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Black Damnation II - Mocha BombBlack Damnation II - Mocha Bomb

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of thegerm87
2.25/5  rDev -46.6%

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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.42/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from the local shop popped right after an infected BD3: Black Mes. This one is another gusher. Pours pitch black with a small mocha colored head into my mini snifter. A somewhat metallic aroma with cardboard, roasty chocolate, and, yes, more sour apple as in the Black Mes. F this. Flavor is sour apple cardboard with no trace of coffee, and maybe just a hint of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with lowish carbonation but on the thinner side relative to what was expected. This seems both infected with bacteria and a good bit oxidized. Complete garbage. Sad face.

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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.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.66/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Mocha Bomb looks awesome on the pour, very dark brown and it looks pretty thick. About 3 fingers of mocha colored head forms. Retention is great, as is the lacing. One of the best looking imperial stouts I've tried.

Smell: Right off I get a big Belgian characteristic, and a lot of coffee. It took me a while to figure out what it was that I disliked about the scent of this beer, but it really is the combination of that Belgian characteristic with the coffee/expresso scents. This smell really doesn't work and clashed horribly for me. In fact it comes close to being unbearable. It reminds me of rank leather of some kind.

Taste: The taste is a bit better. The coffee and roasted malts are more up-front, as well as the oakyl flavors. Still, I get a leather taste that is very off-putting and kind of overshadows everything else.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbontation. Pretty light for the style and the ABV that this one packs. Drinkability is not very high, as the flavors just don't go together.

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Photo of corby112
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to shaowane for bringing this to our stout tasting.

Pours pitch black and almost completely opaque with slight mahogany edges and a one dinger mocha head. Slight retention, fading to a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with lots of rich chocolate, hazelnut and toffee. The nose is complex and well balanced with a good amount of sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee and sweet alcohol.

Medium bodied with an intense blast of acrid roasted coffee/espresso bean. Very bitter up dent with earthy hops and stale ground coffee bean countered by chocolate malt, oatmeal, toffee and sweet alcohol. A bit one dimensional with an overbearing acrid burnt coffee flavor and sweet alchol heat. There is substantial alcohol heat but at 13% it's decently masked.

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Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of creamy tan head. Color is fairly black. Great retention. I think this one is going to be heavily carbonated.

Aroma: Rich dark chocolate, amazing coffee flavors and espresson. Oak and vanilla come through, but no Jack Daniels. Creamy lactose flavors.

Taste: Very roasted with lots of coffee. Some alcohol. Very rich chocolate. Pretty malty here with light amount of oak and vanilla. I still can't pick up any of the JD.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, roasted, and smooth. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Way too much. Ends roasted with more coffee.

Overall, this would be better if it wasn't so carbonated. Not a lot of the barrel aging shows. Good coffee though. Decent, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

bought this beer in the struise webshop. Poured into a de molen glass. The beer pours a deep black color with a fluffy dark brown head. Smell is heavy mocca and coffee. Taste is way too bitter,old mocca coffee with a very wood-like aftertaste,and most of all,very unbalanced. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation.
Normally i really like this kind of beers,this one was just a bit too bitter aand unbalanced.

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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.

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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 kbutler1
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a super dark brown color with a big fluffy 2 finger head. I was a little surprised by the amount of carbonation but went into this one with an open mind. Nose is just loaded with coffee, dark chocolate, and some leather aromas. Also get soem notes of vanilla and lactose. Medium mouthfeel that is fairly carbonated, a little too m uch for my liking to be honest. The taste yields a wallop to the mouth of coffee and leather. Some barrel earthy flavors as well. In all honestly I found this beer farily one sided and over carbonated. Yes, I like the coffee just like most people but it just didn't work as well here for me. Love the bottle graphics though.

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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 AgentMunky
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serves in a snifter at Ale Arsenal.

A: Black. No head. Reddish edges but opaque.

S: It smells sour, wine-like.

T/M: It tastes completely different. Booze, vanilla, hints of roasted coffee, grapey finish. Rather thin bodied, especially for the ABV.

O: Delicious, but not exceptional. I wouldn't have another, but it's definitely interesting.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Church Key today. A rare treat, though I went there for the BD-I

Pouring black with a dense, dark brown head with good retention and lacing. The nose is really mellow. The coffee has definitely faded, and quite significantly, the most prominent character here is the fruity yeast character from Black Albert, and a moderate chocolate and a robust roast. The barrel character is really mellow here, there's just a little bit of heat and not much vanilla. The palate opens rich and chocolate-like with plenty of fruity yeast character. The chocolate character is quite excellent, I paired this with chocolate pudding and it was excellent. The mid-palate is thick, fruity with a mild coffee character, and a excellent roasty finish, which I guess comes from the De Molen beer in there. A touch boozy on the finish, this beer has a full body and a moderate level of carbonation, almost too much for my liking. As for drinkability, this beer is excellent, but holy fuck, I paid $18 for a 10oz pour and that's not something I'll ever do again.

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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 Spider889
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yet another insane draft offering at Local Option in Chicago, my last review from that epic tasting.

Served in a snifter, black as night. The head was fairly small, very dark toffee color. No lace.

Smells of really heavy rich coffee beans. Dense and muted at times, the malt provides a bitter roast and burnt toast aroma. Heavy hopping is detectable as the beer warms.

Bitter black espresso makes up the majority of the flavor. I love a good coffee beer, but this one lost the sensual subtlety of a well-done coffee beer and continued down the road into a bitter shot of espresso - only there for aroma and caffeine. Lots of strong pine character from the hops as well. There's some dark chocolate on the finish, but I would have jumped at a little real sweetness - this was closer to something that was at least 85% cacao.

Dry, dry, dry. Medium bodied but very dense. An interesting beer, but one was my limit.

Additionally, out of all the beer on tap that day, this was the most expensive (that includes LA Brandy AS, Cantillon, other Struise offerings, etc). I remember because I was floored when I saw I was charged $14 for the snifter when the check arrived. Probably not something I'd pay for again.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer of the night for our stout tasting. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pretty much black. A small tan head appears then fades to a thin rim.

A: Burnt coffee gounds here. It is a touch offputting, but then the other aromas of chocolate, ash, and toasted malts come through to aliviate some of the burnt coffee.

T: Kinda tastes like used coffee grounds at first, but then it gives way to a nice chocolate, roasty flavor. And then I swear, there are some sort of mild chilie peppers in here, as the beer finishes dry with no hint of the 12% ABV.

M: Heavy body, but carbonation is too high.

D and overall impressions: Couldn't have too many of these, and infact one would be enough. Overall, I thought this was a very interesting brew. If the coffee had been fresher, I think this would've been great, but as it is, the burnt coffee, brings the beer down. Skal.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black liquid with tons of creamy mocha colored head and lingers for a bit.

S-the nose is roasted coffee, slightly burnt, light notes of ash with some bourbon and wood undertones. dark plums in the back and a little sugary.

T-the taste is more expressive than the nose. roasted malts and dark chocolate with notes of espresso and a faint bourbon and wood flavor underneath. the plums are very faint in the back and it is less so than the nose.

M-fuller body and very creamy on the palate. nicely carbonated with a good slightly dry finish.

D-this beer is very nice, a nice balance or roasted malt flavors and some sweetness in the back. the barrel components are quite light but they are faintly detectable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date March 2015; Sampled July 2010
An aggressive pour produces a fat, three-finger thick, nicely browned, crown of froth. The beer is quite black in color, showing a rich black / brown color as in the stream as I poured it. Crap, the aroma smells strongly, strongly, strongly of cold pressed, darkly roasted coffee; bitter, roasted, somewhat tart and even somehow fruity like coffee can be. If you really try and dig underneath the coffee, you can start to smell other notes; definite toasted (not burnt) browned bread crust notes as well as a deeply concentrated, essence of dark chocolate (this last is quite nice and rich, but really really have to dig at it to notice it underneath the coffee. This is almost a one note nose; if you really like coffee then this is the aroma for you. It is a bit too one dimensional for me, though I do enjoy coffee, so it is certainly enjoyable to smell.

Rich and viscous feeling, though it is not overly thick. There is a sense of sweetness up front, but this is quickly overcome by a bracing coffee roast character that is a touch tart, definitely bitter, though quite smooth; it manages to not get overly astringent, though it does linger a bit on the palate with a hint of astringency. The sweetness accentuates a touch of cherry like flavors up front, this quickly becomes burnt like an espresso though. As it warms some touches of dark, concentrated chocolate become more noticeable and the sharpness, acridness, and coffee bitterness become perhaps a touch more rounded and in balance.

Wow, this is thoroughly dominated by the coffee. The base beer only plays a supporting role, but if you really like coffee then you will enjoy this beer. It is a bit too much for me, but luckily I don't have to finish a bottle by myself. It was certainly an experience.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/25/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of cocoa, bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and maybe a hint of cream/vanilla.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, coffee, bitter chocolate, and alcohol.

m - Full bodied and low carbonation.

d - Not as big a fan of this one as normal Black Albert, or even Heaven and Hell. A solid stout I would try again but probably wouldn't seek out.

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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 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 akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Damnation II through IV on tap! In one place! I'm there. Most aspects of the beers are the same, so you'll see much repetition.

A: Dark black, all encompassing. You'll see this repeated two more times. Oh yeah, an off-white head came along for the ride.

S: Mocha plus mocha equals mocha bomb. The coffee strength is commendable, rich and warming. Bourbon is present but, surprisingly, it is the low point of the ale, too fresh and strong to mesh with the stout.

T: Mocha, java, coffee, whatever you want to call it, it's here. A coffee bomb in the best sense of the word. Dark malts conjoin with the coffee, chocolate and burnt malts along for the ride. As in the nose, the bourbon drags within the ale, too sweet and boozy. I'd love the beer without the barrel aging, a bold stout with plenty of espresso flavor.

M: The coffee can't be denied, a rich and bold flavor within the stout. The barrel is a lowpoint, dragging down the beer. The coffee, though, c'est magnifique.

D: The weakest beer of the trio, I'd still tread cautiously. I love the coffee but the bourbon is a bring-down.

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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.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Lawson's sniffer

A: pours dark brown to black with small mocha head completely opaque dark as night

S: definitely a smell of coffee but not pungent also smells smooth, rich, and maybe roasted malt smells like a stout for sure.

T: the first thing I taste is sweetness and even hints of dark fruit which is not bad but somewhat surprising. The coffee flavor is there however, not strong but there. There is some bitterness and roasted flavor but the fruit is what really comes out in the end. It's tasty but not as advertised maybe from the BA parts being dominant flavor because there was some alcohol whisky oak flavor so i guess its not balanced but like said not bad

M: it is smooth and oily with no carbonation. It's thick but not chewy but an alcohol burn

O: first if all why this is called mocha bomb is beyond me there is very subtle coffee flavors the main flavor with dark fruit like figs which isn't bad a little over powering but nothing as advertised not bad but not great and I don't understand the concept

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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.

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