Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
On-tap last night at Armsby Abbey for Stoutfest. The fourth time I have had this brew and finally getting around to entering a review.
A- Pitch black body to the brew poured from the tap to a goblet. The motor oil thick body has a dark mocha tan head that builds up to about a half a finger with a frothy texture. Head retention is decent and the ring that results leaves spotty lace.
S- Much, much more blackberry in this batch than I have experienced in the past. Right when received the glass it reminded me of getting a fresh tray of berries out of the fridge for breakfast. Beyond that is the usual massive dark cocoa and burnt roast grains that BA brings to the table. Something slightly funky reminding me of a fruit lambic, maybe some Brett or something.
T- The blackberries are a bit more subdued here but still quite strong, they just blend into the other beer elements and balance out more than the smell. Dark bitter cocoa powder, port/strong wines, blackened roasted grains, Belgian yeast spice and dark fruits, dark grapes and some sweets all come in big time.
MF- Thick bodied with a frothy texture and some chewiness. Carbonation on the lower side but it is pretty similar to Black Albert bottles and other times I have had it on draft. 13% leaves some warmth but overall is very smooth on the palate.
Very happy I decided to order this as my last drink of the night. The blackberry aspect came out much more this time around and resulted in a great stout experience. All of the flavors combine to form a decadent, dessert-wine-esque massive stout.
Serving type: on-tap
04-08-2014 01:43:35 | More by cbutova
Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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