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Black Damnation V - Double Black - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
97
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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:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
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 craytonic
3.75/5  rDev -15%
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.

craytonic, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of mikey711
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

mikey711, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

alcstradamus, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

HopHead84, May 09, 2011
Photo of jegross2
3.89/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the infamous Black Damnation V (Double Black), an eised barrel aged Russian imperial stout from De Struise Brouwers our of Belgium. This beer is their Cuvee Delphine (bourbon barrel aged Black Albert), ice distilled to 26% ABV.

Score: 88

2010 vintage bottle, Lot B. "Best by" 2016. Served in a Black Damnation tulip taster and enjoyed on 07/12/14. Thank you Robbie M. for sharing this one!

Appearance: Pours a viscous, motor oil color with no head. Minimal pop to the uncorking of the synthetic cork. Has a crazy browning effect from the swirl with chunky lacing and good legs. This brew looks imposing. 4.5/5

Smell: Roasted chocolate, tobacco, malt and black licorice. Bourbon, alcohol (though not nearly as much as you would expect from a 26% ABV monster), cherry, plum and caramelized sugars too. A touch of cardboard-like oxidation. Those nose is solid, with average integration, but it is nothing particularly amazing. The nose is big and bold and can be smelled a foot away from the glass. 3.75/5

Taste: Taste just like it smells with a strong fruity oxidation character to the finish. Caramelized sugars/brown sugar, barley malt, dark fruit chocolate and tobacco are the primary flavors through and in the linger. Less bourbon character in the taste than in the nose. This beer is surprisingly "smooth" for 26% ABV -- with three to four years of age on it, this beer lacks the "here I am, rock you like a hurricane" heat of higher (but relatively lower) ABV brews like World World Stout and Black Tuesday. Lots of lasting fruitiness/oxidation and tobacco/dark fruit flavor to the finish. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. The mouthfeel is so viscous and chewy. Big, lasting flavors coat the palate. Has a flavor profile consisting of sweet components that does not come across as being "sweet" a la Double Barrel Hunahpu's. 4.75/5

Overall: A good/solid, but not great or "cannot miss stout" in my opinion. I have had better bottles of this, but never one I had a good pour of that was quality enough to justify the high retail price tag or secondary market trade value. The flavor profile here reminds me of Double Barrel Hunahpu's, minus the spices/peppers, with relatively poorer integration. Among the many hard-to-get, highly touted beers out there, this one is notably skippable; tickers and completionists be forewarned.

Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle.

jegross2, May 02, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

SpdKilz, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Callmecoon, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Soonami, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of jmadrigal2
4/5  rDev -9.3%

jmadrigal2, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -9.3%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev -9.3%

threedaggers, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
4/5  rDev -9.3%

HevvyMetalHippie, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -9.3%

klipper, May 13, 2012
Photo of WeaponTheyFear
4/5  rDev -9.3%

WeaponTheyFear, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of dvsbizzyb
4/5  rDev -9.3%

dvsbizzyb, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

birchstick, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -9.3%

cp45, Jul 08, 2013
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 Holland
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Holland, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of deekyn
4/5  rDev -9.3%

deekyn, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4/5  rDev -9.3%
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...

TheGordianKnot, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of trappistlover
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

trappistlover, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

dgilks, Jun 23, 2012
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
Black Damnation V - Double Black from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.