Black Damnation III - Black Mes | De Struise Brouwers

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Black Damnation III - Black MesBlack Damnation III - Black Mes

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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

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Photo of Etan
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

A: Pours a glassy black with a huge tan head. Good retention.

S: Ground coffee beans, earthy cocoa and some peat, a hint of acrid smoke.

T: Scotch barrels are there in a big way, but aren't too overwhelming. Notes of chocolate, bitter coffee, some yeasty dried fruit aspects come out of a bed of woody peat.

M: Medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: The more Scotch barrel-aged stouts I try, the more I think stouts shouldn't be aged in Scotch barrels. This is one of the more balanced ones out there, but the flavors just don't do it for me.

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Photo of dtmets84
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to snifter.

Pitch black throughout and a very thin light brown head.

For 13% it is not overly boozy. A bit of smoke that comes in play with minimal chocolate and coffee notes. very interesting.

Very drinkable for such a big stout. Would seek it out again.

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Photo of julian89
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to tulip glass at Brick Store pub.

Appearance: A glorious dark brown to almost black with a coffee colored 1 inch head with great retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: A fantastic scotch ale smell that is quite chocolaty. Sweet brown caramelized sugar smell. It has an earthly base smell to it.

Taste: Oh wow, it’s quite complex and smooth. The chocolate and sweet roasted malts make it an earthy brew. The scotch base helps with the smoothness, but somehow the high ABV is masked quite well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, full rich feel. Excellent carbonation.

Drinkability: An excellent brew, I was waiting all week for this one at Brick Store.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oily black pour with a thick mocha head. No lacing, but lots of legs. A roasty, nutty aroma, with a slight fruitiness. Whisky in the nose is quite restrained. Overall, the aroma is a bit sedate. The taste is predominantly burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Again, there's less whisky influence than I'd like. Picks up a strangely acidic note as it warms further. Despite the large head on the pour, there's very little carbonation in this, but it still avoids being cloying although it's definitely heavy. Overall, this is a bit of a letdown for me, as Caol Ila is one of my favorite whiskeys and it doesn't seem to have really shown up here to any significant degree.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Damnation III was made with Black Albert that aged for 3 months on Paul Melia’s (Mes) favorite Whisky, the "Caol Ila’s Distillers Version 1995". Poured from .33cl bottle into snifter glass at a tasting. Pours black with a beautiful brown head that dissipates too quickly. Aromas of scotch whiskey and roasted malts. The flavor suggests the predominate traits of Black Albert here along with the vintage bottle of Scottish whiskey. Thin and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, not too shabby.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a goblet. Enjoyed with breakfast on my last day in Belgium - great pairing with a chocolate croissant, btw. Big thanks to beerpirates for providing me this bottle in an in-person trade.

A: Opaque black, even when held up to direct sunlight. Some dediment is floating around, but that's my fault for pouring forcefully; the upside of the pour is a rich, magnificent head of fine mocha-colored foam. Good retention, nice lice. Simply massive.

S: Huge. Major molasses, coffee, dark chocolate. Dark fruit and oaky vanilla. Not much Caol Isla per se, but there's definitely some barrel presence. Oh, there's also some significant booze, but that's to be expected. Quite nice.

T: Starts out sweet and fruity, with coffee, chocolate, and alcohol pushing in on the middle. The finish is boozy and oaky, with some lovely Islay sea salt and peat sneaking in on the aftertaste. I wish the barrel were more prominent, but it's still very good despite its slight lack of balance.

M: Smooth, full, sticky, and perfectly carbonated. Just what I want out of a huge stout.

O: Incredible beer, but definitely not as good as Mocha Bomb. I wish the Scotch had been more evident.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Farmers Cabinet, Philly, PA

Hmm. Looked fine enough: opaque black with a large, creamy, tan head that retained well and left some soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma was strangely faint, with distant scents of smokey malts and booze. Taste was unusually light, flavors of roasty malts, grainy alcohol, an underlying caramel sweetness, and an almost rubbery character like I was drinking out of a water balloon. Kind of lacking in the flavor department. Mouthfeel was a bit thin as well, almost watered down. Not too impressed by this one at all.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite Struise beers. The Islay aging is great. Some of the other Struise beers are over the top with too much alcohol taste, but this one is just right. It is tough to find, but if you see it, pick up enough to drink and enough to put some up for a while. Nice classic Struise "Damnation" taste with a nice addition. Very, very nice!

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Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with three fingers of brown head. Head has very good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S - Smoke, char and earthiness, with some definite Scotch notes up front. Eventually, some chocolate and oak come through

T - More chocolate up front than in the nose, followed by some Scotch, smoke, char and earthy roasted malts. There is a slightly tart dark fruit taste that I didn't get at all in the nose. Finishes quite dry with the roasted elements lingering. There is a substantial char character to the taste, which I often don't like, but I didn't think it took away from the taste in this case.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not overly heavy, with a dry, roasted finish.

O - A very good stout. I liked Mocha Bomb and regular Black Albert more, but this is pretty tasty and I didn't notice any alcohol in the nose or taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Call me crazy, but the label reminds me of the cover to Rammstein's "Sehnsucht". Anyway, this stuff pours a bleak black-brown (which comes off pretty much as black) topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises husky roasted malts, soft oak, cocoa, brown sugar, and a vague sense of smoke in the background. Damn, my nostrils are thrilled to be smelling this right now! The taste holds notes of roasted malts, coffee, scotch, light peat smoke, wood, and bitter dark chocolate. Things are a bit more astringent than in the smell, a bit boozier as well, but still generally pleasant. The body is a lithely stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, this is the best of the Albert variants I've yet had. Damn fine stuff.

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Photo of s1ckboy
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black, tiny amount of bubbles around edges.

S - Bready, a bit of booze from the barrels, dark fruits.

T - Initially bitter at frist, bready, green grapes, dark fruits, roasty, a bit of booze from he barrels in the middle, very sweet finish.

M - Thicker side of medium, small amount of carbonation

O - It's alright. Reminds me a lot of their quads.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Pitch black throughout and a very thin light brown head. This doesn't leave much more than a few small spots of lace down the glass. Gorgeous color.

Balanced and not overly strong aroma, but what's here is very nice. A nice combination of roasted malt, a bit of smoke and wood character, some chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Complex and not at all overpowering.

Simple, straightforward, though delicious flavors of roast, mild coffee, some chocolate, and a touch of smoke or wood. Incredibly well rounded and highly drinkable, especially for the incredibly high ABV.

Medium to thick bodied with low carbonation and no presence of alcohol whatsoever--a miraculous accomplishment.

A very well rounded, complex, and highly drinkable big stout.

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Photo of Brabander
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Our beloved buddy Doopiedoopiedoo (Erik) took this special bottle to the Borefts festival for us. What a nice treat. Thanks Erik!

Poured in a the Molen tasting glass this beer looks very nice. Pitchblack with a reasonable head.

There was something with the smell which was hard to ignore. A bit of an earthy taste, like the barrel was a bit moisty in a late octobermorning.

About the taste enough has been said, i am glad i had the chance to try this one. I had some bottles a year ago but gave them all away or shipped them to BA's.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this was the base for 'the messy'. I drunk it after the messy on Borefts. It was a gift from beer buddy Jeffo or one of his friends, I don't exactly remember because I was a bit turned of by the messy.

A - Like a light messy

S - Oak, dark cherries mixed with yeast.

T - A very smooth taste, spicy beer (cardamom and cloves).

M - Smooth carbonation, warming and bitter in the after taste. No alcohol is present. A very, very good brew.

O - Also very good.

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Photo of Damian
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 33cl e. bottle purchased at De Struise Brouwers, Oostvleteren, Belgium
Best before M(arch) 2015
Served in a snifter

Outstanding appearance. The beer poured pitch black. A three-finger tall crop of tight, coffee-colored foam topped the liquid. Terrific head retention. With every sip, a thick sheet of lacing coated the glass. The crown slowly dissipated to a thick, lasting ring.

The nose was fantastic as well. It was incredibly deep and dark with intense, smoky, peaty and roasty notes. Super smooth. Lots of semi-sweet chocolate and brown sugar as well. Coffee came through strong. Quite pleasant overall and nicely balanced. The nose became sweeter and boozier as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was initially dominated by peaty, smoky, salty and dry, scotch-like notes. There was also a fair amount of oxidation. A characteristic "wet paper" flavor was apparent. Tons of dark malts came through up front. Coffee and roast appeared in the center. Lots of brown sugar sweetness as well. Somewhat woody and oaky. The peaty saltiness was really noticeable on the dry, tannic and alcohol-rich finish. Quite whiskey-like. Some bitter espresso came through as well. A touch acrid. The beer really seemed to mellow out as it warmed. Both the oxidation and the acridness settled down. The booziness was still quite prevalent however.

The mouthfeel was certainly the most disappointing aspect of this beer. It was surprisingly thin and watery, especially when considering that this is a 13% ABV imperial stout. Also, because the carbonation was so subtle, the beer felt nearly flat. The residual sugars in the liquid were quite noticeable, and they left a sticky coating on my lips.

Although this beer may not be for everyone, I found it to be quite interesting. Because of the not-so-subtle influence of the Caol Ila barrels on the beer, spirit lovers should take particular note of this offering. If you have an affinity for the peaty, salty, smoky stuff, you will likely enjoy this beer too.

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Photo of drseamus
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Ebenezers

A: Completely black body with a dark brown head.

S: Very tight nose. There is a touch of smoke but this is a sleeper of a beer.

T: Super rich stout up front with heavy roast. Thick malt immediately after the stout and the smokiness comes in from the scotch. Finishes with a dry roasted malt. A great taste from start to finish.

M: It coats the entire mouth. Very think, almost syrupy. Definitely super thick bodied.

D: I couldn't drink more than 5 pints of this on an 80 degree day. The smoke is perfectly balanced with the beer.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.06/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML bottle

Thanks to Baggio for the bottle

A-- Poured black, no light penetrating the body. Big, massive dark brown head with tints of cinnamon on the sides. Three finger height at start that worked it's way to one finger and slowly to film. Good head retention and body shape. Very clean and left no lacing through drinking. Just quick running alcohol legs on the sides of the glass.

S-- Lots of soft notes. Dark chocolate, dark fruits, peat, and wood.

T-- Odd sour fruitiness to the start of this. thought a chocolate covered cherry soaked in brandy. Lots of fruitiness in the taste that quickly dripped off to chocolate, licorice, peat and wood.

M-- Very thin. Lots of brandy or rum soaked fruits. Ah, fruitcake and spice, with hints of char and ash. Low carbonation and medium feel with a lot of char, ash and stewed cherry finish to this.

O-- Easy to drink and well hidden alcohol but not sold on the brandy or rum covered cherry aspect of this. Loved one and II but this is different. I think my issue is more towards the Islay scotch than the beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a inky dense black body with a thin dark cinnamon rocky ring of foam. It is to dense to see any carbonation.

S- There are some woody vanilla notes with and inky black roasted malt note to follow. Some graham malt notes come through with a peat and spent grain musty note in the finish.

T- The leather and chocolate malt flavor blends and are pretty mellow with a raisin and other dark dried fruit quality to it. Thee is a fruity tartness to the scotch and peat hint in the finish. There is a touch of black malt bitterness that lingers and takes on an inky hint as it warms.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slippery finish and no alcohol heat at all.

O- The well blended smooth and subtle black malts and barrel grows a bit when it is pretty warm. It is a nice stout that is well aged and the barrel is less oak and more bright scotch fruitiness.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 served in De Struise galss at Kulminator. Reviewed 9 June 2011.

Ar: Roast, burn, very earthy, scotch/whiskey, heavy burn/smokle, coffee, dark baking chocolate, anise, tobacco

Ap: Very thick fine tan head, great retention, thick lace, black

T: Burn, whiskey/scotch, very dark, strong earthyness, coffee, burnt malt, rich bark malt, strong anise, molasses, tobacco-like earthy sweetness, nice oakscotch/vanilla character, slight chalkyness at end

M: Creamy and full, medium carbonation, alcohol warmth, slightly chalky

O: Burnt but good, rich and full, too much bornt character for me but good, anise

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Photo of jbeatty
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 8/10/2011

A: Pours deep black, thick fluffy light tan head that lasts for quite a while. This looks great.

S: Nose has a milk chocolate base, vanilla notes and a spicy Islay character on top, subtle brine, some smoke.

T: Roasted dark malts, some coffee bitterness, massive whiskey finish with peat, spice, and smoke. Dry, bitter alcoholic finish.

M: Creamy in the mouth, though the aggressive whiskey notes make this a little rougher going down.

O: As a fan of Islay whiskeys, this was always a favorite of mine, but tasted next to the other Black Damnation beers, I see there is a trade off between the strong whiskey character here and the richness found in the first of the series.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a small wine glass. Beer is black with a dark brown big head, small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation, looks nice I like the head on this one.

Aroma is weaker than the Black Damnation 1, some oak, some roast, some liquor. Interesting.

For being 13%, this beer hides it so well. It is smooth but thinner than expected, finishes with a nice but odd bitterness and some oak notes, the scotch is kind of a subtle flavor to me but overall a very nice beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is black with a beige collar that leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass. The scotch character emerges more in the flavor than in the nose. Roasted malt and whiskey working in harmony. Soft scotch aftertaste in the finish. Very well done. Overall, a terrific beer, especially if you appreciate single malt scotch.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet woody malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt peat, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, and peat. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I am not a big fan of peat flavors in my beers so this one suffered a little bit on the scoring due to that fact. The base on this brew was quite good however and it does shine through but the peat just overtakes it for me. Was lucky enough to have this one back-to-back with the series (except V) and this was my least favorite of the group, but it still wasn't bad at all though, just in tough company.

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Black Damnation III - Black Mes from De Struise Brouwers
4.1 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
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