Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb | De Struise Brouwers

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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."

Added by ricke on 01-21-2010

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

Cellar temperature into Duvel tulip. Black body with massive milk chocolate colored head. It's got sweet little floaties in there too. Smells of chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malts with a little smell of alcohol. The taste matches with very strong roasted coffee and roasted malt flavors. The body is full but not quite viscous, with very small amounts of carbonation. Two or three of these and I'm done.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what a gorgeous beer. i chose this one as my nightcap tonight as i wanted something special after not making it up to charlotte for the stone tapping. served at cellar temp and poured into a tulip, it was enjoyed on 10/06/2010.

the pour is better then i ever could have imagined. a rich and pitch black pour that yielded a head of at least three fingers in height that towered over the top of the glass.

the aroma is deep chocolate malts an huge notes of coffee right off the bat. an enormous chocolate aroma fills the air with hints of molasses and vanilla filling in the gaps in between. complex with each sip yielding a treasure of sweet, complex, and intricate flavors of oak, coffee, and cocoa that seem to blend together in a near perfect balance. smooth finish with a sweet touch that really gets going towards the end of the session.

overall one of best i have had lately and definitely the best of the series so far. very solid.

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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 mulder1010
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ML poured into a tulip
Thanks to Baggio for bringing this to Australia

A-- Poured reddish black and settled totally black. No light penetrating at all. Moderate pour resulted in a 3 finger high mocha colored head. Once it receded to just above film, it left thick bands of lacing. Excellent head retention upon swirling.

S-- Coffee and mocha. Pretty simple and straightforward. No hint of alcohol with this and would think I got a pretty strong mocha from a good barista.

T-- Vanilla, coffee, mocha, molasses and touches of bourbon. Fantastic.

M-- Much more dynamic than the first. At times on the thin side in the mouth and once swirled it becomes heavy and thick. A whole lot of coffee in this. Feels more like a huge coffee than a beer. Does have some coffee acidity to this.

D-- Evil drinkability. Very well hidden ABV and really get no alcohol taste with this. Just keep thinking that this is a really well made coffee that has a whole lot going on. Impressive.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Update 02-12-2011.
330 ml bottle, lot A, BB date reads march 2015, into 180 ml baby Chimay chlaice. Pours well formed deep tan head with good retention atop of opaque, nearly black body. Swirls weave attractive lacings being broken into bands and patches sliding down the sides. Aroma is roasted malt that takes on strong chocolaty notes nicely balanced with coffee. A breeze of bourbon originating from the barrel aging adds to the complexity while alcohol produced by the beer-fermentation itself is nearly imperceptible despite the beer was consumed at the room temperature. The roasted malt flavor with strong chocolaty character melds perfectly with coffee and bourbon and there's a faint fruity tartness of subdued plumy & raisiny esters. The palate is chocolaty-sweet while finish is relatively dry with slight astringency and lingering mild roastiness, light hoppy bitterness and warming alcohol. A thicker than medium body seems lighter than actually is, probably due to high level of effervescence that supports the body keeping it from overburdening the palate.

In short: A nicely mellowed chocolaty-coffeish imperial stout with a tinge of bourbon.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A - a very dark brown colour with a 2 finger head that stays for à very long time and leaves some Nice lacing

S - Roasted coffee and dark fruits , wood , and à bit of whisky

T - dark chocolate and coffee. roasted malts , wood , à little bit vanilla , alcohol and à Nice light whisky taste

M : very smooth , Nice high carbonation

D - very good stout , at 12 % abv this is à very drinkable beer

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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 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 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 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 bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle brought home from the brewery in May into a brandy snifter. When trying to decide what I wanted to bring home, the gentleman asked how much I like coffee. I responded that I loved it and he immediately told me I would like this beer. After a few hours sampling their stuff, I couldn't argue. ABV on my bottle says 12% unlike the description here.

A - After tons of smoke and a soft pour I'm left with a huge four finger head of varying shades of brown. There are lot's of swirls I can see which look so neat. Creamy and fluffy brown/khaki head on an opaque, black body with lot's of yeast chunks that match the colour of the head. Minimal visible carbonation.

S - Tons of roasted coffee. A little bit of alcohol is there. Definately a roasty malt aspect involved.

T - Chocolate comes out alot. Coffee is there also with some booze. Earthiness. I definately pick up the JD element also. Coffee in the finish with a little alcohol and bitterness. Very complex but chaotic.

M - Velvetty. Medium to full bodied. Smooth with a long finish. Good.

D - Decent for the ABV level. It could be smoother though. There is alot going on with this beer and it definitely fits the bill. Well done. Perhaps a little tough to have a few, but really nice otherwise.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a thick dark brown head and very nice lacing, especially given the quite high abv on thi.

S: Loads of coffee along with hints of vanilla and plenty of roasted malt.

T: Again, coffee dominates. Some more chocolate comes into the mix. A bit of roast.

M: Quite thick, yet still fairly smooth and remarkably "unhot" considering what it could be like.

D: Very drinkable. Wish I would have had this in December rather than in the middle of the summer!

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Photo of jampics2
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Thanks to the wonderful folks at De Struise, I was able to try a beer I only thought was available through that horrible auction site at a very pretty penny. But for just around $10 this gem was shipped to my house straight from the brewery! Thanks so much, Struise!

Into the snifter, this beer is a beauty to behold. It's pitch black with one of those rocky Belgian heads that every brewer should strive for. Just incredible head retention and lace, this is a perfect looking double/impy stout.

Smell is nice, lots of bourbon and coffee. Malt is sweet and gives some caramel and sugar notes. Just a hint of noticeable alcohol is well covered by the freshness of the coffee beans and dark chocolate. Some noticeable bitterness as well, this beer is complete, extreme and well constructed.

Taste is nice, but I think a few American coffee/bourbon stouts do a better job of integrating the bourbon and barrel. Coffee is actually more subdued that I thought - it's there, but gets hidden in the roast. The malt is roasted, scratch that. burned and gives dark chocolate notes. There's some oak and bourbon. What I'm missing is a smoother edge, like some vanilla or sweet malt to balance. This is good but not exceptional.

The mouthfeel, however, is. The carbonation is active but comes across as lush and inviting, never too sharp and biting. The body is creamy and smooth. For a 13%, this has that lighter milkshake feeling that few can pull off. No syrup feel at all, thick and smooth, with slight lingering stickiness and roast. I would drink this again in a heartbeat. And, as I worked my way down the snifter, it became more inviting. This was sampled with Black Mes and Cuvee Delphine, and, while Delphine probably scored a touch higher, this was in a photo finish to be the best of the bunch.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep plum color with a dense, creamy, mocha-colored head. Some particulate matter is evident in solution. Head is refreshed with a swirl and some lacing is evident during the tasting, but weak legs only result in spotty shards. Nose has a huge coffee character, although somewhat vegetal, and a suggestion of dark fruit and a hint of booze that comes out at the finish as the brew warms. Taste follows nose - vegetal, coffee grounds and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but carbonation is a little too assertive and somewhat prickly for the style, with alcohol heat coming out at the finish. Not a bad brew, but the color and feel of this beer didn't really do it for me. An interesting beer, but I didn't love it despite wanting to really like it. Worth a try, but not worth seeking out in my opinion. I don't see this one coming together with age either.

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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 eric5bellies
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Westvleteren Chalice

A - Pours a very dark ebony colour with a tanned head that stays the course and laces.

S - Roasted coffee and it's big, a hint of stewed dark fruits as well.

T - I can see why they call it Mocha bomb, cause this is massive flavours of dark chocolate and coffee. A roasted finish and it's exceptional.

M - Hard to find any fault with the full body and balance, it's smoothness is astounding considering it's ABV.

D - My second fav De Struise after the Black Albert, and it's really splitting hairs. One of my very few A+ beers.

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Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from De Struise Webshop.

Pours black in color with a thick tan head that lasts and good lacing.

Aroma is huge roast, chocolate, and coffee, not too balanced but really good.

Flavor is also loads of espresso, dark and milk chocolate, and a little earth. Very tasty if all over the place.

Smooth on the palate with medium-full body and a long finish.

Very nice imperial stout overall. Not amazing, but very, very good.

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Photo of jsanford
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Generously received as an extra from ShogoKawada. Thanks, man!

A - Pours an inky black with a incredibly fluffy 3-finger head of chocolate mousse. Absolutely gorgeous, I think I'm gonna like this one...

S - Blast of intensely roasted high-quality coffee. This actually reminds me a lot of the coffee and bourbon aromas of KBS. Dark roasted malt and vanilla round out the nose.

T - Wow. This is pure chocolate and coffee, no doubt about it. I feel like this should be sold at a high priced confection shop, it's so decadent and dark. There's a pleasant bitterness towards the end that keeps this from becoming too cloying. Delicious!

M - Thick and smooth, like a milkshake. I am drinking this way faster then I should, considering the ABV.

D - I could drink this all day. This beer is a true revelation, and ranks up there with KBS and CBS. I need to find out how to get more of this, I cannot believe how good it is.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 08/03/2010
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Sierra Nevada Tulip

Over the past week I have sampled Black Damnation II, III, and IV. Out of those brews, this brew(BD II), is my favorite out of the bunch.

Poured jet black in color, w/ a 1 1/2 finger tan head that left heavy lacing on the glass. The nose was exceptional, w/ aromas of chocolate malts, coffee beans, light bourbon, oak, roasted notes, and peat. The taste was of sweet chocolate, coffee, mild bourbon, and a finish of vanilla, peat, oak, and a splash of hops(which prevented the malts from becoming cloying). Mouthfeel was thick and lush, just as an imperial stout should be. This brew is pretty drinkable for what it is, due to the well hidden ABV and smoothness.

Overall, the best Black Damnation I have had yet! Highly recommended and a real pleasure to sip on.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle with cool art and a best before date of March 2015. The brew pours a soul sucking black with a huge tan head that recedes to a tan ring on the interior of the glass.

Smell is of big espresso, sweet malt and a slight smell of alcohol. The taste is of espresso front and center, an earthy taste, a maltiness can be perceived but the malt is kind of obscured by the huge coffee taste. There is quite the bitterness in the finish and I would say this brew is fairly bitter for the style. Mouthfeel is thick and kind of syrupy with a light carbonation.

Very good brew for a coffee infused imperial stout, competes well with heavy weight contenders like Peche Mortal.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip.

The brew is pitch black, no light coming through this one. Big old 3 finger beige head. Tight carbonation that collapses in upon itself. Very impressive retention. Not much lacing left behind, oily legs pulls any lace back into the beer.

Smells of mocha, belgian chocolate, coffee beans, very rich dessert nose.

The flavor is full of mocha, belgian chocolate, chocolate cake, tart/bitter bakers chocolate, roasty coffee, anise, oak, slight peat flavor, and a caramel/vanilla whiskey presence on the back end. Wonderfully complex and nicely balanced between bitter and sweet.

The mouthfeel is thick, full bodied, and syrupy. Very rich with low carbonation and a warming alcohol sensation in the mouth and on the way down. All the while, the beer is still quite smooth.

Drinkability is really nice, the alcohol is very well hidden.

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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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Photo of Jeffo
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this straight from De Struise Brewery in Woestvleteren.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger mocha colored head that cascades up from nowhere. Looked like it was going to pour flat. Head quickly fades to a thin wisp and a ring. No carbonation evident and jet black in color. A very faint ring remains but leaves little lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted and smoked malts with a decent coffee bean presence. Hints of bourbon and vanilla in the background from the barrels. Touches of dark chocolate in the background. A bold nose and a great mixture.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some nice smoky qualities. A good coffee bean presence again with some bourbon notes as well. Follows the nose nicely, though the coffee is not as pronounced as it was in the nose. Touches of caramel sweetness and vanilla, and finishes with some bitter coffee and pure chocolate. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted malts, caramel sweetness, bitter coffee notes and bourbon. Simply superb.

PALATE: Thick syrupy body with very low carbonation. Just enough carbonation to make it beer like. Silky slick on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes nicely mouth-coating.

OVERALL: This might be my favourite out of the first four in the series, and given how much I love my Black Damnation, that's saying a lot. Very very complex and enjoyable. Everything in the mixture plays a role. The only thing that could help this is a little more carbonation to help keep it up for the long haul. Nevertheless, this is a superb brew from an even more superb brewery. Well done De Struise.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black with no head at first, then a late forming sliver.

The aroma is monstrous, led off by coffee beans and whiskey. Some rich vanilla and raisin sweetness underneath. A slight hint of sour barrel character from the Cuvee Delphine portion of the blend. Very nice.

The flavor is a bit more subdued than I anticipated from the nose, although it is still quite bold. The Cuvee Delphine comes through big in the blend, with a distinct barrel quality that defined that beer. There is a bit of marshmallow, vanilla, and a lot of oak and coffee. Probably a bit too burnt tasting, but that is the only real fault.

The body is the weak point of this beer. It is definitely not flat, but it is low on carbonation and watery. Not enough thickness to support the flavor profile.

Overall this is a good beer for sure, but so far the weakest out of the first through fourth editions of this series.

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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 377 ratings