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Black Damnation V - Double Black - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
98
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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 581
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
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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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

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4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black with a surprising head. The lacing coats the side of the glass, but does not appear greasy/oily.

S - booze and bakery's chocolate. It's not as fragrant as the cuvée.

T - bourbon, roastd barley, and sweet vanilla and oak... It finishes with a fair amount of burn. Burnt molasses lingers on the tongue.

M - Low carbonation and still very creamy/smooth in texture. Quite velvety in mouthfeel. I would have guessed it was 13% ABV... This one surprised me.

O - This is by far the highest ABV beer I've ever had, and it's strange that I would not have guessed it was over 13%. Overall, it's another nice variant on Black Albert... I am glad I had the Cuvee Delphine first, and I prefered this much more. Eisbock processed stouts are pretty awesome.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of Luk13
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a thick oily black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is intense bourbon and vanilla, alcohol if definitly perceptible but maybe not thrice as much as your regular imperial stout. It also has a nice depth with chocolate melding with dark dried fruits. Lots of wood and sweetness, but remains more elegant than beers like Black Tuesday. Low carbed but not flat. I can see there is some similarities with Black Albert. A nice experiment but a little too "hot" to be enjoyable. After KRE and KBE, I’ve had more eisbocks that night than in the last year.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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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: 87

2010 vintage bottle, Lot B. "Best by" 2016. Served in a Black Damnation tulip taster and enjoyed on 07/12/14. Thank you Paul 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.

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