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Black Damnation XI - Special Kay | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 22.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Kate The Great (10.79% ABV) and Black Albert (13% ABV), brewed by master brewer Todd Mott of the Portsmouth Brewery in USA and Urbain Coutteau of Struise. This time our beer was fractionally frozen to -15 ° C over a period of 20 days. This method allows the water which is present in beer, slowly but surely to be separated from the alcohol, and allowing the volume % to rise. Another Eisbock process but modified a la Struise, still allows the result to be called beer. "Special K" has previously been aged 10 months in Noval Port barrels before undergoing the Eisbock process.

Added by brewandbbq on 08-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
70
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 70
Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Nick!

A: Pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head that faded into a very long lasting collar. Spots of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Meaty and hearty smelling. This is a beast of a beer. For such a high ABV I’m surprised I don’t smell more alcohol. This smells pretty smooth actually. I get a few notes chocolate and fruit. Definitely boozy though.
T: Chocolate and booze. The finish is sharp and lingers forever and ever. The booze is pretty mellow, but this beer is crazy strong.
M: Super duper thick beer. This thing is like barrel aged chocolate syrup. Carbonation is low and thick.
O: For what it is this is awesome! I could only handle two or three ounces of this though. Like a chocolate milkshake with booze and fruit. Thanks a ton Nick.

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Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours black with a chocolate head that forms around the glass

S - nose is nose is cinnamon, chocolate, port, and spicy fruits

T - opens up with soy booziness and chocolates. These move on to bourbony chocolates and a lot of milk chocolate. Wow, powerful beer here.

M - boozy as hell, really spicy and hot

D - overall, this is another intense beer out of the black damnation series. Lots of boozy complexity makes this a treat to try!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this expensive brew. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Nice tan foam that settles to a thin cap and thick collar, but minimal lacework. Black body with a glint of dark brown. Always very impressive that these high-ABV Struise beers look so good.

S - Intense aroma of green apple and vinous port is my initial impression, but as it warms more milk chocolate and vanilla emerges. Not much wood presence, and alcohol is reasonably well-hidden.

T - Taste is also quite vinous and port-forward, with some nice rich medium-dark chocolate, roasted malts, fudge, dark fruits and perhaps a bit more barrel presence. Again, alcohol is pretty well masked for 22%, although the beer is still somewhat boozy.

M - Medium-full body, melted chocolate texture, with a dry tannic finish. Carbonation is appropriately on the lower side of things. Some warming alcohol presence, but drinks more like a low teens beer.

D - The green apple in the aroma is a little off-putting - if this were aged in Calvados barrels it would make sense, but in this case it seems more like acetaldehyde. I suspect it may fade over time and this beer should age quite gracefully. The ice distillation has really emphasized the port barrel characteristics and muted the subtitles of Kabert. While the concealing of 22% ABV is a feat in its own right I find this to be inferior to Kabert. I think I prefer Double Black as well. Still, really neat to try - thanks Sean!

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Photo of Sean9689
3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

A - Pours black, looks like oil, light tan-colored head.

S - Booze, oak, dark fruits, light chocolate, some char, and roast. A bit too much booze for me, but for 22%, I guess it's pretty smooth when I think about it. Not quite as roasty as I'd prefer, and the char is a little too much.

T - Similar to the nose, but the charred bite on the finish is a little off-putting. Dark fruits, chocolate, oak, char, and big booze. Very sweet and rich, a sipper. The booze is there, but at 22%, I can't really say it's too much. Finish is dark fruits a char.

M - Full, rich and smooth (for 22%), light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I think this is a good beer, but I'd rather just drink Kabert over and over again until I pass out rather then a glass of this. Struise continues to push the boundaries on ABV and inventiveness, and I think this beer turned out pretty good. That said, it's just such a huge monster, it's hard to enjoy much in one session (see Double Black). Good, not great.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.71/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing.

A - A black beer with a tan head. Had some solid retention that settled to a thick ring. Nice looking.

S - My initial thought on this one was apples, although not overly powering to make me think that something had gone wrong with it. Port influence gives way to some more traditional stout aromas including chocolate, slight roast, and vanilla.

T - Has some wine-like qualities up front. The alcohol on this is present, but at 22% is pretty mellow. Pretty rich, with dark fruits and chocolate. Good tasting beer.

M - Pretty close to full bodied, with lower carbonation.

O - Good beer. Not sure where the apple notes are coming from, but other then that there isn't anything to complain about. Glad to drink it, but would not try to acquire given how much it originally went for.

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Black Damnation XI - Special Kay from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.
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