Black Damnation II - Moccha Bomb
De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #944
Ranked #2,861
4.21 | pDev: 10.45%
May 25, 2022
Jan 21, 2010
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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 One.

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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Ratings by Reaper16:
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4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by Reaper16 from Alabama

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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4.33 by Bruno74200 from France on May 25, 2022
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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared bottle at local tasting. Pitch black colour, large tan head. The aroma is first dryish and ashy with notes of cold coffee, then some sweetish notes of malts come through. Warming mouthfeel. The flavour is medium sweet with strong notes of coffee..

Apr 28, 2022
4.59 by steverx8 from England on Jan 16, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a small, fizzy, quickly receding head. Smells of roasted, caramel malt, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits, with notes of raisin and fig, as well as hints of licorice, vanilla and bourbon-soaked oak. Taste is an excellent balance of roasted, caramel malt, distinct chocolate, coffee and dark fruit, with notes of raisin, plum and fig, as well as some brown sugar and spicy accents of vanilla, licorice, clove and black pepper, as well as just a hint of bourbon-soaked oak. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and light/medium carbonation.

I certainly didn't expect the Jack Daniels BA variant of Black Damnation to be one of my favorites of the series, but here we are. I guess it's the blend of different beers and aging on coffee beans that makes this, creating quite a roasted, dry and bitter flavor profile with hints of sweetness, quite distinct spicy accents and a good barrel presence that feels just a little boozy, but very lightly so and in a good way, with some heavy oak accents. Overall, this makes for quite a complex, yet subtely balanced beer that is rich in body and character, making for a very enjoyable sipper that is best savoured by letting it warm up a bit and taking your time with it.

Jul 14, 2021
4 by BdM from Netherlands on Jun 18, 2021
4.36 by Antyk from Belgium on May 03, 2021
3.37 by stephenlee93 from England on May 01, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 750ml bottle, bottled on 25th July 2018, with a best before date of 24th July 2023. Poured into a Black Damnation tasting glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but settled to a ring around the glass, while leaving some decent lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, with bourbon notes.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, slight roast, bourbon, woody, with a lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol warming, medium to full bodied, with soft to moderate carbonation.

Overall: An enjoyable sipper with lots of coffee aroma and flavours.

Jan 17, 2021
4.31 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Nov 28, 2020
4.33 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Aug 02, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by janubio from Spain

75 cl. bottle from Belgian Beer & Food, served at home in a snifter glass. Black colour, medium brown head with short retention. A bit of lacing.
aroma of coffee, chocolate, bourbon,berries, dried fruits,some herb that reminds me of Jagger.
Medium to full body, oily texture, normal carbonaton. roasted boozy finish.
Taste of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, pepper, dried fruits, herbs, berries.

Apr 17, 2020
4.25 by paulish from New York on Dec 06, 2019
4.25 by Samnem from Georgia on Aug 31, 2019
4.08 by desint from Belgium on Jul 08, 2019
4.42 by schinebd from Massachusetts on Jun 28, 2019
4.31 by mltobin from Connecticut on Mar 13, 2019
4.15 by JOBEERFB from Belgium on Mar 04, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam. Head retention is dense, with good retention. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa nibs, mocha, toffee, coffee, and nutty, roasty and toasty malts. Bourbon adds a touch of smooth heat, with char adding a little complexity. Despite the broad array of chocolate notes, it doesn't come off as sweet, and definitely not dessert-like. Flavor profile is mocha, chocolate and cocoa nibs and powder. Medium-roast coffee adds a little extra bitterness, and mingles with the chocolate notes well. Roasty, toasty and nutty malts add bitterness, which balances out well with the chocolate. Char and bourbon adds a little complexity and heat. Despite a big chocolate display, this beer never comes off as sugary, cloying or harshly sweet. Mouth feel carries heavy carbonation on the front end and then smooths out at the finish for a slightly creamy texture. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, heavy chocolate within a balanced stout that showcases a little bourbon. It does everything it claims to do well, although at the price point ($33), does not make for a great buy. For those with the money and seeking something heavy on chocolate and bourbon characteristics, this is a good one.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.

Feb 11, 2019
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Dec 17, 2018
4.14 by the_beerist from Massachusetts on Jul 18, 2018
4.31 by nataku00 from California on Jul 14, 2018
4.73 by WormGod from New York on Feb 12, 2018
4.15 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on Dec 31, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by HopBelT from Belgium

Vintage 2010.

Oct 06, 2017
4.75 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on May 27, 2017
4.7 by mscudder from Georgia on Mar 26, 2017
4.38 by ONovoMexicano from New Mexico on Nov 21, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by StoutSnob40 from California

Bottle gushed like crazy when it was opened. Wouldn't settle down until almost half was poured out. Certainly concerning. Smell was very chocolatey, but that quickly dissipated. Got very bland after a few minutes. Taste was a little off, with some very very faint coffee notes, and a lot of dark fruit. Mouthfeel was thin. I was disappointed, to say the least.

Oct 30, 2016
4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jun 24, 2016
3.75 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on May 13, 2016
3.5 by t2grogan from Arizona on May 07, 2016
3.71 by pmarlowe from Virginia on Apr 17, 2016
4.38 by Andrea_Netherlands from Netherlands on Mar 30, 2016
4.25 by gspeer711 from California on Jan 30, 2016
4 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jan 19, 2016
4.02 by Eziel from Ohio on Jan 18, 2016
4.17 by 2005wendyrika from Belgium on Jan 15, 2016
4.85 by YvesB from Belgium on Nov 05, 2015
4.48 by IckyT2012 from Florida on Nov 03, 2015
Black Damnation II - Moccha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 398 ratings