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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 136
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
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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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4.98/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured jet black and absolutely impassable to light in a chalice. This beer is darker than dark, and smells like very strong coffee. After the first taste, I sense roasted coffee, dark roasted malts, and a bit of bourbon. This beer is as rich and dark on the mouth as it is on the nose...a true strong imperial stout - a great juxtaposition of dark roasted malts, good coffee, and a bit of bourbon. Om nom nom.

smulkowski, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of MikeReserva
4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Several times on bottle, this time at home.

Appearance - Pitch black beer with a creamy, beige head that sticks around for a while. Doesn't disappear completely.

Smells - Brilliant. Tons of coffee that overwhelms a subtle scent of bourbon and dark chocolate.

Taste - Absolute perfection. Much like it's smell. Lots of complex dark espresso coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, oak and a hint of dark fruits. This beer is darkness itself. Taste is very, very strong and lasts very very long. Alcohol perfectly hidden.

Mouthfeel - Quite thick, very pleasant, very great.

Overall - Best Stout I've ever had. It's a class on it's own, unique, extreme yet so bloody good. In fact my favourite beer to date. Brilliant, everyone who enjoys imperial stouts must try this one for sure, if you can get your hands on this one.

MikeReserva, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle served in a snifter.

A: Pours an absolutely oily black color forming a big bubbled and creamy beige head. Good retention but only few lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet and roastd malts, mainly, with special touch of wood, dark chocolate and coffee. A bit fruity and a little bit spicy too. Some earthy yeasts. Damn good in the nose

T: Just perfect. Slightly sweet upfront. Strong taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Very woody. A bit spicy. Great bitterness. Excellent bittersweet balance

M: Heavy creamy and molasses perfect body. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet roasted and coffee aftertaste

O: Perfect drinkability. Perfect beer. The best of the three BD I've had so far

eduardolinhalis, Jan 21, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 08/03/2010
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Sierra Nevada Tulip

Over the past week I have sampled Black Damnation II, III, and IV. Out of those brews, this brew(BD II), is my favorite out of the bunch.

Poured jet black in color, w/ a 1 1/2 finger tan head that left heavy lacing on the glass. The nose was exceptional, w/ aromas of chocolate malts, coffee beans, light bourbon, oak, roasted notes, and peat. The taste was of sweet chocolate, coffee, mild bourbon, and a finish of vanilla, peat, oak, and a splash of hops(which prevented the malts from becoming cloying). Mouthfeel was thick and lush, just as an imperial stout should be. This brew is pretty drinkable for what it is, due to the well hidden ABV and smoothness.

Overall, the best Black Damnation I have had yet! Highly recommended and a real pleasure to sip on.

mikeyv35, Aug 07, 2010
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4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

jrallen34, Nov 30, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Westvleteren Chalice

A - Pours a very dark ebony colour with a tanned head that stays the course and laces.

S - Roasted coffee and it's big, a hint of stewed dark fruits as well.

T - I can see why they call it Mocha bomb, cause this is massive flavours of dark chocolate and coffee. A roasted finish and it's exceptional.

M - Hard to find any fault with the full body and balance, it's smoothness is astounding considering it's ABV.

D - My second fav De Struise after the Black Albert, and it's really splitting hairs. One of my very few A+ beers.

eric5bellies, Aug 23, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured chilled into a tulip with a jet black body and a dense mocha colored 1 inch head, nice lacing and coating on the glass. No light got through this sinister brew. Smelled like I just took a huge whiff of espresso beans straight from the roaster. Lots of bitter dark chocolate (like 90% cocoa kind of chocolate) with a spicy yeast characteristic and lots of smokiness in the nose. Taste is wonderful. All of the nose is magnified in each sip, but the chocolate is sweeter and richer, more fudgy than dry and acrid. There is also a distinct taste of candied dates and a little hint of anise. Feels dense and coating, heavy and chewy with low carbonation. Drinks wonderfully, and the alcohol is masterfully hidden. Only gets better as the glass goes on toward empty.

kbanks13, Feb 01, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle, batch 666, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Midnight black body with a surprisingly solid finger of creamy brown head. Great retention and lacing, especially for such a big beer. Gorgeously intimidating.

S: The sharpest coffee I've ever smelled in a beer jumps out of the glass, backed up by incredibly complex and enticing notes of bourbon, oak, pepper, smoke, char, and more coffee. The coffee actually gets a bit overbearing, despite being an aroma that I absolutely love. What a terrific flaw!

T: Sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and toffee lead quickly into gigantic coffee. The coffee carries through all the way to the aftertaste, being joined with the most deliciously pure dark chocolate flavor I've ever encountered in a beer. It seriously tastes and feels like I've just had a bit of high-quality, high-cacao chocolate. Genuinely astonishing.

M: Thick, viscous, sticky, and highly carbonated. The bubbles make a valiant effort to stave off the stickiness, but don't quite succeed. It's just too huge - again, a great problem to have.

O: This is definitely the second-best coffee stout I've ever had, behind only the perfect Coffee-Infused Imperial Stout Trooper. If it weren't for the example of that unbelievable beer, I might well have given this one a perfect score out of sheer astonishment at its dizzying blend of intensity, complexity, and sheer deliciousness. I was able to pick a couple nits about the slightly unbalanced aroma and the sticky texture, but this beer still resides almost terrifyingly close to perfection. I may well be putting in an order to the yeast store...


woosterbill, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Seanniek91
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from Kulminator. Vintage 2009. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a De Struise chalice.

A-Black. Black. Black. Thick steady mocha head that doesn't leave.

S-Coffee, chocolate, pine, light bourbon. No booze. Intense coffee.

T-Coffee, bitter chocolate, light bourbon. No booze whatsoever.

M-Ample carbonation, medium body, no booze.

O-Incredible coffee stout. Tons of chocolate and coffee with a hint of bourbon. Easily the best coffee stout I've ever had!

Seanniek91, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

picked this up in a recent de struise webshop order. popped it open and filled my 2012 southampton IRS snifter.

a - black as the dead of night with a generous milk chocolate head that hung out bubbling. the brew has a really nice shine to it. nice sticky streaky lacing.

s - nice and complex. chocolate coffee overwhelms my nose. really good creamy roasted character as well. seems like i'm in for a treat!

t - gorgeous mixture of rich decadent milk chocolate and some roasted malts with a hint of coffee bitterness to round out the flavor. an absolute winner. tastes fantastic. i can pick out the cuvee delphine for sure. the barrels sit in the backseat thanks to this masterful blend.

m - the mouth jumped out at me first. super smooth and delightful. for a beer this big, you wouldn't know it.

o - WOW, what a beer. i've been very impressed with almost everything de struise i've tried. the black damnation series continues to impress me. to take a great RIS such as black albert and then make it better in a multitude of ways just boggles the mind, but urbain the mad genius is at it again. a real pleasant treat. glad i have a few of these to drink over time.

cosmicevan, Feb 18, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 12 oz bottle purchased at De Struise Brouwers, poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a thick, inky black with a full two finger head. This is as black as black can get, and is beautiful in the glass.

The nose is full, and its intensity knocked me over right away. Mocha, barley, wintergreen, dark chocolate, and sweet malts all converge into a cornucopia of aromas. As it sits, oak and bourbon become very prominent, and after it sat for about about thirty minutes, the coffee aromas rose to the fore.

The mouthfeel is not syrupy at all, which is surprising considering the alcohol content. There is a light carbonation that keeps the beverage very drinkable.

The taste itself is phenomenal. Complex and full, without a hint of booziness, this may be the best Imperial Stout I've had to date. There is certainly a coffee/chocolate presence (it is a Mocha Bomb, after all), but that isn't all that's going on here. In addition to the mocha, I taste bourbon, hops, smoke, red grapes, and oak. As it sits, a bitter wintergreen mixed with ripe red plums mixes in. In fact, with every minute it sits, the beer tastes completely different. In that way, it is like a fine wine.

The finish is superb; immediately there is a slight bitter hoppiness, but this gives way to a full coffee aftertaste. Let it sit in your mouth a while, and one gets a smoky chocolatiness that is divine.

This is a finely crafted beer that does just about everything right. The complexity is so detailed, that words cannot describe it. Pick one up: you'll be amazed.

rinhaak, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-thick dark motor oil with a big brown head. looks absolutely perfect. be careful pouring! it'll seem like it comes out too thick to build a head, but it'll build up real quick

S-smells like a mocha bomb indeed. rich on the chocolate and the coffee. the smell is so rich and strong. has to be one of the best smelling beers ever. the smells is quite raw, as if its real cocoa beans and coffee beans rather than just the flavoring.

T-this. beer. is. amazing. it comes in with a great taste of taste of raw coffee and cocoa beans and a slight bitterness. the after-taste has more cocoa to it. it has a good belgian dog breath rawness towards the end as well.

M-comes in with a heavy creamy carbonation with a nice dry finish

O-its a lot better in the beginning. the problem is that the flavors are so strong that after the first few sips, the flavors start to mesh together. it doesn't taste strong at all, but it certainly does hit like a brick wall. this is a world class stout, among the very best. I am SO glad it comes in such a small bottle.

AdamBear, Oct 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Generously received as an extra from ShogoKawada. Thanks, man!

A - Pours an inky black with a incredibly fluffy 3-finger head of chocolate mousse. Absolutely gorgeous, I think I'm gonna like this one...

S - Blast of intensely roasted high-quality coffee. This actually reminds me a lot of the coffee and bourbon aromas of KBS. Dark roasted malt and vanilla round out the nose.

T - Wow. This is pure chocolate and coffee, no doubt about it. I feel like this should be sold at a high priced confection shop, it's so decadent and dark. There's a pleasant bitterness towards the end that keeps this from becoming too cloying. Delicious!

M - Thick and smooth, like a milkshake. I am drinking this way faster then I should, considering the ABV.

D - I could drink this all day. This beer is a true revelation, and ranks up there with KBS and CBS. I need to find out how to get more of this, I cannot believe how good it is.

jsanford, Aug 13, 2010
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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.