Black Damnation VII - Single Black
De Struise Brouwers

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American Stout
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Ranked #38,147
3.62 | pDev: 9.12%
De Struise Brouwers
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Photo of 77black_ships
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft @ ACBF 2012: black with a huge, thick mocha head, sure looks like a stout, smells like bitter coffee beans, mocha, cacao, taste is light upfront, lightly roasted malts & berries, followed by lots of cold coffee, touch grains & ashes, body is touch light upfront, like a great cold coffee, not sure where this fits in but it is quite good for its alcohol percentage, not sure if it would hold up to a regular stout, probably not or I would want to drink one or more glasses of this but technically this is a quite nice feat.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass, 10oz pour. Listed as a "Belgian Stout". From notes.

A foamy light mocha top is presented, lots of thin head bubbles present. Body color has a real interesting dark reddish brown body. While drinking the beer provides lots of foamy lacing.

Nose has a mild nut sense and roast. Dry tannic nut seems to dominate, but there is nothing that seems obvious or prevalent to dominate. It's a little closed for a boquet.

Palate hints with a real interesting angle. Sweet English mild sense with roasted pan gravy dripping grains. Light bodied like a mild, but hints with some interesting depth coming off the sweetness. Cola sweetness lingers after some sips, with a nice light grainy pleasurable sense to this.

Overall this is a pretty interesting creation, supper session-able at 2% and one good way to get your light roasty fix going on.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Revolution. Served in a chalice.

A - Generous tan foam settles to a thick collar, a few wispy patches, and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Earthy and roasted grains, coffee grounds, with a bit of smoke as well. Very dry and attenuated.

T - Again, tons of earthy and roasted grains, with some mild Belgian yeast character peeking through imparting a subtle fruity and phenolic flavor. Charry and mildly burnt finish. Lots of flavor for only 2%.

M - Medium-light body with lower carbonation. A tad watery, but not unexpected considering it's a (very) small beer. It's really easy to slam down, even with the moderately charry flavor profile.

D - Not a great beer, but there's lots of complexity for the ABV. Nice to see a small beer with this sort of flavor profile, but something I'd only want on rare occasions rather than all night (particularly at import prices).

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

267th Review
Served in a Struise cervoise

I've enjoyed this a few times, but this review comes from a visit to the Struise shop in Brugge while touring around Belgium in early June 2012.

A: Deep brown - almost black. Single (light mocha) fingernail head.

S: Smells of chocolate, dark roasted malt, and graham crackers. Very roasty smelling with a touch of coffee bean. Nice for the by-product of freezing a beer!

T: Fire roasted graham cracker with a mix of coffee, bitter chocolate, and slight nuttiness. Roastiness is very bold here and quite enjoyable!

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Very thin though.

O: Small ABV, but this beer is delightful and refreshing! Session-esque and very lovely.

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Photo of corby112
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft at The Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours pitch black with a two finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly roasted malt aroma with hints of cocoa, coffee bean, toffee and caramel.  Kind of bland until it warms up and the roasted notes come out. Subtle earthy hops.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with slightly acrid bitterness that lingers over the roasted and sweet malt notes into a slightly dry finish. Hints of caramel, cocoa and toffee with a bit of hazelnut and deeply roasted coffee.  Dry hop presence counters, leading into a dry finish. Decent but kind of bland and less flavorful than other entries in the series.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head. Nice lactic sourness with a hint of peach along with lots of lemon and lactic sourness. Decently woody with a nice grassy funk and a slight mustiness. The flavor is quite tart and lactic. A bit of grass to go along with lemon, green apple skin, and straw. Tannic oak provides some dryness and just a bit of funk. Quite nice.

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Photo of rudzud
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review taken from notes courtesy of Stout Fest at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Possibly the best feature of this beer, the pour, was a nice oily black with a one finger mocha head that faded to leave nice sticky side lacing.

S - Light roasted malts and chocolate. Considering the ABV I was expecting it to be faint but this is pretty ridiculous.

T - Why are there dark fruits in my stout? Theres light chocolate, no coffee qualities, some faint roasted malts. Meh

M - I suppose this is to be expected but the beer, its thin and well, fruit roll up fruity. argh.

O - Overall this was possibly the biggest disappointment of the night. Wish I'd had a chance to try Damnation II instead.

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Photo of oline73
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap during the Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Served in a tasting tulip.

Appearance: Pours black with some light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of beautiful tan head and some nice retention.

Smell: Light, smooth roast with some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Obviously, given the 2% alcohol, this is going to be a mild beer. The flavor is light with a nice roast quality to it. Just a tad watery, but what can you do? The finish has a slight bitterness to it that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very easy sipper. I think it would have been better at about 4 or 5%, but they didn't ask me and these guys are good at what they do. Another interesting and fun offering.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep brown with a creamy off-white head, almost nitro looking, nice thick lace.

S: Dark fruit, some apple and orange, light baker's chocolate.

T: Chocolate malt flavour for sure and a solid bit of orange as the main secondary flavour. Not bad.

M: As expected very light-bodied, but never really thin, it is what I thought'd be at 2%. Creamy at times, very easy drinking.

O: An interesting idea, I wonder what the OG on this was. Would be good post-exercise me thinks.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Beachwood Long Beach.

A: Very dark brown bordering on black with a big beige head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Plum, grape, and apple with light roasted malt notes and a little earth. Chocolate blends with traces of caramel.

T: Apple with faintly roasted malts and a little chocolate. I get a touch of caramel as well.

M: Lower medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: For a 2% beer this is impressive, but it's really light and definitely more of a novelty than something you would want to drink much of.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Farmers Cabinet, Philly, PA

Had to keep telling myself, "this is only 2%ABV." Bordering between session and non-alcoholic.

Half-pour into a small chalice, dark brown-black body with a small, dense, tan head that retained and laced well. Aroma is a bit faint, but has noticeable traces of dark malts, coffee, and bit of earthiness. Taste of roasty dark malts, caramel sweetness, coffee ground bitterness, and some earthiness, probably from a mild hoppage; subtle fruit hints barely noticeable. Quite light and a bit watery in the mouthfeel department, but again, at 2%ABV, there's a relatively good amount of body here. Pretty neat, but probably nothing I'd want to have again.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thumbs up to the folks at the Farmer's cabinet for securing this as part of their pig dinner with Urbain. It was the first beer served during the dinner and I had several glasses of this after the fact.

It pours a very dark brown to black color with a bit of haze. A creamy finger of head sits atop the brew with very solid retention. Tan frothy and spotty lace sticks to the glass as it slowly recedes and a light swirl revives the cap.

The smell of this brew is surpisingly bold with a scent of straight fresh coffee from the roast of the grain. A hint of chocolate is noticed as well as a mild citrus green yeasty note towards the back. Mild fruits like plum fill out the nose as it warms up.

The taste is mildly sweet with chocolate grain. A mild bitterness creeps in from the roasted qualty that is lightly coffee-flavored and more earthy. A slight green yeast note is evident just like the soma hinted towards. Raisony sweetness of dark fruit goes to earthy dryness in the finish.

This is a light bodied, mildly carbonated offering that is easily approachable and drinkable. A bit watery but what do you expect from a 1.9% brew? It was the most full flavored sub 2% beer ive ever had. This was a very solid brew that I could and did drink many glasses of.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one in the Struise shop last weekend. I had to drive, so I decided to drink the BD7, which is the water fraction removed during the freezing process of the BD5 production.
Look: the beer pours a nice dark brown-black color, with a small light and brown head.
Smell: light roasted malts, coffee, butter and caramel
Taste: Sweet malts and caramel, followed by a short touch of coffee bitterness. Very light and easy to drink. Hard to imagine this is only 2%.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, thin mouthfeel.
Overall: Well, taken into consideration that this is a 2% stout, this one is amazing, a clear A+. But rated from the style, this of course is quite watery and low on taste. But a must try for any designated driver and beer-lover.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another Struise beer that was poured at Borfets.

I believe this is a brew made from the runoffs from the ice brewing machine used for the Double Black and or the Messy.

Dark as night with a nice fluffy head. Great taste. Malt and choclate were present. A bit thin in the mouthfeel especially for a Struise beer.

I really enjoyed this beer. In my opnion it redefines the term "session beer" So much flavor for 2%. I would quaff pints of this all day if I could. I would love to try a cask verison of this.

2% I don't believe it. In the same way I could not believe that Messy was 40% I was shocked at this extremely low ABV. Extreme but in a totally opposite way. Once again Struise pushes the envelope and this is a winner for sure.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this beer on Borefts beer festival because the Black damnation S.H.I.T. wasn't on draft yet. Perhaps I should have waited. Normally I wouldn't try a 2% beer but I have got two good reason why I will this time. First its the Struise that made it and second its a beer from the Black damnation project.

A - For a 2% ABV is very appealing. A beautifull stout, thats whats in my glass.

S - It smels a bit like sour oak.

T - A coffee stout kind of beer. Its lacking the boldness and complexity of a higer ABV. Still there are flavors like chocolate, coffee and roasted malts but just not as bold.

M - I agree with Erik (Doopiedoopiedoo); "The mouthfeel does make up for the gaps that the flavors leave behind. It's surpisingly full and creamy for a 2% beer".

O - A five for craftmenship but its the taste that counts. Its a nice beer if you want to drive.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought it be a great idea to drink this first at Borefts beer festival 2011. A 2% stout to start a 10 hour tasting session seems like a great idea.

I got a nice pour into my de Molen tasting glass.

This the thickest, meanest 2% stout I have ever seen. It also is the first 2% stout I have ever seen. It's a beauty. A nice two finger head that leaves some lacing.

Smell reminds me of Black Albert, dark roasted malts galore.

In the taste is where you can tell the alcohol is lacking as a carrier of the complex flavors that are hidden in this brew. Still it's has flavors like chocolate, coffee and roasted malts but not as bold.

The mouthfeel does make up for the gaps that the flavors leave behind. It's surpisingly full and creamy for a 2% beer.

If you are the designated driver you could probably still drink a pint of this over the course of the night and still be safe. It's an enjoyable and fun brew in a line up that also feature a 26% and 39% beer. Awesome accomplishment by de Struise crew.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the 3rd annual BOREFTS festival at De Molen in Bodegraven 2011. Poured by Dave and his mate working that taps. Thanks for the good times gents!

Into a 4oz taster.

Note: Apparently this is the leftovers from the ice distillation for Double Black.

APPEARANCE: Pours a bigger, thicker looking, light brown head with great retention. Black body, transparent, and no carbonation evident. Very good retention on the head, slowly fading to a good foam cap. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. This is what 2% looks like?

SMELL: Much like Black Albert on catabolic steroids. Some roasted and smoky malt with touches of cocoa powder. Some licorice as well. Mild, but very nice all things considered.

TASTE: Sweet caramel, toffee and licorice up front. Some faint so smoky and roasted malt notes, but they’re minor. Notes of cocoa as well. This is a malty brew, but misses some of the roasted malt characteristics of a stout. Lots of sweet toffee and caramel linger on the palate, with hints of licorice as well. Definitely flavorful and interesting.

PALATE: Medium light body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly slick with a slightly sticky finish. Feels bigger than it is.

OVERALL: Interesting concept, but I don’t think it’s more than that. It is very hard to score, as it’s a fantastic 2% stout beer, but don’t think I’d drink it unless I was driving. Granted, they do call it the “DD Stout,” so I guess that’s the point. In the craft beer world, however, this is similar to Messy; a fun idea, more of a novelty than a regular beer, but unfortunately it lies at the relatively uninteresting end of the spectrum. Like BrewDog’s Nanny State, this is great for what it is, but what it is isn’t all that great.

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Photo of Brabander
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boy oh boy, this was a real treat. Urbain made this beer somewhereon the moon and then flew back with it.

Can you imagine a stout with two percent ABV? I had this one at the Borefts festival from tap. I never had a stout that 'light'. Poured in the De Molen tasting glass this beer looks like it's bigger brothers. Very dark with a head which is not as dark as the messy (of course).

Taste is not bad, there is a lack of the alcohol but who doesn't want a beer in this style which you can drink and then drive home.

Very soft and smooth with a light sweetness. The mouthfeel and overall are a bit above normal but consideren the strenght of this beer a great achievement.

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Black Damnation VII - Single Black from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 45 ratings