Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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Black Damnation I - Black Berry AlbertBlack Damnation I - Black Berry Albert

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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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Reviews by GJ40:
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased in a Brussels bottle shop for an outrageous price.

A - Deep black with a moderate tan head. It clings to the glass nicely. But lots of chunks; even in the earlier pours.

S - Blackberry, chocolate and roasted malts. The fruit certainly comes through nicely.

T - Lots of blackberry supported by a cast of chocolate, roasted malts, figs and Belgian spice. It works for the most part but there were moments when the fruit flavors didn't fully blend. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Slightly thin for the style, possibly due to an initially high carbonation of aggressive bubbles.

O - A tasty beer but not worth the price. I had a sample at the Bruges Beer Festival. That would have been enough. I didn't need to pay the ridiculous price. And it doesn't seem to be just the central Brussels shop. I've seen the Damnation series overpriced in the De Struise shop in Bruges and in US shops. It's good but not that good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of briang01
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at When Pigs Fly. In a snifter the beer was black with a dark cocoa-colored head. The head dissipated rather quickly.

Chocolate aroma, some fruit. Booze.

Great taste. Dark mocha chocolate, brown sugar. Berry taste, maybe not as much as I thought would be there, but still a great addition. Boozy taste, but in a positive way.

A very rich beer. A lot of alcohol, sip it slowly.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dirtylou
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap, brouwers

VARIANTS!

Ebony body, creamy mocha head - aroma, much like the base beer, is a hammering of bitter malt. Charred malt, dirt, dark fruit. The blackberry just doesn't play well here because Black Albert is so dense and bitter, making the delicate berry difficult to pinpoint I think all of these black albert variants are a bit overrated.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Almost black. Huge mocha head. Excellent retention.

Smell - Belgiany. Roasty chocolate. A bit of fruitiness. It's a little more fruity than regular Black Albert.

Taste - Great blend of caramel, chocolate, and fruitiness. Chocolate most predominant, coming out as a dark chocolate in the back. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, but not boozy. High carbonation.

Overall - It's less subtle than regular, but still very good. Where is the port?

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color was deeply hued black but it had layers of creamy froth swirling about the body. This was poured with little to no head as the beertender felt obligated to fill the small snifter to the top.

The aroma is mostly a vinous BlackBerry wine with an underlay of chocolate. There are hints of coffee with touches of dried fruit.

The flavor is very sweet from the blackberries and vinous. The wine like qualities become more apparent mid palate. I catch chocolate covered cherries and roasted coffee near the end.

The feel is velvety smooth, very full with a nice creaminess about it. The blackberry fruitiness does leave a tangy feel about the tongue.

I really enjoyed this as Black Albert is amongst my favorite beers. This is not as good as BA but the blackberry does create a new overall experience.

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