Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb | De Struise Brouwers

Black Damnation II - Mocha BombBlack Damnation II - Mocha Bomb
BA SCORE
89.8%
Liked This Beer
4.21 w/ 374 ratings
Black Damnation II - Mocha BombBlack Damnation II - Mocha Bomb
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

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."

Added by ricke on 01-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,298
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
374
Liked:
336
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
10.69%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
92
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 374 |  Reviews: 163
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 acurtis
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite boozy but has a nice mix of cocoa and coffee qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a rich deep black color with a thin tan head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice good amount of coffee and dark malt aromas on the nose, not a lot of barrel though. The taste of the beer is a bit sweet upfront that finishes more bitter with the mix of chocolate and coffee coming through. The feel of the beer is full bodied, very nice for the style. Overall this beer is solid, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of nmann08
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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)

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a mocha (of course) colored head; stickage is not great for a Belgian style but it does settle down to an archipelago; lots of dotty lace, however

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and cherry tones

Taste: Fruity, out the outset, with a melange of date, prune, cherry and currant flavors; coffee tones build in the middle, along with a developing dark chocolate character; somewhat boozy, after the swallow, with oak, Bourbon and vanilla tones developing; a nice blend of all the flavors brings home the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation; a very typical Belgian stout mouthfeel

Overall: A wonderful blend of flavors; very complex and a worthy beer from this great brewery

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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Max's Belgian Beer Festival.

Appearance: This one pours pitch black with a bit of tan head that goes away almost immediately.

Smell: There is some mild coffee roast and sweet dark fruit. This one has the least amount of alcohol coming through of the three versions I was able to try today. The smell on this one is a bit weak.

Taste: Mild sweetness with a lot of coffee roast. There isn't a whole lot of bitterness and the alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Mouthfeel: This one is thick, but not motor oil thick or anything like that. The body is also quite smooth. There is some mild carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Of the three versions I tried today this one was my favorite. It had the most coffee and the alcohol didn't dominate any of the other flavors.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of coffee is dominating with light notes of vanilla and dry roasted malt also noticeable. Taste of coffee is also quite intense though more floral and less dry then I was expecting - I am thinking maybe the bourbon cuts through the dryness and provided a nice vanilla round flavour. Body is full with great carbonation and alcohol was not apparent. Very well brewed and mix with a good balance between the different flavours.

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

Pitch black in the glass with a big frothy brown head that rises to about two fingers in height. Outstanding head retention and lacing makes this a rather beautiful stout. The coffee aroma is initially overwhelming, noticeable immediately upon uncapping the bottle and especially when pouring the beer. With a little time and warming, the aroma opens up more to reveal notes of whiskey sweetness and bitter baker's chocolate. There's faint wet paper-like oxidation as well, and just a hint of alcohol. Coffee is dominant on the palate as well, but there are nuances of darkly roasted malts, licorice, whiskey and chocolate-covered espresso beans. A high level of effervescence keeps the body from feeling overwhelmingly thick, though it's a substantial beer. The finish brings out oxidation and dark fruit, along with a strong charcoal-like bitterness and faint boozy heat. Very nice stuff, intense but easy to sip on.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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 DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jlindros
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at armsby abbey.

Very long slow pour yields a big thick frothy dark head that fades as slow as the ten minute pour and leaves a bit of messy lacing. The beer is pitch black thick and nice legs.

Nose is awesome, loaded with chocolate, Belgian choc, some dark Belgian malts, light roast, vanilla, and fluffy choc nougat, bit of cocoa nibs, touch of choc marshmallow.

Taste is very thick, luscious and creamy, smooth and velvety, some chewy dark Belgian malts, lots of chocolate, Belgian choc, bit of bakers choc, fluffy nougat and marshmallow like taste, hints of vanilla, caramel, oak, and some light bitterness thanks to the roast and bit of pillowy earthy hops. Light sweetness and hints of dark fruits fade to a slightly drier finish with lingering chocolate, creamy hot cocoa, bit of dark malts, and the bitterness kicks up a notch on the finish.

Mouth is rich, luscious, smooth and creamy, velvety, and pretty thick with decent carb.

Drink is surprisingly decent for being 12%, creamy and smooth, not much for a boozy feel, you just WANT to drink it slow.

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