Holy (835) - GERMANY - OCT 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour courtesy of the DeMolen crew at BBF 2011 - thanks! The cognac really comes through - very nice!
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(18cl bottle, #347) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and oak. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and oak with a dry finish.
Mora2000 (6101) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of milk chocolate as well as some roasted malt and coffee. I also get a few whiskey notes in the aroma.
The flavor is also outstanding. I get a lot of nuttyness, as well as loads of chocolate and coffee. The oak and roasted malt are also present, as are some whiskey and cognac notes. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Thick, chewy mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice Russian Imperial Stout. Glad I got to try this one.
Sigmund (5990) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle Pitch black colour, moderate brown head. Nice roasty aroma, notes of coffee, liquorice, oak and old brandy. The flavour has the same elements as the aroma. Very good beer.
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle.Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate,alcohol, mocca and coffee. Flavor is sweet and warming with some roasted grains, coffee and alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation. Nice
Martinus (4282) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black colour, small but lasting tan head. Aroma of liquorice, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla with a boozy cognac and wood smell. Flavour of malt, alcohol sweetness, milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Alcohol seems somewhat overpowering, but nice nonetheless.
(draught@ Borefts ’11)
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap @ Borefts Beer Festival. Pours deep black with steady beige head. Nose of roasted malts, mocca, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol. All these come back in the taste, added with wax varnish.
erickok (4467) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Opened up to celebrate my 500th rating! Very dark body but no head. Aroma very similar to the normal Hel & Verdoemenis. A little more cherry and some leaves. Has a bit extra bitterness at first but ending is sharper. Not as creamy and smooth, but still delicious and sweet. Amazing brew but actually prefer the normal Hel & Verdoemenis. (1,5 years old) (Rating re-indexed)
kappldav123 (5591) - GERMANY - SEP 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to bierkoning for that one. Bottle looks unusual for De Molen, but good. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Complex-malty aroma with a hint of liquorice. Starts strong, complex-malty, but not too much. Well balanced malty notes, a bit oily with hints of vanille and coffee. Finish very well balanced and warming. Wonderful drinkable. A masterpiece!
RasmusOtt (1763) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Borefts Beer Festival. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, cognac, leather, coffee, espresso, dark dried fruits, wood, vanilla, caramel and liquorice. Taste is vanilla, cocoa, roasted coffee, liquorice, cognac, some light hops, chocolate and dark dried fruits.