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Black Damnation V - Double Black - De Struise Brouwers

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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 580
Gots: 59 | FT: 4
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Belgium

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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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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of stakem
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.42/5  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.

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

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

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

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

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

Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HopHead84
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

5/8/2011

Big thanks to Alex (Masterski) for the growler. I'd been wanting to try this for a long time. Poured into a snifter.

A: Viscous and dark black with a frothy tan head. There's a reddish tinge near the edges when held to light. A swirl of the glass leave a thick booze coating on the sides.

S: The aroma shows big fudge and dark chocolate notes with accompanying brown sugar. Bourbon is light, and there's some oak. It's pretty damn mellow for a 26% ABV beer. I'm surprised. Alcohol is faint. Malt is heavily roasted and there's a little coffee in there, as well as some earth. Restrained smoke notes waft from the glass to coalesce with alcohol vapors.

T: Strong roasted malt profile, with light coffee notes, dark chocolate, and pronounced alcohol. A little prune and plum, but those notes are subjugated by the roast, dark chocolate, and alcohol. This is very powerful stuff. Light smoke notes with some charred oak and coffee. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, but it seems more like 16% than 26%. There's a good deal of chocolate brown sugar sweetness midpalate, but the beer is dry initially and in the finish.

M: Full in body, obviously, with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, sticky, chewy, and dry, with substantial alcohol warming.

Overall: A real beast of a beer. High quality stuff, but 4-5 ounces was plenty for me.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased on the De Struise Webshop, 750ml I brought out for everyone at my birthday. Into a tulip.

Pours the closest to motor oil I've ever seen in a beer, dark crimson/brown head, dense retention and heavy legs. Magnificent for the alcohol content. Nose has intense chocolate, caramel, alcohol and some milder brown sugar notes. Some tar among other things. Flavour is rich in baker chocolate, tar, heavy roasted notes, soy/saltiness. Brown sugar and other sugary qualities. Truthfully, the most viscous beer EVAR, likely the closest thing to motor oil I'll ever consume (straight from my notes: "dense as fuck, motor oil to the nth"). A good amount of alcohol, but the 26% would've never crossed my mind as to where this was at. Quite complex, and exceptional for what it is. However, I think I'd rather turn my other bottle over for some other quality brews than revisit this again.

Photo of chippo33
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.44/5  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.

Black Damnation V - Double Black from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.