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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: 574
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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mikey711

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Maltzilla for sending this bottle my way.

A: Black, and thick, I mean really thick. I have never seen this thick a beer before. It left impressive lacing behind that was incredibly difficult to wash off of the glass.

S: Very chocolately with some hints of bourbon and vanilla. Lots of roasty notes with a little bit of dark fruit as well

T: Heavy chocolate and roast with dark fruit notes as well. Big toffee molasses and brown sugar flavor as well

M: it is literally a milk shake. Each sip felt thicker than the last. The alcohol was present but was hidden more by the fact this beer was so thick

D: What a monster of a beer. I took one sip and felt it go straight to my head. Be advised that this beer needs to be shared with probably ten people.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 14:08:20 | More by mikey711
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours surprisingly with a head on top of an inky black body. Dark, sludgy legs cling to the side of the tulip with each sip.

Aroma is roasty, boozy, and bitter coffee. Emphasis on the booze. Stinging and harsh.

Flavor is less harsh. Big and sweet and boozy....flavor nuances are abundant. I could list them for the next 5 paragraphs. It is a bit messy, but not as harsh as I would expect for a 26% stout.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and perfect. One of the best mouthfeels I ever experienced.

Overall this beer is an interesting experiment. It is messy and hot and cloying, but those negatives don't stop me from reaching for the glass repeatedly for more.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:39:27 | More by alcstradamus
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HopHead84

California

3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-09-2011 04:00:39 | More by HopHead84
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Zwanze Day Chicago. Served in a plastic cup. First beer of the day.

Appearance – Poured into my plastic cup with more than I was expecting/wanting knowing I had a full day of drinking amazing beer ahead of me. The viscosity on this beer is exactly how the name sounds. Held up to direct sunlight I was cast in a shadow. Slight carbonation has lingering bubbles up top hanging on to the sides of the cup.

Smell – Booze, heavy roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and lots of molasses. This is going to be one sweet alcoholic beer.

Taste – Loads of chocolate and roast. The dark fruits (fig and plum) kept trying to fight their way to the front but the sweetness of molasses and brown sugar won out. Bourbon and vanilla round out the flavors.

Mouthfeel – I will say, this has to be one of the thickest beers I have experienced. To put it into perspective, I had to wash my cup out two times to get the remnants of this beer out. It just would not leave the sides of the cup. Lower carbonation but still decent enough for this high abv of a beer.

Overall – This is a beer I am glad I was able to try and not have to purchase on my own. To be blunt, I was not overly impressed by it. That said, I had to keep reminding myself of the alcohol content and how it really did not taste like I was drinking a 26% stout. I understand the pushing of boundaries and new limits, however, this beer is more of a novelty for me. I really did not enjoy it and I have no inclination to seek it out in the future. A monster of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 02:01:48 | More by SpdKilz
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-14-2013 07:53:45 | More by Callmecoon
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.5%

02-08-2012 19:04:10 | More by Soonami
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jmadrigal2

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-21-2011 12:59:47 | More by jmadrigal2
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greenspointexas

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-23-2014 15:40:51 | More by greenspointexas
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -9.5%

04-14-2014 23:29:38 | More by threedaggers
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.5%

08-14-2013 02:17:28 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.5%

05-13-2012 21:25:47 | More by klipper
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WeaponTheyFear

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-16-2012 16:32:59 | More by WeaponTheyFear
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dvsbizzyb

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

09-11-2013 05:15:20 | More by dvsbizzyb
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-25-2011 02:44:47 | More by Exiled
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bsuedekum...Iced Stout, let's do this...

A - Pours black with a small head on it.

S -The nose erupts with dark fruits (plums and raisins), dark chocolates, and a little bourbon.

T - opens up amazingly sweet. Uber chocolaty malts move on to extremely bitter dark chocolates. Vanilla bourbon flavors move in next to help tame the chocolates. Some spiciness from the bourbon comes in next but is overtaken by piney hops. Whoa.

M - thin body and TONS of booze

D - Wow...bold, full of flavor and really complex. I had a small pour of this and don't know if I could do more than 1/4 of a bomber in a sitting. This is packed of flavor and will smack you in the face if you're not looking. Definitely worth a shot, but not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:02:19 | More by birchstick
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cp45

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.5%

07-08-2013 04:16:49 | More by cp45
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 00:42:50 | More by mdfb79
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-11-2013 23:16:52 | More by Holland
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deekyn

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-09-2014 03:28:58 | More by deekyn
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very generously shared by Curtis at our Nashville tasting. I will admit that I'm reviewing this one from a pour into a small tasting glass- but honestly thats about all you need of this bad boy...

A- Black, just like motor oil dripping into my glass. Has no head whatsoever. Sticks to the glass like thick molasses. Very sinister looking beer.

S- Sweet aroma overall, though there are hints of roast. Brown sugar, molasses, milk and dark chocolate, figs, and a splash of alcohol- this really is a plethora of sweet aromas which is making me a little apprehensive to taste.

T/M- Damn, thats hot! A lot of perceived alcohol flavor. Also very sweet; much like a fig newton flavor. Some vanilla and cookie dough also hit the palate before a little bitterness comes into play. Coffee, ashy/burnt bread and dark chocolate. Body is a big bold bitch! Pretty damn full and slick, almost a jaw workout. No carbonation at all.

O- Well, definitely a big time want and it didn't disappoint, probably because I knew it wouldn't be my favorite beer of all time- I just really wanted to try it. The alcohol was a bit much, but overall there ended up being enough bitterness to break up the intense sweetness. Liked it, wouldn't spend $90 on it, but would like to have another to age...

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 15:26:17 | More by TheGordianKnot
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trappistlover

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting). Pours thick and black with a tan head. This just coats the glass. Aroma has alcohol and plenty of chocolate and bourbon. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. This is a really nice beer with a nice mix of sweetness, roasty bitterness and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 23:00:07 | More by trappistlover
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dgilks

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 09:48:24 | More by dgilks
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Mora2000

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:21:26 | More by Mora2000
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was shared by funkydelic with beeruser, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, others, and myself at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! Thank God we had quite a number of people to get down on this 750 mL bottle! Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head that subsided to none quickly (guess the booze ate it). No lacing evident on this one (booze must have been hungry again). The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, smoke, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, alcohol (duh!), subtle soy sauce, and smoke. It had a heavy mouthfeel on the palate with no carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty good brew. We all found this one to be a little smokier than we were expecting. The aroma on this one was quite nice and inviting which is kind of scary for a monster like this. The sweet alcohol note on the nose is what really made this one for me as far as the aroma. However, on the flavor the sweet alcohol flavor went away and became the stinging kind of alcohol that makes you cringe slightly when taking a shot. Still not bad though as the smoke helped to balance this out and in some cases, even overpowered it. A really well done brew that I would have again; just not in a 750 mL format.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 18:23:40 | More by thagr81us
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad props and much beer karma to Eric for sharing this one at Dark Lord Day. 900th review.

A - The beer is black, ominous, opaque, forboding, thick, viscous. Just a monster of a scary looking black beer. A little bit of brown head bubbled up for a second, but vanished almost instanly. Also, the bottle is awesome looking.

S - Huge amount of char and some roast on this one. Leather, tar, dark fruits, and alcohol. Given that it's 26%, the amount of alcohol is relatively light in the nose. It's pretty explosive and potent with the amount of aroma coming off the nose, but I think that's to be expected.

T - Lots of char and molasses with a load of toffee and dark fruits. God this is just ass kicking on the tongue with the amount of flavor in here. Some earth and leather notes, as well as a bit of tobacco to balance out the sweetness. There is booze in it, but once again, considering the ABV it is surprisingly mellow.

M - So freaking thick you can chew it. Lower carbonation, very smooth.

O - Not sure what to compare this to or how to rate according to style. I think calling it a double or imperial does it a disservice for what it is. It's more like a Quadruple Stout or a Double Imperial Stout. Huge beer that has a lot of great flavor and just a lot of flavor period, but really can only get through it in small doses. This is partially due to the high ABV and partially due to the load of char, sweetness, etc. Had this on tap a week later with a massive pour, and it became a struggle to get through. That said, it drinks relatively easy for how much alcohol it has in it and tastes pretty good. It's a sipper in small doses, not the best tasting necessarily, but good for what it is. If you open a bottle, just make sure to have a few people handy to split it with.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 03:31:03 | More by AgentZero
Black Damnation V - Double Black from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.