Black Damnation V - Double Black
De Struise Brouwers

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From:
De Struise Brouwers
 
Belgium
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
26%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 11.34%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
246
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 04, 2018
Added:
Mar 14, 2010
Wants:
  609
Gots:
  67
SCORE
97
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Notes: At 26% ABV, this beer explores the very limits of its definition. There's been a lot of discussion on whether or not this loomy pool of blackness still qualifies as a beer, but we know one thing: our fans just can't seem to get enough of it. Because it's so monstrously expensive to produce, we don't do it often. But when we do, people flock towards it like moths to flame!

Our Cuvée Delphine (Black Albert Belgian royal stout aged on Four Roses bourbon barrels) serves as the base for this beer. To end up at Double Black, we recrystallize it to twice its consistency. Not just twice the alcohol, but twice the flavor and all-round deliciousness. Can you handle it?
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Wow this is a booze bomb to the max. Thick, syrupy bordering on sludgy, viscous, and hot. Great dark notes in taste and smell: malt, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, yet has some biscuit malt and belgian yeast to brighten slightly. This is all followed by a ton of booze. Study and massive beer
Dec 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Prospero from Colorado

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2012 Bottle:
Poured near black color with a tan head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma does exhibit some ethanol but not as much as expected for 26%, maybe some anise, slight oxidization but minimally so, and not apparent in flavor.
Taste is deep dark chocolate & toffee, raisins, some dark fruit mixed with a hint of roast with a ton of residual sugar that covers the palate. It's boozy but not overwhelmingly although it does drink and taste much like port if it were beer.
Body is rich, sweet & full. Some slickness due to the all the sweetness and alcohol.
Nov 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by stephenlee from England

Jun 05, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Oct 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by StoutSnob40 from California

Jul 22, 2017
 
Rated: 2.34 by Deltoro from Florida

Apr 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.57 by kmoen from California

Jan 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with no head. Aroma of ethanol, anise and chocolate is quiet unique. Taste is dominated by overpowering alcohol and ethanol notes with some ash, anise, chocolate and residual sugar with dry raisin notes. Body is full with oily texture and low carbonation. Interesting experiment but alcohol is somewhat overwhelming.
Dec 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.7 by tux_alin from Romania

Dec 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Dec 25, 2016
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle shared by Phil. A crazy beer.
Dec 10, 2016
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Black with tan head.

Strong and thick. Roasted with chocolate. Belgian yeast. Bourbon and oak.

Full bodied. Warm but not too boozy.

A very interesting beer that was better than expected.
Oct 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.61 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Sep 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Sep 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.66 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Sep 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.4 by schinebd from Massachusetts

Aug 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.7 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin

Jun 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by NickThePyro from Washington

May 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.33 by codytwo from Connecticut

Apr 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.58 by Andrea_Netherlands from Netherlands

Mar 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by suckaj from Florida

Mar 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.42 by BAsbill from California

Mar 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.43 by billab914 from Virginia

Mar 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.51 by siege06nd from Virginia

Mar 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.38 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina

Feb 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

Feb 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.34 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by Resuin from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.43 by DrunkAl from Illinois

Feb 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Highbury09 from North Carolina

Feb 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.01 by facesnorth from Pennsylvania

Feb 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.61 by Srqb from Washington

Jan 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.68 by MartyIU13 from Illinois

Jan 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.74 by BeerZombies1 from Nevada

Jan 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by vziznznzyz from North Carolina

Jan 18, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by 2005wendyrika from Belgium

Jan 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.76 by rugbypsu from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Dec 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Raziel313 from California

Dec 24, 2015
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Reviewed by Ivanhoes_Backpack from Canada (NB)

4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Had a small glass of this in De Struise's hidden biergarten just after leaving Sint-Sixtus. 26%!? Wow. Given its drinkability, I never could have guessed its ABV. Good thing I knew, though, as I was driving that day!
Dec 08, 2015
Black Damnation V - Double Black from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 362 ratings