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Black Damnation V - Double Black - De Struise Brouwers

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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 575
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
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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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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

03-25-2013 01:23:10 | More by YobroitsJoe
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Pennsylvania

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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

04-04-2013 00:31:10 | More by rolltide8425
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

08-11-2013 15:34:00 | More by shehateme
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-22-2013 18:50:53 | More by drummermattie02
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

06-02-2013 21:19:28 | More by sliverX
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Quackus

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

09-07-2013 15:50:32 | More by Quackus
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SStein

Belgium

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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Jpepe08

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-22-2014 01:55:16 | More by Jpepe08
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FosterJM

California

4.73/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 21:47:56 | More by FosterJM
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this beer with thanks to the Brabander. Thanks again man for getting this massive one for me. Last friday I had a good opportunity with my wife, my friend Ed and his wife Astrid to open one bottle.

A - A pitch black beer with a brown head. You can just see that this is a heavy beer! - This is motor oil!

S - What a wonderful smell of chocolate, cherries and spices such as cinnamon and cardamom and don't forget the booze.

T - Wow! A powerful sweet taste of chocolate and booze with hints of dark fruit, herbs / spices (like in a gingerbread kind of way)

M - A low carbonation that fits perfectly with a sipper beer like this. Sticky in the mouth, such as syrup, and spicy due to the herbs. This is excellent beer syrup!!!

O - A great beer, nice spiciness and sticky. Worth buying but far too expensive compared to the experience. We all loved it though!

I had another opportunity to taste this beer again on the 11th of December 2011 at a perfect beer tasting at Erik's place. With thanks to Jeff too. I am altering my review after this session; appearance, mouth feel and overall should be a half point more than before.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 18:44:55 | More by Mar02x
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Beerenauslese

California

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival, March 4-5, in Belgium.

This brew is so thick, there were some problems pouring it from the tap. Body is very dark with a thick brown creamy head which has lasting retention, and leaves lots of lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla.

Tastes sublime. The eisbock process really concentrates the Black Albert flavors in a good way. Taste is similar to the nose, with a strong charred malt bitterness that is well balanced by sweetness, with some fruit, dark baker's chocolate, espresso, and hint of vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Nice long somewhat bitter finish. The flavors are so strong that the alcohol is not noticeable.

Body is viscous, with moderate carbonation, it has an ultra creamy mouthfeel and is very rich, coating the mouth and tongue.

This is a big beer, loaded with flavor and alcohol. Definitely very drinkable, but must be sipped. The 26% ABV is impressive, all the moreso because of all the good flavor that goes along with it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 01:30:24 | More by Beerenauslese
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stewac05

Australia

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with friends (tasting notes from memory, don't usually do this but it's fairly seared in there).

A - saying this is the most viscous and sticky pour you can imagine wouldn't do this justice. It pours like engine oil. Jet black with a slowly rising tan head. Gorgeous.

Aroma - sticky dates and raisins, dark chocolate, a stemmy woodiness from the bourbon, and a hint of ashy tar to balance out the sweetness.

T - shows amazing finesse for such a huge beer, big sweet dark fruit and chocolate character dominates upfront, the barrel aging shows with more sugary sweetness. There's also a subtle spice, soft alcohol warmth and gentle tar roast in there which stops it getting too sickly sweet. Fantastic extrapolation/amplification of Black Albert.

M - the fact that it literally dried like sugar syrup on the outside of the bottle gives some indication of how thick and sticky it is. Super decadent, very similar mouthfeel to PX sherry.

O - memorable and extremely well executed. Intensity and sweetness make it definitely best enjoyed with friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 08:35:10 | More by stewac05
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:19:03 | More by mikesgroove
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Ink black mess of syrup with a small ring of bubbles that rise in the glass.

S - Molasses, coffee, dark fruits, oak, and a surprisingly small amount of alcohol.

T - Chocolate covered raisins and every other sugary sweet you could possibly imagine. A nice bourbon-y oak alcohol heat finishes out.

M/D - Thick and oily with just enough carbonation. This is a massive beer that I was unsure of before I opened it, but it's the real deal. I've had 13-15%abv barleywine and stouts that were noticeably hotter than this monster.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 02:42:52 | More by xpimptastikx
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, served in a snifter.

A- Pours a thick, viscous black with a surprisingly huge, thick, creamy, mocha colored head, which has excellent retention and leaves tons of lacing.

S- Very sweet, rich aroma. Dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a nice booziness.

T- A delicious blend of the sweet characteristics of the aroma with a more assertively bitter coffee/espresso with roasted grain, char, and an actually pretty mild booziness. I'm shocked at how subtle the booze is, if I had to guess I would expect this was around 16-18%. It's still a sipper because of how rich the flavors are, but the alcohol is hidden masterfully.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, creamy and a bit sticky. It isn't as flat and oil-like as I was expecting for such a high ABV, I'm really impressed that it has carbonation at all, not to mention such a nice, creamy, rich feel.

O- A delicious beer and an absolute treat to drink. Surprisingly mild on the booze and solid on the carbonation along with intense, rich coffee, roast and sweet flavors. I'm still stunned that this is 26%, it's done incredibly well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2013 02:37:28 | More by WillCarrera
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cosmicevan

New York

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06.

this is the darkest beer i've ever seen. it literally leaves a coating on the glass when you swirl it. this is midnight. no, this is 3:42 am. it really coats the glass, i've never seen anything like it. so thick the smell actually reminds me of cleaning fluid, but the flavor is actually quite good. kind of felt it would be too much to take, but it was quite drinkable. for what this is, i can't believe how drinkable it is. really impressive beer. super powerful and super tasty. if you are lucky enough to try this, go for it...it is like nothing i've had before.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:49:56 | More by cosmicevan
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danieelol

Australia

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to bluebetty for sharing his bottle and to De Struise for making it.

Pours a nice (double) black with dark brown head on top. Ridiculously impressive for a beer of this ABV.

Smell is apple, perhaps a bit peary. No hint of the ABV whatsoever, but also no hint of the roast.

Taste is insanely good. It's roasty and charred with a bit of alcohol and a bit of sweetness but they are not overwhelming at all. Less cloyingly sweet than Black Tuesday and less ethanol than Mikkeller Black, both of which are lower ABV than this beer.

Mouthfeel on this one was awesome too.

This beer is technically brilliant and a joy to drink (amazingly, it's very drinkable) and every beer geek deserves the right to try it. No longer will high ABV be an excuse for lack of drinkability, or lack of anything else. Wouldn't have guessed this one was more than about half of its actual ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 14:28:36 | More by danieelol
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, and shared with my beer buddy Sam, and new found friends Eugene and Dylan, drank in Antwerp, belgium and bought from the Kulminator for 45 euros. Great price.

A - Very deep ebony colour with an oily appearance, absolutely no head but kind of expected that. The lace seems to just drain down the sideof the glass.

S - Not too bad for its ABV. Dark malts present, with vanilla and an array of dark fruits. Alcohol nowhere to be seen.

T - Fruit flavours up front, that are completely eclipsed by a wooden oak flavour, followed by intense vanilla, intense coffee, brandy, chocolate and then a little alcohol kick. Insane.

M - Only one way to describe it and thats thick, full bodied viscous. Almost no carbonation.

O - This is one of those beers that you'll never forget. It is an experience to say the least. It almost belongs in a category of its own. Dare I say it, but a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 11:53:36 | More by eric5bellies
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jale

Michigan

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

Had on tap for Zwanze day at West Lakeview in Chicago.

A: Pours a thick black used motor oil with little head.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, brewed coffee and some raisins.

T: Sweet upfront with roasted, bitter cocoa and coffee. Dark fruits and maybe some burnt sugar. Amazing that I don't get 26 percent alcohol heat in this. Very well hidden.

M: Thick body. This is dessert beer for sure.

O: I really loved this beer and can't wait to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 14:05:25 | More by jale
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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

09-20-2011 21:56:00 | More by KickInTheChalice
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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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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
Black Damnation V - Double Black from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.