Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
11.2oz. bottle served into a snifter
This blended stout sounds insane: 50% Black Albert, 25% Cuvee Delphine (Black Albert aged in Four Roses barrels) and 25% H&V (aged on Jack Daniels barrels). Plus what smells like a ton of coffee.
Pours an expected dark color - more deep brown than black. You can really make out the red at the edges the more you deplete the glass. A nice single finger of tan head. Lacing sticks in tiny dots and slashes all around the snifter. Pretty nice.
At first the base beer is obscured by all of the "other stuff" going on. By that I mean the coffee and the barrel aging flavors. Coffee explodes up out the snifter - nice roast, mild fruit - not an intense coffee smell but it is certainly prevalent. The oak & vanilla signature smells from barrels make themselves known too. I'm getting some quite green bittering hops. It strikes me that I am smelling this beer too cold, as astringency and bitterness are the dominant smells right now, so I will wait for it to warm up. After waiting for five or so minutes with my hands around the snifter the beer opens up a lot more. I get this rich sort of chocolate-hazelnut syrup thing. Some Black Albert-style dark fruits hit the nose if you inhale deeply. Maybe the slightest bit of brown spirits. That chocolate-hazelnut thing sure goes well with the coffee aromas. I love how each attempt at smelling has different things moving forward. Some whiffs have a ton of oak, some are all coffeehouse, others still get a balance between green hops and black cherries.
I don't give out taste scores of 5.0 lightly, but Black Damnation II earns it (It is more of a 4.75, but I'm rounding up). The coffee and roasted chocolate flavors have been seamlessly integrated with each other. Tons of coffee, sure, but so well combined with the rich chocolate and subtle fruits. Nice hop presence, lovely oak and vanilla from the barrels. A touch of smoke and whiskey perfectly compliment the leafy, roasty back-end. This is not a sweet beer; the bitterness comes from multiple angles (with enough rich malt to balance it). Faint echoes of dark fruits flirt around the top of your tongue on the finish as the astringency numbs and resets the palate for the next sip. Honestly? This reminds me most of Canadian Breakfast Stout. Only better.
Best mouthfeel on a stout that I've had since drinking an '09 Dark Lord earlier in the year. This beer has a thick, bold body. Substantial in the mouth, smooth against the tongue and like a milkshake going down your throat; this beer will give you satisfaction. The drinkability? The bottle size is just about perfect (12 ounces would be ideal for me). The ABV is 12%, after all. This is one expensive brew when taking into consideration that you can't purchase this beer on American soil.
This beer is a revelation. I have another bottle but, damn, do I wish I had many more. Founders, I love you to pieces, but Black Damnation II is the best combination of coffee stout and barrel-aged stout that I've had. Yet another world-class beer from De Struise.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2010 03:11:04 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
4.46/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottle opened on 4.28.14
A - Pours a dark brown with a huge dark tan head with good retention.
S - Strong coffee and chocolate.
T - Silky smooth coffee and chocolate. Tastes like a candy bar.
D - Heavy body with good carbonation.
O - Amazingly good. Smooth and silky. Great flavors.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 05:38:21 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.66/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Serves in a snifter at Ale Arsenal.
A: Black. No head. Reddish edges but opaque.
S: It smells sour, wine-like.
T/M: It tastes completely different. Booze, vanilla, hints of roasted coffee, grapey finish. Rather thin bodied, especially for the ABV.
O: Delicious, but not exceptional. I wouldn't have another, but it's definitely interesting.
Serving type: on-tap
04-02-2014 05:03:39 | More by AgentMunky
4.34/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep, opaque brown with garnet highlights and a lingering, frothy cappuccino head.
Vinous notes dominate the aroma, with tart cherries and balsamic accompanying toasted nuts and a hint of chocolate.
Sweet, nutty, lightly toasted malt turns slightly roasted and bitter at the finish, with underlying subtle notes of cherries adding complexity. Phenolic compounds surface in the finish. Mocha doesn't really resonate.
Body is thick and rich, with minimal carbonation and subtle alcohol warmth.
Not as mocha dominant as expected. Very complex beer, well executed. Excellent balance of vinous fruit and toast.
Serving type: on-tap
03-27-2014 01:33:35 | More by barczar
Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
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