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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 138
Gots: 74 | FT: 4
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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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4/5  rDev -5%

DividedAvery, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by March 2015

A - Pours pitch black with at least three fingers of frothy tan head. Head has great retention and leaves a nice wall of lacing.

S - Huge dark chocolate and coffee aromas. Also a bit earthy, some nice roasted malt, a touch of yeast and a bit of alcohol presence. Also a bit of vanilla and oak.

T - Like the smell, there is a nice big chocolate and coffee presence. The taste has more of a Belgian yeast presence, and a substantial dark ripe fruit presence. Very nice. Also a small amount of sweet milk chocolate. Delicious.

M - Nice full mouthfeel. Not heavy, but coats the palate.

O - Really enjoyed this one. Nice full flavor and mouthfeel, with subtle bourbon notes, a bit of fruit, and some nice chocolate. Well done, Urban.

warnerry, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle from largadeer a while back, thanks! Snifter.

A: Black as pitch with two fingers of light brown foam and very good retention. Lacing is scattered.

S: An aromatic blend of coffee, earth, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. The coffee smells fantastic. I get a little wood and molasses, with a touch of bourbon and vanilla.

T: Earthy coffee with a malt presence that is roasted nearly to the point of char, though without any acrid or astringent notes. Chocolate is pervasive, and I get a little wood and whiskey, as well as some anise and licorice. There's some Belgian yeast character. Alcohol is well hidden for the ABV.

M: Full in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky with late palate warming.

Overall: Another enjoyable offering in the Black Damnation series.

HopHead84, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body, big light brown head.

Huge mocha aroma with some heat from the alcohol. Dark chocolate and roasted malts hit your nose hard.

Roasted malt sweetness coats the palate. Alcohol stands out but I like that heat to cut the sweetness. Coffee and lots of sweet dark chocolate. Carbonation sits on the higher side but still has some weight in the mouthfeel. Roasty bitter finish. I like when beers hit you over the head with flavor like this and aren't subtle.

BearsOnAcid, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of illidurit
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland. Pours an insidious black color with a hearty brown head. Massive coffee and dark chocolate on the nose, lots of roastiness, molasses, fudge. Flavor is sweetened iced coffee, toasted bread, treacle, bitter dark chocolate, mousse, roast, peppery alcohol. Really a huge beer, highly complex and full in every respect.

illidurit, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a medium mocha coloured head, good lace.

S: Coffee dominated, a nice nose for sure, but one-dimensional.

T: Coffee heavy, with some dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and brown sugar. Nice mix of flavours, but nothing to blow you away.

M: Medium to full-bodied, a bit chalky for sure, some biting carbonation.

O: I was excited to see one of the legendary Black Damnations on-tap. While I enjoyed it, I can certainly find better Impy Stouts at lower prices.

Halcyondays, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark dirty brown with a thin yet persistant tan head.

The smell is very sweet and fruity with a big hit of concord grapes, no traces of coffee or chocolate to be found here, smells much more like a belgian strong dark than an imperial stout.

The flavor follows the nose up front with big sweet dark fruit flavors, but soon after the dark roasted malts start to hit you in the finish giving it a lightly smokey bitter finish. Also so light vanilla and alcohol notes show up along with some dark chocolate and light coffee notes as it warms.

The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and creamy with a light bit of oilyness in the finish.

Kind of strange Imperial stout, you can really taste the belgian roots affecting this in an odd sort of way. Still I would happily drink more if it were easier to come by.

bashiba, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
Lot A
best before M2015

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a dense cocoa creamy head that sticks to the glass in sheets. It is to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The rich earthy coffee bean aroma has a breakfast roast quality to it with a faint black roasted malt note coming through as the beer opens.

T- The dark coffee bean flavor takes on a green coffee bean quality as it warms. There is a full earthy inky prunes and raisins flavor to follow. Some green wood and bourbon barrel finish the flavor. There is a clean coffee bitterness that lingers. The sweetness blends with the bourbon that seems to lack alcohol qualities.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a fizzy brick in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has full coffee qualities with some nice bourbon finish and a black malt plays a good supporting role without getting in the way. The dark fruit and some oxidation notes offer a nice support of depth.

rhoadsrage, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of jbeatty
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 8/9/2011

A: Pours black, light tan head that sticks around for a while, fading to a foamy slick on the surface.

S: Intense espresso roast, charred dark chocolate, smoky brine, and finish of dark fruits.

T: Dark roasted malts, not as much coffee as in the nose, and smoky whiskey. Some strange herbal quality to the coffee character. Low bitter finish, heat on the breath.

M: True to the other brews in this series, this goes down smooth and creamy.

O: Respectable on its own, but this is my least favorite in the series- not quite as balanced, something a bit awkward in the flavor profile.

jbeatty, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Siggy125
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ebony black with oily appearance. Nice carbonation with light brown head that fades slowly. Really cool artwork on the label.

Smells of coffee and burnt cocoa. Very rich maltiness. Also picking up something rather peppery.

tastes of dark scorched cocoa with black coffee tartness. A bit peppery but well balanced. Hints of molasses, vanilla. Light hoppiness, ABV well hidden. Not hot at all.

Overall, a nice sipper. Had this with black walnut brownies tonight. Smooth mouthfeel. I didnt get the astringent feel I thought I would with the dark coffee overtones. Good stuff, would like more.

Siggy125, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Kulminator in Antwerp, tried directly after the Black Damnation 1.

Pours a dark black brown, with a huge head when poured. Crunchy and thick mocha-brown bubbles form the crest, which also leaves patchy but substantive lacing. Body is pleasantly thick and the carbonation is fine. Looks good.

Nose is spicier than the number 1, giving slight pepper and capsicain characters along with a smooth oak note and some bittersweet dark chocolate. The spice is the big difference to me, coffee is not as dominant as I thought it might be. Not bad.

Taste is smooth, but slightly thinner than the original, with a dark, acerbic bitterness stomping through the centre. Characters of coffee and burnt grain come through here and dominate, but it therefore misses out on some of the more delicate flavours of oak, and the creamy sweetness that was present there. Feel is also a little less rich.

Still, this is a very good beer, but I was expecting more. People seem to rate this one more highly than the original Black Damnation, and I just didn't see it in comparison.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate with frothy head and good lacing.

Coffee centric. Subdued notes as Struise usually lacks in the nose dept.

Rich coffee, bits of hops, black licorice and a dash of vanilla. Good but a bit too one dimensional with the coffee. Don't get too much bourbon.

Dense but not quite as full as a Goose Island or Firestone high gravity stout. If you leave this on your tongue for too long however your mouth will slowly deteriorate.

Good. Nothing to lose sleep over of course.

ptykozoon, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Lunch
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by the world-renowned Dr. Abmuh, thanks!

Poured into a Great Divide Yeti snifter and this looks pretty much black with a mocha head. Smells is certainly a goddamn mocha bomb. Just a hint of bourbon/whiskey. Aroma is very well done with a some nice fresh coffee. Flavor is solid, but a bit more muted than expected. Coffee/mocha with some bitter dark chocolate. Not much bourbon at all. Feel is fairly thick, but not chewy and carbonation is appropriate. Overall I enjoyed this.

Lunch, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is approaching black in color, with a small tan head and some random lacing. The aroma brings a grandiose coffee presence, along with sweet, roasted malt. As a regular coffee drinker, I am really appreciating this fine aroma. The flavor brings a lot of coffee, with a chocolaty sweetness. It's actually a bit too sweet to enjoy more than a small serving, but I am very satisfied with a small snifter. While I prefer the Black Damnation IV we had next to this, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and would absolutely have it again. Another terrific brew from De Struise Brouwers!

Huhzubendah, Jul 13, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my new Jester King snifter. Thanks to Thirstyherf for sending this one my way!

A: Pours pitch black with good-sized (2+ fingers) creamy mocha brown head. Head quickly receded as I drank this beer, but a decent amount of lacing around the lip of the snifter lasted throughout.

S: As expected, intense roasted coffee aroma rising from the snifter completely dominate the nose. Slight sweetness and a hint of chocolate also discernable in the background.

T: A blast of roasted coffee, nicely balanced by a hint of sweetness (chocolate?), explodes on the tongue during the initial taste. As the beer warmed, detected a slight anise/licorice presence. Moderate alcohol warmness at the finish, but not hot in an unpleasant way.

M: Moderate body with just the right amount of creamy carbonation that keeps it from becoming too heavy as it warms.

D: Very impressed by the overall drinkability of this beer. Despite the relatively high ABV and intense coffee nose and taste, I could easily drink more than one of these in a session.

hopburster, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

drabmuh, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to OrgasmicChemist for the local trade. 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A big, voluptuous head builds with a gentle pour, dark chestnut in color, creamy, and well-retained. Beneath is an inky black body with absolutely zero amount of light passing through. Aroma packs a hefty dose of raw coffee bean oils, powdered Baker's chocolate, and a hint of heat that smells more like chili peppers than alcohol, even though the boozy warmth is there to singe the nose. Slightly phenolic, too.

Mocha Bomb's flavor drops one for sure--explosion of dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee. Intense and rewarding, but the flavors just don't seem to mesh like other upper echelon Double Stouts. Could be the carbonation level preventing the blend from working, as it's a bit too aggressive and big-bubbled for the thick body. All in all, a very tasty stout that hides its ABV extremely well. A sipper for sure, and a good one at that.

wagenvolks, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  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.

orangesol, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Damian
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 33cl bottle purchased from De Struise Brouwers, Oostvleteren, Belgium
Lot A Best Before M(arch) 2015
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured pitch black and was topped by a three-plus finger tall, mocha colored cap of creamy, bubbly froth. Quite impressive. The head was quite slow to recede, depositing thick blocks of lacing all down the glass. Toward the drink's end, a thin film of foam coated the liquid

The aroma was impressive. I cannot think of a better adjective to describe it than simply a "mocha bomb." Deep, french roast coffee notes came through strong. The coffee may have had a bit of sweet cream added to it. Dark chocolate melded seamlessly with the coffee. Like the coffee, the chocolate was intense yet balanced by some sweetness. (I am thinking 70% cacao here, as opposed to pure bakers chocolate.) My only complaint with the nose was that it was very metallic. As the beer warmed, sweet bourbon notes came out. Vanilla and oak were noticeable as well.

The taste was also terrific, yet noticeably different from the aroma. Roasted malts and black coffee notes came through strong up front. The dry roast was well matched by some brown sugar. (Like most De Struise beers, this one lists "sugar" as an ingredient.) Seventy-percent chocolate came through in the center. The finish was rich and bourbony, with some dry, roasty, smoky notes trailing into the aftertaste. The complexity on the finish was definitely my favorite aspect of the beer. Even though the bourbon became more apparent as the beer opened up, this still drank remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was silky smooth and nearly full bodied. Unlike most American versions of this style, this beer had a super fine, yet aggressive effervescence which helped the liquid glide across my palate. Ultra creamy and frothy.

I appreciate the melding of American and Belgian brewing sensibilities, and Mocha Bomb demonstrates this quite well. Perhaps it was this juxtaposition that made this beer seem more extreme than others like it. Overall, a fantastic effort.

Damian, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo as well! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a two finger light brown head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, toffee, coffee, caramel, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, wood, and caramel. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent. Everything thing in this one was turned up to an 11 which made it the highlight of the series (except V) for me. The coffee and caramel in this one just put this one on a whole new level for me. Really glad I got the chance to finally try this one!

thagr81us, Jun 10, 2011
Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.