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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

Black Damnation II - Mocha BombBlack Damnation II - Mocha Bomb

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BA SCORE
94
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276 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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BMMillsy

Florida

2.38/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from the local shop popped right after an infected BD3: Black Mes. This one is another gusher. Pours pitch black with a small mocha colored head into my mini snifter. A somewhat metallic aroma with cardboard, roasty chocolate, and, yes, more sour apple as in the Black Mes. F this. Flavor is sour apple cardboard with no trace of coffee, and maybe just a hint of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with lowish carbonation but on the thinner side relative to what was expected. This seems both infected with bacteria and a good bit oxidized. Complete garbage. Sad face.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 04:09:00 | More by BMMillsy
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

De Struise Black Damnation II

Appearance: very dark brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: old dirty mocha coffee.

Taste: chocolate and strong dark roast coffee.

Mouthfeel: heavy and strong.

Overall:
This is immensely powerful in flavor. If you like black coffee, you will enjoy this. I do. It is unique, and you must try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:25:25 | More by megahurts4
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 17:44:38 | More by Seanniek91
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spicelab

Australia

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL Bottle purchased in Brussels September 2010, so either 2010 or 2009 vintage. Shared with MrKennedy and mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Deep black with an a sizable tan head, not overly dense, which falls busily to a collar.

Nose has some palpably sweet elements offset by some dry coffee and pungent toastiness. The sweet contingent deals out candy floss, cherry ripe and red apple mainly. Quite unorthodox for a stout, but that's probably down to the Belgian yeast strain.

Toffee apple, sweet dark fruits, plums, fairy floss and some bright charry roast. Great flavour profile and quite sweet overall, but with a dry toasty edge.

Medium bodied with busy but silky carbonation. Super light for 12%.

Lovely stout which has mellowed nicely with age.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 04:11:42 | More by spicelab
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MikeReserva

Netherlands

4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 12:29:19 | More by MikeReserva
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to black13 for this treat. Another one consumed while camping last weekend.

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a big 3 fingers of thick, creamy light brown head.

Smell. Sweet creamy coffee, some dark chocolate and a bit of dark roasted malt. Very nice.

Taste. Big coffee flavour, fairly sweet, dark roasted (almost smokey) malts, caramel, and some bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Just a ton of coffee and the perfect sweetness for the flavours. Only complaint would be a slightly fuller body.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 15:40:05 | More by Rutager
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle

A - inky black with an enormous amount of loose tab foam. 3-4 inches. Takes at least a couple minutes to dissipate. Actually takes a while to pour due to the amount of head. Pretty impressive.

S - baking chocolate, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate

T - leads with bitter dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Really rich blend of flavors. Very very well done.

M - the carb is higher than I'm used to in this type of beer, but can't say it's bad, just unusual. Thick and rich feel.

O - this is a high quality beer to be sure. A lot of flavors and presentations that I've seen before, but not in the well put together manner like they are here. All of the coffee chocolate and bourbon barrel are there, but they all work together well. Really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 00:52:59 | More by Beerandboards
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gord for this bottle.

A - Dark ink black with one finger of medium brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Massive coffee aroma up front with some chocolate notes also present. Fairly one dimensional nose.

T - Sweet, syrupy taste at first that immediately gives way to a bitter roast presence that provides good balance. Coffee, cocoa, molasses and roast are the dominant flavours. The bourbon barrel shows up in the background adding bourbon and toasted oak flavours with a hint of vanilla. Remarkably drinkable for 12%.

M - Full body. Thick and sludgy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:13:14 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 22:43:00 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Lawson's sniffer

A: pours dark brown to black with small mocha head completely opaque dark as night

S: definitely a smell of coffee but not pungent also smells smooth, rich, and maybe roasted malt smells like a stout for sure.

T: the first thing I taste is sweetness and even hints of dark fruit which is not bad but somewhat surprising. The coffee flavor is there however, not strong but there. There is some bitterness and roasted flavor but the fruit is what really comes out in the end. It's tasty but not as advertised maybe from the BA parts being dominant flavor because there was some alcohol whisky oak flavor so i guess its not balanced but like said not bad

M: it is smooth and oily with no carbonation. It's thick but not chewy but an alcohol burn

O: first if all why this is called mocha bomb is beyond me there is very subtle coffee flavors the main flavor with dark fruit like figs which isn't bad a little over powering but nothing as advertised not bad but not great and I don't understand the concept

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 19:55:03 | More by Pinknuggets
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haz77

Australia

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hard pour yields a jet black liquid and three fingers of fizzy dark tan head. This drops to a thin cap over the course of a minute. Most of the floaties were kept in the bottle.

S - Coffee (surprise surprise), dark chocolate, bourbon, molasses, sweet bready malts, prune, raisin, light plasticky phenols.

T - The booze is more apparent in this De Struise than many of their other dark beers. Alcohol warmth can be detected almost immediately, pervading the length of the drink and leaving its glow in the throat in the aftertaste. Caramel, chocolate and light medicinal phenols move into even sweeter dark sugar in the middle. The smoky flavour of bourbon is lingering in the background along with dark fruit. A fine tobacco and molasses aftertaste. Nice transition of flavours.

M - Once the fizzyness of the carbonation subsides a medium mouthfeel, verging on full persists. Solid, if not quite up to the exceptional standard of their quads.

D - A good all-round performer with no obvious weak area. Would have preferred the boozy element to be better masked.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 11:50:53 | More by haz77
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours an oily black with a smooth milk chocolate head.

S: Very strong coffee in the aroma, along with some vague notes of cherry, chocolate, and that characteristic Black Albert roasted malt. One of the strongest coffee aromas in a beer I've smelled in a while.

T: Coffee dominates in the taste as well, but not quite as much. Dark beans, bitter chocolate, mildly tart dark fruit and roast, some barrel heat.

M: Very thick with pervasive carbonation. Creamy yet a bit frothy.

O: The name of this beer doesn't lie...I quiver to think what this would be like without the CD and H&V blended in. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 03:28:40 | More by Etan
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 23:59:56 | More by AdamBear
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Best by 9/2015.

Appearance - Viscous black with an ample mocha head. It gets quite murky in the end. Must be a lot of chunks in this guy.

Smell - Lots of coffee. Not much else coming through. Acidic coffee. Like an overbrewed pot of coffee. It honestly isn't that appealing.

Taste - Bright coffee flavor up front with a nice milk chocolate malt behind it. Tingly alcohol, but it isn't boozy. I wonder if that's the barrels they talk about. I get almost no barrel character or whiskey flavor, just a little bit of oak.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and hardly boozy for 12%, which I kinda don't believe. This is thick and viscous, but nary a hint of alcohol to it besides that little tingle.

Overall - Lots of coffee that masks almost all of the beer aroma and a fair bit of the flavor. Impressive mouthfeel, though. Well crafted in that respect and even pretty tasty, if you like a coffee bomb of a stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 01:04:31 | More by Alieniloquium
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jegross2

Illinois

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.
Score: 92

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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Lot B with a best by of September 2015. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good for a beer this big and a very short ring of lacing is left. Some yeasties throughout with a higher concentration on the bottom.

5.0 S: Well damn, this smells fan-fucking-tastic, which is a surprise since I'm not much of a fan of Black Albert or Cuvee Delphine. Foremost, this is dripping with molasses and caramel and nearly as much chocolate. Solid, yet smooth roastiness. Coffee is found after all these other flavors, but still contributes well. Brown sugar, dates, and maybe some raisins underneath. There's just the slightest hint of the barrel from Delphine, but I probably wouldn't notice it if I didn't know it was in there. Quite sweet as well. I hope it tastes as rich as it smells.

4.0 T: Not bad. Definitely an improvement over Albert. Much earthier than the nose suggests. Indeed, it tastes a hell of a lot different than the nose. The barreling comes out a lot stronger. Leather, oak, mineral, and vanilla all stick out. Tangy roastiness with big earth notes. Still plenty of chocolate, but less caramel and molasses. More raisin and dates. Moderate espresso influence. A lot less sweet than the nose as well.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess in this. Mouthfeel is almost as good as the nose.

3.5 D: The taste was a borderline 3.5, so I have to dock this a bit overall. Still, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 23:41:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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fvernon

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a trade with Cstromberg57 - thanks, Chris! Poured into a Deschutes tulip.

This monstrous brew pours out a thick black with hints of dark chocolate; a nice coffee head billows up and settles after about 2 minutes. No light is getting through the glass - it's black, through and through. Why am I opening this in July when it so clearly calls for a December evening?

Concentrated coffee, charred brownie, coffee ice cream, and chocolate malt dominate the aroma; green apple and pumpernickle add a slightly sour dimension to the taste at first. As the beer breathes in the glass a slight tart-fruit (black raspberry?) underbelly begins to surface as well. Given the dark roasts and high ABV i suppose some of the tartness isn't surprising, but i find myself longing for a more smooth balance. The mouthfeel is about what I expected - thick and with a good carbonation bite that I've come to expect from Struise's stouts. Tasty, but the more of the Damnation series I try, the more I'm ok with spreading them out for occasions where I'm in the mood for a bit of tartness in my stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:32:38 | More by fvernon
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle, allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Black Damnation II: Mocha Bomb pours completely black, with a voluminous four fingers of so of chocolate colored foam... one of the darkest heads I've seen. The nose is almost straight espresso, with a little bit of rich dark chocolate thrown in for good measure. It could stand to jump out of the glass just a little more though. Wow. That's my only reaction a couple sips in. The beer leads off with potent chocolate covered espresso beans, what one might have expected given the nose. From there a brief flash of dark fruits leads into a warming bourbon flavor. Sweet vanilla comes in and lingers for the close. Every flavor fits well together, and they all get a moment in the spotlight. The mouthfeel is where the beer falters just a little bit. Namely, it's not nearly rich or creamy enough for a big imperial stout. Thus, the carbonation ends up standing out a bit more than it probably should. Despite that, Mocha Bomb has ratcheted its way up into my list of all time favorite stouts. I'll definitely be tracking down some more bottles of this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 05:06:40 | More by axeman9182
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lack Damnation II is yet another blend with the use of Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen. This time a level 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 at Struise. Another 25% of Cuvée Delphine was used. Poured from .33cl bottle into sampler glass at a tasting. Pours black with a beautiful dark foamy head. Smell of Mocha all the way along with some oak. Lots of mocha, cococa, chocolate, and wood in the flavor. Creamy mouthfeel and medium-bodied. Great shit here.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 17:38:53 | More by CuriousMonk
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smulkowski

Idaho

4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 05:00:04 | More by smulkowski
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ehammond1


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

(Aged 2 years)

Dark brown with no clarity throughout and a small, tightly bubbled light brown head that leaves small dots of lace down the glass.

A sweet, rich aroma of espresso, roast, wood, brown sugar, and molasses. Very nice, and sweeter than anticipated.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, and it too is sweeter than I was assuming it would be. The rich, expressive coffee flavors have faded somewhat I'm sure, but there's still enough there to know this is a nice coffee stout. The flavors are now sweeter, with hints of molasses, wood, and brown sugar. There's a light roast and a moderate bitterness as well. Complete.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very drinkable.

A somewhat sweet, but very good, coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 14:54:16 | More by ehammond1
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a smallish but long lasting creamy tan head. Smells initially of coffee and chocolate with the coffee being the dominant aroma. Bits of plums and a touch of alcohol round out the nose. Taste is more coffee and chocolate with bits of dark fruits and a subtle warming alcohol. Ultra thick body creamy silky mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. I quite enjoyed this one. Nice thick creamy chewy stout, well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 21:05:42 | More by johnnnniee
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cosmicevan

New York

4.78/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 23:05:59 | More by cosmicevan
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dgilks

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky, pitch black with a medium-sixed, creamy, tan head. Decent head retention.

Robust chocolate and roast aroma with a lot of alcohol and plenty of sweetness. I get a bit of phenol too which is a bit offputting.

Sweet and chocolatey with lots of heavily roasted coffee. The alcohol is definitely present as is the phenol detected in the aroma. Some heavily charred barrel notes and fruit. Interesting.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Thick as oil.

I don't mind this but the phenol note is out of place and not wanted. Unfortunately, it detracts a bit from the massive malt, fruit, coffee and chocolate notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 07:01:46 | More by dgilks
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks go to Stakem for floating me this after the bottle I ordered straight from De Struise was demolished during shipping a while back. Thanks for taking care of me man!

Pours a dense black, with 3 fingers of thick dark mocha head. This settles down pretty quickly into a rich and foamy ½ finger that throws up a gooey cascade of patchy lace and brown residues that stick to the sides. Lush coffee character just EXPLODES in the aroma, with a fresh roastiness that permeates the nostrils. Swirling this a bit gets the nose riled up even more and reveals much more of the underlying flavors here, with bourbon, chocolate, and a touch of brown sugar, molasses, and some darker fruit being present as well. These secondary flavors seem a little too jumbled up together though and that 12% ABV adds a stiff whiff of alcohol that slices through this at times. There is no doubt that this brings the goods when it comes to that coffee though. It just has a tremendous presence here.

The taste is dry and charred feeling bourbon warmth, which surrounds notes of cocoa, brown sugar, sticky dark fruit, molasses, and a smidge of wet tobacco. Despite the richness of these flavors, the coffee here still shines pretty darn bright, running the whole way through the profile, and really coming out in the finish with a roasted nuttiness that lingers. Burnt tannic notes linger a bit as well, leaving you with a final reminder of that barrel presence. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a chewy creaminess that fills the mouth yet still maintains just a bit of sharpness on the tongue during each sip. That 12% is just exceedingly well hid here in the body and even with some light warmth from the barrel and alcohol beefiness to the body, I would be hard pressed to guess that the ABV here would be anywhere near what it ultimately is.

I REALLY liked the coffee addition in this. I’m just not quite that I liked it with this specific base blend, as there was SO much going on with that and the coffee covered it up a bit. But hey, that’s just a personal preference thing for me and for what it is, this is pretty darn outrageous. I think that this would elicit a recommendation from me just based on that ridiculously hidden alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 19:30:04 | More by Kegatron
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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
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