Black Damnation XXVI - Froggie
De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #661
Ranked #2,934
4.29 | pDev: 10.26%
Sep 17, 2022
Oct 04, 2018
Black Damnation XXVI - FroggieBlack Damnation XXVI - Froggie
Notes: Black Albert matured in Bordeaux wine barrels: Margaux, Pauillac - St-Estèphe
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Rated: 3.2 by stephenlee93 from England

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A 750ml bottle, bottled on 25th July 2018, and a best before date of 24th July 2023. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a nice frothy one finger brown head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, light char, chocolate, cocoa, raisin, fig, dates, and a touch red wine vinous.

Taste: Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, espresso, light char, licorice, and red wine notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: The wine barrels add an interesting dimension to the aroma and flavour, but it’s not among my favourites of the Black Damnation’s. It’s a decent sipper, but I didn’t think it was better than much of the whiskey barrel aged variants.
Aug 18, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like oak char, roasted malt, smoke, raisin, red wine, port, hot cocoa, spice, vanilla, and smoke.

Wine barrels seem to work quite nicely with the fathoms-deep darkness of the Black Albert. The heavy roast and dark fruit character of the base are played very well with the oak, vanilla, red wine, tobacco, port, red grape, blackberry, cocoa powder, and a peppery smoke note. This super, super complex, and is really wonderful.

This is medium bodied, pretty thick, slightly oily, with very little booziness to it.

This is extremely enjoyable, and continues to further my love for this weird little Belgian brewery.
Sep 20, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Oct 04, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 08, 2020
Rated: 4.82 by YvesB from Belgium

Apr 22, 2020
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Rated by igl from Russian Federation

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
MEGA stout
Apr 18, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by Mikexw from New York

Oct 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by BerryKumquat from California

Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Aug 17, 2019
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750 ml. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a well over one inch medium tan head over a black (Ya think?) body with some lacing. Head sticks around for the duration. Nose of dark malt, dark fruit, dark dried fruit, red grape, and a bit of charcoal. Whoa... Taste follows nose, with a definite hop presence and a bit of bitter chocolate. Jeez...What a beer! Very nice feel and overall, one of the best after dinner beers I've ever had! Find it and buy it!
Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by Rifugium from North Dakota

Jul 19, 2019
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Snagged a 750 ml bottle on Tavour. $43.99 Now I know what you're thinking...44 dollars of your hard earned money for a bottle of beer. Well let's see what we got here. The amount of stuff going on in this bottle is insane. As soon as you pour it out you smell semi-sweet bakers chocolate and tart raisins. It melds so smoothly together without being too sweet. Chilling in the background, is the smell of molasses as well. When you get to the flavor, accompanying the chocolate covered raisins is this nice smokiness. Everything balances very nicely with each other. The tart from the wine, the mild bitter from the chocolate, and the smoke that sits in the middle. This is a beer that demands every bit of your attention and I would love to have it again. Now is this beer worth 44 dollars. Unfortunately, not so. But to be fair, is any beer worth that much?
Jul 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Stefan13 from Texas

2.76/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5
Something just wasn't right about this beer. It had the potential for so much more. Metallic in both smell and taste. High abv which I love, but besides alcohol and metal, I don't taste too much else. Still better then a light beer.
Jun 25, 2019
Rated: 4.61 by A_Blacksmith from Florida

Jun 03, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
this is absurd beer, and all american brewers doing something similar should be on high alert, this is as good as it gets, a new benchmark in barrel aged stouts for me in many ways, and a totally unexpected random draft find, happy birthday to me! this is the famed imperial stout but aged in high end bordeaux wine barrels, truly a special brew. its inky and black from the tap, viscous and leggy but not insanely thick, very short almost lazy looking mocha head as well. aroma is crazy, so much fruit from the wine, blackberry and currant, jammy and piquant at the same time, softy tannic, some leather and tobacco too, like an old mans study or something. some wood in the mix with the dark grains, a little cocoa in there as well, but dry, interestingly yeasty for the style, and about as complex as it gets, a warm layer of alcohol coursing though it also. the flavor is just lights out, even better than the nose, with the wonderful base stout asserting itself first, espresso and licorice nuances to a big hearty black malt base, a lightly burnt note is cool with the wood, black cherry and raisin start to come in pretty quickly. the wine is robust in this, marionberry and cocoa, old leather and sweetened dried cranberry, softer things like rose hip and anise too, just tons of depth. i love the tannic element, it keeps this from being too heavy, even with all the alcohol, and seems to add a rich maturity without it being sweet in the least. coal and earth, wood and vanilla, subtle molasses and blackberry jam, its wonderfully dynamic and it gets more and more compelling as it warms up. one of the finest stouts i have ever had, a beer of the year candidate for me already, and another absolute stunner from de struise. these black damnation beers have been insane, i wish i had access to more of them. do not miss this one, its once in a lifetime!
May 23, 2019
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Rated by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at rustico arlington. $13/10oz
May 19, 2019
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
As it says this is a super massive Belgian stout, big bottle, ABV 13.00%, IBU 72, and a ton of flavor. This is an incredible Stout. The Belgians know what they are doing. The ingredients are listed in four languages; English, French, Spanish and Swedish.

Look: Black with a very thick fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, a little bit of smoke, red wine.

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts (barley and wheat), dark chocolate, dark fruit, maybe some coffee with some smokeyness, and a strong presence of red wine.

Body/Overall: full body, creamy, smooth
May 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours one shade shy of black with no head. Nose reveals dark malts, cocoa, a hint of char and vinous/berry notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of some smoke and a red wine forward presence. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a still carbonation. Overall, a very nice Imperial Stout; however, lacking balance.
May 12, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Apr 19, 2019
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Apr 08, 2019
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed on tap at Armsby Abbey today.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave very little lacing but excellent legs. Thin halo as well.

S - Aromas of super dark chocolate and black licorice. Tons of red wine notes, really vinous, excellent barrel and vanilla as well. As it warms it develops an incredible depth to it. No discernable alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of dark chocolate and sweeter red wine notes. There is a ton of deep smoke going on as all that balances nicely with the bitter chocolate and sweet red wine.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden super well considering the ABV.

O - Overall this was a very solid stout. Great legs and inviting nose, taste is a touch on the smokey side. Still it was enjoyable.

Serving Type: on tap
Apr 08, 2019
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Reviewed by brenn79 from Idaho

3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
750 bottle, shared with bro- Pours oil black with almost no head. Aroma is red wine tannins, oak, vanilla, boozy. The taste is oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, red wine, boozy, dark cherries, plum and grapes . Not bad but have had better. A sipper for sure.
Apr 01, 2019
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Snifter on draft at Churchkey in DC. Delightfully vinous on the nose if you enjoy Bordeaux, but also with some notes more suggestive of a brandy or calvados. Big barrel oak on the front palate, with fruity spirits and less of the base Black Damnation stout than some other releases in the series. Light astringency and crabapple.
Mar 18, 2019
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Near black with a finger of dark mocha foam. The head settles into a nice crown, but leaves zero lacing. Huge, heavenly aroma of chocolate, red wine, sherry, vinegar and light nuts. The taste can’t quite live up. First, the mouthfeel is fairly thin bodied for an imperial stout; just shy of still, too. It’s drier than expected with chocolate milk, nuts, red wine up front in the taste and an odd, semi-sweet dried cherry, wine, wood, and stale hops approaching cardboard combo in the finish. There’s enough complexity to keep it interesting, but it’s a let down in comparison to the nose. I imagine this might have been better fresher. This is a 2014 vintage on draft. A thicker body and more malts in the taste certainly would have helped.
Mar 04, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Feb 11, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Feb 10, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by desint from Belgium

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Feb 02, 2019
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Novare Pootland 3019.

A- Blacker than Portland on a blizzards eve. The head is toffee brown and a finger high before dying to a small ring. No lace tonight.

S- A huge beast of esters and barrel. The vinous grapes pop off with a deep figgy sugar complexity to boot. Licorice leads into dark roast barley and then the aforementioned deep sugars and dark fruits.

T- Damn son the big stout and the barrel move away to the other side of the world and have figgy vinous complex babies. Vinous and massively flavorful wine barrels represent France front and center with a whole spectrum of grapes and deep dark fruity complexity. Grapes lead into licorice, toffee, brown sugar, figs, plums, chocolate, cocoa nibs, tart raisins, apricot, tobacco, leather and port.

MF- Thick and big slick oily body. Carbonation is on the lower side with a warm and bitter dark fruit ending.

Froggy old vinous brew. Wine complexity is the key and the dark grains back it up exceptionally well.
Jan 28, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jan 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from the bottle into a De Struise tulip glass.

This thing FROTHS and bellows out of the bottle once it hits the glass like a giant forming waterfall. A huge giant dollop of deep colored mocha head that has to sit and settle with a center punch pour. After the cascade is finished, the head sits a fine bubbled three fingers easily, with a solid retention not even hinting to budge. A fascinating few large coin sized big bubbles pop out into the head later, literally making the head boil like lava. What is this fascinating creation I can not wait.. A deep classic dark walnut black body sits and waits.

The aroma is quite bold, complex, and diverse. Large amounts of woody oak mixing in with a subtle fruit of raspberry. Big aromas of shaved chocolate, dark powdered cocoa as well. A good touch of bitterness on this from chared like malts, and touches of hinted light alcohol warmth that isnt boozy.

This is one heck of an experience on the palate. Big velvety and rich silky mouthfeel on the tongue, but as a bit of light spritzy so fine character to it to somehow. The mid palate is just an explosive but controlled rush of flavors. Dark chocolate and jam just burst off on first sip. Thick dark chocolate bar and flakey roasted dark malts just roll off the tongue. Comes off like a thick dark chewy baked bread loaf, mixing with hints of grape and plum. Warm alcohol that actually accents but doesn't dominate the palate. The fruit angle mixes with oak into deep plum and raisin, to hinted darker fruits, and finishes with a dark bitter char and roasty finish.

These damnation beers are some of the best beers barrel aged stouts I have ever had.
Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 4.58 by HopBelT from Belgium

Oct 04, 2018
Black Damnation XXVI - Froggie from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 34 ratings