Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club | De Struise Brouwers

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Black Damnation IV - Coffee ClubBlack Damnation IV - Coffee Club

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by alcstradamus on 03-14-2010

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Photo of Onslow
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this 11.2 ounce bottle, in Amsterdam a few months back at The Cracked Kettle- the last beer buying stop of the trip, top shelf and a ladder later, all mine for 12.50 euro .. .

Pours a deep brown black with fantastic dense head on the pour, settles down nicely.. .

Aroma of coffee, tar, and gods coffee cup..

Amazing complexities in this one, coffee being the main player but chocolate, espresso, tar, more coffee, light rum, and more espresso...

i'm in love, my beer of the year, and maybe even the best beer i have ever had..

This floaty thing is amazing. We should patent this.

repeat: the best beer i have ever had. period..

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

Batch from 2011.10.01. Best before 2016.12 29.

A: Pours an absolutely oily black color forming a small brown thin bubbled brown head. Good retention but no much lacings left. A thin layer remains for long time on the top

S: Perfect. Dark chocolate, coffee, wood and bourbon. Some notes of roasted malts, grassy hops bready yeasts. Also some notes of mint and alcohol in the very end

T: Perfect as the nose. Upfront is slightly sweet with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, roasted malts. End is made of an intense roast bitterness and some earthy and bready yeasts

M: Extremely creamy and heavy body. Molasses. Low carbonation. Aftertaste is very woody with notes of roasted bitterness

O: Excellent beer. One of the best beers I've ever had. Perfect

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a quarter finger of head. The aroma is an absolutely stellar mix of coffee and rum. Along the lines of KBS and Devil Over A Barrel although this one was aged in a different type of spirit barrel than those two classics. A bit of sweetness from the fruity Black Albert base peeks through, but only in a small dose.

The flavor here is excellent. Not as terribly complex as I was expecting, but thats OK because what is here is more than worthy. It starts out with some freshly roasted coffee bean up front, with a dry oak finish. The rum barrels did not impart as much flavor as they did aroma, but the treatment definitely helped add some nice subtleties. Hints of vanilla, dry cocoa, and dark fruit do their best to peek out from behind the coffee. There seems to be quite a bit more hops than in Black Albert, but I believe that is just the bitterness from the coffee beans playing tricks on my mind.

The body is full and the carbonation is sufficient but low enough to create a wonderful creaminess. Drinkability is excellent for a 13% ABV monster. This one just keeps me coming back for sip after sip. Such a well crafted and balanced coffee beer. I put this on par with any other barrel aged coffee beer I have tried, including KBS. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Up for review is a bottle of Black Damnation Coffee Club. Poured at cellar temp into a Thomas Hardys glass. Cost less than $10 from the yeast store. Great beer, possibly my favorit eof the series thus far. The barrel really comes out nicely. Full body, well carbonated, great finish.

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Photo of dgilks
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Inky black with a small, rich and creamy tan head. Good head retention. Very nice.

Intense coffee aroma. Charry roast and lovely tobacco aroma. Deep and complex bitter chocolate. Alcohol. So complex and so good.

This is why I love beer. Intense. Big tobacco and roast flavour. Raw coffee. Touches of oaken whisky notes probably associated with the alcohol flavours. Rich espresso. Light sweetness that gets sucked away quickly. Wow.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy. Motor oil.

A big rich stout. Among the best beers out there and a truly fine creation. I wish I had more.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
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


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Photo of BucBasil
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was looking for Black Albert at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. They were out, but they had this instead, which is aged in rum barrels for 2 years. Nice.

A: Motor oil black with a thick and lasting dark brown head. Absolutely not a speck of light coming through here. Awesome looking beer.

S: Rich and earthy, emphasis on some sort of caramel malt. Roasty. Hints of honey and vanilla. Some tobacco, like walking into a humidor.

T: Roasty and slightly woody with fleeting fruity accents. Dark and beautiful spiced fruits. Plum and raisin in the finish, lingering on and on and on. Tempered slightly by a bit of vanilla, then covered completely in dark chocolate. Later on a mocha flavor comes through. Haven't seen a coffee note that rich before to come out clearly as mocha.Clove and nutmeg and slight tobacco. God there are too many flavors here. Incredible.

M and D: Very smooth, covering the alcohol character perfectly. Dangerous. A slow sipper to be sure, but what an amazing sip each one turns out to be.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn, I could not wait until this one hit my fridge. I had been waiting to try this forever, having loved the first edition, I figured the coffee and barrel aging was going to do nothing but improve this one. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/13/2010.

The pour was perfect, dark black with no light coming through this one at all, nothing was going to stand in its way. A head over two fingers high then jumped up and over the top of the glass, easily dripping down over the sides, foamy and rocky, but had incredible staying power. Dripping with cocoa colored lace it finally settled down to earth and the session could begin.

Aroma of deep coffee, intense and fresh with ones of bourbon and vanilla thrown in for good measure. The warmer I got the bigger it got, smoky with roasted malts and loads of deep vanilla and coffee just dominating the air around it. Burnt toffee, caramel, hints of coffee and oak all coming together very nicely. Really a very well put together creation here. As I take the first sip the huge body on the one is ever so present. Really an enormous amount of roasted coffee, smoked, peat like flavors and vanilla converge to make this one damn near perfect. An insane flavor, just tons of rich dark flavors, coffee, bourbon and a rich feel. Serious alcohol notes aside it was a fine, fine sipper. Warming up to room temperature reminded me a lot of KBS, it had that rich barrel flavor with who coffee just floating in it. Really well done.

Overall I was pretty damn impressed here. One of the better stouts I have had and easily better then the original version. This would be a great offering to really knock someone down with; it's a heavy one for sure.

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Photo of Cedromar
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh Urbain, you sexy thing!

Went down to the cellar and snagged a bottle from the shelf. It pours as black as it gets with a lovely tan marshmallow-y head, 1 finger in size and slowly recedes to the edges of the glass.

A lovely aroma of coffee with a hint of rummy spice teases the nostrils with each breath.

Taste gives flavors of tobacco, vanilla, coffee and that lovely bit 'o barrel at the finish.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth to the point wear I'm starting to feel violated.

Unfortunately this one is incredibly drinkable which doesn't bode well for the remaining bottles in the cellar lasting long.

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

We hit the road last monday for a trip to the Westvleteren monastery and afterwards we wanted to go for a meet and greet with Urbain (Struise). Urbain however didn't show up so we went to the pub near by. Luckily the pub in Oostvleteren has warm connections with the Struise boys, because the Black Damnation Coffee Club and other variations were available. I wasn't the driver so I could give it go.

A - A pitch black poor with a brown head, with a big bubbly structure. this is how any beer should look; powerful and tasty.

S - A very nice coffee odor mixed with mocha and chocolate wake up my nose. This has to be a beautiful beer.

T - This is a thick syrupy, mouth coating sipper. Beautiful coffee and wood tones are mixed into this near perfect blend. It is one of the nicest coffee stouts I have ever tasted. In the deepness of this beer there is also peat, mocha, toffee, candy sugar and some tiny liquor tones present.

M - This beer coats the mouth very nicely, a superb mouth feeling; thick, syrupy and creamy.

O - A very nice imperial stout, very heavy and tasty.

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

From my tasting notes: The Black Damnation IV poured a deep opaque black with a strong chocolate and coffee aroma. The taste was sublime. It had a very deep and smooth coffee and chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla almost like drinking chocolate syrup. The very high alcohol was almost imperceptible as I savored every sip. The only downside is I may never get to try this one again as you cannot get it in Texas.

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

Had on-tap at Rattle 'N' Hum in New York, NY on 6/8/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. It has a nice 1.5-finger chocolate brown head on it. The head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts, and a big coffee presence. There are notes of vanilla, caramel, molasses, and toffee. I am getting a touch of booze as well.

T - It starts off with a big roasted malt flavor. There is also a strong coffee presence here, as expected. There are also some nice flavors of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and even some black cherry. The finish leaves some lingering roasted bitterness and booziness.

M - This has a full body and lower carbonation. It goes down smooth, and it coats the mouth nicely letting you taste every bit of it. It has a slick and oily feel to it. There is some lingering bitterness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - There is good drinkability here. It is most definitely a sipper, but it goes down great. It's 90 degrees out right now, and this is drinking great. Overall, I really enjoyed this. The coffee notes stood out quite well. I would definitely purchase more of this.

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Photo of nickd717
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle generously shared by Chris at Ebenezer's.

The pour is phenomenal - as black as can be with a huge lasting tan head sitting on top. Good lacing.

Aroma is rich, intense coffee and dark chocolate. A great roasty and chocolatey base stout sits under that.

Flavor is also really rich and awesome. So much coffee, although it doesn't lend any harsh bitterness to the beer. The coffee is of really high quality, and there are notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt, along with some rum and perhaps a hint of oak barrel.

Full-bodied and very creamy on the palate with a nice medium-low carbonation level.

A real bruiser overall, but awesome. Better than regular Black Damnation for sure.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemwareglass

A: Pours a very thick black with a huge 3 finger mocha head. No lacing , head dissepearce fast

S: The aroma had wood, chocolate, rum and tobacco , smells really good

T : chocolate, coffee, wood, sweet rum , vanilla , Wow , what à beauty

M: medium thick and creamy , good carbonation .

D : very drinkable , and o so good , cheers to struise ,

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Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deeply opaque black, huge frothy dark mocha head. Little bit of stickiness.

S-Roasted espresso beans, roasted coffee, roasted malt. Very appealing.

T-Sweet chocolate malt quickly gives way to a heavy deliciousroast, then again with sweetness, this time chocolate covered espresso beans and a rich roasty creamh finish.

M-Medium bodied, rich, well carbonated.

D-Fantastic. Deliciously rich and deep in flavors.


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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eulogy on 6/5/11 for the 2nd Annual Coffee Beer Brunch during Philly Beer Week.

A - Dark walnut brown, almost black liquid with a creamy burnt mocha head that reduced to a thin, wispy veil but yielded plenty of web-like lacing around the goblet.

S - bursting with authentic, fresh ground coffee character up front with a hint of rum-soaked caramel and semi-sweet chocolate. As the liquid warmed up a bit, a hint of alcohol also emerged, although not as much as 13% ABV would warrant.

T - Flavor is quite coffee-forward with a candied, rum-soaked wood character. Pretty awesome, actually! While there is a hint of acridity, it does very little to diminish the quality of, or therefore, my enjoyment of the stout. The rum barrel aging adds a dose of alcohol but also a pleasant sweetness that cloaks the boozy warmth to a degree that the chocolate sweetness and coffee bitterness really shine through.

M - Smooth, sticky and full-bodied with a silky texture and some oily slickness. There is virtually no alcohol burn whatsoever for such a huge stout. The rum imparts a pleasant sweetness in the finish as well as subtle woody notes, although it is still rather bitter overall.

D - This sucker drinks like a champ for such a huge stout, so it remains smooth and approachable throughout. The coffee character and sweetness from the rum barrel aging really hit this one home for me. Really enjoyable!

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Photo of Brabander
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, normally i always review my Struise beers i drink. I always thought i had reviewed this one. Seems to be not the case....

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks like heaven. Black, pitch pitch black this one is! Huhge head with millions of bubbles. Nice and slow lacing in the glass. Smeel is coffee, dark roasted coffee. I stopped drinking coffee twelve years ago and now i am drinking a coffee based stout.

Very tasty, i am glad i have lots of bottles left! The alcohol is really hidden with its super balanced taste

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Photo of DenMar
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black as night, Thick oily texture with two finger dark brown head that seems to last forever!

S - Coffee, wood, Chocolate and some peat, very nice nose, more intense than regular Black Albert.

T - Roasted Coffee, a lot of Coffee!! and dark chocolate, Molasses and a bit of dark fruits, There is also sweetness in this beer that compliments all the flavors.

M - Low carbonation and thick mouthfeel, what you can expect from the Struise, very sweet finnish.

O - Fantastic Stout from the Struise, one of their best in my opinion.

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Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a small creamy tan head that recedes slowly to a thick collar and uneven cap. The lacing is minimal but there are some boozy legs that cling to the sides.

The aroma is excellent with freshly ground coffee starring on top of the normal base-beer aromas, which include dark roasted malts and faint sweet dark fruits. It's mostly coffee though.

The taste is much the same as the aroma with an initial coffee blast that comes across with a tinge of bitterness that I didn't get in the aroma. There is also a sweet cream character to the taste and the roasted malts take a back seat. The finish is bitter with coffee grounds but with a definite alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy with a soft low carbonation.

As a coffee beer lover, this one hits the spot - it's like a latte with an extra shot of espresso. I'm not sure if it's one of my favorite coffee stouts, but I do think I like it slightly better than the original Black Damnation. That said, it's a very different beer from the original.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is a deep, dark brown shade, bordering on blackness. The tan head lasts for a considerable time, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings lots of coffee. Oh I do I do I do want coffee! Ahem...additionally, scents of yeast, roast, and chocolate.

What a terrific flavor, with a heavy, potent dose of delicious coffee. The beer is far from one dimensional, with beautifully integrated yeast and chocolate flavors. The finish brings a dry bitterness that has me yearning for more.

Alcohol presence is a non issue. I wish I had a box of this awesome brew in my cellar.

Overall, superb.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, spices, and wood. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. Very nice flavor profile going on here. The spice aspect really was a nice palate change up in the series as it really made this one stand out from the others. Had the chance to be lucky enough to try all the series (except V) back-to-back to compare them. This was my second favorite in the series.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained in a trade from a local BA who just got back from Belgium.

Coffee club pours a blackish brown color with considerable lacing and impressive, mocha colored head. Given the name of this beer, the aromal profile is predictable. One gets a huge aroma of coffee grounds, coupled with milk chocolate, a touch of caramel and some light booze. This beer really has an impressive coffee mocha aroma that I'm liking a lot. There's even a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish which helps to counter the sweetness. The flavor profile is very complex in this fairly sweet beer, with coffee, leather, tobacco, dark chocolate and a hint of licorise liquer. Jesus H. Christ, but this is a very fine beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner then I was expecting, but this beer delivers such a boatload of flavor, it's difficult to be very critical. The finish is very long and drawn out in this well made beer.

Drinkability is the only area this beer doesn't flirt with perfection. However, given the alcohol, it's still pretty impressive. The high alcohol is certainly noticeable, but there's so much flavor and the beer is so yummy, I'd still call it pretty drinkable.

Wow!! Really hope these damnation beers eventually make it over here in the US. This is a very impressive beer.

Thanks John G!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle at the Bier Temple in Brugge about 2 months ago, along with Black Damnation 3 and the original Black Damnation. Sadly I'm now trying the last of what I brought back. The label, like the others in the series, is wicked looking and looks like it should be the cover of a metal CD. The beer is described as "100% Black Albert aged on old rum barrels. Vanilla, honey, tobacco, and fruitiness are added complexities to this exotic version." No talk about the coffee, except in the name.

The beer looks as bad-ass as its brothers, dark brown-black, opaque, with a thick tan foam that runs from reddish colors near the liquid to mocha on the surface. The aroma is strong coffee, this reminds me of the first time I tried Peche Mortel, back when it was in bombers. Maybe also Beer Geek Brunch. Really strong sweet malts mix it up well with the dark roasted coffee.

The beer tastes even better than I'd hoped, this is among the best coffee stouts I've had. Big roasted flavors from both malts and coffee, nice bittersweet chocolate in the aftertaste, unfortunately I can't taste anything indicating the rum barrels. Big bodied too, nearly syrupy mouthfeel that complements the flavors in a big way.

This was another great beer from De Struise, but probably one is enough. Not just because of the ABV (which is hard to detect), but because the coffee is kind of dominating and hits the drinkability a little. Out of all the Black Damnations I've tried I think I prefer #3, really nice peat moss in that one. But Coffee Club is no slouch.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh at last Thursday's tasting. Served in a HopCat tulip. Notes from my in-progress tasting sheet.

Pours black with a good tan head that sticks around for a long, long time and leaves plenty of lacing on the way down. Lots of spotty lacing. Head is really creamy. Nose brings forward a heavy dose of chocolate and coffee. Loads and loads of coffee. Loving it, just like Dov, my hilarious psychology professor who liked to quip that he coined the phrase "I'm lovin' it," not McDonald's. Back to the beer.

Flavor brings even more coffee. Really delicious throughout. Can't get enough of that coffee. Light sweetness. Full and viscous body; really creamy. Still lovin' it. Really beautiful beer that I'd love to have again.

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Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club from De Struise Brouwers
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