Struise Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb

Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Stout - Imperial Flavored / Pastry
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
The Black Damnation series is a dark twist of Urban’s mind. His idea is to realize a dozen beers with the use of Black Albert, and over a period of two years, that are as black as hell, filthy rich in the nose and with a massive taste. Black 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. Beware: labels are the same, taste however isn’t. Some bottles are recognizable because of he handwritten 2 on them.

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OminouSC2 (2889) - Mora, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2021
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2021 Tasted as Struise Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb (Aged for 2 years in Kentucky Bourbon barrels). Black color, small brown head. Aromas of coffee, cacao, roasted malt, dried fruit, soy and slight bourbon. Taste of coffee, soy, roasted malt, licorice, cacao and slight boiled vegetables. Feels off.

Zlotta (7454) - Hagen, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2021
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2021 0.33 l bottle as 'Black Damnation 02 - Moccha Bomb' at 13% abv, aged for 2 years in Kentucky bourbon barrels, purchased at 'Sterk Avondverkoop', bottled in February 2021. Pitch black with a medium large, foamy, stable, beige head. Sweetish-malty, gently roasty aroma of dark chocolate, quite some coffee, light dark fruits, some bourbon and a touch of wood. Rather sweet, malty, gently roasty, a little fruity taste of praline, coffee, bourbon, hazelnut and some dark fruits, followed by a short, rather roasty-bitter, gently boozy finish. Medium to full body, smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. Heavy and rich beer, fairly complex and saturating. Another great BA beer from 'Struise' who seem to be back on track.

Moolesen (1099) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2021
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2021 Bottle 33cl. Black with a creamy brown head. Metallic aroma with coffee tones. Thick, intense taste. Flavours are actually soft. Surprisingly easy to drink. Well balanced for such a strong beer. A bit sweet but not too much.

jybi (1799) - Nouméa, NEW CALEDONIA - AUG 15, 2021
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2021 Ce que j'apprécie dans une bière vieillie en barrique c'est lorsque celui-ci se met au service de la bière et non l'inverse comme cela est le cas ici. Lorsque de surcroît la base est à la fois complexe et équilibrée cela ne peut donner qu'une grande bière. En verre nous sommes sur un brun foncé quasi noir (134 d'EBC) sans mousse avec une très faible effervescence. Joli nez sur le chocolat, carmel, raisin, moka, noisette et avec un bourbon enrobant le tout (vieillissement de 2 ans en fut de Bourbon). En bouche le cocktail aromatique est semblable avec un petit poivre en plus et un café légèrement plus présent. L'ensemble est très bien équilibré avec un alcool à 13 % parfaitement maîtrisé et intégré, un sucre pas surdosé et une amertume à 72 d'IBU accompagnant parfaitement. L'alcool, chaleureux, notamment en arrière bouche, vient enrichir la palette aromatique sans prendre les devants. La corpulence est excellente et l longueur appréciable sur un ensemble plus épurée. Une belle gourmandise.

snowcrash000 (1730) - Cologne, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2021
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2021 Pours a pitch-black coloration with a small, fizzy, quickly receding head. Smells of roasted, caramel malt, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits, with notes of raisin and fig, as well as hints of licorice, vanilla and bourbon-soaked oak. Taste is an excellent balance of roasted, caramel malt, distinct chocolate, coffee and dark fruit, with notes of raisin, plum and fig, as well as some brown sugar and spicy accents of vanilla, licorice, clove and black pepper, as well as just a hint of bourbon-soaked oak. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and light/medium carbonation. I certainly didn't expect the Jack Daniels BA variant of Black Damnation to be one of my favorites of the series, but here we are. I guess it's the blend of different beers and aging on coffee beans that makes this, creating quite a roasted, dry and bitter flavor profile with hints of sweetness, quite distinct spicy accents and a good barrel presence that feels just a little boozy, but very lightly so and in a good way, with some heavy oak accents. Overall, this makes for quite a complex, yet subtely balanced beer that is rich in body and character, making for a very enjoyable sipper that is best savoured by letting it warm up a bit and taking your time with it.

Hanoi (1474) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2021
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2021 330ml bottle. Nose is caramel, brief marshmallow, boozy, chocolate, soy, roast. Taste is chocolate, roast, plums, licorice, soy, coffee, there is a light almond and bourbon note, with the bourbon emerging as the beer breathes and warms up. The finish has a little ash leading to a herbal bitter finish which stops it being the cloying mess so common now. Mouthfeel is velvet. BA remains the high water mark for me as a stout, however the barrel while suitably balanced, does not improve on the base.

tommann (6146) - Stourbridge, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2021
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2021 330ml bottle at 13%. Pours jet black with a small head. Aroma is boozy dried fruits, dark chocolate and a little bourbon. Taste has dark chocolate throughout with a boozy light bourbon finish.

ardeo (1550) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2021
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2021 Aspect : noire à reflets, belle mousse beige collant sur le verre. Nez fruité, violette, framboise, cassis etc. très prenant. Bouche équilibrée, légèrement piquante, florale/violette, chocolat, moka, quelques épices, du bourbon. De la rondeur, de l'équilibre : très bonne !

Listigovers (2149) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2021
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2021 Tap at Volo. Pours pure black with thin white head. Smells pretty stouty, chocolate and roast, maybe a tiny hint of soy sauce. Taste is very strong bitter dark chocolate with notes of plum. Interestingly this beer tastes both sweet and dry, both of which seem to add to the sticky and chewy nature of this beer. The dryness makes you want to keep drinking it even though it's extremely strong and rich, lovely!

Werckmeister (6299) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 20, 2021
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2021 0,33l bottle at home. Bottled 10/02/2021. black color, small coffee colored head. smells spices, earthy, peppery, bit smoky, bit medical, vanilla. ok to nice smell. full body, soft carbonation. tastes earthy, peppery, light veggies, medical, herbal, some vanilla, boozy. finishes bitter / sweet with notes of peppery, medical and vanilla notes. unpleasant. Not how Imp Stouts are done in 2021.

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