fiulijn (15378) - 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 Papsø, 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 (3414) - 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 (1495) - 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.
Doodler (313) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nip bottle with Black wax, picked up at Bierkonig. Pours a motor oil black with a decent beige head. Deep breathing aromas. Nose of nutty chocolates, roasted malts, and freshly brewed coffee,. Yummy taste. Big malts, sweet cocoa. black licorice, and slightly bitter hops. Rich and chewy. Oily mouthfeel with soft carbonation. What a nice brew. A nice bit of heat on the finish.. Bravo De Molen!
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Didn’t think I’d actually get to try this one. Many thanks to Douglas88 for sharing this one. Pours a viscous coffee color with a trim beige head. Incredibly aromatic. Loaded with notes of cognac, cocoa, vanilla, and plum. Earthy malt on the palate balanced by the notes of sweetness from the aroma. Finishes a bit hot, but not overpowering at all. A great beer.
douglas88 (6477) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 Tiny 180 ml bottle wax dipped thanks to Spencer. Pours a pure black color with light hints of brown and a medium brown head. A powerful nose explodes out; alcohol heat, cognac, cocoa, earthy chocolate. The flavor is certainly aggressive with heat, cognac, coffee, oak, but there is a large cocoa and earthy rich maltiness that provides a drinkablity. Very nice. Some bitterness in the finish. Damn good. Bottle number 400. The wax on this beer was very odd, it was sticky and malleable. like it had been heated.
Sledutah (5214) - Utah, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks man
Appearance: Clear dark brown with a small tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, barrel, vanilla, bourbon some smokiness
Taste: Roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla
Very nice and easy drinking, very light alcohols
Beerman6686 (4779) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a very dark brown almost black with a small beige to tan head. Aroma was light meaty smoke, cognac, some molasses and cdark roasrted coffee. Flavor was alot of molasses and anise, stale coffee and alcohol. Ok Impy