Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by grub:
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
another from a recent trade with freud. thanks fred!
330ml bottle. sampled feb 2/2011.
another hefty pop on the cap and tons of head on the pour. this one may be a shade darker than the others, appearing truly black for the first time. definitely opaque. fluffy light brown head that falls slowly and leaves chunky lace as it falls.
aroma is great. coffee and espresso. dark and milk chocolate. dark fruit - raisin, date, fig, and a bit of plum. toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. lots of wood and a bit of oak. earthy and slightly herbal. light anise. bit of alcohol.
taste is great. rich espresso and dark roast coffee. lightly warming alcohol. dark and milk chocolate. touch of bittersweet chocolate. toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. cracker. woody and earthy. anise. bit of vanilla. an interesting point between delphine and the regular black damnation... more mellow than delphine, but not smoothed out as much as damnation. a little more complex, with deeper chocolate and coffee notes than either. alcohol is a bit warmer than damnation but not quite as much as delphine. caramel and toffee, with a bit more sweetness than either of the other two.
mouthfeel is nice. good big body. carbonation is slightly prickly, just above medium level.
drinkability is great. the best of the three we sampled tonight. more depth, better balance, more complexity. the carbonation is a touch high, but after it has mellowed a little it is a damn good beer. already added the rest of the black damnation lineup to my wants list!
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2011 18:11:03 | More by grub
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3.66/5 rDev -13.5%
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 +2.6%
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
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Ridiculously decadent and brashingly distinctive, The Mocha Bomb version of Black Damnation slices right through its own viscosity with daggers of complexity that keep its roasted character from running a muck.
As the heady ale layers in the glass, its cascading effect leaves an onyx-black body that sinks with a mirror-like sheen and the dimmest of garnet low lights ribboning about its margins. As its ember-stained lather rises, it does so with supreme staying power and then trails with broken lace.
Intense aromas abound as the scent of dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate and light campfire are obviously expected. But the rise of all things vinous tartness, sweet cream, burnt sugar and spicy oak speak a brandy-like tone to complement the roasty-toasy melange.
As its lavish sweetness weaves onto the taste buds, full saturation of malty molasses, burnt caramel and heavy whipping cream all align to give impressions of burnt marshmallow. As wood tones take hold, the drunken fruits of blackberry, currant, cherry and grape seem to offer up an tangy merlot flavor. Yet its espresso finish invites the taste of bitter chocolate, toast and walnut in similar fashion to chocolate covered espresso beans.
Its full body is creamy and rich in texture. Its structure remaining in tact through the taste, it only waivers in deep finish when spicy brandy-like warmth and powdery oaken tannin balance the sweetness and close the session with a mild semblance to drinkability.
The flavors inside are immeasurable- description terms can go on forever, however its the equal parts coffee, cream and barrel that keeps the mouth returning to the snifter much quicker than is suggested.
Serving type: on-tap
03-24-2014 18:28:04 | More by BEERchitect
Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
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