Black Damnation III - Black Mes | De Struise Brouwers

Black Damnation III - Black MesBlack Damnation III - Black Mes
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Black Damnation III - Black MesBlack Damnation III - Black Mes

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black Damnation III is yet another variation on Black Albert. 100% of Black Albert was used that matured for a while on Caol Ila barrels

Added by alcstradamus on 03-14-2010

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this bottle from the Bier Temple in Brugge about a month ago, I held off on it until I tried and loved the Black Damnation original that I brought home with it. As with the original Black Damnation, this is a gorgeous label, it looks authentically evil. According to said label, this beer is "100% Black Albert, aged on Mes' favorite Islay single malt scotch whiskey, the Distiller's Edition 1995 from the Caol Ma distillery in Scotland".

The beer itself is dark brown-black with a huge reddish tan foam, 4 fingers which slowly disippated to about 1 finger before holding the line. The aroma is really nice, light smoked wood and a good amount of peat moss (which is easy to place once you expect it from the label). Dark roasted malts and delicious whiskey aromas without any real indication of alcohol, at least based on smell.

The beer tastes, if anything, even better than it smells. Rich and malty with strong whickey flavors but absolutely no trace of alcohol. No ethanol flavors, no belly burn, nothing to indicate 13% ABV.

The body is medium viscosity, not really thick but just a little heavy. Easy to keep sipping quickly, the alcohol isn't easy to notice.

Next up, Coffee Club version. Maybe in a couple days.

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4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Het Oude Schooltje; July 2010
A vigorous pour by Carlo produces a bit more foam than expected and I have to take a quick mouthful of foam; it has such a smoky, peat-like and rich flavor to it, yet is quite smooth tasting. This black beer is topped by a dense, creamy, long lasting, dark brown head that leaves all sorts of lacing on the sides of my glass. As the beer was being opened I got a quick aroma of smooth, rich coffee. The aroma has a salty, rich-chocolate character to it that is backed by a touch of whiskey like heat. The peat / smoke character is always noticeable in the nose but other aromatic notes join this character at various times. A nice note of Mocha adds a really interesting touch and is at times quite potent. I spent a long time enjoying the aroma of this beer as it was really quite interesting and even satiating all on its own.

As the beer first hits my tongue it tastes rich and somewhat sweet (though not overly so). There is a touch of bitterness and alcohol heat to it, both of which add a bit that helps to balance the up front sweetness. This has a huge Mocha like flavor to it that combines a rich dark chocolate and coffee character. The texture of this beer is just so fantastic; so smooth, somewhat creamy feeling with a fine bubbly texture, yet it is still light enough that it is not cloying. The smoke is more subtle than it was in the nose, but forms a rich, smoky, umami like note that forms a solid foundation for all the other complex flavors. Layers of dark fruit, chocolate, peat, salt, smoky smooth coffee and even some plum and concentrated apple like fruit notes are noticeable.

This is an extremely complex, tasty and consummate sipping brew. It is really just an awesome mix of barrel character and base beer; this is so often not the case with Whiskey / Bourbon barrel aged beers that I almost don't like chasing them down; this is most definitely worth looking for though. This caps off a perfect visit and experience at Het Oude Schooltje; friendly beer-geek conversation, a great eclectic, personality full atmosphere all experienced on a hot, lazy Belgian day spent running around the countryside chasing beer; all of which gets the experience inching towards perfection.

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4.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to MasterSki for this random gift...

While drinking this, I noticed it tastes best at a relatively cold temperature. Whereas many Double Stouts benefit from a warming and airing-out, this brew really does not.

A - It pours the deepest imaginable shade of brown, capped with a wispy sandstone-colored micro-froth, depositing little in the way of lace.

S - The aroma is comprised of equal parts rich chocolate-y Double Stout and the most sublime Scotch conceivable. Small notes of cinnamon and caramelized brown sugar seem to bridge the gap between the Scotch and the Stout.

T - Chocolate and sweetly roasted malt leads the flavor onslaught, but it quickly gives way to barrel-imparted nuances. The Scotch contribution is easily discernible because it contributes exactly whatever specific flavors Scotch has (something like peat, leather and "Scotch flavor"). The Black Albert base is very nice, hugely smooth, and tremendously well-matched for the barrel.

M - Due to the Scotch barrel flavor, this beer is best suited to be a bit thinner than the average Double Stout, which it is. Scotch is a thin liquor, frequently enjoyed with plain water or ice, so a more viscous mouthfeel would be a detraction. Still, it is velvety, softly carbonated and ultimately quite enhancing.

D - I had been looking forward to this one for quite some time, and it did not disappoint. This could be my nightcap, nightly.

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4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Valentine's Day gift from EM, bottle from Proof. Pours the blackest of blacks with creamy chocolate colored head that started at an inch, then settled into a very thick collar and a thin layer of foam across the surface. Good legs and light lacing. Aroma is very odd: smells earthy and funky, like a farmhouse style funk. I get some black raspberry and black currant. Taste is rich dark malt, light smoke, a touch of coffee with all of that dark fruit at the tail end and aftertaste. There's a faint briny flavor, maybe from the scotch, and some woodiness present as well. Silty and rich thick mouthfeel, full bodied and low-medium carbonation.

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4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A: Pours a deep dark black colour with a 2 finger mocha head. Nice lacing

S: wow , this smells BIG , awesome aromas. Lots of fresh espresso, green hops, and light barrel.

T: this is beautifull , Sweet milkchocolate, sweet coffee , oak, whiskey, and dark fruits. Alcohol is nicely balanced and works is way as à warm flavour on the palate

M: Full body , smooth , rich ,

D:awesome , i could drink this every day
This is one of the biggest and best stout Beers' i ever had
Worldclass !!!

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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another in the seemingly endless black damnation series makes it to my glass. Served cold and allowed to warm. Served in a snifter and consumed on 06/15/2010.

Pours the darkest of darks, the pitch black inky death with a huge head of tan that caps the glass for what seems like forever. This really could not have looked any better.

Aroma of deep whiskey, dark, roasted malts, light touches of oak and hints of deep chocolate. Warming brings out more of the whiskey notes and really pushes it up to the forefront. Smooth, seductive feel as the rich and full body washes across the tongue. Really just a fantastic beer now on all levels. Smooth coffee and chocolate notes was across the palate, whiskey and oak, vanilla all coming through wonderfully. A fantastic mix of flavors here. A rich and creamy finish.

Overall a fantastic beer. One of the best ba stouts in a long time, this did not let me down.

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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle 13,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter
Reviewed in 2010 - finally have time to type up the review!
Again thanks to Thijs for the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful inky black - absolutely no light is getting through this baby! Huge (would you expect anything else from Stuise?), mocha coloured head that displays amazing retention and leaves good lace for the abv.

Smell: Mmmmm, what a nose! Beautiful smokey whiskey notes right off the bat - perfect since I love Islay scotch!
The nose is also bursting with charred malt, cocoa, coffee and oak. Some warming yields a lot more oak and whisky character - peat, smoke, sea spray etc. Hints of vanilla and a touch of hops are also noted.

Taste: First sip and I can already tell you this is my favorite of the BD series! Charred malt, coffee, dark chocolate, tons of whisky (earthy peat, smoke, oak barrels) and some welcome hops in the finish. A little Alcohol heat is noted, but it’s right at home with the whisky character.

Mouthfeel: Perfect body - thick and chewy! Carbonation is equally good, mild but smooth.

Overall: Superb stout and best of the BD series thus far.

6 months on and this is on the top of my list to taste again!

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Black Damnation III - Black Mes from De Struise Brouwers
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