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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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up in a recent de struise order. poured into a southampton 2012 irs snifter.

a - black as hell. thin milky tan head. had the BD2 just before this and it sported a much more impressive head.

s - filthy rich on the nose. there is a lot going on in here. the bottle boasts rum barrel aging vanilla honey tobacco and fruitiness...and although the fruitiness does not jump out to me, the others are all there in spades...providing a journey to the senses in each whiff. the vanilla and rum create a decadent bakery odor.

t - massive taste. explosive. the honey jumps out to me first, then a ride through a rum barrel tunnel and finishes with a vanilla burst...leaving a dry tobacco coating.

m - big and bold. coats the mouth and finishes with dry tobacco. much thinner than black albert.

o - overall an amazing jump from black albert and an interesting take. worth seeking out, but not nearly the best in the series. the mocha bomb that i just had was far superior.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Inky, onyx black body with a scant head due mainly to the heavy, to-the-rim pour.

Smell: Well roasted malts, espresso, a generous chocolate note, light spice, with some subtle rum accents with a stunted dark fruitiness for a distant rum raisin hint.

Taste: Thick chocolate sauce thinned out with a drizzle of sweet treacle and charged up with a few shots of chilled espresso. An underline of smoked currants and prunes. Faint resinous tone underneath the heavy maltiness. Fairly restrained rum character. Earthy, roasty bitterness throughout. More coffee flavor on the back half with some astringency presenting itself on the swallow. Shows a bit more caramel as it warms a tad. Warm, ashen/roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's tasty, with bold flavors, and an overall enjoyable stout that, despite its heft, goes down with a relative ease.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black body, large chocolate brown cap, nice retention and a sizable quantity of lacing.

S: Bold, freshly brewed coffee with a hint of citric bitterness as the beer warmed. A bit 'one note' compared with some of the more impressive coffee stouts.

T: Coffee, chocolate, restrained dark fruits like prunes, and some leathery notes.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium full bodied, restrained boozyness.

O: A nice offering, I enjoyed all the coffee throughout, but would have prefered a bit more depth in the nose to really push this one to the next level.

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Photo of lbour
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of crnipeter
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After easily getting Black Damnation II, III, VI and even V (much sought-after Double Black) the IV prove to be the most elusive prey I had to wait for patiently for a long time.

Pours up to an inch thick well formed medium-tan head with moderate retention that creates rather short lived laces as it sets to a stable collar atop of opaque blak body.
Nose is dominated by huge espresso and tobbaco with alcohol-soaked dark fruits shining through. Coffee aroma is so pronounced I' cant believe it hasn't been aged on coffe beans, solely on old rum barrles.
Flavor is better with coffee element being less dominant: smooth chocolate-sweet initially followed by dark fruits and tobacco and final transition to coffeeish roasted finish with warming alcohol that lingers. (330 ml, BB date 12-29-2016, into tulip.)
Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.

In short, somewhat boozy imperial stout with strong espresso and tobacco character.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Mar02x
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Fux
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dense liquid which has hard time trying its way out of the bottle ! Black as hell. Thick and opaque. The head takes shape after a while, dark also then fades into a thin film.

S: Coffee is surely present here. But the smell is mainly ashes, smoke, a resinous, herbal scent. Faint notes of soaked red fruits and a huge alcohol background.

T: Taste however is mainly coffee. A bit earthy also. Very bitter with a long finish.

M: Full bodied, thick as it can be. Creamy but not sticky, then not drying out, almost perfect for the style.

O: Woh ! I love this beer. Coffee stout might sometimes be too straight. This one is a stand out !

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Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap a Capone's during their Black Friday event. The beer came out in a small snifter glass and it looked like a liquified chocolate bar. The color was a muddy brown color with not much head on top. The smell of the beer reminded me of a chocolate milk shake... The aroma has lots of chocolate and coffee notes and yet they seem muted somehow. The taste of the beer is very bitter. There is a ton of bitter chocolate and coffee notes along with a hefty amount of Nobel Hop flavors too. The mouthfeel is thick, and leaves a film of your teeth. There beer also feels like liquified cocoa powder. Overall sadly I was not a fan of this beer at all. Maybe it was a bad pour or the beginning or end of the keg... Who knows but either way it was kind of a let down to me. It might be worth trying from a bottle.

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Photo of groetman
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

Strong and powerful aroma of roasted coffee beans and freshly brewed coffee. The aroma comes in waves, and while is coffee-centric, there is some chocolate and vanilla notes as well.

The flavor follows the aroma very closely. This is a big, rich, coffee stout, and it makes no apologies for being so. There's some rich vanilla, earth, and wood flavors as well, but the coffee is dominant and delicious.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. I would have preferred a slightly thicker, richer mouthfeel, though it's not at all distracting.

Another wonderful Damnation.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 218 ratings
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