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Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

185 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 28
Gots: 26 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-18-2013)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Holy Grale, Louisville, KY

A: Dark, brooding, but not quite opaque, as there are deep redcurrant highlights on the bottom edges of the snifter; zero head whatsoever - just a ring of fine bubbles clings to the surface, but even that quickly dissipates; slight lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Big barrel character on the nose; boozy alcohol, woodsy, and vinuos (obviously from a combination of the port barrels and the addition of blackberries); huge, earthy oak notes, wine must, and slightly tart berry; alcohol stings the nostrils; the underlying stout breaks through in patches, displaying some roast characteristics - coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toast - however, its presence is quite muted in comparison to the barrel-aging qualities.

T: Like the nose, the barrel dominates from the start - unmistakable earthy/woody flavors of oak followed by a touch of honey-caramel sweetness; this is rapidly offset by the growing sting of fusel alcohol; slight tartness from the blackberries; residual port contributes a dark sweetness which tries to rein in the burn, this effort supported by the slowly rising presence of roast coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of smoke/char from the base stout; the finish is drying and sees lingering coffee and toast undertones competing with that smoky/char note; on the whole the barrel-aging dominates throughout, but the stout begins to liven up as the glass warms.

M: Pleasantly slick, with a nice but not overly thick presence on the palate; what carb is there is very fine but still allows the body to weigh on the palate.

O: A nice barrel-aged stout with the added twist of blackberries. This is the first port-barreled beer I have had the opportunity to sample, and the experience was quite unique. The berries really intensify the vinous, port flavors; in fact, once the initial dose of oak barrel and alcohol fades, the beer drinks more like a heavy-bodied wine. The underlying stout pokes through eventually, and what is there has the makings of a classic RIS; however I would have liked more balance as the roast/coffee/chocolate is relegated to playing second fiddle. Still, I am glad to have had the chance to try this one-off, barrel-aged variant, and I look forward to sampling further variations from De Struise.

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Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.