Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert
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Russian Imperial Stout
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4.2 | pDev: 10.24%
De Struise Brouwers
Black Damnation I - Black Berry AlbertBlack Damnation I - Black Berry Albert
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Photo of makromaniak
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, caramel, dark sugar and a tiny little tang. smooth and well balanced like most of the Struise stouts...incl the adjunct ones.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle berry flavor really adds an interesting dimension to what is already a phenomenal base beer. My favorite among Black Mes, Mocha Bomb, and Nuptiale.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by me last night.

Pours a dark, deep black, with a little bit of lacing, and a half inch head.

Smells really wonderful, like blackberry jam, blackberry seeds, chocolate, bourbon, other dark fruits, and roasted coffee.

I believe this is the '12 vintage, and it's really cool how still strongly berry-forward this one is. Adding blackberries to the already so dark fruity Black Albert seems like overkill, but it really works here. It's really reminiscent of blackberry pie- there's a doughiness, along with a really fresh blackberry puree feel to it. There are typical stout characteristics here as well- dark malt/chocolate/etc, but like regular Black Albert, it's not that important compared to the sweet dark fruit flavors.

This is medium bodied, could be slightly thicker, I suppose, but it's still moderately viscous anyways. There's a creamy, slightly sugary mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

Another good entry in this series. Not sure if I like this better than Mocha Bomb- they're both great, though.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Holy Grale, Louisville, KY

A: Dark, brooding, but not quite opaque, as there are deep redcurrant highlights on the bottom edges of the snifter; zero head whatsoever - just a ring of fine bubbles clings to the surface, but even that quickly dissipates; slight lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Big barrel character on the nose; boozy alcohol, woodsy, and vinuos (obviously from a combination of the port barrels and the addition of blackberries); huge, earthy oak notes, wine must, and slightly tart berry; alcohol stings the nostrils; the underlying stout breaks through in patches, displaying some roast characteristics - coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toast - however, its presence is quite muted in comparison to the barrel-aging qualities.

T: Like the nose, the barrel dominates from the start - unmistakable earthy/woody flavors of oak followed by a touch of honey-caramel sweetness; this is rapidly offset by the growing sting of fusel alcohol; slight tartness from the blackberries; residual port contributes a dark sweetness which tries to rein in the burn, this effort supported by the slowly rising presence of roast coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of smoke/char from the base stout; the finish is drying and sees lingering coffee and toast undertones competing with that smoky/char note; on the whole the barrel-aging dominates throughout, but the stout begins to liven up as the glass warms.

M: Pleasantly slick, with a nice but not overly thick presence on the palate; what carb is there is very fine but still allows the body to weigh on the palate.

O: A nice barrel-aged stout with the added twist of blackberries. This is the first port-barreled beer I have had the opportunity to sample, and the experience was quite unique. The berries really intensify the vinous, port flavors; in fact, once the initial dose of oak barrel and alcohol fades, the beer drinks more like a heavy-bodied wine. The underlying stout pokes through eventually, and what is there has the makings of a classic RIS; however I would have liked more balance as the roast/coffee/chocolate is relegated to playing second fiddle. Still, I am glad to have had the chance to try this one-off, barrel-aged variant, and I look forward to sampling further variations from De Struise.

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Photo of GJ40
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased in a Brussels bottle shop for an outrageous price.

A - Deep black with a moderate tan head. It clings to the glass nicely. But lots of chunks; even in the earlier pours.

S - Blackberry, chocolate and roasted malts. The fruit certainly comes through nicely.

T - Lots of blackberry supported by a cast of chocolate, roasted malts, figs and Belgian spice. It works for the most part but there were moments when the fruit flavors didn't fully blend. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Slightly thin for the style, possibly due to an initially high carbonation of aggressive bubbles.

O - A tasty beer but not worth the price. I had a sample at the Bruges Beer Festival. That would have been enough. I didn't need to pay the ridiculous price. And it doesn't seem to be just the central Brussels shop. I've seen the Damnation series overpriced in the De Struise shop in Bruges and in US shops. It's good but not that good.

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Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap last night at Armsby Abbey for Stoutfest. The fourth time I have had this brew and finally getting around to entering a review.

A- Pitch black body to the brew poured from the tap to a goblet. The motor oil thick body has a dark mocha tan head that builds up to about a half a finger with a frothy texture. Head retention is decent and the ring that results leaves spotty lace.

S- Much, much more blackberry in this batch than I have experienced in the past. Right when received the glass it reminded me of getting a fresh tray of berries out of the fridge for breakfast. Beyond that is the usual massive dark cocoa and burnt roast grains that BA brings to the table. Something slightly funky reminding me of a fruit lambic, maybe some Brett or something.

T- The blackberries are a bit more subdued here but still quite strong, they just blend into the other beer elements and balance out more than the smell. Dark bitter cocoa powder, port/strong wines, blackened roasted grains, Belgian yeast spice and dark fruits, dark grapes and some sweets all come in big time.

MF- Thick bodied with a frothy texture and some chewiness. Carbonation on the lower side but it is pretty similar to Black Albert bottles and other times I have had it on draft. 13% leaves some warmth but overall is very smooth on the palate.

Very happy I decided to order this as my last drink of the night. The blackberry aspect came out much more this time around and resulted in a great stout experience. All of the flavors combine to form a decadent, dessert-wine-esque massive stout.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.

Dark black color with some dark brown edges, topped with a small chocolate-hued head that sank to a collar and held there. In the nose, dark roasty malts, some herbal bitterness, tobacco, berry jam. In the taste, bittersweet chocolate, blackberry jam, anise, roasty malts, oak and nutshells. Contrary to some other reviews I've glanced over, I definitely got a more defined sense of the berry addition in this as compared to the original BA. Some boozy heat in the mouthfeel, which was also a bit thin I thought, body was about medium...maybe this was just served too cold, but unfortunately I didn't have the time to let it warm up. Overall pretty good; I'd like to try it again on a fresher palate and closer to room temp.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Received with less than a finger's worth of head which has very little retention. The head is a medium but mostly dark beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some lacing but not much.

Nose- The nose is pretty nondescript but if I remember correctly, the nose on the regular Black Albert was also fairly subdued. I get a bit of a subtle but mild and sweet chocolate. Swirling shows slight berry notes that quickly translate into cherry and raisins, but lighter. Berry starts to assert itself more as it opens up.

Taste- Starts off with big but well rounded chocolate that definitely shows the berry notes. They aren't specifically blackberry but they do tend toward them. I wish there was more indication of the port barrel aging but perhaps that will come in time. Light bitterness that hangs around the edges that gives this beer a little bit more definition. At the moment, it's slightly more complex than I remember Black Albert being but doesn't show itself to be that much more interesting. However, this is opening up quickly and I get a much wider fruit profile on the second taste. Not anything that I would classify as port inspired but definitely a jamminess that results from an overall berry character. Light port notes start to appear- seemingly tawny ones but they are constrained which I think this is for the best. Really starts to show a flavor profile that combines that trifecta of good presence, complexity, and balance. Not necessarily amazing but competent in each area. Shows slight edges of alcohol (a little bit sherry, a little bit port- this lighter) that smooths with chocolate on the end. It's a little hard to judge this beer because subtlety doesn't necessarily impress especially when dealing with a big style. That is not to say it doesn't have presence, it's just that the more interesting elements don't. At the moment, this is a really good beer to great beer with suggestions of the latter.

Mouthfeel- Pretty much heavy bodied- this is a beer that sits in your mouth and meditates even if you don't want it to. Some what syrupy, some cream and smoothness. Very little carbonation. An exquisite mouthfeel that propels this beer a notch higher.

Drinkability- Extremely drinkable and easygoing. No hint of the 13% even appears. There is the price though. 11 bucks is the most I've ever paid for a glass (I mean 250 mL of beer), surpassing my old record of 10 bucks for regular Black Albert. I only paid it because I don't expect to ever see this stateside.

Overall- Almost worth its 11 bucks. Not quite though. I'll suck it up because this is a really good beer. It's almost a great beer. As far as bigger, badder beers, this is a touch below Block 15 Super Nebula. Still has an exquisite and delicate nature you don't expect from this style. Worth a try and if you are a fan of these types of beers, don't balk at the 11 bucks as you might not see it again.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a tulip. Pours an inky black with a dense, three-inch, mocha-colored head that exhibits excellent retention. Textured swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses berries, char and rich chocolate malt. Taste consistent with nose - char is a bit ashy and berries come off a bit more tart and vinous. Mouthfeel is medium in body with an even carbonation that leaves a residual prickle at the back. There's also a trace of acidity. Overall, a solid beer with a nice blend of tart and robust characteristics. I wouldn't recommend extended cellaring unless you want to enhance the sour stout qualities of the beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color was deeply hued black but it had layers of creamy froth swirling about the body. This was poured with little to no head as the beertender felt obligated to fill the small snifter to the top.

The aroma is mostly a vinous BlackBerry wine with an underlay of chocolate. There are hints of coffee with touches of dried fruit.

The flavor is very sweet from the blackberries and vinous. The wine like qualities become more apparent mid palate. I catch chocolate covered cherries and roasted coffee near the end.

The feel is velvety smooth, very full with a nice creaminess about it. The blackberry fruitiness does leave a tangy feel about the tongue.

I really enjoyed this as Black Albert is amongst my favorite beers. This is not as good as BA but the blackberry does create a new overall experience.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just when you thought that all creativity had expired... Just when you thought that the apex was Imperial Stout with the vinous fruit, with all the yeasty spice... with all the alcohol complexity- there simply seems no new layer to apply. But then there's fruit!

But without any influence from that fruit, the massive stout pours like any well-constructed one would. Built upon an ominous black body, the beer pours with complete inky opaqueness. As its head builds, it reluctantly gives up a dainty espresso-like creme, even thought its exuberent Belgian-esque character suggests more. But a blanketed trail of lace sings the beer's praises of a quality pour.

Its deep and dark aromas are savory, rich and robust as its high malt concentration squarely focuses on espresso, dark chocolate, burnt bread and seared toffee. Its already-present fruitienss invites the fruit additions by delivering true blackberry earthiness, sweet scents and acidity. A follow of natural spices are lightly peppery and elevate the vinous character of the ale and of the fruit.

But to taste, the ale really opens up! Its fresh ground coffee flavor is of French pressed style even as the taste of cocoa-rich chocolate meld into its taste. That balance weaves in walnuts, toast, smoldering embers and a peppery bite that aids in its balance. Even though the fruit additions collect upon the tongue, the simply stem from the ester complex and grow into its own sense of savory to close as the ale takes on port, sherry and brandy-like taste. Finishing strongly coffee-like, the beer's alcohols are spicy, sweet and oh so succulent.

Undoubtedly full, the beer is mouth-coating, rich and viscous to the palate sensations, the ale's fruit acidity and slight glimpse into a drier and more peppery tone facilitates just enough dryness to give that beer a Belgian-type of dryness that assists its drinkability. Its strong malty-warmth closes with savoriness of sherry but a chalky dryness of cocoa powder but yet a succulence that's rarely matched.

As I'm obviously a big fan of the beer- I particularly love the notion that the beer is an Imperial Stout first and foremost, but folds in the complexities of Belgian fruit and spice, and even then adds blackberry flavor in its most authentic form for even greater variation. Its a masterful ale from sip to finish.

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Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a modest milk chocolate head that holds on fairly well as a thin foam layer.

Roast malt, chocolate, and blackberry are evident initially. There's a hint of tar. Booze emerges as it warms, along with a hint of soy.

Huge chocolate notes form the base of the flavor profile, with a light acrid malt character interacting mid palate with blackberry tartness. Roast malt notes surface late, carrying into a slightly charred, dry finish. Malted milk balls are present in the aftertaste.

Body is full and rich, fairly smooth, but with a surprising fizzy carbonation character, which may just be accentuated by the tangy berry character.

Very well balanced between chocolate and roasty malt. As with the original, the finish is a bit too charred for my liking, but the somewhat subtle blackberry keeps me interested.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap, brouwers


Ebony body, creamy mocha head - aroma, much like the base beer, is a hammering of bitter malt. Charred malt, dirt, dark fruit. The blackberry just doesn't play well here because Black Albert is so dense and bitter, making the delicate berry difficult to pinpoint I think all of these black albert variants are a bit overrated.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Ebenezer's leading up to the Night of the Great Thirst; reviewed from notes.

A: Midnight black body under an inch of lusciously dense brown head that settles slowly into a ring. Lovely.

S: Berries are up front, with bitter coffee and dark chocolate behind. Anise and black cherry. Moderate booze. Great.

T: Sweet fruit at first, with huge coffee roast and char finishing things out. Long, bitter, warming finish. Tasty.

M: Thick, sticky, and lightly carbonated. Good.

O: Not my favorite Black Damnation variant, but an excellent stout all the same.


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Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Zwanze 2013. Served the provided Cantillon tulip.

A - Big tan foam settles to a thick cap, with lingering sticky lacework. Very dark body with some transparency at the fringes of the glass.

S - Smells a lot like the base beer to be honest. Black Albert already has a pretty hefty dark fruit quality to it, some I'm not surprised the port and blackberries are largely absorbed into the flavor profile. Without virtue of an A/B comparison, I'm feeling this is a bit more jammy, but I don't detect of a ton of oak in the nose. As per Black Albert, it's pretty heavy on anise, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, and a touch of roast.

T - The taste shows significantly more barrel influence, with definite oak presence. That being said, the port seems obscured by the base beer. Less sweetness, with more anise and roasty bitterness. There's perhaps a faint tart, vinous note; not sure if it's from the berries or the barrels. Alcohol is well-hidden, although I'm never sure how accurate these Struise ABVs are.

M - Sweet, creamy, medium body that seems a tad undersized for the ABV, although there isn't any obvious alcohol presence, so who knows? Pleasant, soft carbonation, with light residual stickiness.

D - Doesn't seem overly different from Black Albert, and what wowed me in 2008 is merely a solid Belgian Imperial Stout in 2013. I had no problems finishing my pour, and I'll eventually get to the bottle in my cellar, but if you don't track this one down, just crack a regular Black Albert; you're not missing much.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at La Margarita, Fountain Square, Indianapolis on 11/01/2013.

P: On tap in to a 10 fl oz snifter.

A: SRM is black. Opaque. Head is tan, 1/2 in, dissipates to outsides of glass. Medium carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Blackberry is noticeable on nose. Dark roast malt.

T: Dark roast malt, blackberry, coffee. Fantastic blend of flavors.

M: Medium/full bodied stout. Blk Albert is not a heavy stout imo, and addition of blackberry lightens feel just a bit. Still has a great feel; way too easy to drink.

O: One of my favorite variants of Black Albert. A real treat to drink.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at Max's (from notes)

A: Pitch black

S: Sweet with blackberry and malt.

T: Nice smooth sweetness. Not too strong. Whiskey on finish/aftertaste. Good/mild stout flavor. A bit minty with chocolate and a tiny burnt coffee taste.

M: Slightly coarse.

O: Delicious. Another great stout from De Struise.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

33 cl. draft @ ‘t Antwaerps bierhuiske. Pours black with a huge, very creamy mocha head towering over the glass. Nose is incredible, real blackberries, not additives or fake or anything but real pure of blackberries, like smelling the fruit itself with some mocha, chocolate, sweetish jam and some booze. Smell beats taste here, taste is clearly different and influenced by the berries but less defined taste of the actual berries, bit boozy, chocolate fudge with some blackberry jam, thick malts and caramel, sweet, boozy, very thick coffee, liquorice,… Very thick body – lovely although I preferred the whisky BA version honestly. Still doesn’t top my fond memories of the base beer which doesn’t make this a great beer in it own right, a bit too harsh almost for me.

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Photo of Brabander
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Again a top notch beer from our friends of the Struise. Drank it on tap on the first day of the Borefts beerfestival in Bodegraven, the Netherlands. Poured in a festival tasting glass this beer looks like any other Struise beer....nice and thick. There is some cherry which gets in the nose bot not much. Smooth and soft to drink with the 13 abv hidden like a treasure. Great beer!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at When Pigs Fly. In a snifter the beer was black with a dark cocoa-colored head. The head dissipated rather quickly.

Chocolate aroma, some fruit. Booze.

Great taste. Dark mocha chocolate, brown sugar. Berry taste, maybe not as much as I thought would be there, but still a great addition. Boozy taste, but in a positive way.

A very rich beer. A lot of alcohol, sip it slowly.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Trappist Provisions, in their effort to hopefully tap all of the Black Damnations ever made. Poured into a 6oz tumbler - and quite frankly, it's all I really needed concerning something this hedonistic.

Pours a magnificent color of opaque blackness with a brownish, highly concentrated frothy head about one finger high above the glass. Considering the ABV, this is an ever astonishing feat. Bubbles cascade upwards in an intense manner, and head retention lasts a good long while, leaving streaks of lacing all around. Extremely viscous - like your basic Black Albert but somehow thicker thanks to the aged Port wine barrels. De Struise never fails to deliver a world class stout in terms of appearance, and this is no exception.

Smells extremely rich and complex, with roasted notes from the base beer melded with the tannins and fruitiness from the Port barrels. I'm not quite sure which Port maker they obtained the barrels from, but it's definitely not overpowering by any means. At first there's the trademark dark, sweet chocolate-y flavor melded with charred coffee beans, as well as vanilla, toffee, and molasses. Then, the Port texture seeps through, providing vinous qualities, as well as slightly spicy barrel tannins and notes of sweetened brandy, leather, and oak. Can't make out too much of the blackberries here, which is a disappointment, but it's otherwise a pretty amped up beer without being too showy about it.

The flavor is equally excellent, but the only thing that seems to be lacking are the blackberries advertised in the recipe. The power of suggestion made me WANT to search for them... And I sort of did, in the sense where each sip left behind a dry aftertaste reminiscent of the blackberry seeds that are left behind from chewing the actual fruit itself. Still, this does impart other fruity notes, ranging from prunes to candied blueberries, but it really is the chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and Port/brandy sweet combo that dominate the palate here. Very well integrated stuff, and the finish is super velvety and clean without any alcohol burn to speak of or thinness for that matter. The sweetness from the Port must is immediately cut with a nice bitterness and spice from the oak that makes this fantastically easy to drink, if only a sipper, at that.

De Struise delivers again! I'm convinced at this point that there's no way that anyone in the planet can beat their stout/quad program that they have in place. They absolutely make boozy, aged imperial stouts the right way, and this is a perfect example on how they do it. While I wish there was more of a blackberry presence here, it's still an excellent quality stout that demands everyone's attention to those seeking an enlightenment of sorts in all things beer related.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Best before 5/25/2018.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and blackberry aromas. Taste is much the same with char and berry flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but fairly disappointing as part of the Black Damnation series.

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Photo of BobZ
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a De Struise Cervoise. Thanks to team LNBA for the gift.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black with a nice 1/2" creamy tan cap, that recedes to a nice cap and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Some roasted malt, coffee and chocolate aromas as the beer warms the sweeter dark fruit aromas emerge, raisin, plumb, and (of-course) berry as well as a noticeable port barrel presence.

Taste: The wonderful flavor of Black Albert, Belgian yeast, roasted malt and chocolate all with overtones of dark fruit sweetness & port. The warmer the better as the dark fruit and port barrel flavors move more forward. One of best Belgian stouts I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: As usual a very nice creamy mouth feel, very smooth with it's abv very, very well masked.

Overall: Yet another incredible version of Black Albert/Black damnation from Urbain & Carlo!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Almost black. Huge mocha head. Excellent retention.

Smell - Belgiany. Roasty chocolate. A bit of fruitiness. It's a little more fruity than regular Black Albert.

Taste - Great blend of caramel, chocolate, and fruitiness. Chocolate most predominant, coming out as a dark chocolate in the back. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, but not boozy. High carbonation.

Overall - It's less subtle than regular, but still very good. Where is the port?

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Photo of Jeffo
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprise bachelor party brew provided by the Belgian crew. You guys rule!

From a 750 into a snifter
Beggar's version

APPEARANCE: Looks just like Black Albert. Pours out black with a medium tan head and good retention. Thick black body and zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp, leaving some immediate clingy lacing. A ring and splotchy wisp remain, leaving some touches of lace down the sides.

SMELL: Some roasted malts and some fruit notes, like raisins and prunes. A good dose of cocoa powder and pure chocolate in there, with some alcohol notes in the back. A hint of berries as well perhaps. Port barrel is pretty non-existent. Basically Black Albert and a bit of berries if you close your eyes.

TASTE: Same as the nose basically. Roasted malts, and some dark fruits in there, including raisins and dates again. Cocoa powder and dark chocolate show up again through the middle into the finish. A bold and lingering aftertaste is full of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and spicy yeast notes. A hint of blackberry in the finish as well, but very little, if any port barrel flavors. Some alcohol is present the whole way through as well.

PALATE: Full body with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and has a little alcohol bite on the end, but well controlled for the ABV. Finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Black Albert is a great beer that itselt is good enough as it is. This variant didn't add too much to that at all, meaning, for me, it's a bit of a failure. Scores are lower because it didn't do what it set out to do, but still pretty high because Black Ablert can never disappoint. Gents, this was awesome, and the whole shabang was more than memorable! Forget the fact that it was Pink Saturday...

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Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 228 ratings