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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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94
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324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 138
Gots: 74 | FT: 4
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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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.

Sammy, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

t0rin0, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +18.8%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5%

acurtis, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Thorpe429, Sep 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5%

nmann08, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Texasfan549, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2012
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

brentk56, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 24, 2014
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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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 31, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

SocalKicks, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

largadeer, Jul 13, 2010
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.

TMoney2591, May 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

jlindros, Dec 24, 2010
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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.