Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by fvernon:
4.05/5 rDev -4%
Part of a trade with Cstromberg57 - thanks, Chris! Poured into a Deschutes tulip.
This monstrous brew pours out a thick black with hints of dark chocolate; a nice coffee head billows up and settles after about 2 minutes. No light is getting through the glass - it's black, through and through. Why am I opening this in July when it so clearly calls for a December evening?
Concentrated coffee, charred brownie, coffee ice cream, and chocolate malt dominate the aroma; green apple and pumpernickle add a slightly sour dimension to the taste at first. As the beer breathes in the glass a slight tart-fruit (black raspberry?) underbelly begins to surface as well. Given the dark roasts and high ABV i suppose some of the tartness isn't surprising, but i find myself longing for a more smooth balance. The mouthfeel is about what I expected - thick and with a good carbonation bite that I've come to expect from Struise's stouts. Tasty, but the more of the Damnation series I try, the more I'm ok with spreading them out for occasions where I'm in the mood for a bit of tartness in my stouts.
07-14-2012 01:32:38 | More by fvernon
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4.22/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-21-2010 23:20:57 | More by ricke
3.8/5 rDev -10%
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.
08-22-2011 00:23:06 | More by jbeatty
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
10-30-2011 04:01:20 | More by warnerry
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
12-15-2010 05:39:12 | More by Mora2000
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
03-13-2012 14:54:16 | More by ehammond1
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
(Served in a snifter)
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.
09-01-2011 21:54:00 | More by rhoadsrage
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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!
01-22-2011 00:21:49 | More by 05Harley
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
01-06-2012 16:02:33 | More by Mar02x
4.05/5 rDev -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.
02-03-2011 13:53:16 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
05-25-2011 16:47:16 | More by DJButters
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
08-19-2010 17:53:36 | More by nickd717
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
09-20-2012 01:04:31 | More by Alieniloquium
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
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
02-26-2011 03:48:09 | More by russpowell
4.43/5 rDev +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.
01-23-2012 19:30:04 | More by Kegatron
3.53/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
09-15-2011 01:02:21 | More by bashiba
Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.