Saturday, 7 January 2012

De Struise Black Damnation II- Mocha Bomb

Good afternoon all. I had this beer last night but couldn't muster the effort to write a full review, so I'm going by some tasting notes scrawled on the back of a Polymer Chemistry past paper. As it's revision season, I'm still taken aback by how many tasting notes seem to be present in my lecture notes, and how I remember the beers more than the content of the lectures. Makes sense really when you think about it! After the pic, a review of De Struise's Black Damnation II- Mocha Bomb....

Black Damnation II- Mocha Bomb (12.0% ABV) pours a deep black with a lively beige head that retains itself well on the surface of the beer. The aroma is full of roasted malt and a significant amount of coffee, with a boozy background and a slight aroma of dark fruits. The taste is very malty, with bitter coffee present during tasting and in the finish. There's a boozy warmth and a piquant tartness that creates a dry yet pleasing finish. The mouthfeel is quite thick and creamy- which really compliments the bitterness from the coffee- and reasonably carbonated. This is a fantastic example of an imperial coffee stout that manages to preserve the malty qualities of the beer style whilst injecting a decent helping of coffee into the aroma and the taste. I've always been a fan of coffee stouts, and this one is brilliant. If it was easier to locate (and slightly cheaper of course) I'd make it a regular evening drink for the colder months. Perfect for after-dinner, I have a feeling it would go very well with tiramisu or similarly flavoured desserts.

Until next time....

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