Black Damnation | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ggaughan on 03-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 95
Reviews by ImperialStoat:
Photo of ImperialStoat
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The major thing to note with this De Molen & De Struise collaboration is just how obscenely drinkable it is for 13%; it tastes like an 8% stout if even that.

I can't say much about how it looks since I'm drinking it in the dark (power failure), but there's a toffee-brown head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass as it gets progressively emptier and emptier.

The nose is nothing much to write home about, with a faint whiff of alcohol and dark malt, but the taste is a veritable checklist of everything you might want from an imperial stout:
Coffee - check.
Dark Chocolate - check
Mild Aniseed and Vanilla Sweetness - check
Lingering Taste of Dark Rye - check

In summation this beer didn't blow my mind, as I thought it might have done, but it's an above par stout certainly worth pondering on a cold, winter's night...While reading some Poe.
Just don't pay an exorbitant amount for a bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Basically pitch black with small dark brown hues around the edges. An enormous pale brown head develops (bigger than any head on a 13% ABV beer I've come across) and slowly settles while leaving some lacings.

S: Basically a blend of Black Albert and Hel & Verdoemenis: The heavy roasted character from the latter and the lightly tart note from the former mixes really nice. Notes of coffee, sweet and tart berries and hints of chocolate and licorice. The smell is a bit edgy, but in a good and interesting way.

T: This one is absolutely loaded with flavor. Lots of roasted malts with notes of espresso and tannins. A wonderful sweetness (chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits) is balanced by a gentle tart note. The finish is somewhat bitter and has notes of sweetish alcohol, licorice and wood. Powerful, complex and really really good.

M: Rather full body with a very smooth texture.

D: However came up with the idea of blending Hel & Verdoemenis and Black Albert had one hell of an idea. This beer is great. Very easy to drink considering the high ABV. A fine sipper.

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Photo of jbeatty
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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 olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a pitch oily black, with a nice two finger dark brown head that's super fine and creamy, it really lays on the lacing. Nose is roasty, malty and sweet. There's some coffee and light booze as well.

First off, the mouthfeel is a bit lacking, it's fairly light which is surprising. The alcohol is there, but well hidden for 13%. Taste is a lot of roasty burnt coffee/dark chocolate. A bit of numbing from the alcohol and a warming on the way down. Pretty solid.

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Photo of BrentFewster
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a truly charming stout. At 22 per bottle, I figured this beer had better be worth it. It was.

This rich blend of De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis and Struise Black Albert results in a king among Imperial Stouts.

The pour was like a descent into hell itself, as I'm sure was intended. Black within black, even under good lighting. The head was nicely thick, sprouting an aroma of chocolate with hazelnut and caramel.

The first sip was a wondrous foray into a forest of coco and espresso, with notes of dates, fennel, and a hint of caraway. Very tasty.

In fact, I liked it so much, I was moved to poetry. Thank you, Black Damnation.

O Black Damnation!
It is said,
"A sweeter glass
Has ne'er been bled.
Sublime vexation,
Fullest head,
And darkest doom
To you have fled."

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Photo of 05Harley
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Lot A, Best by March 2014.

Purchased through Cracked Kettle, Netherlands.

Price - $10.86 US

Cool label. How can you go wrong with a skull...

Appearance: Pours with a quarter inch of creamy head that ends with a ring around the glass. Deep black in color like ink.

Smell: Fresh aroma of coffee right up front followed by a hint of vanilla.

Taste: A dose of bitter chocolate followed by roasted malts, alcohol, coffee and licorice.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish, somewhat chalky with a fair amount of bitterness due in part to the hops.

Drinkability: Unlike straight Black Albert this one has little to no fruit backbone. It's hard to believe this beer is 13%, very well hidden. A good beer but one is enough for a night and I move on.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Collaberative brew between Struise and De Molen. Actually a blend of Black Albert from Struise and Hel & Verdoemenis (Hell & Damnation) from De Molen. On tap at the pre-ZBF festival at Alvinne. The beer poured a dense blackhole color with a thick tan head. Deep roasted malt character in the nose, notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste provides the strong chocolate and roasted malt tones from the aroma along with some dried fruit notes that round out the beer well. As the beer warms a bit, the alcohol character comes through a bit more but is not overwhelming. A full bodied beer but very drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black and has promising delightful aromas. Full mouthfeel. Very rich and tasty.Not a coffee or malt job, just rich and delicious, a little expresso and chocolate.Tremendous balance, with the right significant amount of roast, vanilla. Very fresh private order from R&R.

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Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of nickd717
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle shared by Nick3 on BA - thanks, Nick!

Pours black, as the name implies it will, with a thick tan head and great lacing.

Aroma is roasty with anise and coffee and...uh...brett? That was surprising.

Flavor also has a slight brett note, which is a little odd. Besides that, it's roasty with burnt toast notes, coffee, lots of licorice, and a little fruitiness - cherry maybe.

Medium-full body with carbonation a bit too high for the style. A bit drier than I'd like.

It's really amazing to me that this is a 13% ABV beer. It drinks like about an 8-percenter. However, this beer just doesn't do it for me overall. For an imperial stout, it just doesn't have the intense flavor or full, smooth mouthfeel I expect from a good example. Oh well.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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 thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo as well! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal cream colored head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, dark chocoalte, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Everything about this one just worked for me. It was really well balanced with sweetness and bitterness which made it quite easy to drink. Nice mouthfeel on this one as well. Was lucky enough to try all of the series (except V) back-to-back. This was probably my 3rd favorite out of the group, but not a distant third by ANY means.

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Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Neffbeer
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes is quite intense with notes of roasted malt and light warming alcohol. Taste is dominated by coffee and roasted bitter notes with limited sweetness and some astringency. Quiet a departure for the Black Albert and seems to fall more on the side of the De Molen beer. Body is full with slightly oily texture and good carbonation with alcohol not too apparent. Very interesting mix and now I can't wait to finish drinking the other variations.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split with the tickerazzi and poured into a Meantime tulip. 13% ABV, Best by M 2015 notched on the label.

Thanks to Rochefort10NH for sending a bottle of this my way!

A - Clear on the pour, black as the worst sin in the glass. A dark tan head tops the beer with fantastic retention and spotty lace left over.

S - Smooth and rich black coffee, no-holds-barred. Big aroma! Notes of brown sugar and molasses sweeten the deal while dark roasted malt aroma fills in the spaces. A teeny cold metallic hint creeps across the finish. Fan-freakin'-tastic aroma!

T - Smooth bold coffee flavor that's bitter through and through with tons of massive roasted malts. Not a lot of depth in the flavor but it's got a good flavor nonetheless.

M - Full-bodied and smooth with a full, soft, rich finish and a roasted acrid bitterness.

D - The chocolate and roasted malt with the coffee and very low alcohol is pretty fantastic. It's smooth and rich, but remains incredibly drinkable for a RIS. The label is badass and totally needs to be a metal band's logo.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5/7/11
Served in Duvel tulip glass @ 45F
ABV indicated on bottle was 9.2%, not the 13% indicated on the bottle.

A - Poured black with a ridiculous amount of foamy light brown head despite a very slow pour.

S - Bitter dark roasted coffee up front. Some chocolate, molasses a slightly noticeable alcohol.

T - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, licorice. A good bitterness. Some sweetness comes through in the middle with a bitter, dry finish rounding it out.

M -Full body. Silky, chewy. Somewhat viscous. Light carbonation.

O - A very good RIS. Would love to age this one if I had a few more bottles.

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Photo of Bardwashrind
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of jegross2
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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 mikesgroove
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to finally come across this bottle. I had really high expectations for it and just thrilled all around to be able to try it. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/01/2010.

Exceptional pour here, black as night with a three finger topping of deep chocolate colored foam. Really very nicely one and I have to admit one of the best ways it could have presented itself. Loads of roasted malts dominate the aroma. Molasses, hints of chocolate, touches of vanilla as it warms and a light touch of dark fruit floating in the back, but nothing distracting about it. First sip lets me on that this is definitley a struisse creation as the loaded carbonation comes across very clearly. Thick and coating feel soon makes way to let the flavor really pop. Roasted malts, chocoalte notes, hints of vanilla and a light sense of oak all combine quite nicely. Moving forward each sip seems to bring more chocolate to the forefront along with a burnt caramel flavor. ABV is very well hidden and this went down way, way to fast to be honest.

Overall this is a very good beer. Not as full as some might want, but in the context it really, really works. I would love to have more of these, really exceptional.

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Photo of Abio
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Nick3 a while back. Thanks! A few oz into a snifter, the beer appears an opaque black topped by a long-lasting four finger head that lasts until my glass is emptied. The aroma is an interesting mix of Belgian yeast and dark roasted malt. It's fruity and chocolatey with notes of fig and cherry, carob and cinnamon. Roasted malt, sharp alcohol and licorice are prominent on the palate. Carbonation is at a high level, excessive for the style, making the body seem a bit thin. Mid-palate brings flavors of cherry, roasted malt, burnt toast and an acidic twang. The finish is a little harsh, leaving flavors of molasses and burnt grain lingering on the tongue. Decent and enjoyable stuff.

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Black Damnation from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 141 ratings