Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb
De Struise Brouwers

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #369
Ranked #1,441
4.25 | pDev: 10.35%
De Struise Brouwers
Black Damnation II - Mocha BombBlack Damnation II - Mocha Bomb
Notes: "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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Reaper16 from Alabama

4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a snifter
This blended stout sounds insane: 50% Black Albert, 25% Cuvee Delphine (Black Albert aged in Four Roses barrels) and 25% H&V (aged on Jack Daniels barrels). Plus what smells like a ton of coffee.

Pours an expected dark color - more deep brown than black. You can really make out the red at the edges the more you deplete the glass. A nice single finger of tan head. Lacing sticks in tiny dots and slashes all around the snifter. Pretty nice.

At first the base beer is obscured by all of the "other stuff" going on. By that I mean the coffee and the barrel aging flavors. Coffee explodes up out the snifter - nice roast, mild fruit - not an intense coffee smell but it is certainly prevalent. The oak & vanilla signature smells from barrels make themselves known too. I'm getting some quite green bittering hops. It strikes me that I am smelling this beer too cold, as astringency and bitterness are the dominant smells right now, so I will wait for it to warm up. After waiting for five or so minutes with my hands around the snifter the beer opens up a lot more. I get this rich sort of chocolate-hazelnut syrup thing. Some Black Albert-style dark fruits hit the nose if you inhale deeply. Maybe the slightest bit of brown spirits. That chocolate-hazelnut thing sure goes well with the coffee aromas. I love how each attempt at smelling has different things moving forward. Some whiffs have a ton of oak, some are all coffeehouse, others still get a balance between green hops and black cherries.

I don't give out taste scores of 5.0 lightly, but Black Damnation II earns it (It is more of a 4.75, but I'm rounding up). The coffee and roasted chocolate flavors have been seamlessly integrated with each other. Tons of coffee, sure, but so well combined with the rich chocolate and subtle fruits. Nice hop presence, lovely oak and vanilla from the barrels. A touch of smoke and whiskey perfectly compliment the leafy, roasty back-end. This is not a sweet beer; the bitterness comes from multiple angles (with enough rich malt to balance it). Faint echoes of dark fruits flirt around the top of your tongue on the finish as the astringency numbs and resets the palate for the next sip. Honestly? This reminds me most of Canadian Breakfast Stout. Only better.

Best mouthfeel on a stout that I've had since drinking an '09 Dark Lord earlier in the year. This beer has a thick, bold body. Substantial in the mouth, smooth against the tongue and like a milkshake going down your throat; this beer will give you satisfaction. The drinkability? The bottle size is just about perfect (12 ounces would be ideal for me). The ABV is 12%, after all. This is one expensive brew when taking into consideration that you can't purchase this beer on American soil.

This beer is a revelation. I have another bottle but, damn, do I wish I had many more. Founders, I love you to pieces, but Black Damnation II is the best combination of coffee stout and barrel-aged stout that I've had. Yet another world-class beer from De Struise.

Jul 24, 2010
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Pitch black pour with an incredible 3 finger head the color of chocolate milk and great lacing. The smell is totally outrageous! Huge dark chocolate and roasty black coffee/espresso notes with hints of vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Definitely one of the best smelling beers I've had. The taste mirrors the nose. Tons of bitter, dark chocolate, espresso, oak, and a touch of bourbon and vanilla. Nice bitter, almost resiny hoppiness that I don't normally see in Imperial Stouts. Creamy, smoothe mouthfeel coupled with an almost undetectable 12% ABV make this scary drinkable. This is yet another great beer from De Struise!

Dec 03, 2010
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CypherEnigma from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Aug 03, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

Mar 24, 2014
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Nov 17, 2011
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Kirk from England

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Dec 28, 2013
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emdawg from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Jan 01, 2012
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Feb 26, 2011
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Etan from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours an oily black with a smooth milk chocolate head.

S: Very strong coffee in the aroma, along with some vague notes of cherry, chocolate, and that characteristic Black Albert roasted malt. One of the strongest coffee aromas in a beer I've smelled in a while.

T: Coffee dominates in the taste as well, but not quite as much. Dark beans, bitter chocolate, mildly tart dark fruit and roast, some barrel heat.

M: Very thick with pervasive carbonation. Creamy yet a bit frothy.

O: The name of this beer doesn't lie...I quiver to think what this would be like without the CD and H&V blended in. Pretty good.

Oct 25, 2012
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Brussels a couple of weeks ago. From the label, 50% of this beer is Black Albert matured on coffee beans from a craft Colombian plantation, 25% is "Hel & Verdoemenis aged for 6 months on bourbon barrels", and the last 25% is Cuvee Delphine.

It pours dark opaque brown, not really black, definitely brown, with a dark tan foam that makes a nice solid layer on the beer. The coffee comes through strong in the aroma, fresh smelling. Layers of other things in the background, light bourbon and roasted malts, rich and flavorful smells.

This is really tasty, actually even better than I expected. Based on name I thought I'd get chocolate out of this but it doesn't seem to be there, mocha must just refer to the coffee. Among my favorite Black Albert variants (but still Black Mes was the tastiest, the peat just really adds so much).

Medium-heavy body, decent but light carbonation, a thick decadent sipper.

Nov 21, 2010
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lbour from Texas

5/5  rDev +17.6%

Feb 06, 2012
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khumbard from Indiana

4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from the 'yeast' shop.

Pours a very deep black, more carbonation than I was expecting, so a 1.5" head forms. Great looking stout. The nose on this one is the best part of the beer. Big coffee and chocolate, reminds of FBS or Speedway. Also a slight amount of oak and bourbon, but its very subtle. Taste is full of coffee, chocolate, and roast. Mouthfeel is decent, a little bit thin, and the carbonation is a little bit higher than I would like, but as it sits it becomes a little better. Drinkability is actually pretty high for the 12%, if I could get these easily I could drink a couple in a sitting no problem. Overall a very good beer. Worth seeking out, and if I ever place another order from De Struise, I won't hesitate buying it again.

Jan 09, 2011
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Jul 06, 2014
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grub from Canada

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

another from a recent trade with freud. thanks fred!

330ml bottle. sampled feb 2/2011.

another hefty pop on the cap and tons of head on the pour. this one may be a shade darker than the others, appearing truly black for the first time. definitely opaque. fluffy light brown head that falls slowly and leaves chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is great. coffee and espresso. dark and milk chocolate. dark fruit - raisin, date, fig, and a bit of plum. toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. lots of wood and a bit of oak. earthy and slightly herbal. light anise. bit of alcohol.

taste is great. rich espresso and dark roast coffee. lightly warming alcohol. dark and milk chocolate. touch of bittersweet chocolate. toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. cracker. woody and earthy. anise. bit of vanilla. an interesting point between delphine and the regular black damnation... more mellow than delphine, but not smoothed out as much as damnation. a little more complex, with deeper chocolate and coffee notes than either. alcohol is a bit warmer than damnation but not quite as much as delphine. caramel and toffee, with a bit more sweetness than either of the other two.

mouthfeel is nice. good big body. carbonation is slightly prickly, just above medium level.

drinkability is great. the best of the three we sampled tonight. more depth, better balance, more complexity. the carbonation is a touch high, but after it has mellowed a little it is a damn good beer. already added the rest of the black damnation lineup to my wants list!

Feb 04, 2011
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thegerm87 from Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -47.1%

From a 750mL, screen-printed bottle on 8/22/14

*bottle gushed significantly when opened

A - besides the extreme light brown foam emanating from the top of the bottle, it looks decent. Very dark, mid-bodied look. Settles to a steady head

S - chalk, penny candy, artificial blackberry, licorice, roasted malt. Smells like I don't want to drink it

T - licorice, bitter roasted malt, styrofoam. Not finishing this pour.

M - thin and watery. Definitely not what I expected from a 13% imperial stout

O - this was severely disappointing - nearly undrinkable.

Aug 23, 2014
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Riggsy from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Mar 30, 2012
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Mar02x from Netherlands

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.

Jan 06, 2012
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the_beerist from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 18, 2018
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Cstromberg57 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Nov 24, 2011
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jbeatty from New York

3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Aug 22, 2011
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Kramerwtmf from California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Nov 09, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Apr 25, 2011
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yeaprolly from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 14, 2015
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haz77 from Australia

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hard pour yields a jet black liquid and three fingers of fizzy dark tan head. This drops to a thin cap over the course of a minute. Most of the floaties were kept in the bottle.

S - Coffee (surprise surprise), dark chocolate, bourbon, molasses, sweet bready malts, prune, raisin, light plasticky phenols.

T - The booze is more apparent in this De Struise than many of their other dark beers. Alcohol warmth can be detected almost immediately, pervading the length of the drink and leaving its glow in the throat in the aftertaste. Caramel, chocolate and light medicinal phenols move into even sweeter dark sugar in the middle. The smoky flavour of bourbon is lingering in the background along with dark fruit. A fine tobacco and molasses aftertaste. Nice transition of flavours.

M - Once the fizzyness of the carbonation subsides a medium mouthfeel, verging on full persists. Solid, if not quite up to the exceptional standard of their quads.

D - A good all-round performer with no obvious weak area. Would have preferred the boozy element to be better masked.

Nov 01, 2012
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Hophead717 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Jan 13, 2014
Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 389 ratings