Black Damnation
De Struise Brouwers

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Russian Imperial Stout
4.25 | pDev: 11.53%
De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 141
Photo of peensteen
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeffo for a bottle of this!

jet black, one finger dense tan head, good lace as well. Smell is of major roast, coffee and rich dark chocolate, black liquorice, a slight touch of oxidization is setting in but not in an over the top way and just hangs in the periphery, some warming alcohol as well. Taste is full of roasted malts up front, big dark chocolate and coffee flavours, some dark fruit, anise, mildly bitter in the finish with a long roasty aftertaste. Thick full feel with light to medium carbonation. This was an impressive stout, big and viscious but drinks like it is much lighter than it really is, really well done.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz, BBD March '14
Riedel tulip

**Getting close to 1,000 reviews and wanted something special. This didn't disappoint.**

A: Pours pitch black. Some reddish, brown hues around the edges. Layer of light tan head that forms a collar. Sticky lacing bits.

S: BIG. Strong dark roast coffee. Dark chocolate. Booze. Some licorice. Roasted malts. Touch of toffee. Dark fruits.

T: Wow. Very impressed. Age has done this very very well. Dark roast coffee. Dark deep cocoa. Sweetness from the malts. The heat is there on this big beer, but its impressively integrated. Long finish. Lots of lingering chocolate flavors.

M: Full bodied. Rich. Creamy.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass, Best by date March 2014.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color forming a big sized think, creamy and thin bubbled beige head: Solid. Medium to low retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass. Lingering and molasses

S: Wow! Strong roasted malts combined with coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, candy sugar and dark fruits. Strong notes of wood. A bit metallic. Light oxidization notes

T: Slightly sweet upfront followed by roasted flavors. Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, candy sugar, licorice and vanilla. Excellent notes of oak. Metallic notes and some oxidization. Excellent bitterness in the end. Perfect taste

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Low carbonation and a just perfect bittersweet aftertaste

O: Great drinkability despite the high ABV. A perfect Imperial Stout. Thanks to Dennoman!

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3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into snifter, split with shortysdude285. Thanks for the bottle dboon! Best by date March 2014.

A: Pours pitch black with one inch of dense dark brown head that faded to a thick collar. Streaky patches of lace were left down the glass.
S: I get rather aged scents of coffee, raisin, slight soy oxidization, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, and roast. Smells old but not turned, and smells good.
T: Tastes like a well-integrated and well-aged RIS should taste. Chocolate and roast dominate alongside flavors of molasses, toasted nuts, vanilla, char, licorice and coffee. The finish is full of mellow toasted flavors and leather, but the aftertaste is bitter and rather acidic (acid, not sour).
M: Very very fine bubbles in the carbonation, although rather frothy. Rich, decadent and syrupy mouthfeel, super viscous thick body. Heavy and thick all around. Slight booze comes through along with a punch of bitterness and some acid in the back of my throat. Acid reminds me of certain black coffee.
O: A very powerful and rich stout with intense but complex flavors. The acid and frothy carbonation take away from the drinkability, but this still drinks great and was quite enjoyable. Thanks again, Matt!

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Photo of jegross2
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Black Damnation from BREWERY out of PLACE. This is the first beer brewed in the Black Damnation series. Black Damnation is a blend of Black Albert and Hel & Verdoemenis.

Score: 96

Unknown vintage bottle served in a Founders snifter/tulip hybrid glass and enjoyed on 04/05/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Coffee colored body. Pours a finger of khaki head. Awesome head and lacing. The lacing slowly oozes back unto the glass. 5/5

Smell: Chocolate, roast, light wood, hint of licorice. Reminds me of fresh Surly Darkness without the hoppiness. A little brown sugar and stale coffee too. 4.5/5

Taste: Bitter bakers chocolate, wood, char, and toasty malt. Bittersweet syrup, light coffee and licorice. Finishes with a lingering bitter chocolate and syrup flavor. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. On the bitter end of bittersweet. 4.5/5

Overall: Excellent; the best of beer of Black Damnation I-IV

Cost: $12 for a 11.2 oz bottle.

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Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass. Nice retention and good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a strong coffee presence to the roasted malts. I get some rich chocolate to it reminiscent of brownie batter. It's got a little bit of a sweeter, milky chocolate to it as well. Very good aroma overall, the dark roasted malts really shine in it. It also comes together very well, the flavors are bold but end up being pretty smooth as well.

The taste follows through with some really bold and flavorful coffee notes. Twards the finish is where more of the sweeter cocoa and milk chocolate come out and help give some balance to the roasted, bitter malts.

The mouthfeel is heavy and almost syrupy. Carbonation is on the low end. Overall, it was a great beer and one that really impressed me. It's one of the better imperial stouts I've had in a while. The coffee flavors especially stood out to me. It came together very well and had some fantastic flavors to it. Great beer overall.

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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely with a thick brown head. This is a pretty nice one to drink, though the carbonation is a bit more than I would ask for, considering the style. Flavor profile is a smooth delivery with no real tones stepping out to steal the show. It's thick and consistent. Pretty nice beer. Thanks to baggio for this one.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter...2009 bottle.

A - Pours black, small mocha-colored head, thin ring.

S - Chocolate, roast, char, smooth booze, coffee, burnt sugars. Very robust and in-your-face, nice mix of sweetness and booze.

T - Chocolate, smooth booze, oak, light roast, light char, coffee beans, caramel. Lots of sweetness mixed with the perfect additional of alcohol notes....the cellar has done this bottle some good. Finish is sweet & creamy chocolate dessert.

M - Full body, light carbonation, rich & smooth, creamy finish.

O - Really nice beer that's aged gracefully over the last (almost) 3 years. The sweetness & booze are perfect right now and I suggest opening this one now if you have it. Recommend.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had two of these stored for a while now, both capable of aging to 2015 according to the labels. Decided to crack one open today while watching the Euro Cup of soccer. Opaque, tar, inky blackness with a one cm. mocha-brown head that never completely left the surface of the Maudite glass. Nose was rich with chocolate biscotti notes and tree bark, a musty earthiness that wafted out in layers that were alternatively enticing and alarming.

Big heavy duty taste, dark chocolate and expresso, cocoa and licorice, sweeter as it aired with a spicy backdrop of anise and white pepper. This is not for the meek and mild but a wonderful taste sensation for the seasoned beer drinker, an assault on the senses, unabashed imbibing now but likely much better as 2015 approaches. How lucky I have one to hold back and compare as the date approaches.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally the moment of truth has arrived! Black Damnation is a blend with the use of Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen. This is the first of the series. Poured from .33cl bottle into sampler glass at a tasting. Pours black with a beautiful brown head that lasts throughout very well. Aromas of figs, booze, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate. Flavor of black fig, brown sugar, and booze. Medium mouthfeel, some sediments lying at the bottom. Definitely good beer.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Flat, deep black body, only the faintest traces of foam.

S: Roasted malts with hints of mocha, chocolate, charcoal and brown sugar.

T: Similar to the nose in that there a fair number of components but they are rather mild and not particularly assertive compared to other representatives of the style.

M: Smooth, lightly carbonated, some bitterness in the finish, medium to full bodied.

O: A nice stout that ultimately fails to "wow" despite an enjoyable flavor profile.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black, topped with a ½ finger of rich looking dark mocha froth. This retains at about that same initial level, whipping up a foamy cascade of spotty lace and brown oils that dot the sides of the glass. The aroma has a light barrel presence to it right off the bat, which then melds into flavors of vanilla, fudge, brown sugar, dark fruit, what appears to be some smoked peat notes, and then more of an acrid roasted coffee character. This has a nice feeling flavorful density to it in the nose.

Once again, I’m picking up what appears to be some mellow whiskey flavors here up front in the taste (even though this isn't supposed to be barrel-aged in any way), that then segues into the sweetness of vanilla, chocolate, and brown sugar. Things get a little more dark feeling along the back, with ripe tart fruit and a dark smoky roasted feel that lingers a bit as this then finishes warm and dry feeling. The whole profile has a dark, rich, smoky, and sticky presence to it here in the mouth and is overall very smooth and isn’t overly aggressive with its flavors in any way. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a mellow creamy chewiness that sits with some heft in the mouth. The high alcohol presence here does pick up a bit as this warms, with a warm sweet spiciness that runs through the profiles and adds some extra flavors to the proceedings but it never gets overly stinging in any way. That 13% is handled very nicely here.

This beer is pretty damn large and in charge yet was still very smooth and approachable for the size. I felt that the taste was maybe a little too mellow in the taste, especially compared to the full flavors of the aroma, but there is no doubt that this is a pretty powerful and flavorful sipper.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finally I took the time to drink this one. 2009 version. A blend with hel en verdoemenis from the molen.
Look: the beer pours a black color with a small dark brown head.
Smell: coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, leather and tobacco.
Taste: roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, cocoa, charcoal with a nice bitterness arising from the hops which is balanced with some brown sugar sweetness.
Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall: the first of the BD series is one of the better ones,what a great beer! Although whatelse could be expected from a blend of the two best breweries in europe....

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Photo of korguy123
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before March 2014
Bottle into CBS snifter.

A- Thick, opaque black pour. Finger and a half dark khaki pour that slowly drops to thin cap leaving sticky lacing all over the glass.

S- Gigantic chocolate and burnt coffee notes. The peat really sticks out giving it a smokey nose with a hint of whisky and cherries. Licorice and brown sugar with a touch vanilla.

T- Chocolate and coffee dominate the back of the tongue. The peat is much less noticeable than the nose. Brown sugar, vanilla and molasses add a smooth sweetness.

M- Full bodied and creamy with minimal carbonation.

O- This beer is a work of genius. The smell, taste, feel and all clocking in at 13% and not a hint of booze makes this a true work of art.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A- Pitch black. No light penetrates. Small tan head recedes leaving a small ring.

S- Smells of coffee, roasted malt and dark fruit.

T- Opens with sweet, dark fruit characteristics and roasted malt. Some coffee and sweet chocolate mid-palate slides into a semi-sweet finish. There's a lingering roasty, coffee aftertaste.

M- Full bodied, without being thick. Low level of carbonation.

O- Loses a few points for the kind of odd sweetness in the taste, but otherwise a decent offering. 13% ABV is almost undetectable, making this dangerously drinkable. Good coffee and roasted malt flavors.

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Photo of Centennial
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage 9oz draft served in snifter

A. Dark Midnight black, minimum tan head, appears thinner then I expected.

S. Charred roasted malts, dark chocolate and ash

M. The beer is way too cold at 1st (obviously not the beers fault) but it adds to the perception of being on the thin side. Has a little grittiness similar to undissolved cocoa powder. The mouthfeel is slightly heavier when warmed but still slightly thinner then expected.

T. Roasty and Toasty, almost smokey but no way like a smoked beer. Hop bitterness subdues the toasted flavors and brings out some of the cocoa flavors and mild coffee flavors struggle to come through.

O. Solid blended stout, but prefer the straight Black Albert over this.

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Photo of Bardwashrind
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this along side the first four Black Damnation beers.

Thanks to spdyfire83, Doodler, Joshclauss and Elliott for making this happen.

Pours a similar dark mocha colored head Black Albert. A very different aroma of green peppers and dried chilies is present. Some of that distinct Belgian esters can be picked up, plums and figs but not in abundant amounts. Some alcohol can be felt but the nose was fairly dominated by the green pepper aroma.

The palate was very different than the nose. Not too sticky in texture, the high carbonation helped for sure. Ripened fruit flavors, more of the tart plum and blackberry jam. Some chili flake flavor only minus the heat, somewhat dusty if that makes any sense. I thought I tasted rice as well as a bit of Single Malt Whisky.

The range of comparisons were a bit odd and this could be due to over thinking the beer a bit. By just sipping and enjoying, there was a nice complexity that didn't rely on rich sugar or overall richness.

Black Albert is one of the more unique high alcohol stout to be found and Black Damnation I takes a similar direction by standing out from the typical imperial stout. I liked this one quite a bit and was interested with how things changed on the following variations.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split 2 ways at Kulminator. Served in de struise glass. Reviewed 11 June 2011.

Ar: Rich roast and chocolate, alcohol, very chocolaty (dry baking chocolate) nice smooth roast

Ap: Thick tan head, great retention, very fine head, black with brown edges, nice lace

T: Rich roast, burn, strong chocolate, alcohol, nice balance of sweet and roast, molasses, char /burn but not too much, woody, full caramel, has a bourbon-like character

M: Thick and creamy, alcohol warmth at end, medium fine carbonation

O: Much better than Black Damnations 2 and 3, nice balance of sweet and roast, a very good roast/char forward stout, much better than either base beer.

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Photo of jbeatty
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 8/9/2011. 13% version

A: Pours deep black, quickly fading dark tan head.

S: Luscious milk chocolate brownie, toffee, soft nutty roast, and alchohol in the finish.

T: Chocolate, rum raisin, coffee roast, ends slightly bitter. Deceptively simple, its the richness of the flavors that shine here.

M: Smooth, bordering on creamy, finishes soft, each sip is a treat.

O: Super enjoyable- the flavors are ruch, lush, and smooth. Hard to beat the first of the series.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage I believe: 50% Black Albert and 50% H&V. I just had H&V on tap at Churchkey DC today, continuing that trend with this! I've had Black Albert, which was infected, but Batch 0 was really good.

A: Thick brown pour with a huge brown head. The thick, billowing, head leaves a ton of lacing and a nice cap on top of the brew.

S: Beautiful smell. Chocolate, a lot of coffee and roastiness, oak, tobacco, hints of alcohol. Sweet, roasted, balanced, phenomenal.

T: The taste begins with oak and char, then the coffee takes over in a big way. Wow the coffee has a great flavor. Chocolate and some dark fruits lead the beer into a dry finish, with coffee lingering around for a while. Only hints of alcohol are noted, which is amazing considering the ABV. The flavor is balanced phenomenally. Really this blend brings out the best in both beers blended to create it.

MF: Thick, heavy, creamy, a bit low on carbonation.

O: Just a great beer, I wish I could have more of it!.

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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked Lot B best before March 2014.
Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: It is a menacing black color in the glass, completely opaque. A careful pour resulted in a two finger tan head with the sediment left in the bottle. The head fades pretty quickly and forms a foamy cap on the beer with minimal lacing.

S: Loads of chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and rich vanilla overwhelm the front of the aroma. Some smokiness lingers with a heap of roasted malt as I shove my nose deeper in the glass. The yeast provides a break from the heavy notes with its fruity Belgian character. No hint of the booze.

T: I am greeted by chocolate, dark fruit and heavily roasted malt. The coffee notes kick in with a pleasant bitterness along with some strong earth tones. The finish has a wisp of black licorice and some more roasted char.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. It has a dry finish with zero hint of the booze.

O: This drinks shockingly smooth for 13%. I have some more for the cellar and it will be interesting to see how it develops. Cheers to Urbain for another great brew.

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4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased and consumed at Kulminator in Antwerp.

Pours a deep black. Black. Black. Head is very fine and soft. No lace, but the body is so lovely and thick that the body itself almost sticks to the edge of the glass. Static carbonation. When tilted, however, you realise that it's slightly translucent at the edges. Not bad though.

Nose is indeed far from "not bad"; it's gorgeous. Lovely coconut oak characters, roasty, slightly smoky malt, a touch of astringency blended with sweetness, like candied roasted nuts. Smooth, round, just gorgeous. Oh so good.

Taste is roastier and more bitter and acrid—here the Russian darkness comes through, but in a lively way, and still melded with a sweetness that suggests dark fruits, coffee and milk chocolate. The bitterness of the roast character cements and anchors the palate in the way bitter hops do in a good IPA.

Great RIS. The dark roast character ensures it falls squarely here. Wonderful to see a brewers around in Belgium and the Netherlands like De Struise and De Molen stretching the boundaries of beer.

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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small wine glass, split two ways. Beer is black and has a nice mocha head, small and medium bubbles, low carbonation, some lacing. Beware, there are chunks in this beer at the bottom.

Aroma is alcohol, sweet, mild roast, smells awesome. The best part about this overall great beer.

Beer is medium in body with a mild alcohol forwardness to it but overall not a boozy beer. The whole thing is great on the palate and finishes with this mild roast and a not so dry finish. Very drinkable, especially for the alcohol content. I'd have it again, I really enjoyed this.

Also, this was my 2100 review on beeradvocate.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is black with a tan head that leaves a nice coat of lacing on the snifter. The aroma is quite nice, with heavy roast, coffee, espresso beans, and chocolate. The flavor is very tasty, though not quite at the level of the aroma. The finish brings some bitterness and charred malt. Overall, a very good beer. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Jeffo. Served in a Struise cervoise. Lot B, best before March 2015.

A - Huge mocha foam that eventually settles to a creamy thick cap, but leaves minimal spotty lacework. Body is black with some faint reddish glints at the bottom of the glass.

S - Big milk chocolate, roasted grains, coffee, light anise, fruity Belgian yeast, dark fruits, faint molasses, earthy notes, and surprisingly well-hidden booze.

T - Taste is far more roasty, with espresso bitterness, notes of smoke and char up front, but sweeter chocolate and candi sugar follow. Finishes with anise and roast bitterness that lingers.

M - Full-bodied, creamy, with some roast dryness in the finish. Surprisingly little heat for the listed ABV. Carbonation is moderate, and perhaps a touch high for the style but still fairly pleasant.

D - I put down a 33cl bottle no problem - another masterful job by Urbain in hiding alcohol, as this drinks like a 7-8% stout. I tried blending the two beers on my own and they didn't taste anything like this - was the H&V batch brewed at Struise instead of De Molen?

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