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Black Damnation V - Double Black - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 11.31%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  26.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
100% of Cuvée Delphine was used that was ice distilled to 26% of alcohol volume.

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 03-14-2010)
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readbaron

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Zwanze Day 2011 courtesy of West Lakeview Liquors. Thanks for the great event Kristina!

Pours out looking like extra viscous soy sauce - it's thick and smears itself around the glass leaving a brown haze upon everything it touches. Double Black indeed. There are hints of carbonation, but no foam.

Smell is intense. There's a strong honey sweetness, followed by a lot of herbal and earthy notes. Some chocolate and dark fruit as well. There's a subtle bourbon finish, but it in no way dominates the rest of the flavors. Similarly, the heat is subtle - surprisingly lacking, and only shows up as the beer warms.

Taste is delicious. Honey, molasses, roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of smoke. There's alcohol there, but it isn't tasted so much as felt. It's a super smooth beer.

Feel is impressive. It's unbelievably thick, and works well even though there's very little carbination. The alcohol makes itself known here - it prickles the tongue and warms the mouth nicely. Unlike anything I've previously experienced in a beer.

Overall, a super intense and awesome drinking experience. As everyone says, it's hard to believe that this is a 26% beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 19:14:11 | More by readbaron
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Drazzamatazz

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, what a pleasant surprise for some early afternoon drinking. Bye bye hangover!

A: Four ounce tasting glass looks like it was filled with watered down molasses. Straight black and very full looking. Nice little mocha cap on top.

S: Lots of sweet roasted malts along with some deep dark chocolate. Some definite soy sauce, but its in check thankfully. This does not smell like its 26%, I've had regular stouts that have way more booze coming out of them.

T: Burnt edge of brownies, bitter chocolate, some sweet dark fruit hydrated in booze. With that said, it doesn't taste nearly as hot as I was expecting. Soy can again be found once it warms, but it doesn't ruin it for me.

M: Hard to find much carbonation in such a full bodied viscous substance. Nice roasted aftertaste.

O: Damn, gotta hand it too De Struise, this works much better than I expected. Might be the best variation of Black Albert I've had and that is definitely saying something. If I had a 750 ml of this I'd definitely share it with someone....but I'd probably keep hoping I could get more than them.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 15:43:53 | More by Drazzamatazz
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared by Dr. Abmuh. Boom.

Pours viscous and oily, black and soulless with a fleeting dark mocha head. Dense aroma of coffee, raisin, smoke, booze, and cocoa. Very interesting body that is simulatenously intensely robust and thick before the alcohol asserts itself and finishes not quite thin, but less oily and chewy than it starts (ed: wtf was that sentence, it makes no sense dude). Strong coffee flavor throughout, intensely roasty, with chocolate, faint hops, and just general robust "strength" (ed: again, with the saying crap that doesn't mean anything). A little more interesting than Black Tuesday (ed: I give up), and this was sampled with other "sippers" instead of stouts (Tenacious Cassis, Figgy Pudding, Divine Retribution, Batch 7000) and stood out among them. Very happy to try this, thanks for sharing Matt.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:48:17 | More by yourefragile
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nickd717

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Insane for a beer like this to come in that size bottle.

Well, what can I say? It’s black. Not surprising. Dark brown one finger head.

The aroma is roast, coffee, hops, and slight booze. Not as strong of an aroma as I’d expect.

The flavor is like the Energizer bunny though...it just keeps going, as they say in "The Sandlot", FOR-EV-ER. Really. Intense dark chocolate, molasses, roast, coffee, and alcohol.

Not boozy for 26%, but you can feel it in the palate. The mouthfeel is like syrup. Intense as all hell, and almost impossible to get down. Like a triple imperial stout almost, totally insane. But I love it.

These guys did something ridiculous here, and I really respect them for it. Damn, this is insane, in a good way, or in a bad way. I don’t even know anymore. My drunkenness just doubled on this 4oz pour. Damn. Seems like you could leave this open and drink it over a period of months, like Utopias.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 17:53:22 | More by nickd717
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared 6 ways. Thanks, Mark.

A: Amazing - black as night with very dark brown head. The head retention is impressive.

S: Lots of booze, bourbon, light chocolate. Some roasted malts in the background. Lots of dark fruit. The aroma is surprisingly subdued.

T: A surprising amount of roasted malts, but dominated by chocolate. Well integrated bourbon. There is very little booziness in the flavor. Far, far less than WWS and Black Tuesday by comparison.

M: The thickest beer I've ever had. Carbonation is perfect.

O: I was skeptical as I tend to dislike the higher ABV imperial stouts. I'm also not a huge Cuvee Delphine fan. However, this beer was the highlight of the day. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 21:00:39 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nakalakaboom for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Batch 1.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, cocoa, coffee, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with a pretty boozy finish and a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and fairly thick, sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with some awesome aromas and flavors. I am very glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 02:34:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Brez07

Maine

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap over the weekend. 4oz served in a tasting glass

A: Dark. Pitch black. No other way to describe it really. Despite the size of the glass, still had a decent amount of tan colored head. Some spotted lace at the top of the glass

S: A little sweet, soy saucy. Mixed with dark chocolate and roasted malt. Surprisingly, booze was basically non-existent

T: Dark chocolate, booze soaked brownies, fig/dark fruit. As it warmed, the sweetness started to drift towards soy sauce. Very small amount of booze present

M: Full bodied. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation. Dark fruity roast aftertaste

D: De Struise did really well with this one. I think a good description would be a super imperial Black Albert. Ridiculously easy to drink at 26%. However, my small pour was probably all I would want in one sitting due to the beer becoming increasingly sweeter as it warmed

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 13:12:10 | More by Brez07
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 17:33:49 | More by baybum
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 02:29:33 | More by rudzud
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle I picked up at the Alvinne bottle shop in Belgium and shared with friends at TJ's on 29.12.08. The beer poured a black so black and dense with a deep tan head but no real carbonation. The aroma had has some dark chocolate notes, wood as well. The taste is dried fruit and chocolate up front with some high abv notes although this is a pretty drinkable beer but best shared with friends. Definitely pick it up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 20:19:24 | More by ggaughan
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mistakebythelake

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Turdferguson for graciously sharing this amongst the Wildthings at DLD.

A nice 3 oz pour into a mini FFF that left me wanting more yet glad at the end of the day I probably didn't have more of this brute. Revealed a thick dark black as night pour. Ample sized head that remained for a bit with slight lacing even on a small glass. I immediately smelled some Chocolate, dark fruits, slight smokiness and some booze. Similar tastes of thick chocolate, coffee smoky dark fruits and a bit of booze without a burn on the tongue.

Double black yields a Moderately carbonated yet thick and enjoyable mouthfeel.Fantastic and very surprised at how mellow this high abv iced treat is. Dangerously drinkable and can do some damage if not sipped or enjoyed amongst others.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 16:23:28 | More by mistakebythelake
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never thought i would try this on tap

Dark deep brownish black. If cola. Could be motor oil, this would be it. Light creamy chocolate head.

Very sweat and rich. Tons of chocolate and molasses with hints of toffee. Booze was hidden quite well, only a trace of heat.

Similar to the smell. Very sweet and rich. Dark chocolate milk with dark fruit. Various hints of molasses and toffee.

Mild carbonation. Insanely thick, thickest i have had. Tingle across the tongue from the alcohol.

This was good, better than i had expected.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 02:14:46 | More by hooliganlife
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jamescain

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, big thanks to xpimptastikx for bring this one to the bottle share!

Appearance: Super thick and viscous, black with no head only a thin brown ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: If I didn't know how much alcohol was in here I wouldn't have been able to guess its 26%. Molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted notes, raisins and even some leather.

Taste: Like I stated above, wouldn't be able to guess its 26%, lots of chocolate, some burnt sugar, raisins, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with a minimal amount of carbonation and not really that boozy.

Overall: This is a very good beer and if I had the chance I would seek it out. Deceptively smooth, this is a monster of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 19:15:01 | More by jamescain
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Xenon (forgot your username, sorry).

Pours with a ridiculously think sludge motor oil looking almost solid thing, with a super dark fizzy head, stains the glass, essence of pure darkness in there.

Nose is more pure darkness, it pulls the aromas from my nose before putting them back, roast, dark chocolate, light soy sauce, caramelized caramel caramelied candies, just damn... pure biscuit and chocolate malted milk ball, super dark roasty chocolate kit kat and a bit chalky with a big booze as well

taste is super rich and thick, syrupy as hell like sludge. Then some roast and super chocolate, dark baker's chocolate, coffee and espresso, hint of vanilla barrel like flavor, fairly bitter and roasty, chalky powdered choc, some booze but not what I expected for 26%, booze flavored very slightly fusel, bitter earthy hops and roast, chewy hop pellets in the middle, and a light... bourbon barrel? Tons of pure dark malts, yum!. Long super bitter finish with earthy hops and roast galore, plenty of chocolate, hint of vanilla barrel, super long finish that coats the mouth. Booze ramps up as it warms.

Mouth is ridiculously thick, coats the mouth and never leaves, rich and syrupy, maybe the thickest beer I've ever had.

Overall damn, I didn't even know a beer could be this crazy, like Darkness, Darklord, Black Tuesday, and Mephistopheles blended and ice-beered and then added corn-starch to thicken and essence pure darkness. Tasty but a little overboard and quite hard to get more than a small pour down. Glad it was shared between a few people.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:58:11 | More by jlindros
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jampics2

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About 1.5oz pour from a 750ml bottle, courtesy of Eric. You’re the man, buddy, thanks for busting out this amazing brew for Dark Lord Day.

As I stare at the liquid in the glass in front of me, I’m somewhat confused. I thought beer was a liquid, but this has as much in common with oil or Jello as it does water. A swirl literally leaves a halo of beer, not lace, beer on the glass. This is one thick, chunky looking brew – pitch black as if all the damnation of the world collapsed upon itself. There’s not really any head or lace, just thinner and thicker levels of beer. Simply put, this is a sight to behold. As someone standing around with the sample said “I wish I was Gene Simmons so I could use my tongue to get every drop out of the glass”.

So, I debated on how to rate this. I’m still not 100% sure, but I think I’m doing the right thing here. I’m not going to compare Double Black to a 12% American Double Stout. I’m not even going to compare it to something like Black Tuesday or World Wide Stout. Those beers are for sunny afternoons sitting by the pool – this is the stuff real men drink before they joust or pillage.

Here’s what I concluded – since I really can't defer to the style guides and generally accepted best examples of an American Double Stout, I’m just going to rate this on how it smelled, tasted, looked, and how it made me feel. So, to start, the smell isn’t actually as abrasive as I would have thought – there are some wonderful notes of molasses, burned souls, chocolate, ashes of the departed, and coffee. Just a touch of booze is present but is remarkably well-concealed considering some beers one third of its strength can’t pull together like this. So, an ice-distilled beer doesn’t need to have solvent, fusel notes of ethanol and road salt? Take note, you penguin-fuckers at Brewdog.

As I take my first sip, I’m really quite taken with this beer. An army of bitter chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and booze hits my tongue like storming a battlefield. This is more of a char/roast focused beer than a sweet booze bomb. There are several layers of roast – coffee beans, burned wood, ash – that somehow all work together to give this depth and keep my interest from swaying. The barrel notes from Cuvee Delphine seem to be lost apart from a stray note of vanillin or oak, but the beer is dead-set on staying focused on the dark malts. A hint of cherry and some noticeable warmth round out each sip.

To experience the mouthfeel of this beer without actually drinking it, I would recommend having your mouth and throat coated in tar. This is beyond cough syrup, with just a touch of carbonation to break-up the stickiness. It literally feels like it’s holding on for dear life, each sip making me thirstier instead of quenching my thirst. But that’s OK. The remarkable thing here is how this beer pulls off the 26% without batting an eye. I’ve never had a high ABV brew like this – so intricate and focused on everything but the booze.

In conclusion, this is a new standard for big ABV beers with actual flavor. Double Black made Black Tuesday look like Light-Grey Tuesday. It made World Wide Stout taste like local porter. It made Sink the Bismarck practically worthless (or maybe that was Brewdog). Thanks again to Eric for the pour and to Urbain and the Struise crew for making what is certainly truly special beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 18:46:53 | More by jampics2
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #20 beer on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" list, served in a snifter.

Beer is oily, thick, thin dark brown head of small bubbles forms, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation. Interesting.

Aroma is sweet, coffee, strong, burning alcohol a little, intense.

To say this beer is thick is not a good descriptor, it is very interesting on the palate though, it is chewy thick on the front 2/3 of the palate and finishes rather thin. It is like the alcohol of the beer can't cut through the front so it waits for the finish. Moderate roast and bitterness on the finish. I personally can't drink a lot of this but it is a nice sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 04:07:53 | More by drabmuh
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nmbr0ne

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from bottle.

Appearance: This is a black hole. It absorbs everything. It's jet black, can't see through it at all. Mocha head. Good retention and ridiculous lacing. It literally stains the glass. You have to soak the glass so that it's easier to wash the next day.

Smell: Very boozy. It's not like it's a 26% beer or anything. I can't pick up any other aromas.

Taste: Flavors are much better than the smell. A lot of dark chocolate, toasted, roasted malts, coffee, some vanilla. Overall amazing flavor that would be perfect if it wasn't for the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick. Syrupy. Difficult to drink at times.

Overall: I surprisingly still like it regardless of how much I didn't enjoy the alcohol. Its complexity is intriguing. I would definitely have this beer again. Very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 00:43:52 | More by nmbr0ne
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice beer, but it has a big, big alcohol punch!! It really needs to be smoothed out a bit and with some aging could be the best thing since bread was sliced, since fire was lit. I have not tried any of the Black Damnations above 5 (with the exception of a taste of the Special K --I think it is Black 11 or something).

A: Super black, wow...really nice!
S: Deep, dark chocolate and coffee.
T: Bam!!..strong on the alcohol..in its current age, overshadows the chocolate, coffee and toasted malt undertones
M: Reeling a bit from the alcohol, but nicely smooth
O: Really nice, but takes a hit from the over-taste of alcohol. Nice for a few sips, a taste or two, but really needs some mellowing.

I have opened bottles of this and I recommend two things: If you are able to get your hands on a bottle of this, save it for a while. It will last 10 years or more...let it mellow for a few; and if you open a 750ml bottle of this, make sure you have about 10 people to share it with!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:52:13 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up from the Struise schoolhouse by Eric (TurdFurgison). Served in a 3 Floyds tasting snifter.

A - A very dark mocha foam settles to a collar and some wispy patches. Body is pitch black other than a faint reddish tint when swished in the glass. Impressive, particularly at 26%.

S - Aroma is very nice, if perhaps a tad sweet. Loads of vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, toffee, as well as some light oak and earthy roasted grains. There's a faint booze note, but more suggestive of a mid-teens ABV.

T - The taste isn't quite as good as the aroma, with stronger ash, smoke, oak, and burnt earthy malts and less of the rich Belgian chocolate flavors. Again, whiskey flavor is quite light, but there's a noticeable alcohol bite in the finish.

M - Full-bodied, with surprisingly active carbonation and a sticky finish. Some alcohol burn reminds you that this is 26%, but it's still overtly 'beer-like' in feel.

D - It's hard to drink quickly (although I know it can be done, as I've done it before :-P), but more because of the decadent and rich flavors and less because of the alcohol. Quite enjoyable otherwise, and I had no troubles finishing my glass. I even got a second pour so I could make a black & tan with Sink the Bismarck!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 15:52:31 | More by MasterSki
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously shared by Liam at his birthday tasting.

Poured a thick and viscious black, absolutley no chance of seeing through this at all, deep red/tan head, light spoys of lace on the glass. Smell is deeply roasted, tons of coffee, suprisingly very little alcohol in the nose. Taste is of roasted malt, bitter coffee grinds, chocolate, moderate bitter profile, alcohol but not near what 26% should taste like, defintley warming nice heat in chest and throat, very tasty stuff. Light-med carbonation, full body, nice feel. This was absolutey a treat to have, unfortunatley I will never see this again, does not taste like its ABV at all. Thanks Liam

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 13:30:14 | More by peensteen
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Thanks to Jcb890 for this bottle! Split three ways.

Appearance - I have never seen a blacker stout. Hunahpu is thick and black. This is blacker. None more black. Amazingly large head for 26%. By that I mean it's a one finger mocha head, but it lasts forever. The lacing is more due to the thickness than anything else, but it clings to the glass and stains it like no other stout.

Smell - Well, it's boozy. I get nothing else in the nose but booze. Nostril-burning booze. Maybe some roasted malts.

Taste - Dark roast extravaganza. It's like burnt chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Black coffee in the finish. Really an amazing flavor. This is what I look for in stouts. The downside is that the alcohol overwhelms the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and incredibly viscous. Slick and chewy. All the great things I love about stouts. And then there's the burn. Wow. I coughed after one of the initial sips. Even so, this is far easier to drink than Black Tuesday.

Overall - There's no other beer like this. An amazing feat that a brewer was able to make something this good at such a high ABV. The faults are blatantly because of the alcohol, but I give this a 5.0 overall because there's really nothing that can be done about it. It's 26% alcohol and it's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:16:50 | More by Alieniloquium
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ehammond1


4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2008)

Thanks for opening this one with me, nakalakaboom!

(Aged for 3+ years)

Black on black with a surprisingly large (for the style and ABV) dark brown head that leaves the glass oily and spotted with stick. Very impressive looking beer.

The aroma is quite incredible and expressive, and better at the cooler temperatures. The aroma is a fantastic combination of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, roast, a hint of smoke, and some definite alcohol. Zero complaints.

The flavor is very nice too, though it does somewhat fall apart as the beer warms up closer and closer to room temperature. The flavor is full of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, barrel, and a hint of smoke. The alcohol becomes more and more dominant as the beer warms, which is to be expected.

Full bodied, slightly oily, with moderate carbonation.

So pleased to have been able to try this. It's fantastically drinkable for the ABV, and quite the accomplishment.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:49:28 | More by ehammond1
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with friends and poured into a snifter. The "black as used motor oil" is generally over-used as an appropriate description. In this case, Black Damnation V lives up to that name and really is as black of a color you can possibly get and still be liquid. The brew pours with a very dark brown head that is creamy in texture and falls to a lacing atop the brew. When held to the light, the faintest amount of clarity is seen with a dark brown line all around the edge. Legs of alcohol coat the glass with every swirl that revives a finger of head back to the surface.

The smell is strong with oak and licorice. A significant amount of burnt grain and char fills the nose. A faint touch of sweet cocoa mixed with an herbal tinge of hops is present taking the smell of this brew off in another direction. The level of char to the grain imparts almost a charcoal and ashy feel to the nose that mixes with a fusel kick of alcohol. As the brew gets warmer, it takes in almost a bit of candy-like sweetness which is really a tease and strange in comparison to the rest of the character.

The taste is a strong contrast of sweet verse burnt ashy grain and licorice. Unsweetened bitter chocolate fills a lot of the flavor profile with a light smoked aspect that includes oak quality and almost a pete-smoke sort of flavor. The brew is a strange mixture of sweet verse char verse big burning alcohol inclusion. There is quite a depth of flavoring present which keeps me interested through the entire experience. It is to be noted how well the alcohol is integrated in flavor. However, anyone saying that the alcohol is completely hidden is full of shit. It's 26% alcohol, and it isn't hiding.

The brew is surprisingly full in the feel that absolutely coats the inside of the mouth. There is a modest level of carbonation present as well. It is a huge beer with bold everything about it including the alcohol. It is quite a warming beverage that needs to be shared in order to fully appreciate. I didn't happen to look to see of there was a best by date on this. Honestly, that would be laughable if there was. I can't wait to try this beer again...maybe in 30 years.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 16:46:41 | More by stakem
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largadeer

California

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sludgy, syrupy, and black as pitch. Thick legs with a lasting head. The appearance is much more "beer-like" than Utopias, Dave and other beers of this magnitude. Impressive.

Surprisingly little booze on the nose, I'm impressed. A lot of licorice, molasses, dark chocolate and oak, subtle notes of bourbon and smoke. Rich.

The palate is very good, but almost too intense. Big molasses note up front, backed by black licorice, dark chocolate and charred oak. Little noticeable alcohol on the tongue, drinks like a beer of half the ABV. Quite a feat of brewing, but it's fatiguing to drink after a couple ounces. The body is viscous to the extreme; amazingly, it makes beers like Black Tuesday seem lightweight. Finishes with deep tar and lingering roast, licorice, drying oak. While I'm amazed by how subdued the alcohol is, 2 oz was plenty for me, and I had no desire to go back for more. More technically impressive than it is enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:01:07 | More by largadeer
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spicelab

Australia

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to bluebetty for teeing this up.

Thick tarry black with a decent half-finger brown head which surprises, given that I was expecting none. Leaves a yellowy slick when swirled against the sides.

Molasses, burnt tyres, peat, apple, scorched vegemite, 99% dark chocolate and soy sauce. Huge, but not 26% huge.

Tar, boozy raisins, smoke, molasses, apple, burnt caramel, burnt plastic and more miscellaneous burnt things. Surprisingly approachable, all things considered.

A f8cking behemoth in the mouth, but crazy smooth. Gets bigger, thicker, boozier and tougher to deal with over the course, but never overwhelms.

Like being pleasantly assaulted. Pretty outrageous brew that somehow manages a higher drinkability than many stouts half its strength.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 11:34:47 | More by spicelab
Black Damnation V - Double Black from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.