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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 134
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

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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Reaper16

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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
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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
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