Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb | De Struise Brouwers

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Black Damnation II - Mocha BombBlack Damnation II - Mocha Bomb

Brewed by:
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 CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lack Damnation II is yet another blend with the use of Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen. This time a level 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 at Struise. Another 25% of Cuvée Delphine was used. Poured from .33cl bottle into sampler glass at a tasting. Pours black with a beautiful dark foamy head. Smell of Mocha all the way along with some oak. Lots of mocha, cococa, chocolate, and wood in the flavor. Creamy mouthfeel and medium-bodied. Great shit here.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Farmers Cabinet, Philly, PA

Jet black pour with a foamy tan head that quickly receded to a ringlet. Aroma was pretty much full-blown coffee as far as I could discern. Taste was roasty, dark malts, coffee-dominant, hints of dark chocolate, a sweetness reminiscent of dark, dried fruits, and a slightly tangy finish. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, quite smooth for the higher ABV, and nicely drinkable overall.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of smulkowski
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured jet black and absolutely impassable to light in a chalice. This beer is darker than dark, and smells like very strong coffee. After the first taste, I sense roasted coffee, dark roasted malts, and a bit of bourbon. This beer is as rich and dark on the mouth as it is on the nose...a true strong imperial stout - a great juxtaposition of dark roasted malts, good coffee, and a bit of bourbon. Om nom nom.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jacobb
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a smallish but long lasting creamy tan head. Smells initially of coffee and chocolate with the coffee being the dominant aroma. Bits of plums and a touch of alcohol round out the nose. Taste is more coffee and chocolate with bits of dark fruits and a subtle warming alcohol. Ultra thick body creamy silky mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. I quite enjoyed this one. Nice thick creamy chewy stout, well done.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

picked this up in a recent de struise webshop order. popped it open and filled my 2012 southampton IRS snifter.

a - black as the dead of night with a generous milk chocolate head that hung out bubbling. the brew has a really nice shine to it. nice sticky streaky lacing.

s - nice and complex. chocolate coffee overwhelms my nose. really good creamy roasted character as well. seems like i'm in for a treat!

t - gorgeous mixture of rich decadent milk chocolate and some roasted malts with a hint of coffee bitterness to round out the flavor. an absolute winner. tastes fantastic. i can pick out the cuvee delphine for sure. the barrels sit in the backseat thanks to this masterful blend.

m - the mouth jumped out at me first. super smooth and delightful. for a beer this big, you wouldn't know it.

o - WOW, what a beer. i've been very impressed with almost everything de struise i've tried. the black damnation series continues to impress me. to take a great RIS such as black albert and then make it better in a multitude of ways just boggles the mind, but urbain the mad genius is at it again. a real pleasant treat. glad i have a few of these to drink over time.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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 Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks go to Stakem for floating me this after the bottle I ordered straight from De Struise was demolished during shipping a while back. Thanks for taking care of me man!

Pours a dense black, with 3 fingers of thick dark mocha head. This settles down pretty quickly into a rich and foamy ½ finger that throws up a gooey cascade of patchy lace and brown residues that stick to the sides. Lush coffee character just EXPLODES in the aroma, with a fresh roastiness that permeates the nostrils. Swirling this a bit gets the nose riled up even more and reveals much more of the underlying flavors here, with bourbon, chocolate, and a touch of brown sugar, molasses, and some darker fruit being present as well. These secondary flavors seem a little too jumbled up together though and that 12% ABV adds a stiff whiff of alcohol that slices through this at times. There is no doubt that this brings the goods when it comes to that coffee though. It just has a tremendous presence here.

The taste is dry and charred feeling bourbon warmth, which surrounds notes of cocoa, brown sugar, sticky dark fruit, molasses, and a smidge of wet tobacco. Despite the richness of these flavors, the coffee here still shines pretty darn bright, running the whole way through the profile, and really coming out in the finish with a roasted nuttiness that lingers. Burnt tannic notes linger a bit as well, leaving you with a final reminder of that barrel presence. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a chewy creaminess that fills the mouth yet still maintains just a bit of sharpness on the tongue during each sip. That 12% is just exceedingly well hid here in the body and even with some light warmth from the barrel and alcohol beefiness to the body, I would be hard pressed to guess that the ABV here would be anywhere near what it ultimately is.

I REALLY liked the coffee addition in this. I’m just not quite that I liked it with this specific base blend, as there was SO much going on with that and the coffee covered it up a bit. But hey, that’s just a personal preference thing for me and for what it is, this is pretty darn outrageous. I think that this would elicit a recommendation from me just based on that ridiculously hidden alcohol content.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Brabander
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review number 600! A what for beer i have here....I got this bottle half a year ago from one of my best beerbuddy's Matt Rooney. Thank you very much for this superbeer Matt. I have some fresh one in my cellar.

Poured in, of course, my Struise glass...perfection. Just like the Black Albert this is one of the most beautiful beers i have ever seen. Pitchblack with a million bubble head with super lacing. I could not tell you if this beer has carbonation just by looking at it, way too dark.

Smell is mochacoffee all over the place. Very nice and soft coffe taste with a smoothness i have rarely tasted. If you like the darker beers this beer will be in your league! Thanks Urbain for brewing this beer...

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
4.21 out of 5 based on 374 ratings.
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