Black Damnation XXVI - Froggie
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #474
Ranked #3,874
4.38 | pDev: 9.36%
De Struise Brouwers
Black Damnation XXVI - FroggieBlack Damnation XXVI - Froggie
Notes: Black Albert matured in Bordeaux wine barrels: Margaux, Pauillac - St-Estèphe
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 30 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
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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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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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BerryKumquat from California

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 25, 2019
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Stefan13 from Texas

2.76/5  rDev -37%
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
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A_Blacksmith from Florida

4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 03, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 08, 2019
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brenn79 from Idaho

3.69/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Mikexw from New York

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 12, 2019
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aug 17, 2019
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igl from Russian Federation

5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

MEGA stout

Apr 18, 2020
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RiceOwls27 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 08, 2020
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 19, 2019
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 19, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
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
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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desint from Belgium

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 08, 2019
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 02, 2019
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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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redfox405 from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 11, 2019
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YvesB from Belgium

4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apr 22, 2020
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 04, 2018
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Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 22, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
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
Black Damnation XXVI - Froggie from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 30 ratings