Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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348 Ratings
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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 Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle from Struise in lateral black damnation tasting. Surprisingly good and very drinkable. Very dark bodied with one inch head. Big aromas of mocha , chocolate and coffee. Extrememly smooth drinker. Very creamy, lots of lace. Undertated booziness, bourbon is in mid sip.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite boozy but has a nice mix of cocoa and coffee qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a thick dark brown head and very nice lacing, especially given the quite high abv on thi.

S: Loads of coffee along with hints of vanilla and plenty of roasted malt.

T: Again, coffee dominates. Some more chocolate comes into the mix. A bit of roast.

M: Quite thick, yet still fairly smooth and remarkably "unhot" considering what it could be like.

D: Very drinkable. Wish I would have had this in December rather than in the middle of the summer!

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a mocha (of course) colored head; stickage is not great for a Belgian style but it does settle down to an archipelago; lots of dotty lace, however

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and cherry tones

Taste: Fruity, out the outset, with a melange of date, prune, cherry and currant flavors; coffee tones build in the middle, along with a developing dark chocolate character; somewhat boozy, after the swallow, with oak, Bourbon and vanilla tones developing; a nice blend of all the flavors brings home the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation; a very typical Belgian stout mouthfeel

Overall: A wonderful blend of flavors; very complex and a worthy beer from this great brewery

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

As the heady ale layers in the glass, its cascading effect leaves an onyx-black body that sinks with a mirror-like sheen and the dimmest of garnet low lights ribboning about its margins. As its ember-stained lather rises, it does so with supreme staying power and then trails with broken lace.

Intense aromas abound as the scent of dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate and light campfire are obviously expected. But the rise of all things vinous tartness, sweet cream, burnt sugar and spicy oak speak a brandy-like tone to complement the roasty-toasy melange.

As its lavish sweetness weaves onto the taste buds, full saturation of malty molasses, burnt caramel and heavy whipping cream all align to give impressions of burnt marshmallow. As wood tones take hold, the drunken fruits of blackberry, currant, cherry and grape seem to offer up an tangy merlot flavor. Yet its espresso finish invites the taste of bitter chocolate, toast and walnut in similar fashion to chocolate covered espresso beans.

Its full body is creamy and rich in texture. Its structure remaining in tact through the taste, it only waivers in deep finish when spicy brandy-like warmth and powdery oaken tannin balance the sweetness and close the session with a mild semblance to drinkability.

The flavors inside are immeasurable- description terms can go on forever, however its the equal parts coffee, cream and barrel that keeps the mouth returning to the snifter much quicker than is suggested.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of coffee is dominating with light notes of vanilla and dry roasted malt also noticeable. Taste of coffee is also quite intense though more floral and less dry then I was expecting - I am thinking maybe the bourbon cuts through the dryness and provided a nice vanilla round flavour. Body is full with great carbonation and alcohol was not apparent. Very well brewed and mix with a good balance between the different flavours.

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in the glass with a big frothy brown head that rises to about two fingers in height. Outstanding head retention and lacing makes this a rather beautiful stout. The coffee aroma is initially overwhelming, noticeable immediately upon uncapping the bottle and especially when pouring the beer. With a little time and warming, the aroma opens up more to reveal notes of whiskey sweetness and bitter baker's chocolate. There's faint wet paper-like oxidation as well, and just a hint of alcohol. Coffee is dominant on the palate as well, but there are nuances of darkly roasted malts, licorice, whiskey and chocolate-covered espresso beans. A high level of effervescence keeps the body from feeling overwhelmingly thick, though it's a substantial beer. The finish brings out oxidation and dark fruit, along with a strong charcoal-like bitterness and faint boozy heat. Very nice stuff, intense but easy to sip on.

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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a straight onyx topped by a healthy sandy-oatmeal foam. The nose comprises light charcoal, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses, light roasted malts, candi sugar, and chocolate. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, smoke, dark greens, molasses, caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon, light maple syrup, light birch branches/balsa, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee. The body is a staunch medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very solid brew. I don't think I can consider it a true favorite, but it is a very good beer.

Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Max's Belgian Beer Festival.

Appearance: This one pours pitch black with a bit of tan head that goes away almost immediately.

Smell: There is some mild coffee roast and sweet dark fruit. This one has the least amount of alcohol coming through of the three versions I was able to try today. The smell on this one is a bit weak.

Taste: Mild sweetness with a lot of coffee roast. There isn't a whole lot of bitterness and the alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Mouthfeel: This one is thick, but not motor oil thick or anything like that. The body is also quite smooth. There is some mild carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Of the three versions I tried today this one was my favorite. It had the most coffee and the alcohol didn't dominate any of the other flavors.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains potent dark roasted malts, a lot of dark chocolate & roasted coffee beans.

T: The taste starts out with strong flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate up front and definitely earns the “Mocha” part of its name. There are some dark fruits in the background. There isn’t much of a hops presence which is understandable for this kind of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp but very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice high-octane stout to drink for as long as you can handle it.

Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at armsby abbey.

Very long slow pour yields a big thick frothy dark head that fades as slow as the ten minute pour and leaves a bit of messy lacing. The beer is pitch black thick and nice legs.

Nose is awesome, loaded with chocolate, Belgian choc, some dark Belgian malts, light roast, vanilla, and fluffy choc nougat, bit of cocoa nibs, touch of choc marshmallow.

Taste is very thick, luscious and creamy, smooth and velvety, some chewy dark Belgian malts, lots of chocolate, Belgian choc, bit of bakers choc, fluffy nougat and marshmallow like taste, hints of vanilla, caramel, oak, and some light bitterness thanks to the roast and bit of pillowy earthy hops. Light sweetness and hints of dark fruits fade to a slightly drier finish with lingering chocolate, creamy hot cocoa, bit of dark malts, and the bitterness kicks up a notch on the finish.

Mouth is rich, luscious, smooth and creamy, velvety, and pretty thick with decent carb.

Drink is surprisingly decent for being 12%, creamy and smooth, not much for a boozy feel, you just WANT to drink it slow.

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Biterbll, cheers Bill!

Pours a thick mahogany with 2+ fingers of brown head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Dark fruit, coffee & a touch of booze

T: Coffee grinds, dark chocolate, charred wet grains & a touch woody/oaky flavors. Coffee & dryness dominate as this warms, there's a slight puckery sourness as well, plus a smidge of vanilla as well. Finishes dry with much coffee & some mocha/milk chocolate sweetness

MF: Chewy as all hell, smooth carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, the ABV is well hidden, but is still a bit of a sipper. If you like your imp stouts coffee-forward, this one is for you

Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Farmers Cabinet, Philly, PA

Jet black pour with a foamy tan head that quickly receded to a ringlet. Aroma was pretty much full-blown coffee as far as I could discern. Taste was roasty, dark malts, coffee-dominant, hints of dark chocolate, a sweetness reminiscent of dark, dried fruits, and a slightly tangy finish. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, quite smooth for the higher ABV, and nicely drinkable overall.

Photo of kojevergas
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | 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.

A (4.47)

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the webshop. Served in a Struise cervoise. Lot B, best before September 2015.

A - As with the majority of Struise beers, this looks excellent. Nearly three fingers of appropriately mocha foam slowly settle to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is a very dark brown-black, with a hint of lighter brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Huge coffee aroma, mixed with dark chocolate, dark roasted grains and bread, notes of char and smoke, a touch of whiskey, anise, and a bit of oak. It sweetens as it warms, adding vanilla and caramel elements.

T - The taste is a little less complex, with some acidic tartness to it. I'm not sure if it's just a particularly fruity type of coffee bean, there's some Belgian yeast at work, or if this is a hint of "bugs", but for whatever reason it works fairly well in this beer. The finish is heavy in licorice, with a touch of espresso.

M - Medium-full body, with a moderate level of carbonation that helps keep things from getting to heavy. Tannic finish and a dry residual feel. Some light alcohol warmth after 6oz.

D - Extremely enjoyable. I split a bottle with my wife, but I'd have no problem drinking one on my own. Urbain is indeed a master at hiding alcohol in his beers.

I think this may be slightly better in smell and taste than Black Mes, but it didn't look quite as nice. Silly BA rating system...

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/25/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of cocoa, bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and maybe a hint of cream/vanilla.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, coffee, bitter chocolate, and alcohol.

m - Full bodied and low carbonation.

d - Not as big a fan of this one as normal Black Albert, or even Heaven and Hell. A solid stout I would try again but probably wouldn't seek out.

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is #49 on the best of American Double / Imperial Stout on beeradvocate.com. Barely on the list but still worth a look. Served in a snifter.

Beer is brown / black with a tan head, medium bubbles, some lacing, mild carbonation.

Beer smells like roast, coffee, sweet. It smells great.

Beer is medium in body, mildly carbonated, mildly sweet, nice bitterness on the back. Good coffee, mild sugary sweetness throughout. An enjoyable beer, I'd have it again.

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Max's Taphouse during their "Rare and Obscure" event.

A - Pours pitch black with a creamy one finger tall khaki colored head leaving spotty rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich dark roasted coffee grounds, sweet chocolate, vanilla, very light earthy hops, and just a hint of booze. This one has a TON of coffee in it.

T - Starts off with a huge blast of dark roasted coffee that permeates all corners of this beer. Once the coffee begins to die down a bit you get hints of sweet chocolate, vanilla, charred wood, dark roasted malts, and just a faint hint of earthy hops. The booze is hidden very well, offering only a faint trace toward the end. The finish is mostly just dark roast, lingering for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, flavorful, feel with lots of dark roast in the finish.

O - Very good. This was the perfect beer to get after all those Cantillon's. Lots of rich, dark, flavors combining to form a bold coffee stout. I hope to try some of the other beers in this series in the future.

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the coffee, along with some roasted malt and some cayenne pepper.

The flavor is definitely strong on the coffee. I also get some roasted malt and chocolate, but the coffee is the star of the show. There are also some oak notes in the flavor from the oak aging.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice beer that I am glad I got to try.

Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of creamy tan head. Color is fairly black. Great retention. I think this one is going to be heavily carbonated.

Aroma: Rich dark chocolate, amazing coffee flavors and espresson. Oak and vanilla come through, but no Jack Daniels. Creamy lactose flavors.

Taste: Very roasted with lots of coffee. Some alcohol. Very rich chocolate. Pretty malty here with light amount of oak and vanilla. I still can't pick up any of the JD.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, roasted, and smooth. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Way too much. Ends roasted with more coffee.

Overall, this would be better if it wasn't so carbonated. Not a lot of the barrel aging shows. Good coffee though. Decent, but not what I was expecting.

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Farmer's Cabinet during their Philly Beer Week event: Belgian Beer Geek Brunch. In a sea of wild offerings, this brew was a welcomed change of pace.

Served in a stemmed glass, this brew appears black in color with a rich finger's worth of brown head. Very thick and frothy across the top that displays very good retention. A complete wall of lace covers the glassware.

An inviting aroma opens with sweet scents of cocoa and dark grain character. Some herbal hops couple with an earthy element. Citrus notes are evident from a combination of hops and coffee inclusion. Some tangy alcohol seems accented by whiskey and brings out the first indications of alcohol in the back.

The taste is bitter and roasty with herbal hops, cocoa and coffee. Some tangy alcohol is present. A lingering flavor of earth and roasted grain and coffee resides on the tongue and lasts after every sip. The bitterness is balanced perfectly with a semisweet taste of cocoa batter.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 12% alcohol is hinted upon in both flavor and aroma but never becomes bold enough to feel like it is that high. I've had brew's that seeming had more alcohol effect in them at half this brute's strength. The way it is integrated is masterfully done. Awesome mix of flavors and balance. Very enjoyable.

Photo of ShanePB
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Farmers Cabinet for their Philly Beer Week event Belgian Beer Geek Brunch. 7 ounce pour served into an oversized sampler glass.

A: Deep dark brown, virtually black body with a thin tan head that held onto a nice cap & ring. Moderate lacing.

S: Extremely bold roasted coffee beans overtake the aroma, along with some smoked wood. The end of the nose brings in some roasted toffee notes and dark chocolate cocoa nibs.

T: Fusel alcohol taste right off the bat but thankfully it's met with some bitter black coffee to take away that initial bite. More wood notes come through big, and finishes with some chocolate roasted malts that have a slight caramel twist.

M: Creamy, low carbonation, dry and sticky finish. A very nice body for the style.

I've been sitting on a bottle of this for a few months now and if the draft version is any indicator, I'll be sitting on it a bit longer. The fusel alcohol notes weren't something I'd like to meet again in this beer, as I think it detracted the flavor profile here. Hopefully some more time in the bottle will mellow things out, but this was a very delicious beer as it is.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date March 2015; Sampled July 2010
An aggressive pour produces a fat, three-finger thick, nicely browned, crown of froth. The beer is quite black in color, showing a rich black / brown color as in the stream as I poured it. Crap, the aroma smells strongly, strongly, strongly of cold pressed, darkly roasted coffee; bitter, roasted, somewhat tart and even somehow fruity like coffee can be. If you really try and dig underneath the coffee, you can start to smell other notes; definite toasted (not burnt) browned bread crust notes as well as a deeply concentrated, essence of dark chocolate (this last is quite nice and rich, but really really have to dig at it to notice it underneath the coffee. This is almost a one note nose; if you really like coffee then this is the aroma for you. It is a bit too one dimensional for me, though I do enjoy coffee, so it is certainly enjoyable to smell.

Rich and viscous feeling, though it is not overly thick. There is a sense of sweetness up front, but this is quickly overcome by a bracing coffee roast character that is a touch tart, definitely bitter, though quite smooth; it manages to not get overly astringent, though it does linger a bit on the palate with a hint of astringency. The sweetness accentuates a touch of cherry like flavors up front, this quickly becomes burnt like an espresso though. As it warms some touches of dark, concentrated chocolate become more noticeable and the sharpness, acridness, and coffee bitterness become perhaps a touch more rounded and in balance.

Wow, this is thoroughly dominated by the coffee. The base beer only plays a supporting role, but if you really like coffee then you will enjoy this beer. It is a bit too much for me, but luckily I don't have to finish a bottle by myself. It was certainly an experience.

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