forms via tiny bubbles of carbonation, and that head has surprisingly good retention and lacing. Overall a fantastic looking stout.

Smell: A deep roasted malt backbone is apparent, as well as some tobacco and sweet black licorice. A bit of barrel remains, and some booziness, but both are very much in the background. The booziness I get is surprisingly low for a 26% ABV beer. Does not wow me, nor is it overly complex, but still very good.

Taste: Roasted malt character and bitter tobacco are the dominant components here for sure. However, there is plenty of sweetness in the form of vanilla, black licorice, and hints of barrel to offset. Does have some booziness, but does not come remotely close to drinking to its ABV.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is extremely full, with a low level of fine carbonation. Very good. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, and was much easier to finish a bottle off solo than I feared it would be. Certainly worth a look if you can get a hold of a bottle.

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe how drinkable this beer is for 26%. I've had 10% stouts that have tasted boozier.

Huge roast character and enough barley malt that you almost need to chew. Slightly grainy texture. Nice anise flavour in there that isn't too strong. And again, alcohol is amazingly masked - the huge flavour is the only indication of the ABV.

Photo of baybum
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A : Poured jet black with leaving a nice 1/4" head. Absolutely no light makes it through this beer. We even put a high power flashlight to it and nothing! As you tilted the glass, what was left turned the clear glass into an orange, caramel color. Just amazing!

S: Sharp, pungent booze, lots of chocolate, tobacco, black molasses, caramelized sugars. You could lose yourself in the aroma that came from the glass.

T: A Burnt barley, tobacco taste up front. Followed by a nice booze but nothing near the 26%. Many other lower alcohol beers have more of a boozy after taste. The caramelized sugars make this almost syrup like.

M: Full bodied, well carbonated, hearty with a nice sweet feel and lush texture.

O: I knew this was a heavy beer, and by the look of it in the glass I expected it to hit with a punch. It started with such a strong mouth feel, but the lingering taste faded fast and left me wanting to sip it again. The boozy smell was perfect but didn't match the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Thanks Mike!!!

Photo of 77black_ships
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mid. 2012 Rating. 75 cl. serious looking bottle served room temperature into Struise glasses and split by 4. The “wax” is murder getting of with a knife, it more melted plastic than wax – frankly I do not think that it is possible that this is actually wax – it is pure overkill much like the beer itself. If you keep hitting against the way, it will fracture which appears to work much, much better. On top of the plastic it has a synthetic cork as well – is this intended to withstand the apocalypse or what? The beer itself produces surprisingly enough some brief very dark mocha if you pour it vigorously enough. The head is very short lived, remains only around the side, swirling results in crazy big legs, yes this is indeed quite boozy. It is pitch, pitch black, even held up to the light, no light penetrates it and it remains black as the darkest night. This is highly Impressive as far the pure opaqueness of the blackness goes but an imperial stout without a head is still not particularly appealing to the eyes, especially with some remnants of the head remaining stuck to the side. The smell is pure booze, maybe the coldness could have eased it a bit if we had fridged it but as it stands now this smells like vodka, pure alcohol vapours dominate everything, it is frankly not enjoyable. Beer should never smell like vodka as far as I am concerned but that might be just me, it is hard to get passed the alcohol, I am not picking up much else here but there is also some raw espresso and burned coffee grounds to be found here. Above all this smells like vodka. The beer itself is in some ways more about structure than about flavour – this reminds me how DB XI was back when it was first released – the body on this is thick. Pancake syrup, engine oil, thick viscous, it coats the whole mouth, flows viscous, coat the inside of the glass, seriously crazy viscous for any beer. Flavour starts out with lightly vinous coffee, lots of burned coffee and espresso, thick coffee, syrup goo, there is a touch of alcohol but the thickness appears to be hiding it, it is surprisingly light, unlike the smell, black liquorice, molasses, black 95 % chocolate, thick dark sugar, getting into a huge burned and roasted finish, this is the beer that should be called ruination, we did a small vodka tasting before this one and this one obliterated even the feeling of vodka in your mount instantly, kills any other flavours, more interesting than per se good. It is a bit of a paradoxical beer because the booze is not very noticeable, the alcohol doesn’t take full hold of you, it is objectionably not that hard to drink but this is really hard to drink maybe the taste is too much or it’s the body but you almost have to force yourself to drink and my glass didn’t come easily to me – it is very hard to imagine drinking a full bottle of this & that was the general opinion as well. This is not a real a beer anymore for me in that respect – it is hard to drink even in tiny quantities. It is not like this a scotch that I can open this and drink it over a prolonged period – I have to drink at once in one sitting. It is a modern day tickers beer – great in small portions amongst many other beer but sitting down like this and drinking a glass of this like we did more or less… I would have probably been more exited if it was my first time trying something like this. It was more of an experience than a beer and as an experience I would rate it much higher than the beer. I am glad to have tried it – wouldn’t pay the money that people are asking for this one.

Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pitch black and opaque with a half finger mocha head that quickly settles into thin, lasting ring.  Spotty lace left behind.

Smells like a boozy artisan chocolate bar.  Strong ethanol with chocolate malt, subtle roasted coffee and oatmeal.  Alcohol overpowers everything until it warms up considerably.

Viscous medium body with a blast of intense spicy bourbon heat.  Huge alcohol presence although there is a decent barrel character.  Dry oak, vanilla and tons of bourbon.  It's just insanely hot and rough to drink.  5oz is almost too much.  As it warms, the malt character starts to show with a nice balance of sweetness and roast.  Sweet vinous fruit, burnt coffee, ash, charcoal, dark chocolate and toffee but the bourbon and booze are really intense.  Lots of heat and warmth in the chest.  

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A : Poured jet black with big viscosity leaving a nice big brown cap with a few curtains of lacing. This literally looked like burnt Quaker State! Amazing.

S: Sharp, pungent booze sting, lots of chocolate, tobacco, burnt barley, loads of black strap molasses, caramelized sugars and on and on...very nice

T: A nice big tobacco meets black, burnt barely providing a nice char. A good amount of bourbon and booze is noticed but not 26% worth, it feels less boozey than Black Tuesday. Barrel provides a nice vanilla, wood taste. Molasses and caramelized sugar really help finish this off as does the heat. Heavy, sticky and awesome finish

M: Full bodied, well carbonated, hearty with a nice sweet feel and lush texture

O: A deceptively easy drinking beer! Beware but I loved every single sip of this beer. ISO!

Photo of Knapp85
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This poured out as a seriously thick looking black liquid with a thin tan head that struggles to form at the top of the beer. Very dark and thick looking with a syrupy lacing. The smell is rich with sweet boozy black roasted malts with dark fruits galore and molasses. The taste is sweet, rich and malty. More molasses brown sugar and lots of wood flavors. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, boozy, smooth, oily and gently carbonated. Overall this beer packs a major punch in the beginning an mellows out as it warms up. Definitely exceptional and quite impressive on all levels. Expensive as hell but worth trying once.

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black with a surprising head. The lacing coats the side of the glass, but does not appear greasy/oily.

S - booze and bakery's chocolate. It's not as fragrant as the cuvée.

T - bourbon, roastd barley, and sweet vanilla and oak... It finishes with a fair amount of burn. Burnt molasses lingers on the tongue.

M - Low carbonation and still very creamy/smooth in texture. Quite velvety in mouthfeel. I would have guessed it was 13% ABV... This one surprised me.

O - This is by far the highest ABV beer I've ever had, and it's strange that I would not have guessed it was over 13%. Overall, it's another nice variant on Black Albert... I am glad I had the Cuvee Delphine first, and I prefered this much more. Eisbock processed stouts are pretty awesome.

Photo of Luk13
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a thick oily black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is intense bourbon and vanilla, alcohol if definitly perceptible but maybe not thrice as much as your regular imperial stout. It also has a nice depth with chocolate melding with dark dried fruits. Lots of wood and sweetness, but remains more elegant than beers like Black Tuesday. Low carbed but not flat. I can see there is some similarities with Black Albert. A nice experiment but a little too "hot" to be enjoyable. After KRE and KBE, I’ve had more eisbocks that night than in the last year.

Photo of jegross2
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the infamous Black Damnation V (Double Black), an eised barrel aged Russian imperial stout from De Struise Brouwers our of Belgium. This beer is their Cuvee Delphine (bourbon barrel aged Black Albert), ice distilled to 26% ABV.

Score: 87

2010 vintage bottle, Lot B. "Best by" 2016. Served in a Black Damnation tulip taster and enjoyed on 07/12/14. Thank you Paul for sharing this one!

Appearance: Pours a viscous, motor oil color with no head. Minimal pop to the uncorking of the synthetic cork. Has a crazy browning effect from the swirl with chunky lacing and good legs. This brew looks imposing. 4.5/5

Smell: Roasted chocolate, tobacco, malt and black licorice. Bourbon, alcohol (though not nearly as much as you would expect from a 26% ABV monster), cherry, plum and caramelized sugars too. A touch of cardboard-like oxidation. Those nose is solid, with average integration, but it is nothing particularly amazing. The nose is big and bold and can be smelled a foot away from the glass. 3.75/5

Taste: Taste just like it smells with a strong fruity oxidation character to the finish. Caramelized sugars/brown sugar, barley malt, dark fruit chocolate and tobacco are the primary flavors through and in the linger. Less bourbon character in the taste than in the nose. This beer is surprisingly "smooth" for 26% ABV -- with three to four years of age on it, this beer lacks the "here I am, rock you like a hurricane" heat of higher (but relatively lower) ABV brews like World World Stout and Black Tuesday. Lots of lasting fruitiness/oxidation and tobacco/dark fruit flavor to the finish. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. The mouthfeel is so viscous and chewy. Big, lasting flavors coat the palate. Has a flavor profile consisting of sweet components that does not come across as being "sweet" a la Double Barrel Hunahpu's. 4.75/5

Overall: A good/solid, but not great or "cannot miss stout" in my opinion. I have had better bottles of this, but never one I had a good pour of that was quality enough to justify the high retail price tag or secondary market trade value. The flavor profile here reminds me of Double Barrel Hunahpu's, minus the spices/peppers, with relatively poorer integration. Among the many hard-to-get, highly touted beers out there, this one is notably skippable; tickers and completionists be forewarned.

Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of russwbeck
3.76/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black pour with a minimal amount of brown head. It's the darkest of the three and coats the side of the glass very well. 4.5

S: It smells like straight alcohol. Basically a combination of vanilla and rum. All of the aromas from Black Albert and Cuvee Delphine are completely gone. 3.5

T: The flavor cuts off at the end, which I've experienced with eisbocks in the past. There is a slight chocolate base there and it actually isn't the booziest beer I've come across, despite the crazy high ABV. There is a slight amount of vanilla, but it's really all about the rum. The flavors attack the palate...and then disappear. 3.5

MF: The beer is deceptively drinkable, but very thin. The booziness does not accurately represent the ABV. 4.5

O: It's amazing that its this good after all this beer has gone through. I felt the after-effects of this beer once I stood up. I am impressed, but still believe Black Albert is the best in this series. 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Farmers Cabinet, Philly, PA

Dark black hole color, topped--surprisingly--with a small, sturdy cap of tan head. Aroma of dark malts, roasty, pretty heavy with booze, dark sugars, a hint of anise. Definitely hot on the palate, but that's to be expected with the reported ABV. There was an almost bourbon-barrel-ish flavor profile here, roasty dark malts, dark chocolate, burnt molasses, anise, coffee. Chewy mouthfeel, pretty intense, body on the heavier side of medium, though the boozy kick seemed to thin it out a bit in the finish. Nice overall; not exactly an easy drinker, but delivers what is promised.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, and shared with my beer buddy Sam, and new found friends Eugene and Dylan, drank in Antwerp, belgium and bought from the Kulminator for 45 euros. Great price.

A - Very deep ebony colour with an oily appearance, absolutely no head but kind of expected that. The lace seems to just drain down the sideof the glass.

S - Not too bad for its ABV. Dark malts present, with vanilla and an array of dark fruits. Alcohol nowhere to be seen.

T - Fruit flavours up front, that are completely eclipsed by a wooden oak flavour, followed by intense vanilla, intense coffee, brandy, chocolate and then a little alcohol kick. Insane.

M - Only one way to describe it and thats thick, full bodied viscous. Almost no carbonation.

O - This is one of those beers that you'll never forget. It is an experience to say the least. It almost belongs in a category of its own. Dare I say it, but a masterpiece.

Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros and company at the last whale tasting. Reviewed from notes

A - Poured into my Kate the Great tulip a motor oil sludge hue with a big mocha head that just stains the glass. TONS of sticky side lacing, like looking into a void.

S - Surprisingly sweet here and boozy of course. Nice roast here, dark chocolate, light faint soy. Light a big ol chocolate candy bar.

T - Taste is more of those sweet roasty chocolate notes and strong booze. As boozy as it is, I expect more for the ABV. Light flashes of coffee beans and vanilla oak? barrel. More chocolate and roasted malts as it warms and opens. As it warms though the alcohol really begins to come out.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and boozy. Just coats the mouth, so incredibly thick.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer. Top notch here, love how they got to ice this and make it what it was. Massive bottle too. Truly meant to be shared.

Photo of smakawhat
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey. only 4oz pour allowed (I mean it is 26%). From notes.

Real dark head. Super dark mocha brown top, with tight bubbles and lots of staying power. A walnut black body, not quite pitch black but still hard to say, always leaves a great 3mm collar while drinking. Very impressive and dark looking brew.

Nose hits with a real nice rush of impressive, subtle, and distinct senses. Light rauchbier like smoke mixing with mild coffee. Lots of fresh chopped and splintered wood. Dried figs, and soft raisins, and lots of charring roasted malt. It smells subdued, but incredibly complex.

Palate hits with a delicious fruit smoothness. Lingering roast coffee on the finish and a drying malt finish. Super silky with mild molasses. Wine like thick deep red cab sauv body. Some little tight carbonation on the tip of the tongue. Lots of lingering roast, and smokey fruits on the finish. Lasting, delicate, and unique.

Overall it reminds me of a superior Marshal Zhukov, and you can't even tell this is 26% abv. Just a wonderful drink all around. This might be my new favorite large stout I've had to date. Mind blown.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, served in a snifter.

A- Pours a thick, viscous black with a surprisingly huge, thick, creamy, mocha colored head, which has excellent retention and leaves tons of lacing.

S- Very sweet, rich aroma. Dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a nice booziness.

T- A delicious blend of the sweet characteristics of the aroma with a more assertively bitter coffee/espresso with roasted grain, char, and an actually pretty mild booziness. I'm shocked at how subtle the booze is, if I had to guess I would expect this was around 16-18%. It's still a sipper because of how rich the flavors are, but the alcohol is hidden masterfully.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, creamy and a bit sticky. It isn't as flat and oil-like as I was expecting for such a high ABV, I'm really impressed that it has carbonation at all, not to mention such a nice, creamy, rich feel.

O- A delicious beer and an absolute treat to drink. Surprisingly mild on the booze and solid on the carbonation along with intense, rich coffee, roast and sweet flavors. I'm still stunned that this is 26%, it's done incredibly well.

Photo of nataku00
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a fluted stemware. Surprised to see a keg of this make it all the way over to California, but glad to try it. Beer pours pitch black, completely opaque with a finger and a half of thick creamy brown head. Surprisingly long head retention, leaving thick patches of lacing. The beer itself is very viscous, with plenty of alcohol legs.

Nose is bourbon soaked dried dark fruits, cherry and plum mixed with a touch of wood tannin and vanilla, fruity dark chocolate, espresso, and dark caramel. There is a touch of Belgian yeast spice and lighter fruit esters as it warms as well. Beer smells sweet and rich, but not much booziness.

Taste follows the nose, big flavor without any harsh alcohol flavor. Leads with the dark fruit and dark chocolate flavors, sweet smooth dark caramel. A touch of espresso and dark roast malt bitterness mid palate to balance out the sweetness. Long lingering dark fruit, dark chocolate and roasty bitterness on the tongue, as the beer just sticks to the inside of your mouth with each sip.

Probably the thickest and most viscous beer I've tried, full body and sticky, but a decent amount of fine carbonation to help lighten the beer as it hits the tongue. For 26%, the alcohol is dangerously well hidden, but the big bold flavors led me to take small sips and let it sit on the tongue to really enjoy the beer.

Photo of popery
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. This is delicious. I'm kinda blown away. Anywho, it pours motor oil black. Looks a lot like motor oil but with a tight dark brown cap. The aroma is huge with coffee and dark chocolate. Tons of it. There's some nice dark fruit in there as well. Lots of molasses and caramel. Massive flavor. Sweet with all sorts of chocolate. It's like drinking a very fancy wonderful brownie. I can't believe there isn't more booze to the beer. Feel is thick. Very thick. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. Delicious.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Holy hell, 26% ABV? This is by far the strongest beer I've been able to sample to date... Poured on tap into a tiny, 4-5oz tulip glass at Trappist Provisions, a new fantastic beer-related place located in Oakland. Wouldn't want more than 2oz of this at a time, personally...

The appearance consists of a deep, darkened color with shades of brown, black, gray, and whatever else when shined upon the light. It reminds me of a haunting, murky lake or swamp shining against a full moon, and the feeling of drinking it gives me the same anticipation of plunging into its deep, dark depths. The alcohol legs on this are massive, and nothing seems to stick to the glass for more than a second. There was pretty much no head upon the initial pour, but there are remnants of carbonation that sort of fight to stay at the top... It reminds me in that case of espresso that's been sitting out, untouched, for about 5 minutes.

The smell is simply vicious when it comes to imperial stouts, and I mean this in the best way possible. I immediately pick up intense notes of wood and dark fruitiness, and while there's barely any hops, or bitterness for that matter, there is a spicy finish that is quickly overpowered by the alcohol. This is truly more that halfway to retaining whiskey like properties in a beer... Only no corn is involved here. The alcohol is not as strong as I expected on the nose, and it relishes intense sweetened notes upon the darkened malt aromas, which often create a vanilla bean and dark chocolate combo, combined with cherries, blackberries, figs, and other similar fruits. Great stuff so far.

The flavor is unlike any beer I've had to date, for that matter. While the initial fruity and roasted complexities hit you at first, it quickly shapes into a massive - and I mean *massive* - oak chipped finish unlike anything else. It's experience similar yet far more intense to that of having an Oaked Arrogant Bastard on tap some years back. The key difference in the alcohol, which heightens the sweet vanilla experience to ridiculous levels, yet the burn only arrives far later after each sip. This contains properties very similar to tawny port wine, a highly oaked sherry, or a brandy that's been melded with tons of woody coffee. It's still distinguishably a beer, but it definitely is off the charts for proper categorization. The feel is excellent and thick - reminds me of fresh, full bodied chocolate cake recently pulled from the oven. It works because it contains liquor like properties but a beer feel without too much of an alcohol burn.

Simply put, one of the most interesting beers I've had in my whole life. Drinking it is an experience, and should not be treated as a way to get hammered or anything. This is world class sipping beer here. If I have the chance score a bottle of one these, I surely would in a heartbeat. Highly recommended!

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared with some friends.

A- pours like used motor oil, some seriously viscous stuff. Surprisingly it pours with a nice head of some very dark bubbles. The beer coats the glass with an odd sheen, looks intense.

S- Smells pungent. Tons of oak and dark fruit. There is a smokey char scent to it. There is also some considerable booziness in the nose as well.

T- wickedly smooth, some plum, finishing with all sorts of oaky roasted character. Drinks like a beer with half of the ABV. A little sweetness, with some nice smokey notes.

M- Pretty crazy how smooth this is. Still a bit hot, but the carbonation and body are wonderful.

O- met all of my high expectations. This beer is pretty stupedpous, and goes down way too easily. Paired wonderfully with some chocolate. I plan to sit on my other bottle for a few more years to see if it mellows out.

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bsuedekum...Iced Stout, let's do this...

A - Pours black with a small head on it.

S -The nose erupts with dark fruits (plums and raisins), dark chocolates, and a little bourbon.

T - opens up amazingly sweet. Uber chocolaty malts move on to extremely bitter dark chocolates. Vanilla bourbon flavors move in next to help tame the chocolates. Some spiciness from the bourbon comes in next but is overtaken by piney hops. Whoa.

M - thin body and TONS of booze

D - Wow...bold, full of flavor and really complex. I had a small pour of this and don't know if I could do more than 1/4 of a bomber in a sitting. This is packed of flavor and will smack you in the face if you're not looking. Definitely worth a shot, but not for the faint of heart.

Photo of GabrielM
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A - probably the darkest beer I've ever seen, which pours like black lava. Dark espresso head on top.

S - vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and BOOZE.

T - holy shit... this beer is no joke. Chocolate, vanilla, oak, maybe some whiskey and a ton of heat. I feel it in my chest and nose as if I took a shot of bourbon.

M - creamy and hot.

O - this beer is a trip. Whoever called it a whiskey milkshake was dead on. I'm not sure if my wife and I will have the strength to knock this one out.

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Black Damnation V - Double Black from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.