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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 361
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 142
Gots: 92 | FT: 7
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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 Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of fvernon
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of smulkowski
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Brabander
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review number 600! A what for beer i have here....I got this bottle half a year ago from one of my best beerbuddy's Matt Rooney. Thank you very much for this superbeer Matt. I have some fresh one in my cellar.

Poured in, of course, my Struise glass...perfection. Just like the Black Albert this is one of the most beautiful beers i have ever seen. Pitchblack with a million bubble head with super lacing. I could not tell you if this beer has carbonation just by looking at it, way too dark.

Smell is mochacoffee all over the place. Very nice and soft coffe taste with a smoothness i have rarely tasted. If you like the darker beers this beer will be in your league! Thanks Urbain for brewing this beer...

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Photo of Mar02x
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as hell, with a beige/brown head - looks powerful.

S - A strong wood and peat smell.

T - Sweet upfront, dark malts, mocha & coffee taste are really present also in the aftertaste.

M - A soft to medium carbonation with a light bitter coffee like aftertaste. The mocha really coats my mouth/palate.

O - A nice and different stout with strong flavors.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

992nd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
330 ML

Not sure of Batch #
Thanks to GuruDel for sharing
*Shared by those at MrHirschybars*

App- A smaller version on Zhukovs or maybe I had a little left in glass. Almost a motor oil pour with only a small, small head to it. Not a really clingy stout at all.

Smell- So far I haven’t been the best at detecting coffee in my stouts more of a granular espresso note. I feel the coffee faded a bit on this one. At the same time a good bit of malt, chocolate and vanilla on the nose here with a little bit of Oak.

Taste- As this opened up I got much more of the dark chocolate flavors vs anything else. The sting of the barrel treatment came next and that followed up with a little bit of bubbly yeast in there. I couldn’t tell if it was from the Zhukov but I was detecting still a nice dark fruit note.

Mouth- A medium body with a lower medium carbonation level. Dark chocolate, coffee and roast after taste. A good feel but not as creamy as I would like it to be. A little more grainy.

Drink- Thanks Vinny for opening this up. We had talked about one for a long time but never got around to it. I would like to try the other varieties to compare them all.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured a translucent dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, burnt carmel, light bourbon and light oak. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, burnt carmel, light bourbon and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering mocha finish.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle March 2015 into the De Struise glass.

Pours a big eruption of a brown head. Super dark brown/black. No light is coming through. Little dots left here and there on the glass.

As I poured it I got a big chocolate whiff. Wow. Coffee and bourbon are also prevalent.

Lots of coffee flavor. The chocolate and bourbon are also there. The sweetness that is there is welcome to help balance the flavors. There is a bitterness that appears at the back of the mouth/throat.

The Mocha Bomb has a full body. It is smooth and creamy with slight carbonation. Leaves the lips sticky.

If it wasn't 12% and had more caffeine I could forgo my morning coffee for this.

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Photo of warnerry
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of illidurit
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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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.

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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.