kermis (5751) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage on draft at BBF 2011. Black pour with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and oak. Flavour has same aspects with some cognac and caramel.
jerohen (2031) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2011 On draft at Borefts Beer Festival, 2011 vintage. Very dark appearance, small head. Complex nose of malts, chocolate, liquor. Very alcoholic flavor, cognac dominance. Well brewed and complex, but cognac is just totally not my thing.
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Borefts 2011. Black with a golden brown head. Aroma is coffee, toast, cognac. Taste is malt, chocolate, molasses, cognac. Quite smooth on the palate and well balanced. Very nice.
Pedro_Tallieu (57) - Deinze, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
180 ml bottle. Great aroma of bitter coffee and roasted malt. Taste however was a bit too much of the bitter coffee. Aftertaste didn’t make me want to take another zip. Although I normally like this style, this was a bit too much for me. Maybe I didn’t preserve him like I should have.
thomat (2167) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a tiny tan head. Coffee with malty tones. Malt, hops and coffee. Full body with a long, balanced bitter-sweet aftertaste.
fiulijn (15331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010-06-06, draught (?), RBESG 2010 Grand Tasting, pulled with a plastic cup directly from the keg by Menno, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Black color, small head. Strong aroma of roasted malt. Good body strength, sweetish flavor, excellent chocolate, with light roasted malt and coffee. Extremely good balance is the winning key here.
Unforgettable experience on the RBESG bus!
2010-04-03, bottle, tasting at Papsř, 6-4-8-3-15=36
Black color; small layer of bubbles. The dustiest aroma of burnt malts and burnt coffee. Sweet chocolate and coffee flavor, correct bitterness, with some light burnt malt and ashes here and there, luckily less prominent than in the aroma. Good, but a step backward, instead of being a step forward.
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 180 ml bottle. Ebony with tan bubbles around the edge. Nose is fudge, toasted coconut, raisin and oak. Medium body with a warming tingle. Taste is molasses, prune, chocolate syrup, cognac and light smoke. Smooth and rich but a bit subdued for De Molen. 2/29/12, 18 cl bottle at the Farmer’s Cabinet De Molen dinner served with Venison Loin. Brewed 11/14/11. Delicious but a bit harsh. Needs some time to rein in the cognac. Something between the two versions i’ve tried would be perfect.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl, black waxed bottle, #1022 courtesy of madmitch76. thanks, ken! #3 in my epic H&V horizontal on the trek to rating #1000. bottles opens with and agressive pop and pours a hazy, almost milky, deep, dark brown with a rich, dark beige head that leaves sticky rings of lace. aroma is great with heavy, bitter dark chocolate, tart dark fruits, raw coffee beans, and brown sugar backed by woody cognac, tobacco, wet earth, and smoked nuts. flavor is simply fantastic with massive notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and burnt espresso with a beautiful integration of woody, slightly smokey, slightly fruit cognac, vanilla, and light toffee backed by roasted nuts, tobacco, and rich dark fruits with a rich, toasted, woody finish. palate is wonderfully rich, chewy, and downright creamy on the tongue with perfect carbonation. overall, a great rendition of H&V but i enjoyed the Misto a bit more.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Brasserie 4:20, courtesy of Alex. Lots of roasted malt, vanilla and sweetness.
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
As with the Wild Turkey version, this one poured black, headless and thick. Similarly nice base of dark chocolate, coffee and roasty, fruity malt. The sweet cognac note is just wonderful and complements the stout very nicely. Taste seems sweeter than the WT version but it’s got a similar tannic touch in the finish. Lots of fruity dark malt, molasses and more cognac on the palate. Fairly thick. Low carbonation. Interesting and tasty stout.