Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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."

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Ratings: 381 |  Reviews: 164
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
4.59/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of DanGeo
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ricke
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTE: This is not the same as the first batch of Black Damnation. This one was brewed with added coffee and aged in whisky barrels.

Black color with brown edges. A fairly small pale beige head leaves a lid of lacings.

The aroma is of prominent powdered coffee, dark chocolate, malts and wood. Not a whole lot of whisky. A nice smell, very different from Batch 1.

The flavor is fairly sweet with a nice composition of "dark" malty aromas, coffee, bitter chocolate, dried fruits and sweet whisky notes. The finish is really good with warming rich whisky notes, wood, licorice and warming alcohol.

Moderate body, a bit fuller than Batch 1, and slightly more oily.

All in all, really good. Subtle barrel character and overall a well achieved composition.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbeatty
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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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 Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the coffee, along with some roasted malt and some cayenne pepper.

The flavor is definitely strong on the coffee. I also get some roasted malt and chocolate, but the coffee is the star of the show. There are also some oak notes in the flavor from the oak aging.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice beer that I am glad I got to try.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of BrandonDZ
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 jtladner
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of simoen
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of 01001111
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of RobertH50
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled # Lot B Best by: September, 2015

Purchased through Struise Yeast Shop, Belgium

Price - $5.07 US/bottle

Appearance: Near black in color with a frothy tan head. Sipping it leaves me with a milk mustache, nice. The head does settle down fairly quick leaving a ring in the glass.

Smell: A big shot of dark roasted coffee and toffee point the nose in it's direction followed by mik chocolate.

Taste: Coffee with sweetener, licorice and oak dominate the flavor followed by a lick of spices and alchohol. The roasted malts are strong and pleasent.

Mouthfeel: Thick like warm syrup with a long lasting coffee flavor that sticks around. Low carbonation with some hop bitterness and pepper in the finish.

Drinkability: I really dig this one. This is like Breakfast Stout on steroids. Even at 12.0% alchohol this is surprisingly smooth. I would definitely like to drink this in a 750ml bottle. Thumbs up!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle from Struise in lateral black damnation tasting. Surprisingly good and very drinkable. Very dark bodied with one inch head. Big aromas of mocha , chocolate and coffee. Extrememly smooth drinker. Very creamy, lots of lace. Undertated booziness, bourbon is in mid sip.

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Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
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