Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club
De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,285
Ranked #4,885
4.14 | pDev: 11.35%
Apr 28, 2022
Mar 14, 2010
Black Damnation IV - Coffee ClubBlack Damnation IV - Coffee Club
Notes: Aged for 2 years in Caribbean rum barrels.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Shared 330 ml bottle at local tasting, thanks to Gunnar. ABV is 13%. Black colour, minimal brown head. Aroma of cold coffee, hints of woodwork. Intense roasty flavour, quite dry, strong coffee and bittering hops.
Apr 28, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by arzt from Germany

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by steverx8 from England

Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a pitch-black coloration with a small, frothy. mocha-colored head. Smells of quite roasted, slightly caramelly malt, distinct coffee aromas, lighter chocolate and hints of dark fruits and wood. Taste is an excellent balance of quite roasted, slightly caramelly malt, distinct coffee, lighter dark and bitter chocolate, some dark fruit, with notes of raisin and fig, as well as some tobacco, coconut and hints of brown sugar, earthy wood and spice, with accents of clove and licorice. Finishes rather dry and roasted, with a light bitterness and some coffee, chocolate and dark fruit lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and light carbonation.

This makes for quite a rich and complex brew with a rather dry, roasted, slightly bitter character and a distinct coffee presence, which I really love here, while the dark chocolate and fruits, as well as the barrel notes really give a that certain Caribbean fruit cake feel to this. I'm not necessarily a huge fan of rum barrels in beer, but they really are a perfect fit for Black Albert with its dark fruit and spice notes. Despite some hints of brown sugar, the overall lack of sweetness is very welcome here, while the coconut and tobacco accents round this out very nicely, while never feeling too boozy for its ABV either. Possibly my favorite Black Damnation so far, which I really didn't expect.
Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 3.62 by stephenlee93 from England

Sep 11, 2021
Rated: 4 by BdM from Netherlands

Jun 18, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by Antyk from Belgium

Apr 29, 2021
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A 330ml bottle, Vintage 2018, bottled on 26th November 2020, with a best before date of bottled date +5 years. Poured into a De Struise Black Damnation tasting glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a half finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, coffee, neapolitan ice cream blend, chocolate, rum, brown sugar.

Taste: Moderately sweet, lightly boozy, rum, roasty, coffee, chocolate, oak, molasses, brown sugar, with vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Not a fan of rum, but this worked well with enjoyable aromas and flavours.
Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by desint from Belgium

Jan 01, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 5 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Jul 09, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by schinebd from Massachusetts

Feb 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Original version, 33 cl bottle. Pitch black color with brown head. Aroma has slightly tart dried fruits like figs and raisins and some cognac type notes. Taste is also slightly acidic, quite dry but fruity and complex. Blueberries, chocolate and some wood. Really smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation. This beer really aged gracefully, complex, no alcohol burn, really smooth on the palate.
Oct 30, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jun 24, 2016
Rated: 4.63 by Spoda1983 from Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by Andrea_Netherlands from Netherlands

Mar 30, 2016
Rated: 4.42 by Pletser from Belgium

Feb 18, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by gspeer711 from California

Jan 30, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by 2005wendyrika from Belgium

Jan 15, 2016
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, lot BDS0042012 with a best by date of 30/09/2018. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a couple inch tan head that stuck around a long time. The bottle was a slow gusher when I opened it, good thing I had the glass ready to pour in! Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, oak, coffee, caramel and some tobacco. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses, tart dark fruit and a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy with a good amount of carbonation. For a beer that's 13% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden. I thought this was a pretty good stout, I liked it a lot!
Dec 12, 2015
Rated: 4 by jrob21 from Georgia

Nov 20, 2015
Rated: 4.71 by YvesB from Belgium

Nov 05, 2015
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Reviewed by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This 0.33l bottle was a gift to me from a good friend who I visited at his home in Holland on 02OCT15. Had a best-by date of MAR15 on the label. Enjoyed this back at home on 06OCT15.

Poured into a small tulip. It was jet black, opaque and oily, with a lovely head. The fine and creamy foam was a deep mocha, 1/4" to start and slowly receded, with decent lacing. Aroma was of mocha, coffee, choco, dark fruit and some woody action. Superb! It was velvety smooth on the tongue, with a chewy, medium-plus body.

Flavor was quite sweetish at the outset, with currants, raisins, dates and figs figuring strongly. Even had intimations of brown sugar and molasses, then some choco and coffee, though with minimal bitterness. Hopping was somewhat earthy and tobacco-like, and it was a touch boozy and warming. A rum-soaked chocolate cake in a glass, it was! This was one fantastic bier. Damn, I loved it so!! Thnx Thijs! Prosit!!

4.64/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oct 13, 2015
Rated: 4.27 by AndyEdgar from Illinois

Jul 30, 2015
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Reviewed by Wanne from Belgium

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown color, almost black, with a big brown head. Overwhelming aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. These aroma’s return in the taste, accompagnied by a mixture of vanilla and candy Sugar. The aging on rum barrels doesn’t go unnoticed and elevate the beer to a sublime taste experience. Superb beer!!
Jul 28, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by SStein from Colorado

Jun 07, 2015
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Reviewed by beerdrifter from Germany

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. 2011 vintage. Pitch black pour with an incredible 3 finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is big and bold, dominated by dark chocolate and roasty black coffee and espresso notes along with hints of vanilla, oak, and booze. The taste mirrors the nose with huge fresh roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, oak, vanilla, caramel, and boozey rum on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with little to no carbonation and a dry, bitter, and subtly sweet finish. Overall, another epic brew by Struise that is incredibly drinkable for a 13% ABV beer.
Mar 27, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by GJ40 from North Carolina

Feb 11, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Feb 11, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Feb 07, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by KristofH from Belgium

Jan 15, 2015
Rated: 4.33 by bobv from Vermont

Jan 09, 2015
Rated: 3.45 by Synapstic from France

Jan 03, 2015
Rated: 4.23 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands

Dec 23, 2014
Rated: 4 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 02, 2014
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Reviewed by Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Black, straight black. Pours thick and syrupy with a heavy carbonation given the viscosity. Dark khaki/tan head starts off massive and creamy. Drops to a small cap and small creamy collar. Minimal lacing. Vigorous swirl produces a sizable head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Deeply roasted, like crazy roasted. Loaded with cocoa and bitter baker's chocolate. So dark it crosses in to alkali. Slight oxidation as well. Coffee beans and bitter pressed coffee. Deep dark fruit, plum and fig and cherry. A sharp bite of alcohol layered throughout. Red wine and chocolate. Milk and dark, Tons of coffee bean. Licorice and a touch of leather. Touches of char and burnt malt. Deep caramelized sweetness. Some chocolate cake as well. Cherry skin, some oak, and vanilla. Dense and deep.

Taste: Deep dark fruit and crazy roasted malts. A touch of char and burnt malt. Caramelized malts add a ton of sweetness. Cocoa and lots of it. Deep dark baker's chocolate pushes in to an almost metallic level. Some plum and fig as well. Chocolate - milk and dark - and bitter. Coffee beans and old over-extracted coffee. Some vague notions of licorice and old leather. Oxidized and deeply metallic without tasting like a battery. Burnt and charred. Almost smoky. Warming pushes the alkali cocoa taste up a bit much and the coffee beans take on an older quality.

Mouthfeel: Not quite as thick as the pour would indicate. Medium pushing toward full body with minimal carbonation. Slick and almost creamy. Surprisingly clean.

Overall: We're not just a beer we're a coffee club.

It's big and burly as expected. A bit over roasted and loaded with a bitter cocoa and alkali profile that ultimately hurts.
Oct 25, 2014
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Reviewed by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Shared with Goblinmunkey7, cheers to him for the acquisition and gifting

Consumed 10/24/14

A: Pours big, thick, and intimidating - jet black at its core with some dark brown around the edges - gushes out of the bottle with a dense, thick, light brown foam - retains a mostly solid cap with a thick, dense collar

S: As if someone decided to soak chocolate cake and brownies in a pot of coffee - extremely rich with a ton of chocolate - dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fudge, brownies, and cake - tons of coffee, with some acidity - some light oxidation - dark fruits, caramel, and molasses - some hints of Belgian yeast with some fruity esters - some big alcohol notes - very decadent and complex

T: Big, thick, rich, absurd - huge chocolate and coffee flavors - rich chocolate cake with chocolate frosting - brownies - fudge, tootsie rolls, semisweet chocolate, chocolate syrup - caramel, molasses, and some dark fruits - some nice esters and some booze - sweet, but there's so much chocolate and coffee that it works

M: Full body, but not the thickest I've had, very smooth, unexpectedly drinkable for a big beer

O: I'd join this club

The bark is bigger than the bite. For a big beer, drinking this is definitely not a challenge. The chocolate and coffee notes are lovely. This is the best stout I've had in a while.
Oct 25, 2014
Rated: 4.56 by GwWhite from Texas

Oct 16, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by baybum from Pennsylvania

Oct 15, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by randylangford from Pennsylvania

Oct 05, 2014
Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 227 ratings