Black Damnation VII - Single Black | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Brabander on 09-25-2011

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
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 rudzud
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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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3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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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3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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