Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 138
Gots: 87 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ricke on 01-21-2010

"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."
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Photo of smulkowski
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of MikeReserva
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
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

Photo of mikeyv35
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.83/5  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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of kbanks13
4.8/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
4.8/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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...

Cheers!

Photo of Seanniek91
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Photo of rinhaak
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of jsanford
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared last night at Umberto's tasting. '12 vintage.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a half inch head, not a whole lot in that department, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells a lot like Jack Daniels, honestly- that portion of the blend really stands out. I also get a good amount of creamy coffee and sweet chocolate.

For me, this is a big step up from regular Black Albert. I don't get a whole lot of the big dark sweet fruit flavor that Black Albert provides in spades, it's still pretty sweet though, creamy sweet chocolate, and iced coffee with sweet vanilla creamer come through very strongly. The booze doesn't show all that strongly, which is nice, and probably a product of the beer's age.

This has an unbelievably creamy and smooth mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation. This is really, really drinkable.

I'm not entirely sure if this is worth the $42 price tag, but it's definitely tasty, and you can tell a lot of work when into creating this one.

Photo of Brabander
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review number 600! A what for beer i have here....I got this bottle half a year ago from one of my best beerbuddy's Matt Rooney. Thank you very much for this superbeer Matt. I have some fresh one in my cellar.

Poured in, of course, my Struise glass...perfection. Just like the Black Albert this is one of the most beautiful beers i have ever seen. Pitchblack with a million bubble head with super lacing. I could not tell you if this beer has carbonation just by looking at it, way too dark.

Smell is mochacoffee all over the place. Very nice and soft coffe taste with a smoothness i have rarely tasted. If you like the darker beers this beer will be in your league! Thanks Urbain for brewing this beer...

Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what a gorgeous beer. i chose this one as my nightcap tonight as i wanted something special after not making it up to charlotte for the stone tapping. served at cellar temp and poured into a tulip, it was enjoyed on 10/06/2010.

the pour is better then i ever could have imagined. a rich and pitch black pour that yielded a head of at least three fingers in height that towered over the top of the glass.

the aroma is deep chocolate malts an huge notes of coffee right off the bat. an enormous chocolate aroma fills the air with hints of molasses and vanilla filling in the gaps in between. complex with each sip yielding a treasure of sweet, complex, and intricate flavors of oak, coffee, and cocoa that seem to blend together in a near perfect balance. smooth finish with a sweet touch that really gets going towards the end of the session.

overall one of best i have had lately and definitely the best of the series so far. very solid.

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm back...

Thanks to Struise for making this available to those living outside of Belgium.

Exquisite looking beer. Near black with sades of dark murky brown. Silky espresso head has nice lace.

Nose has roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, whiskey, dates, spicy booze, figs and hops.

Taste is equally complex. Coffee, cocoa, fudge brownies, peppery alcoho, bourbon, wood and dried dark pitted fruits.

Full body just a tad on the light side. Long lasting finish of coffee, oaken barrels and bitter chocolates.

Another world class beer from Struise. Should age quite well.

Photo of StormKing47
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shit yea what a surprise from stakem to my brother JWiss22. He had it for 5 seconds and opened it to share. Enjoyed with him and stakem. BOOM!

A- Did someone brew Jager and sneak it into the brewery at De Stuise? Simply a shocking and scary dark, jet black color. It's so dark I need a flashlight to investigate the rest of this prize. Yup there it is a ridiculous dark brown head capped on top of this treat courtesy of the immense amount of carb. Honestly a beautiful and sexy treat in my glass.

S- Wowowweewaaa! A shit ton of coffee has just attacked me and brought a slight earthiness and a posse of dark chocolates to whoop my ass. It's unbelievable how ridiculously delicious this brew smells. I am tempted to make a pot of coffee to compare the aromas. It's extremely roasty with a touch of sweet malt and subtle chocolates to balance and I even pick up a touch of spiciness from the belgian yeast. God Damn it's one fine smelling brew.

T- Is it possible that this tastes just as damn good as it smells? Hell yes it is. The coffee flavor is right in my face and the sweet chocolate and roasty finish is unbelievable. There is no heat from the abv or any bittereness at all, just tons of coffee, a nice sweet chocolate back up and some subtle earth nuances to balance everything into perfection.

M- This is where I am a little let down it has a good amount of carb apparent by the head, but I am not a huge fan of the tingling carb in a stout. As it warms the head goes away taking the carb with it. After some warming it glides down smoothly, but after smelling and tasting who wants to wait for that?

D- Highly drinkable didn't even know that it was high abv until I read the bottle. It's extremely well balanced and the heat is masterfully hidden. Simply an other world experience.

A great brew from De Struise that has forced me to seek out the others in the Black Damnation line. Thanks again Adam and Justin.

Photo of Reaper16
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a snifter
This blended stout sounds insane: 50% Black Albert, 25% Cuvee Delphine (Black Albert aged in Four Roses barrels) and 25% H&V (aged on Jack Daniels barrels). Plus what smells like a ton of coffee.

Pours an expected dark color - more deep brown than black. You can really make out the red at the edges the more you deplete the glass. A nice single finger of tan head. Lacing sticks in tiny dots and slashes all around the snifter. Pretty nice.

At first the base beer is obscured by all of the "other stuff" going on. By that I mean the coffee and the barrel aging flavors. Coffee explodes up out the snifter - nice roast, mild fruit - not an intense coffee smell but it is certainly prevalent. The oak & vanilla signature smells from barrels make themselves known too. I'm getting some quite green bittering hops. It strikes me that I am smelling this beer too cold, as astringency and bitterness are the dominant smells right now, so I will wait for it to warm up. After waiting for five or so minutes with my hands around the snifter the beer opens up a lot more. I get this rich sort of chocolate-hazelnut syrup thing. Some Black Albert-style dark fruits hit the nose if you inhale deeply. Maybe the slightest bit of brown spirits. That chocolate-hazelnut thing sure goes well with the coffee aromas. I love how each attempt at smelling has different things moving forward. Some whiffs have a ton of oak, some are all coffeehouse, others still get a balance between green hops and black cherries.

I don't give out taste scores of 5.0 lightly, but Black Damnation II earns it (It is more of a 4.75, but I'm rounding up). The coffee and roasted chocolate flavors have been seamlessly integrated with each other. Tons of coffee, sure, but so well combined with the rich chocolate and subtle fruits. Nice hop presence, lovely oak and vanilla from the barrels. A touch of smoke and whiskey perfectly compliment the leafy, roasty back-end. This is not a sweet beer; the bitterness comes from multiple angles (with enough rich malt to balance it). Faint echoes of dark fruits flirt around the top of your tongue on the finish as the astringency numbs and resets the palate for the next sip. Honestly? This reminds me most of Canadian Breakfast Stout. Only better.

Best mouthfeel on a stout that I've had since drinking an '09 Dark Lord earlier in the year. This beer has a thick, bold body. Substantial in the mouth, smooth against the tongue and like a milkshake going down your throat; this beer will give you satisfaction. The drinkability? The bottle size is just about perfect (12 ounces would be ideal for me). The ABV is 12%, after all. This is one expensive brew when taking into consideration that you can't purchase this beer on American soil.

This beer is a revelation. I have another bottle but, damn, do I wish I had many more. Founders, I love you to pieces, but Black Damnation II is the best combination of coffee stout and barrel-aged stout that I've had. Yet another world-class beer from De Struise.

Photo of Jeffo
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this straight from De Struise Brewery in Woestvleteren.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger mocha colored head that cascades up from nowhere. Looked like it was going to pour flat. Head quickly fades to a thin wisp and a ring. No carbonation evident and jet black in color. A very faint ring remains but leaves little lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted and smoked malts with a decent coffee bean presence. Hints of bourbon and vanilla in the background from the barrels. Touches of dark chocolate in the background. A bold nose and a great mixture.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some nice smoky qualities. A good coffee bean presence again with some bourbon notes as well. Follows the nose nicely, though the coffee is not as pronounced as it was in the nose. Touches of caramel sweetness and vanilla, and finishes with some bitter coffee and pure chocolate. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted malts, caramel sweetness, bitter coffee notes and bourbon. Simply superb.

PALATE: Thick syrupy body with very low carbonation. Just enough carbonation to make it beer like. Silky slick on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes nicely mouth-coating.

OVERALL: This might be my favourite out of the first four in the series, and given how much I love my Black Damnation, that's saying a lot. Very very complex and enjoyable. Everything in the mixture plays a role. The only thing that could help this is a little more carbonation to help keep it up for the long haul. Nevertheless, this is a superb brew from an even more superb brewery. Well done De Struise.

Photo of dciBA
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black into my snifter. A solid inch of foamy tan head forms and only slightly fades over time. Lots of chocolate in the nose. Dark chocolate mostly with some milk chocolate in there too. A nice solid undertone of coffee as well.

Taste is very rich with lots of chocolate of course. A roasty coffee bitterness comes on as it goes down and seems to linger forever. A little oak on the tip of your tongue adds a nice complexity. The finish is quite dry especially considering the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is amazingly rich and creamy. Perfect carbonation and oh so smooth. A little warmth as it goes down is the only indicator of the high ABV. Very drinkable and tasty stout from de struise. Black Albert is great, this is better.

Photo of rfgetz
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive near black with creamy bone white head. Scent is muted, bitter bakers chocolate and medium roast coffee beans, hint of muddy earth and alcohol. Taste and body are quite divine... bitter baking chocolate and medium roast coffee in equal quantities, splash of cream and sugar, notes of alcohol towards the back of the finnish. Full bodied, smooth and creamy, amazing texture from this beer. Quite a treat to find on draft as i've been contemplating acquiring bottles from this series, did not disapoint. Would love to try with age.

Photo of grub
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Photo of beerdrifter
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Pitch black pour with an incredible 3 finger head the color of chocolate milk and great lacing. The smell is totally outrageous! Huge dark chocolate and roasty black coffee/espresso notes with hints of vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Definitely one of the best smelling beers I've had. The taste mirrors the nose. Tons of bitter, dark chocolate, espresso, oak, and a touch of bourbon and vanilla. Nice bitter, almost resiny hoppiness that I don't normally see in Imperial Stouts. Creamy, smoothe mouthfeel coupled with an almost undetectable 12% ABV make this scary drinkable. This is yet another great beer from De Struise!

Photo of billshmeinke
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip.

The brew is pitch black, no light coming through this one. Big old 3 finger beige head. Tight carbonation that collapses in upon itself. Very impressive retention. Not much lacing left behind, oily legs pulls any lace back into the beer.

Smells of mocha, belgian chocolate, coffee beans, very rich dessert nose.

The flavor is full of mocha, belgian chocolate, chocolate cake, tart/bitter bakers chocolate, roasty coffee, anise, oak, slight peat flavor, and a caramel/vanilla whiskey presence on the back end. Wonderfully complex and nicely balanced between bitter and sweet.

The mouthfeel is thick, full bodied, and syrupy. Very rich with low carbonation and a warming alcohol sensation in the mouth and on the way down. All the while, the beer is still quite smooth.

Drinkability is really nice, the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.