Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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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 Siggy125
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.46/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of Lunch
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Photo of hopburster
4.22/5  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.

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 wagenvolks
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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 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.

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!

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 woosterbill
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle, batch 666, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Midnight black body with a surprisingly solid finger of creamy brown head. Great retention and lacing, especially for such a big beer. Gorgeously intimidating.

S: The sharpest coffee I've ever smelled in a beer jumps out of the glass, backed up by incredibly complex and enticing notes of bourbon, oak, pepper, smoke, char, and more coffee. The coffee actually gets a bit overbearing, despite being an aroma that I absolutely love. What a terrific flaw!

T: Sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and toffee lead quickly into gigantic coffee. The coffee carries through all the way to the aftertaste, being joined with the most deliciously pure dark chocolate flavor I've ever encountered in a beer. It seriously tastes and feels like I've just had a bit of high-quality, high-cacao chocolate. Genuinely astonishing.

M: Thick, viscous, sticky, and highly carbonated. The bubbles make a valiant effort to stave off the stickiness, but don't quite succeed. It's just too huge - again, a great problem to have.

O: This is definitely the second-best coffee stout I've ever had, behind only the perfect Coffee-Infused Imperial Stout Trooper. If it weren't for the example of that unbelievable beer, I might well have given this one a perfect score out of sheer astonishment at its dizzying blend of intensity, complexity, and sheer deliciousness. I was able to pick a couple nits about the slightly unbalanced aroma and the sticky texture, but this beer still resides almost terrifyingly close to perfection. I may well be putting in an order to the yeast store...

Cheers!

Photo of rfgetz
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive near black with creamy bone white head. Scent is muted, bitter bakers chocolate and medium roast coffee beans, hint of muddy earth and alcohol. Taste and body are quite divine... bitter baking chocolate and medium roast coffee in equal quantities, splash of cream and sugar, notes of alcohol towards the back of the finnish. Full bodied, smooth and creamy, amazing texture from this beer. Quite a treat to find on draft as i've been contemplating acquiring bottles from this series, did not disapoint. Would love to try with age.

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 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 TheDudeRules
2.44/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a jet black with about 5 miles of mocha colored head. As the beer settles lacing remains. Pillowy foam is in abundance, much like from waves crashing at the shore. Very muted coffee tones and a bit of fig and dark fruit. Besides a ho hum mouthfeel this beer is yuck city. Coffee, and not good coffee. You know even the shit on the donkey's back on those old school commercials would have been better than what they used in this beer. Essentially god awful coffee and crushed aspirin mixed together. Gee fill my glass to the limit I can't wait to have some more. Maybe I'll throw up and see Jesus. One can only hope.

Put this beer for an "online only" sale and watch the suckers shell out the cash. Marketing genius. Reality is the beer is diarrhea of your life put in bottle form. SKIP.

Photo of DJButters
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered online from Struise and shipped here to the States.

A: Pours a completely opaque blackish-brown. Dark caramel-colored head leaves little lacing on the glass. Amazing dark hole of a beer, similar to BT or Abyss.

S: Smell is of coffee & bitter dark chocolate and alcohol.

T: Huge, creamy coffee character. Minor hints of caramel and vanilla in the center. Finishes with strong notes of bourbon and chocolate. Had the lingering effects of ash in the mouth as if you could taste the roast of the coffee beans.

M: Nicely carbonated. Not overdone for the style. Spot on.

O: A very strong coffee forward brew from Struise. I would of course get more and drink it as soon as possible before those coffee notes begin to fade. That is, if its wasnt so pricey to get here in the states. Cheers.

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

So I visit The Holy Grale in Louisville, Kentucky as a break from the Bourbon Trail. I'm sitting at the bar, deciding what to order from the beer menu and start talking to a guy next to me who's sipping a good looking stout. He tells me it's the "Mocha Bomb" and not commonly found on tap. This beer was new to me, I love stouts and being a rare find on tap was an intriguing no brainer decision for me to order one.

$9 for about a 8-9 oz pour into a snifter.

A: Rich and dark with a creamy old leather colored head.

S: Heavy aromas of roasted coffee and malt

T: Cream roast of thick coffee malt, hints of smoke, balanced

M: A well balanced viscosity of aromas and flavors

O: This was an absolutely delicious stout. It improved as the brew warmed to a cool bar temperature. The server informed me they were close to the end of the keg but I wanted to try a couple other offerings they had from the impressive beer menu.

A good friend of mine was meeting us the next day and I wanted him to check out this bar. I wasn't expecting them to have anymore "Mocha Bomb" but to my surprise they still had it posted on the menu board. I got the last full 8-9 oz pour before tapping the keg for another customer who got the final 3-4 oz. This is a fine stout experience I will not soon forget.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass

Mucho thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing his Blind BIF bounty.

This first pours a dark blackness with a lighter tan foam that looks gorgeous and sexy. The aroma comes across as a decent amount of smoked malts there is some boozy aroma like a whiskey or something as well and some vanilla from oak wood for sure. For those who like smoked beers I could not recommend this beer highly enough. This is very well mixed with chocolate to create a nice velvety sweetness. The aroma led me to believe that this would be boozy, and it is. Though it's surprisingly not nearly as boozy as I anticipated. Aside from it's appearance no one part of this beer was outstanding by itself. But it wove a wonderful tapestry and honestly I wish I could get my hands on more of this.

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 ChugginOil
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Damnation II: Mocha Bomb

Thanks to GallowsTheif for the trade!
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Delirium snifter.

Pours a dark, viscous and murky brown, settling solid black. A huge pillowy mound of mocha cream head sits and holds for quite some time. Webs of lace cling throughout.

The nose, my god the nose. Massive robust coffee aroma filling my nostiles with ease. Some bitter dark chocolate notes are settled behind the coffee. A slight bit of anise and plum are also noted along with a bit of heat. Chocolate coffee candy.

Dark chocolate and coffee are melted together to create a bittersweet symphony in my mouth. The dark fruit is barely detectable due to the previous mentioned flavors. There is a bit of vanilla and anise also but shadowed. A lower booze burn than expected of a 12% monster.

The mouthfeel rich and creamy. The bitterness from the coffee gives the finish a slight dry feel. Bit the creaminess prevails. The full, oily feel carries the aftertastes across my palate over and over again. Nice.

Overall, I'm impressed with this brew and what it brought to the table. Awesome amount of coffee

Photo of Bendurgin
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Novare Res. Poured into half pint glass. Pods a deep dark body with a finger of creamy tan head. This settles to a respectae cap with that sits through the drink. Nice soapy lace.

Lots of roasty coffee, Belgian yeast is noticeable in the Aroma with lingering cocoa aromas and a bit of caramel sweetness. The coffee gives a bitter twang to the aroma. Good stiff but seems a bit weak. Nice and sweet on the pallet balanced out nicely with the coffee bitterness. Be warned this is sweet, but it really well done sweetness. Coffee and chocolate dominate the pallet with a dark fruit profile rounding it out. As it warms a bit bourbon flavor becomes a bit more noticeable.

The feel is perfect. It's creamy and robust with smooth soft carbonation. Overall this is sweet. A nice treat to sip on.

Photo of sk8man121
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$9 for an 8 oz pour at Novare Res in Portland, ME during the 2011 Belgian Beer Festival.

A: Pours a completely opaque blackish-brown. Dark caramel-colored head leaves little lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is of sweet dark fruits, coffee, bitter chocolate and alcohol a light and extremely pleasant sourness persists.

T: Huge, creamy coffee character with strong dark fruits. Caramel and vanilla in the center. Finishes with strong notes of bourbon and chocolate, as well as a slight lactic sourness. Intense, but very drinkable and unique.

M: Nicely carbonated at first, especially given the style/ABV. Settles quickly, however.

O: With its lactic sour notes, coffee/chocolate overtones and characteristic Belgian dark fruits, this is beyond delicious; not to mention dangerously drinkable given the ABV. I'd love to claim to having a bottle of this around at some point.

An all-but-perfect Belgian Royal Stout from De Struise.

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

Thanks Urbain for the commentary on this as I drank it! Look forward to a chili version ;-)

Pours pitch black with a good amount of light brown head. Smells roasty and coffee heavy. Sweetness masked by the powerful coffee flavours. Tastes sweet but not cloying. so much roast and bitterness from the coffee that it all balances out nicely. Matches perfectly with the thickness of the body. Overall, a great sipper with lots of wonderful flavours

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