Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 138
Gots: 87 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ricke on 01-21-2010

"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."
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Reviews by Seanniek91:
Photo of Seanniek91
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from Kulminator. Vintage 2009. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a De Struise chalice.

A-Black. Black. Black. Thick steady mocha head that doesn't leave.

S-Coffee, chocolate, pine, light bourbon. No booze. Intense coffee.

T-Coffee, bitter chocolate, light bourbon. No booze whatsoever.

M-Ample carbonation, medium body, no booze.

O-Incredible coffee stout. Tons of chocolate and coffee with a hint of bourbon. Easily the best coffee stout I've ever had!

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.2/5  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
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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 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 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 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
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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 DJButters
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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 nickd717
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
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
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
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
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of bashiba
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark dirty brown with a thin yet persistant tan head.

The smell is very sweet and fruity with a big hit of concord grapes, no traces of coffee or chocolate to be found here, smells much more like a belgian strong dark than an imperial stout.

The flavor follows the nose up front with big sweet dark fruit flavors, but soon after the dark roasted malts start to hit you in the finish giving it a lightly smokey bitter finish. Also so light vanilla and alcohol notes show up along with some dark chocolate and light coffee notes as it warms.

The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and creamy with a light bit of oilyness in the finish.

Kind of strange Imperial stout, you can really taste the belgian roots affecting this in an odd sort of way. Still I would happily drink more if it were easier to come by.

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

A: Black with thick brown head. Nice appearance.

S: Coffee aroma comes through strongly with some dark roast smells and fruity overtones.

T: Coffee is prevalent in the taste with some roasted malts apparent. Some dark fruits are present with some brown sugar in the background. The coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Body is fairly light for a Double Imperial Stout but the fairly high level of carbonation plays a role in this. I prefer all my beers well carbonated, including the Imperial Stouts, so the carbonation is a plus for me,

D: Good flavor and what I would consider invisible alcohol for something 12%. I could pound this like a tasty low % ABV sour in the summer.

I'm a coffee addict so the prevalent coffee flavor is a bonus for me and the other flavors provide an interesting complexity. The hassle in obtaining this was worth it for me.

Photo of thagr81us
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo as well! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a two finger light brown head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, toffee, coffee, caramel, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, wood, and caramel. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent. Everything thing in this one was turned up to an 11 which made it the highlight of the series (except V) for me. The coffee and caramel in this one just put this one on a whole new level for me. Really glad I got the chance to finally try this one!

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Damnation II through IV on tap! In one place! I'm there. Most aspects of the beers are the same, so you'll see much repetition.

A: Dark black, all encompassing. You'll see this repeated two more times. Oh yeah, an off-white head came along for the ride.

S: Mocha plus mocha equals mocha bomb. The coffee strength is commendable, rich and warming. Bourbon is present but, surprisingly, it is the low point of the ale, too fresh and strong to mesh with the stout.

T: Mocha, java, coffee, whatever you want to call it, it's here. A coffee bomb in the best sense of the word. Dark malts conjoin with the coffee, chocolate and burnt malts along for the ride. As in the nose, the bourbon drags within the ale, too sweet and boozy. I'd love the beer without the barrel aging, a bold stout with plenty of espresso flavor.

M: The coffee can't be denied, a rich and bold flavor within the stout. The barrel is a lowpoint, dragging down the beer. The coffee, though, c'est magnifique.

D: The weakest beer of the trio, I'd still tread cautiously. I love the coffee but the bourbon is a bring-down.

Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to black13 for this treat. Another one consumed while camping last weekend.

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a big 3 fingers of thick, creamy light brown head.

Smell. Sweet creamy coffee, some dark chocolate and a bit of dark roasted malt. Very nice.

Taste. Big coffee flavour, fairly sweet, dark roasted (almost smokey) malts, caramel, and some bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Just a ton of coffee and the perfect sweetness for the flavours. Only complaint would be a slightly fuller body.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of coffee is dominating with light notes of vanilla and dry roasted malt also noticeable. Taste of coffee is also quite intense though more floral and less dry then I was expecting - I am thinking maybe the bourbon cuts through the dryness and provided a nice vanilla round flavour. Body is full with great carbonation and alcohol was not apparent. Very well brewed and mix with a good balance between the different flavours.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gord for this bottle.

A - Dark ink black with one finger of medium brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Massive coffee aroma up front with some chocolate notes also present. Fairly one dimensional nose.

T - Sweet, syrupy taste at first that immediately gives way to a bitter roast presence that provides good balance. Coffee, cocoa, molasses and roast are the dominant flavours. The bourbon barrel shows up in the background adding bourbon and toasted oak flavours with a hint of vanilla. Remarkably drinkable for 12%.

M - Full body. Thick and sludgy. Light carbonation.

Photo of jegross2
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Black Damnation II (Mocha Bomb) from De Struise Brouwers out of Belgium.
Score: 92

Unknown vintage bottle served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/15/12. A big thank you to Bryan Hernandez for bringing this bottle to my law school graduation tasting. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with a thin layer of brown that settles to a ring around the glass. Oily lacing, minimal retention. 4/5

Smell: Freshly ground raw coffee beans, mocha, bark, raw chocolate and leather. A little beef jerky too. A little warmth in the nose, but there are no alcohol esters discernible. 4.5/5

Taste: Mocha bomb indeed! Sweet chocolate, cocoa and acidic coffee. There is a bold warmth on the tongue, but again, it's not what I would describe as a "booziness." Molasses, a light "woodiness" and a blend of dark and milk chocolate too. The acidic coffee lingers. Hint of residual berry in the aftertaste. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, no carbonation. Acidic, dry mouthfeel. Bittersweet leaning towards bitter. 4/5

Overall: Tasty, but the acidity holds this one back from being something potentially better.

Recommendation: Worth drinking, not worth going out of your way to hunt down. For the price, Black Albert is the better buy from De Struise in my opinion.

Pairings: Vanilla cream donuts.

Cost: $12 for an 11.2 oz bottle.

Photo of jsanford
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Generously received as an extra from ShogoKawada. Thanks, man!

A - Pours an inky black with a incredibly fluffy 3-finger head of chocolate mousse. Absolutely gorgeous, I think I'm gonna like this one...

S - Blast of intensely roasted high-quality coffee. This actually reminds me a lot of the coffee and bourbon aromas of KBS. Dark roasted malt and vanilla round out the nose.

T - Wow. This is pure chocolate and coffee, no doubt about it. I feel like this should be sold at a high priced confection shop, it's so decadent and dark. There's a pleasant bitterness towards the end that keeps this from becoming too cloying. Delicious!

M - Thick and smooth, like a milkshake. I am drinking this way faster then I should, considering the ABV.

D - I could drink this all day. This beer is a true revelation, and ranks up there with KBS and CBS. I need to find out how to get more of this, I cannot believe how good it is.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared last night at Umberto's tasting. '12 vintage.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a half inch head, not a whole lot in that department, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells a lot like Jack Daniels, honestly- that portion of the blend really stands out. I also get a good amount of creamy coffee and sweet chocolate.

For me, this is a big step up from regular Black Albert. I don't get a whole lot of the big dark sweet fruit flavor that Black Albert provides in spades, it's still pretty sweet though, creamy sweet chocolate, and iced coffee with sweet vanilla creamer come through very strongly. The booze doesn't show all that strongly, which is nice, and probably a product of the beer's age.

This has an unbelievably creamy and smooth mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation. This is really, really drinkable.

I'm not entirely sure if this is worth the $42 price tag, but it's definitely tasty, and you can tell a lot of work when into creating this one.

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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.