Something extra special from Struise as a thank you to all of our beer members for your patience and understanding while waiting for our delayed container this month!
The Black Damnation series from Struise are all based around Black Albert, a Belgian Royal Stout of 13% ABV. The idea was to create a series of different beers: some barrel aged or ice-distilled, some with additional ingredients or blends of different beers.
BD2 is a blend of 50% Black Albert matured on whole Columbian coffee beans, 25% De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis aged for 6 months in Jack Daniels barrels and 25% Cuvee Delphine (Black Albert aged 12 months in 4 Roses Bourbon barrels).
It is a beast of a beer with a heavy aroma of coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits and bourbon notes. All of this and more are present in the taste, which is rich and full from the start.
Roasted malts with the bite of dark chocolate are the backbone of the beer, with coffee, bourbon, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla and even something a little spicy. It is boozy though the beer is velvety smooth, covering off the high alcohol so well. The balance of the blended beers is achieved with true skill from the Belgian masters of barrel-aged dark beers.