Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by jegross2:
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2012 02:10:26 | More by jegross2
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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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