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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 134
Gots: 68 | FT: 4
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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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kojevergas

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle pulled from a friend's cellar in Ghent, Belgium. This was part of pull alongside a one year aged Westy 12 and Pannepot 2009 vintage. Yes, that means I had all three in the same timeframe, and yes, I realize my life is awesome. The bottle was allowed to sit for a bit so it could reach the proper serving temperature, and then it was poured into a trappistenbier goblet. Reviewed from notes, albeit very excited ones.

A: Three finger tan head, exquisite and perfect, with brilliant thickness and amazing retention. Truly a perfect head. Saliva-coaxing. Black colour, reminiscent of a high ABV porter.

Sm: Caramel, mocha, lovely coffee, chocolate, cream, toffee, and alcohol. Complex. I can't wait to try it, though the alcohol scent is its only flaw.

T: Coffee - but restrained. Mocha is present, especially on the finish. Body features subtle notes previously expressed on the nose: caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Did I mention coffee? Exquisitely balanced, with cream there to even out and moderate the coffee's bitterness, which blossoms brilliantly towards the mocha explosion. The body is complemented perfectly by the mouthfeel.

Mf: Beautifully soft and delicate. Perfect. How they avoided too much dryness whilst preserving the coffee tone is beyond my ability to speculate.

Dr: Could down it for forever and a day. Hides its ABV well, but not perfectly. An exquisite treat that ought to be reserved for special occasions. It is quite expensive, especially when importing into countries outside Belgium. This beer on tap would be glorious.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 16:56:12 | More by kojevergas
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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.