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Black Damnation V - Double Black - De Struise Brouwers

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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 573
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours oily black with virtually no head. Reddish brown highlights in the colour as we sip it.A Bitterness that gets worse not better as you drink it. It becomes altogether not such a great bitterness and that limits the drinkability as does the extremely high abv. An OK smell. In a word,Unbalanced. Liam's bomber straight from the brewery this year.

Sammy, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -49%

t0rin0, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, huge thanks to Eric for opening a bottle of this at Dark Lord Day 2011. Served in a mini snifter.

Pour yields a black-bodied brew with a surprisingly large mocha-colored head that persists for a bit of time. Not too long, but what can you expect from a 26% eis-stout? The aroma is intoxicating--strong notes of coffee, roasted malt, molasses, a bit of tar, smoke, and a hint of booze. Some light vanilla and a bit of darker smoked fruits in the background. Really nice and complex.

The flavor backs off just a bit from where the nose was, as the alcohol is quite a bit more prevalent here than it was in the nose. Still, there is great complexity with roasted and sweet dark malts plus vanilla, chocolate, coffee, smoke, and, of course, the alcohol. The midpalate is fairly nice and smooth, though the finish allows the alcohol to come through. Still, not many complaints given the ABV and how young this is. A really fantastic beer; thanks again, Eric.

Thorpe429, May 05, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +2%

zestar, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

missed out on the big tasting but was ucky enugh to be able to grab a few of the smaller bottlers and shared one with alex

very deep dark black with a minimal say one inch of thick brown head that faded rather quickly leaving behind just a touch of film across the top and a nice amount of side glass lace. Absolutely opaque, no light was coming though on this one.

Smell was very full and rich, and very smoked. A ton of chocolate could be picked up at first, but this mellowed and mixed with some oak and caramel aromas. Deep sense of roasted malts comes over you, no taste of the ABV. A full on roasted and smoked malts explosion takes hold on the first sip. Deep roasted flavors, mixed in with chocolate and a robust full earthy feel. This was really complex and very smooth. Had the thick consistency of a shake like dessert, but without the carbonation. Lots of wood and oak like flavors came though out. I was shocked by how mellow this was. It really offered me no idea of how strong it was and I was able to sip through the bottle with ease.now we were hurting later, but it was worth it

mikesgroove, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +13.4%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby!

A: The beer pours black, viscous, and surprisingly carbonated with a tan head.

S: The aroma is intense to say the least. Tons of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and booze. A decent amount of molasses and brown sugar with hints of licorice and dark fruit. There's a bit of vanilla as well.

T: Overly sweet. Tons of brown sugar, burnt sugar, molasses, and licorice. A little too much booze presence for my liking. Roasted malt and char, as expected, with some oak and more booze.

M: Thick and full on the tongue with a low but sufficient carbonation.

O: This was a very cool idea and I really wanted to try it. But, it was just too much. My couple ounces were more than enough.

womencantsail, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +13.4%

spycow, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Knapp85, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
5/5  rDev +13.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

largadeer, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +2%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

MasterSki, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

drabmuh, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

jlindros, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +2%

oline73, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Rifugium, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
5/5  rDev +13.4%

mendvicdog, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an inky black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is very strong with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes. There is also a lot of oak and some bourbon notes in the aroma. Alcohol is also a big player in the smell of the beer, as can be expected from a beer this strong.

The flavor is similar. The two most prominent flavors are heavily roasted malt and chocolate. I also get some strong bourbon notes and some oak. The alcohol is also very present. I also can't quite put my finger on it, but there is something in the flavor that doesn't quite sit right with me.

The mouthfeel is about as thick as I have ever come across in a beer and the carbonation is low.

Mora2000, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/30/11 notes. Bottlle shared at Dark Lord Day thanks to TurdFurgison; thanks Eric, really wanted to try this one.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with an inch of tan ehad and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very strong, smells of roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. A little bit better than the taste, and quite strong.

t - Tastes of of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Again, very strong, but good.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a very nice stout. It is certainly a strong stout, but it doesn't taste like 26% ABV. Not my favorite Black Damnation beer, but good and I was very glad to try it.

mdfb79, May 09, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

beernads, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +2%

imperialking, Nov 13, 2012
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Black Damnation V - Double Black from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.