Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers
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4.05/5 rDev -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.
02-03-2011 13:53:16 | More by Sammy
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
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!
09-05-2010 01:38:58 | More by Thorpe429
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
10-07-2010 01:23:38 | More by mikesgroove
4.43/5 rDev +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.
03-24-2014 18:28:04 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
08-31-2010 19:51:49 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
05-15-2011 07:36:54 | More by TMoney2591
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
07-13-2010 19:39:15 | More by largadeer
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
04-25-2011 20:59:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
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
02-26-2011 03:48:09 | More by russpowell
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
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...
11-11-2010 04:41:31 | More by MasterSki
4.43/5 rDev +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.
01-23-2012 19:30:04 | More by Kegatron
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-11-2011 13:44:10 | More by drabmuh
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
12-24-2010 00:53:00 | More by jlindros
Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.