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Black Damnation V - Double Black - De Struise Brouwers

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111 Reviews
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Reviews: 111
Hads: 322
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 618
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 111 | Hads: 322
Photo of GabrielM
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Urbain shared BD 5, 6, 9, 10 next to each other. Shit man! Black, rich creamy dark tan head with amazing retention. Nose is huge, dry earthy notes, peaty, faint cardboard, fair bit of roasted malt and light chocolate. Taste is obviously enormous, peaty and earthy with light cardboard and some dark fruits. Bitter chocolate with rich roasted malt in back. Heat there but pretty well hdden for the abv. Body is extremely thick and viscous with strong carbonation and dry finish. Tons of flavor with some minor issues and average integration.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Chris, Michael and Ben. OMG!!!

Inky black with a creamy tan head. Some lacing.

Sweet with some roast. Plenty of oak and alcohol. Surprisingly fruity. An interesting smokiness.

Intense is the right word. There is an interesting fruitiness and peat character. Some oak. Lots of malt and quite bitter. This is a big beer.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Sweet and sticky. This is big.

A really solid beer. Sure, not everyone will get this but the flavours stand up for themselves. Epic.

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Photo of Phelps
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This version of Black Damnation originates from Cuvee Delphine, which is simply a bourbon-aged version of Black Albert. Hoever, it’s then crystallized to a Hulkish 26-percent ABV monster form of its former self. This one was shared by ejyoung and poured into a tulip.

Triple, nay, quadruple black in color. No light getting through this one. One finger of cinnamon-colored, fizzy head becomes a thin ring after a while.

Heavy, sugary aroma. Bourbon, brandy, chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, figs, red grapes.

Whew! Rich, sugary stuff. I get crystallized sugar, maple syrup, toasted oak, dark chocolate syrup, vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, molasses, bourbon and a touch of brandy. Heavy flavor.

Thick like a milkshake, this is creamy and full in body. Tongue-numbing booze and some heat in the nose. Very, very light carbonation is almost not there. It’s like a meal in a glass — all it needs is a cherry on top.

So, so rich and heavy. Big flavor, big feel. Double Black is very tasty, but I’m also very glad we split the bottle four ways.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1269th Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter
750ML Cap/Corked

Thanks to JazzPatel for bringing this one.

Shared with Jazzpatel, GuruDel & MrHirschybar

App- Good lord thats black. I told Ehammond1 it looks like Black Tuesday was blended with Abyss. Its a black abyss and its FN dark man. A nice one finger dark brown head formed and fell quickly with some good cling.

Smell- It still has a bit of heat to it and I can appreciate the cut of this beers jib. A lot of things going on. A bit of licorice, a bit of booze, a bit of candy, with roasted grain notes.

Taste- So...Yeah. This happened. LARGE as SHIT beer. I joked with Shogo about his boot and this beer. NO F N way. Simply an amazingly smooth large ABV stout. The beer is very delicious as well. Huge creamy notes with some licorice and malty layers. Bakers chocolate and some char fill the profile.

Mouth- Full bodied and yet still creamy, Low carbonation and yet still bubbly. A very creamy beer with great depth of flavor with residual candy licorice and some anise.

Drink- Damn this was good. I dont think I was expecting it to be so good. Creamy, layered, tempered.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.24/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Motor oil black with a mocha head. I got some of this on my hands while pouring and it is literally oily.

Aroma: Very strong double-strength coffee, very bitter, with lots of dark roasted malt, vanilla and tar. Boozy. Well integrated but too bitter.

Taste: Similar to the nose, although perhaps a bit more boozy. Lots of the 8-hour coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. Just too much booze, coffee and bitterness for me.

MOuthfeel: Thick and oily.

Overall: Interesting try, but not really drinkable. Just too much, a few ounces is plenty.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th Review
Bottle to snifter/Westvletren 12 (small) chalice

Big beer for a milestone review!

From notes - I've enjoyed this twice now and combined my notes from each occasion. I first enjoyed this as part of a Black Damnation horizontal tasting (15 September 2011) that showcased the base beers + all the variants thru that date. Thank you RuckusDu for sharing this beauty...I will return the favor when the time is right! My second experience with it was as part of the Utrecht tasting (11 December 2011) as a result of Jeffo and doopiedoopiedoo's generosity. Thanks guys...can't wait to return the favor!

A: Opaque black. Viscosity of oil. Single (mocha) fingernail head on gentle pour. Looks like a proper - and perfect - American Double Imperial Stout.

S: WOW! Very complex...roasted malt, dark chocolate, fig, vanilla, and molasses. Slight hint of coffee, but that is very subtle. The booze is noticeable, but not as over-powering as I had anticipated.

T: This one warms the soul for sure! Like the smell, very complex and deep. Booze straight away followed by dark chocolate and raisins up-front. Quick burst of vanilla, molasses, and oak towards the middle and finished with a well-rounded, robust, and thoroughly enjoyed espresso/bitter finish. The alcohol is definitely present all throughout, but I would never suspect it to be so high.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Dangerously drinkable and extremely thick.

O: This stuff is amazing! A beer well worth the "price of admission" in my opinion and it should be shared with a large group of folks. So complex, so smooth, and just so perfectly executed. The richness and distinct balance of this beer amazes me and I am very blessed to have enjoyed it on two different occasions. I think it will age beautifully and look forward to opening my bottle at some point in the next 5-10 years. Standing ovation to De Struise for this beautiful beer!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Struise Black Damnation V Double Black
Bought at the Struise store in Brugge, Belgium on 12-28-2011

Appearance: very dark brown, no bubbles in syrup-like lacing, and a small dark head.

Smell: roasted chocolate, malty cocoa, and faint hops.

Taste: roasted malty rich dark chocolate, vanilla, and faint sweet hops.

Mouthfeel: thick, slightly heavy, yet very smooth.

This is fantastic. It has wonderful flavor and the alcohol is unnoticeable. It is a must try for stout fans. 26% ABV is no joke.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of 6string
3.31/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Pours like 15-year-old used motor oil! Black! Little head once poured in the glass, which is dark brown in itself. Whoa was it thick! My tastemates all said it looked mean! (Ended up tasting mean, too!)

It burned on the lips, and kicked my ass! Do I shoot it or sip it??? The tastes are there...chocolate, caramel, coffee, even notes of cinnamon. The history is quite clear...the barrels keep the taste very potent but not overbearing. The first beer to warm my chest like my whiskey, it was awesome going down! An outstanding beer, I was extremely excited to be able to say I've tasted it. As it warms in the glass, the bite grows stronger.

Maybe this brew would be better appreciated by some experienced brewmasters, I thought it was a good beer but I can't justify rating it an A+ or 5, because I wouldn't buy a bottle again. Good, heavy content. Like my trip to the Grand Canyon, it's cool at first, but in the end, it's just another attraction based on hype that I don't fully understand. I rate my beer based on whether or not I'd drink or buy again, and I simply wouldn't do neither on this one. The two beers that ultimately create this beast are exquisite, but this monster wasn't for me.

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Photo of sixthglass
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33 CL. Bottle pourned into snifter.

Pours completely black, and is extremely thick. Small head present chewing tobacco brown in color. This smells like heaven, boozey, vanilla, coffee, bitter chocolate, malts. The taste is just plain breath taking. Boozey heat, bitter chocolate , coffee, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits plum and fig, and a boozey heat finish. The mouthfeel is just fantastic , so thick and so much carbonation is present when swishing this liquid around. It leaves the tongue tingling after ever sip.

I tried the cuvee delphine a few days ago, and I had hyped it up so much in my mind and was let down. The process they put cuvee delphine through to create this beer is a gift from god. What they've created in this beer is unvelieveable. I hope to try this one again.

Thanks Mark for this one !

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Photo of pixieskid
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fuck Yeah! Finally got to try this thing. Ever since I saw the label, I was obsessed with it, even had some weird dream about it...

Anyway, my boss (thanks Simon!) procured 2 bottles of this a while back and we agreed that we would open the first once we found out about my visa...well, it was denied. So, it was a consolation "prize" and the next bottle will be when it get's approved (fingers crossed).

Pours and by pour, I mean it slowly seeps out of the bottle resulting in a dark as night black with a solid 3 finger auburn head; glorious!

The nose; wow. Just an overload of chocolate, mollassess, vanilla, woodiness, coffee!
Taste; just as complex as the nose but all melded together into some sort of divine desert with the mouthfeel of motor oil.
Overall; was thrilled to share the bottle with the closest of friends and we all got a nice pour (most all of us wanting more). Can't wait to get that visa approval so we can drink the second bottle ;-)

I hope that for every Imperial Stout lover's sake (because this trumps any American Brewed Impy Stout) that at some point, De Sturise decides to make more of this and make it a bit more available!

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Photo of TheBrewViking
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Start off with a huge thanks to Erik for this monstrosity, and then a giant thanks to De Struise for the perfect beer in my humble opinion. Split three ways, a little double black on black friday.

A- pours deceivingly like a normal fairly thick RIS, thin coffee colored head that fades after a few minutes

S- Smell is not as powerful as I suspected it would be, very roasty and some barrel followed by some molasses.

T- Phenomenal, this is the beer of my dreams. I get molasses and licorice with prunes, no alcohol to speak of just warmness down the throat. Very roasty and chocolatey...amazing

M- This is the thickest beer i have encountered, its like carbonated 90w gear oil.

O- F' ing A! this beer is the standard all others should be judged on. De Struise once again I tip my hat to you. Crazy beer I am very lucky to have tried this monster

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Photo of claaark13
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mmmm....the idea of non-infected Delphine condensed into 26% was too tempting. 75cl bottle, poured into a Founders snifter.

A - Pours very thick and black. 1/2" head forms and then slowly turns into lacing that coats most of the surface. Reforms at every sift. This beer STICKS to the glass. Just a perfect looking RIS.

A - Licorice, booze, dark malts and dark fruits, possibly raisin. Slight sweetness, but certainly a decent amount of booze.

T - Dark malts, dark fruits, slight roast, cocoa, mild oak on the finish and some toffee. Toffee mixed with dryness on the finish, as well as a little bit of burn on the throat at first. Nice smooth transition between flavors, which don't become truly complex until the back 1/2. Great flavor, but the fact that it covers the ABV% so well puts it over the top.

M - Thick, creamy, silky and intense. This is perfect. This is absolutely what I imagine the mouthfeel of the perfect RIS to embody. The drinkability is too good for something this strong.

O - This beer is almost perfect. The nose brings it down a little bit, but the rest is everything that an RIS should be. RIS shouldn't be medium bodied, medium flavored beers. They should be thick, they should be intense, and they should make motor oil jealous. This does just that. However, I can't say for sure that this is 26%, as I followed in Shogo's footsteps and I feel remarkably unscathed at the moment. Regardless, this is phenomenal.

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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Black Damnation V - Double Black from De Struise Brouwers
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