Bottle, black beer, small head. Aroma is bourbon, roast, hops, citrus, dark fruit, chocolate, plums. Taste is the same, dark chocolate, sweet, dark fruit, dark chocolate bitterness, boozy, bitter dry aftertaste, some nutty almonds maybe? Very nice
Bottled 330ml (Beerdome)
Dark brown colour, small beige head. Toasted, dark fruits, hops and alcohol in the nose. Medium-bodied. Toasted with toffee, dark fruits, hoppy bitterness and warming Bourbon. Not too heavy, very balanced mix.
BBF 2011. Relatievely low on hops in the aroma but very intense in the flavor. Full bodied. Dark amber color. Earthy. mandarine curacao. Tobacco and roast. Long finish.
One of the more limited first generation Black Damnations, a blend of Black Albert and Elliot Brew aged in bourbon barrels, with deliberately cheeky name; sample at Bumb3r, happy to be able to sample this years after it was released, I thought I would never catch up with this one. Pale greyish, moussy, ring-shaped but lacing open head on black beer with hazy burgundy edges. Aroma of lots of old dusty bitter black chocolate bars, butterscotch, whisky, earth, coffee grounds, dusty old wood, toasted walnuts, soggy brown bread, glue, tea. Dried fruit effects in the onset, dried blackberries and prunes, deep sourish undertone, softish carb, full and rounded, bit 'greasy' mouthfeel; deep nutty and bitter chocolatey maltiness with earthy-bready tail, wet chocolate bars, woody tannins and vanilla-ish oak, peppery-earthy bitter finish heated by whisky-like warming alcohol. Quite complex, interesting and beautifully aged, this is one of Struise's top beers from what is likely the most creative and glorious period in their existence so far. In all, clearly more Black Albert than Elliot Brew, though.