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Black Damnation V - Double Black | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 26.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% of Cuvée Delphine was used that was ice distilled to 26% of alcohol volume.

Added by alcstradamus on 03-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#358
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
359
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 359 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Thanks to Jcb890 for this bottle! Split three ways.

Appearance - I have never seen a blacker stout. Hunahpu is thick and black. This is blacker. None more black. Amazingly large head for 26%. By that I mean it's a one finger mocha head, but it lasts forever. The lacing is more due to the thickness than anything else, but it clings to the glass and stains it like no other stout.

Smell - Well, it's boozy. I get nothing else in the nose but booze. Nostril-burning booze. Maybe some roasted malts.

Taste - Dark roast extravaganza. It's like burnt chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Black coffee in the finish. Really an amazing flavor. This is what I look for in stouts. The downside is that the alcohol overwhelms the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and incredibly viscous. Slick and chewy. All the great things I love about stouts. And then there's the burn. Wow. I coughed after one of the initial sips. Even so, this is far easier to drink than Black Tuesday.

Overall - There's no other beer like this. An amazing feat that a brewer was able to make something this good at such a high ABV. The faults are blatantly because of the alcohol, but I give this a 5.0 overall because there's really nothing that can be done about it. It's 26% alcohol and it's delicious.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sludgy, syrupy, and black as pitch. Thick legs with a lasting head. The appearance is much more "beer-like" than Utopias, Dave and other beers of this magnitude. Impressive.

Surprisingly little booze on the nose, I'm impressed. A lot of licorice, molasses, dark chocolate and oak, subtle notes of bourbon and smoke. Rich.

The palate is very good, but almost too intense. Big molasses note up front, backed by black licorice, dark chocolate and charred oak. Little noticeable alcohol on the tongue, drinks like a beer of half the ABV. Quite a feat of brewing, but it's fatiguing to drink after a couple ounces. The body is viscous to the extreme; amazingly, it makes beers like Black Tuesday seem lightweight. Finishes with deep tar and lingering roast, licorice, drying oak. While I'm amazed by how subdued the alcohol is, 2 oz was plenty for me, and I had no desire to go back for more. More technically impressive than it is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of stakem
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with friends and poured into a snifter. The "black as used motor oil" is generally over-used as an appropriate description. In this case, Black Damnation V lives up to that name and really is as black of a color you can possibly get and still be liquid. The brew pours with a very dark brown head that is creamy in texture and falls to a lacing atop the brew. When held to the light, the faintest amount of clarity is seen with a dark brown line all around the edge. Legs of alcohol coat the glass with every swirl that revives a finger of head back to the surface.

The smell is strong with oak and licorice. A significant amount of burnt grain and char fills the nose. A faint touch of sweet cocoa mixed with an herbal tinge of hops is present taking the smell of this brew off in another direction. The level of char to the grain imparts almost a charcoal and ashy feel to the nose that mixes with a fusel kick of alcohol. As the brew gets warmer, it takes in almost a bit of candy-like sweetness which is really a tease and strange in comparison to the rest of the character.

The taste is a strong contrast of sweet verse burnt ashy grain and licorice. Unsweetened bitter chocolate fills a lot of the flavor profile with a light smoked aspect that includes oak quality and almost a pete-smoke sort of flavor. The brew is a strange mixture of sweet verse char verse big burning alcohol inclusion. There is quite a depth of flavoring present which keeps me interested through the entire experience. It is to be noted how well the alcohol is integrated in flavor. However, anyone saying that the alcohol is completely hidden is full of shit. It's 26% alcohol, and it isn't hiding.

The brew is surprisingly full in the feel that absolutely coats the inside of the mouth. There is a modest level of carbonation present as well. It is a huge beer with bold everything about it including the alcohol. It is quite a warming beverage that needs to be shared in order to fully appreciate. I didn't happen to look to see of there was a best by date on this. Honestly, that would be laughable if there was. I can't wait to try this beer again...maybe in 30 years.

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Photo of Prost76
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peensteen
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously shared by Liam at his birthday tasting.

Poured a thick and viscious black, absolutley no chance of seeing through this at all, deep red/tan head, light spoys of lace on the glass. Smell is deeply roasted, tons of coffee, suprisingly very little alcohol in the nose. Taste is of roasted malt, bitter coffee grinds, chocolate, moderate bitter profile, alcohol but not near what 26% should taste like, defintley warming nice heat in chest and throat, very tasty stuff. Light-med carbonation, full body, nice feel. This was absolutey a treat to have, unfortunatley I will never see this again, does not taste like its ABV at all. Thanks Liam

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from bottle.

Appearance: This is a black hole. It absorbs everything. It's jet black, can't see through it at all. Mocha head. Good retention and ridiculous lacing. It literally stains the glass. You have to soak the glass so that it's easier to wash the next day.

Smell: Very boozy. It's not like it's a 26% beer or anything. I can't pick up any other aromas.

Taste: Flavors are much better than the smell. A lot of dark chocolate, toasted, roasted malts, coffee, some vanilla. Overall amazing flavor that would be perfect if it wasn't for the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick. Syrupy. Difficult to drink at times.

Overall: I surprisingly still like it regardless of how much I didn't enjoy the alcohol. Its complexity is intriguing. I would definitely have this beer again. Very good stout.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2008)

Thanks for opening this one with me, nakalakaboom!

(Aged for 3+ years)

Black on black with a surprisingly large (for the style and ABV) dark brown head that leaves the glass oily and spotted with stick. Very impressive looking beer.

The aroma is quite incredible and expressive, and better at the cooler temperatures. The aroma is a fantastic combination of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, roast, a hint of smoke, and some definite alcohol. Zero complaints.

The flavor is very nice too, though it does somewhat fall apart as the beer warms up closer and closer to room temperature. The flavor is full of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, barrel, and a hint of smoke. The alcohol becomes more and more dominant as the beer warms, which is to be expected.

Full bodied, slightly oily, with moderate carbonation.

So pleased to have been able to try this. It's fantastically drinkable for the ABV, and quite the accomplishment.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Black Damnation V - Double Black from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 359 ratings
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