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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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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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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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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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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this pour at the brewery, in a smallish goblet (maybe 6oz). The beer is dark black (good name) and opaque, with a thick and in places spidery tan foam, dirty looking and impressive. It was served somewhat cold, and based on Urbain's suggestion I let it warm up before finishing it.

The aroma is nice, dark roast and cocoa, massive smelling but without alcohol on the nose. As it warmed I got more dark fruits, this really seems a beast based on smell. Taste too, this has similarities to Black Albert but is thicker and more concentrated. The malts are roasted to the point of light char, not bad against the other big flavors. Again nothing near 26% was detectable in the taste.

The body seems just a little thicker as it warms, or it could be suggestive, anyway it matched the big flavors in a nice way. Still enough carbonation to give a prickly feel with each drink. Excellent, 750mL will be too much for one person though. I think a little goes a long way.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 16:36:36 | More by TurdFurgison
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to MlhopeTC for bringing this 250ml bottle that he labelled himself (at Decca) to our little tasting.
A - Motor Oil, small dense head.
S - Cocoa, rich malt, and dark fruits
T - Deep roasted rich malts, cocoa, some dark fruit and a hint of booze which was amazing considering the 26%. I don't know how the do it.
M - They are genius's!! I have rarely (if ever) given a Struise beer less than a 4.5 in mouth feel. Perfect as always. fuck that, BEYOND PERFECT!! So rich dense and viscous like a milkshake that was giving my uvula a blow job.
O - Wonderful Beer, drank like it was 15% which would be dangerous if it was not so expensive. Thanks again Matt.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 09:32:12 | More by thepeter
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bashiba

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep creamy dark black with a thick longg lasting creamy dark head.

The smell is heavy dark fruit and anise with a bit of dark smoke and alcohol.

The flavors are intense, huge anise and the most intense black and burnt stout taste with heavy alcohol notes and more charred smoke bi in finish, the flavor is unbeleivable.

The mouthfeel is the best I have ever felt, so creamy and full and thick.

This is pretty special, very intense and a sipper, but so very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:08:31 | More by bashiba
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again; thanx to my pal Anders who brought me a sample from Stockholm Beer and Whisky festival.

A: Pours pitch black with no head and no lacings. Looks syrupy.

S: Lots of dark dried fruits and molasses. Roasted very sweet dark malt. Some faint chocolate.

T: Rich roasted and a bit smoked sweet, very sweet dark malt. Vanilla and dark dried fruits. Syrupy. Bitter chocolate.

M: Long smoky bitter aftertaste. Body is thick and syrupy, carbonation doesn't exist. SMOOTH!

O: This is the best really-strong-beer I've had. It tastes like a beer, but very complex.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 19:22:03 | More by Sunnanek
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 02:10:37 | More by Gfunk720
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 18:48:55 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Struise Brouwers were at the Borefts festival in Bodegraven, the Netherlands with a lot of super beers. In De Molen, a fine dutch brewery, were a lot of good breweries but the best brewer was The Struise.

I was there with my buddy Jeffo and he already explained this beer in the review before me. I can not add more to it than he did.

I did not notice the alcohol at all. This was one of the highlights of the 2010 festival. I am sure Urbain and his collegues have made a lot of friends with their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 10:08:33 | More by Brabander
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Cmack15

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow a 26% abv with a head on it, that is some amazing beer engineering. Thick dark black hole like color, strong roasted dark malt with coffee, hints of bourbon, and vanilla in the nose. Taste is all the greatness of the aroma and more, so much to dissect with this beer. High abv makes this a slow sipper and final beer of the night, but what a beer it is. So thankful that I ended the night at the Alvinne fest with this beer.
cheers
Cory

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 15:28:48 | More by Cmack15
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Enormous thanks go out to Knifestyles for sharing this at his birthday tasting.

A: Doubly black indeed: this beer isn't just black, it sucks the light away from its surroundings. Incredibly, it's topped by a full finger of dense, dark brown head that replenishes with a swirl and leaves some lace. Am I really looking at a 26% beer?

S: This really is stout squared (cubed? whatever's beyond that?). Everything you expect to find in a huge barrel-aged stout is here, but in its most extreme form: chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, char, dark fruit, and, of course, alcohol. Intoxicating in every sense of the word.

T: Much sweeter than the nose promised, with concentrated molasses, vanilla, and chocolate. Spicy, burning alcohol and coffee close things out in memorable fashion. Delicious, but a bit too much.

M: This is hands-down the thickest, stickiest, and most syrupy beer I've ever had. The fact that it has ample carbonation, though, really helps. Memorably insane.

O: What more can I say? Drinking 2oz of this was a journey, an experience, an epiphany, an orgasm of flavor.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 01:42:54 | More by woosterbill
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magictacosinus

California

4.51/5  rDev +2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 18:48:30 | More by magictacosinus
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Holy Grale in Louisville, 5oz pour into a miniature snifter.

Surprisingly this pours with a full, chocolate mousse colored head that dissipates into a tinier head with plenty of bubbles. The body is opaque black, I am talking pitch black. Like black paint. I am very impressed with the appearance of this beer. It being 26% while retaining a head blows my mind.

The smell is rich coffee and toasty malts that give way into vanilla and confection sugar with a bit of earthiness as well. Some dark fruits like plum, figs, raisins, etc. can be detected but only once the beverage warms. Booze is also present of course but it is not offensive. Once everything is added up it kind of smells like a warm dark chocolate s'more.

Easily the most well masked, extremely high alcohol beer I've had. The booze is present but it really just drinks like a normal, fresh bourbon aged imperial stout. The flavor is much like a roasted marshmallow liqueur mixed in with a strong, fresh cup of coffee. A tiny bit of earthiness from the hops, but the predominate flavors here are sweet, roasty coffee and marshmallow. It's as if someone toasted a marshmallow and then covered it in 80% cocoa dark chocolate then poured a teaspoon of bourbon on it. Yummy and outstanding tasting for the ABV.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation and very heavy. Almost syrupy. Too much of this would make you sick just from the consistency and sweetness of the brew. But it is what it is. I don't see how else a beer like this could be made without it having a syrup like quality to it.

Overall, a fantastic beer from de Struise. From what I understand, it took Urbain and the guys 3 years to develop this beer to where they wanted it to be before they unleashed it. I am immensely impressed with it, to be honest. The alcohol is so well hidden you would think the brew would be 15% or 16% at the most. And the fact that it is so high in alcohol yet still maintains the qualities of an everyday beer (carbonation, a head, not so heavy alcohol flavor), when so many other high ABV beers have an offensive booze character to it with absolutely no carbonation and head, is probably the most impressive thing about this beer. Plus it actually tastes good! Just outstanding, it's a damn shame it's so rare because any stout lover would be all over this beer. A must try if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 20:06:12 | More by auroracrisis
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GabrielM

New Mexico

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 22:59:19 | More by GabrielM
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nataku00

California

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 17:35:07 | More by nataku00
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Eric (aka TurdFurgison) for this incredible treat at Dark Lord Day... I saved my tastebuds so well all day and this one ended my ability to review ;)

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black. A few bubbles across the surface. Pours so thick and coats the glass. Smells, potent! Tons of roasted cocoa and coffee. There is a solid presence of dark fruits as well that come through as it warms. Very complex. Smells just a touch boozy. Taste is overwhelming. The roasted malts add a touch of bitterness that keep this from being a solid 5 but the dark fruits coming through couple nicely with the sweetness. Its a very powerful combination of fairly well balanced chocolate, fruit, roast, coffee, and other dark malty characteristics. The alcohol is almost completely undetectable. If I had to guess I'd put this at 12% or so.. until the glass was empty of course. The mouthfeel is great, so thick and full. Overall, phenomenal mind blowing beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 15:02:20 | More by Urbancaver
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by TurdFurgison at DLD 2011. Thanks Eric!

The beer is black with a mocha head that hangs out for a brief period before leaving a bit of lacing on the snifter.

The aroma is big and potent, with scents of chocolate, raisins soaked in booze, coffee, oak, smoke, and more. Impressive.

I simply had no idea what the hell I was getting myself into. As someone said in an earlier review, Black Tuesday is for sunny afternoons by the pool. You think you've had stout milkshake before? Think again. Thick? This would be the star of the TV show "The Biggest Gainer". It's the subject of Stephen King's new novel, "Thicker". If Chuck Norris could be any stout in the world, he would be Black Damnation V, and beat the shit out of Black Tuesday just because he could. It's thick. Seriously (I think Black Tuesday is phenomenal, for the record. I am strictly referring to the full bodied feel on the palate).

The flavor brings a wealth of chocolate, roast and booze, with additional flavors of coffee, dark fruit, and syrup.

I really dug this beer. It may not be for everybody, but Urbain concocted a gem here. I never imagined I would enjoy a 26% abv beer so much.

January 5, 2012
Huge thanks to drabmuh for opening this. Split a few ways. It's nice to try this in a quieter, more sober setting.

When the beer is poured, it appears more viscous than any stout I have yet encountered. The aroma is wonderful, as I remembered. Alcohol is present, but amazingly unobtrusive. 26% ?!? Feels so smooth on the palate. A delightful beer to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 05:41:22 | More by Huhzubendah
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:43:13 | More by Knapp85
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Chincino

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer for my last beer at the Alvinne beer festival. I was curious to try it seeing as I'd never had a beer with a 26% abv before.

The beer was very dark, almost black in color and was thick almost looked like a dark maple syrup. There was a small amount of coffee colored head. The aroma was strong of malt, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of fruit (possibly cherries). The taste was interesting with multiple flavors going on. I only had a sample of this beer and it definitely left you wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 11:48:19 | More by Chincino
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a tasting glass at Zwanze Day.

Appearance: This beer is black as black and thick as molasses. It barely moves as I try to swirl it around the glass. Only a 26% stout can hold like this. A few tiny brown bubbles form as I pour it into the glass, but there is no hope for any retention.

Smell: The aroma is blended together very well. Dark chocolate is full and intense, chocolate and roasted malts provide a firm backbone, and bourbon is there in support. One of the few times I have had a bourbon barrel aged beer where the bourbon had more of a supporting role in the aroma.

Taste: This is thick and complex, and blended very well. Molasses, some raisins, lots of dark Belgian chocolate, full roasted malts border on burnt, a bit of anise, some vanilla, and finally, bourbon. The finish is smooth with some espresso bitterness. There is such a lack of discreet progression in this beer; one flavor just rolls into the next with great ease.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick body, with tightly wound flavors and carbonation. Alcohol pricks the tongue but is barely present in a soft burn in the throat. Sticky and syrupy, of course, there was no way this could not be intense on that front.

Overall: I am normally wary of super high ABV beers since they strike me as more of a gimmick than a true beer experience. Somehow, this breaks the mold and is surprisingly drinkable. By that, I mean, it drinks like a beer with half its ABV, which would still be pretty high. But I could easily enjoy sipping a glass of this over a few hours and never tiring of it.

Serving type: on-tap

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