Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a light brown head. Rich head with roasted malts, peat and acidity. Rich sweet taste with tar, vanillia, peat, wood, liqorice, coffee and some alcohol and a light acidity. Quite smooth mouthfeel. A very nice and rich beer.
BenH (2387) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to Bullit for bringing this to CGarvie’s tasting. Wow! Aroma or coffee, toffee, dried fruits and chocolate. Taste is toasty with some chocolate and mild smoke. Beautiful finish, well balanced and not too sweet.
Hoprider (105) - DENMARK - JUL 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a nice dark tan head. Aromas of licorice, coffee, chocolate and a sweet roasted malt profile. Really good nose here. The mouthfeel is creamy with a very ballanced flavor profile. Sweetness all in great mix with ashy and malty notes. Creamy palate and a lingering aftertaste makes this H&V 666 devilishly awsome.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black color with mahogany edges and half finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Deep roasted, smokey aroma thats bursting with chocolate malt, oatmeal, toffee and coffee bean. Although it’s very roasty it doesn’t smell acrid or burnt. Just lots of luscious dark malt.
Full bodied with a good balance of roast and sweet malt. Lots of dark chocolate, toast, hazelnut, coffee/espresso bean. Well balanced with lots of silky chocolate countering the roasted notes. Slightly smokey but never abrasive or acrid. The abv is well masked with subtle alcohol flavor and little heat. Dry finish.
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle, RBSG grand tasting. Medium brown head, dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cognac, some vinous, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, dark chocolate, light vinous, cognac, wood. Creamy medium-full body.
j12601 (6607) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pouring at the grand tasting at RBSG in Philly. Pours a deep black with brown highlights and a thin white head. Smoky roast, bourbon, roast and chocolate. Big and roasty, and surprisingly not heavy on the bourbon, nice wood and chocolate notes. Roast, chocolate, smooth woody touches of bourbon and toast. Very nice to see a bourbon aged beer that doesn’t t overpowered by the bourbon aspect.
dutchbeerpages (1635) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An aroma that has everything: liquorice, coffee, after dinner alcoholic drinks. Almost pitchblack with a light red rim. The first sip starts at the tongue and ends in the tip of your toes. The chocolate tones come to surface when it warms up, like some left over moccha coffee that has gone cold. Not my favorite H&V, but another true De Molen beer.
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, lasting beige head. Nose is coffee, green and celery creeping in, some sweeter, powdery chocolate. Flavor is heavy milk chocolate, inky anise, sugary, strong coffee bean in finish to save simplicity, but like most de molen, I get bored with how singularly focused it is.
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL (yes) at RBSG 2011 in Philly. The pour is a muddy maroon looking ink in the glass. Large, erupting, coffee head in true De Molen style. Nose is heavy hazelnut liquor with raspberry dark chocolate, cinnamon ganache, tobacco, and spicy oak. Taste is sweeter and thicker with lots of Heaven and Hell character like hazelnut ganache, Nutella, apple butter, spicy alcohol, and that great De Molen signature "meat" and "fattiness" in the soft, full palate. Really delicious. Hard to know everything about his beer in a sampling, but I will look forward to trying this one again. Very nice.
jtclockwork (8594) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours black. Tan head. Lots of carbonation. Nose of rich coffee, dark chocolate malt, roast chocolate, bourbon, oak chips and vanilla. Taste of same. Good mouth feel.