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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 138
Gots: 77 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Black Damnation II is yet another blend with the use of Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen. This time even more complex than BD I.

50% of Black Albert was used that matured for a while on whole coffee beans out of a craft Columbian coffee plantation. 25% of H &V was used that aged for 6 months on JD barrels. Another 25% of Cuvée Delphine was used."

(Beer added by: ricke on 01-21-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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Photo of ricke
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTE: This is not the same as the first batch of Black Damnation. This one was brewed with added coffee and aged in whisky barrels.

Black color with brown edges. A fairly small pale beige head leaves a lid of lacings.

The aroma is of prominent powdered coffee, dark chocolate, malts and wood. Not a whole lot of whisky. A nice smell, very different from Batch 1.

The flavor is fairly sweet with a nice composition of "dark" malty aromas, coffee, bitter chocolate, dried fruits and sweet whisky notes. The finish is really good with warming rich whisky notes, wood, licorice and warming alcohol.

Moderate body, a bit fuller than Batch 1, and slightly more oily.

All in all, really good. Subtle barrel character and overall a well achieved composition.

Photo of jbeatty
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 8/9/2011

A: Pours black, light tan head that sticks around for a while, fading to a foamy slick on the surface.

S: Intense espresso roast, charred dark chocolate, smoky brine, and finish of dark fruits.

T: Dark roasted malts, not as much coffee as in the nose, and smoky whiskey. Some strange herbal quality to the coffee character. Low bitter finish, heat on the breath.

M: True to the other brews in this series, this goes down smooth and creamy.

O: Respectable on its own, but this is my least favorite in the series- not quite as balanced, something a bit awkward in the flavor profile.

Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by March 2015

A - Pours pitch black with at least three fingers of frothy tan head. Head has great retention and leaves a nice wall of lacing.

S - Huge dark chocolate and coffee aromas. Also a bit earthy, some nice roasted malt, a touch of yeast and a bit of alcohol presence. Also a bit of vanilla and oak.

T - Like the smell, there is a nice big chocolate and coffee presence. The taste has more of a Belgian yeast presence, and a substantial dark ripe fruit presence. Very nice. Also a small amount of sweet milk chocolate. Delicious.

M - Nice full mouthfeel. Not heavy, but coats the palate.

O - Really enjoyed this one. Nice full flavor and mouthfeel, with subtle bourbon notes, a bit of fruit, and some nice chocolate. Well done, Urban.

Photo of Mora2000
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the coffee, along with some roasted malt and some cayenne pepper.

The flavor is definitely strong on the coffee. I also get some roasted malt and chocolate, but the coffee is the star of the show. There are also some oak notes in the flavor from the oak aging.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice beer that I am glad I got to try.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

(Aged 2 years)

Dark brown with no clarity throughout and a small, tightly bubbled light brown head that leaves small dots of lace down the glass.

A sweet, rich aroma of espresso, roast, wood, brown sugar, and molasses. Very nice, and sweeter than anticipated.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, and it too is sweeter than I was assuming it would be. The rich, expressive coffee flavors have faded somewhat I'm sure, but there's still enough there to know this is a nice coffee stout. The flavors are now sweeter, with hints of molasses, wood, and brown sugar. There's a light roast and a moderate bitterness as well. Complete.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very drinkable.

A somewhat sweet, but very good, coffee stout.

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of simoen
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of 01001111
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
Lot A
best before M2015

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a dense cocoa creamy head that sticks to the glass in sheets. It is to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The rich earthy coffee bean aroma has a breakfast roast quality to it with a faint black roasted malt note coming through as the beer opens.

T- The dark coffee bean flavor takes on a green coffee bean quality as it warms. There is a full earthy inky prunes and raisins flavor to follow. Some green wood and bourbon barrel finish the flavor. There is a clean coffee bitterness that lingers. The sweetness blends with the bourbon that seems to lack alcohol qualities.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a fizzy brick in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has full coffee qualities with some nice bourbon finish and a black malt plays a good supporting role without getting in the way. The dark fruit and some oxidation notes offer a nice support of depth.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of RobertH50
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled # Lot B Best by: September, 2015

Purchased through Struise Yeast Shop, Belgium

Price - $5.07 US/bottle

Appearance: Near black in color with a frothy tan head. Sipping it leaves me with a milk mustache, nice. The head does settle down fairly quick leaving a ring in the glass.

Smell: A big shot of dark roasted coffee and toffee point the nose in it's direction followed by mik chocolate.

Taste: Coffee with sweetener, licorice and oak dominate the flavor followed by a lick of spices and alchohol. The roasted malts are strong and pleasent.

Mouthfeel: Thick like warm syrup with a long lasting coffee flavor that sticks around. Low carbonation with some hop bitterness and pepper in the finish.

Drinkability: I really dig this one. This is like Breakfast Stout on steroids. Even at 12.0% alchohol this is surprisingly smooth. I would definitely like to drink this in a 750ml bottle. Thumbs up!

Photo of Mar02x
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as hell, with a beige/brown head - looks powerful.

S - A strong wood and peat smell.

T - Sweet upfront, dark malts, mocha & coffee taste are really present also in the aftertaste.

M - A soft to medium carbonation with a light bitter coffee like aftertaste. The mocha really coats my mouth/palate.

O - A nice and different stout with strong flavors.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle from Struise in lateral black damnation tasting. Surprisingly good and very drinkable. Very dark bodied with one inch head. Big aromas of mocha , chocolate and coffee. Extrememly smooth drinker. Very creamy, lots of lace. Undertated booziness, bourbon is in mid sip.

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of DJButters
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered online from Struise and shipped here to the States.

A: Pours a completely opaque blackish-brown. Dark caramel-colored head leaves little lacing on the glass. Amazing dark hole of a beer, similar to BT or Abyss.

S: Smell is of coffee & bitter dark chocolate and alcohol.

T: Huge, creamy coffee character. Minor hints of caramel and vanilla in the center. Finishes with strong notes of bourbon and chocolate. Had the lingering effects of ash in the mouth as if you could taste the roast of the coffee beans.

M: Nicely carbonated. Not overdone for the style. Spot on.

O: A very strong coffee forward brew from Struise. I would of course get more and drink it as soon as possible before those coffee notes begin to fade. That is, if its wasnt so pricey to get here in the states. Cheers.

Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Desaparecido
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from De Struise Webshop.

Pours black in color with a thick tan head that lasts and good lacing.

Aroma is huge roast, chocolate, and coffee, not too balanced but really good.

Flavor is also loads of espresso, dark and milk chocolate, and a little earth. Very tasty if all over the place.

Smooth on the palate with medium-full body and a long finish.

Very nice imperial stout overall. Not amazing, but very, very good.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Best by 9/2015.

Appearance - Viscous black with an ample mocha head. It gets quite murky in the end. Must be a lot of chunks in this guy.

Smell - Lots of coffee. Not much else coming through. Acidic coffee. Like an overbrewed pot of coffee. It honestly isn't that appealing.

Taste - Bright coffee flavor up front with a nice milk chocolate malt behind it. Tingly alcohol, but it isn't boozy. I wonder if that's the barrels they talk about. I get almost no barrel character or whiskey flavor, just a little bit of oak.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and hardly boozy for 12%, which I kinda don't believe. This is thick and viscous, but nary a hint of alcohol to it besides that little tingle.

Overall - Lots of coffee that masks almost all of the beer aroma and a fair bit of the flavor. Impressive mouthfeel, though. Well crafted in that respect and even pretty tasty, if you like a coffee bomb of a stout.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Biterbll, cheers Bill!

Pours a thick mahogany with 2+ fingers of brown head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Dark fruit, coffee & a touch of booze

T: Coffee grinds, dark chocolate, charred wet grains & a touch woody/oaky flavors. Coffee & dryness dominate as this warms, there's a slight puckery sourness as well, plus a smidge of vanilla as well. Finishes dry with much coffee & some mocha/milk chocolate sweetness

MF: Chewy as all hell, smooth carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, the ABV is well hidden, but is still a bit of a sipper. If you like your imp stouts coffee-forward, this one is for you

Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks go to Stakem for floating me this after the bottle I ordered straight from De Struise was demolished during shipping a while back. Thanks for taking care of me man!

Pours a dense black, with 3 fingers of thick dark mocha head. This settles down pretty quickly into a rich and foamy ½ finger that throws up a gooey cascade of patchy lace and brown residues that stick to the sides. Lush coffee character just EXPLODES in the aroma, with a fresh roastiness that permeates the nostrils. Swirling this a bit gets the nose riled up even more and reveals much more of the underlying flavors here, with bourbon, chocolate, and a touch of brown sugar, molasses, and some darker fruit being present as well. These secondary flavors seem a little too jumbled up together though and that 12% ABV adds a stiff whiff of alcohol that slices through this at times. There is no doubt that this brings the goods when it comes to that coffee though. It just has a tremendous presence here.

The taste is dry and charred feeling bourbon warmth, which surrounds notes of cocoa, brown sugar, sticky dark fruit, molasses, and a smidge of wet tobacco. Despite the richness of these flavors, the coffee here still shines pretty darn bright, running the whole way through the profile, and really coming out in the finish with a roasted nuttiness that lingers. Burnt tannic notes linger a bit as well, leaving you with a final reminder of that barrel presence. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a chewy creaminess that fills the mouth yet still maintains just a bit of sharpness on the tongue during each sip. That 12% is just exceedingly well hid here in the body and even with some light warmth from the barrel and alcohol beefiness to the body, I would be hard pressed to guess that the ABV here would be anywhere near what it ultimately is.

I REALLY liked the coffee addition in this. I’m just not quite that I liked it with this specific base blend, as there was SO much going on with that and the coffee covered it up a bit. But hey, that’s just a personal preference thing for me and for what it is, this is pretty darn outrageous. I think that this would elicit a recommendation from me just based on that ridiculously hidden alcohol content.

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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.