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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%


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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jrallen34

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle shared by Carle at De Struise. I was really excited to try this one as it was one of the remaining De Struise beers I haven't had...A beautiful stout, black with a huge tan head, great retention and lacing. Out of a De Struise glass the head rises about right fingers and last forever...The aroma and taste set this apart and make this beer the best of the Damnation series to date. The aroma has ton of coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, oak, vanilla and a touch of bourbon. There is just so much going on, but in a coherent symphony...The taste is just fantastic. A lot of coffee comes through but it is so creamy and balanced. Not as many flavors show but the coffee with cream is more than enough. The feel is super smooth as well.

This is a beer that should be sought out.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 03:10:52 | More by jrallen34
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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.

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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.

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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.