Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Batch 666 was H&V with added wood chips soaked in a 40 year old cognac.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lostboyscout (3) - - JAN 6, 2015 does not count
I have drank easily a dozen of these now and I never cease to be blown away each and every time. Smell is a mix of molasses / brown sugar, a bit of roast, and a fruity booze note that alludes to a robust spirit side of things. Taste is a beautiful blend of a smooth, chocolatey roast, dark & red fruit along with vanilla sweetness, and the body is medium thickness and silky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
[6844-20141013] Bottle. Charred wooden burlap aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy light brown head. Soy sauce and burnt wooden toast flavour has a tar-like oil finish. Full body is especially slick. Interesting. (7/3/7/3-/14) 3.4
(Bottle #800)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybeer (3408) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 26, 2014
Black colour with minimal and quickly dissipatig beige head. Aroma has notes of toastd malts, licorice, burnt wood, light caramel and chocolate. Flavor is toasty, some roasted hints as well, coconut and some vanilla traces, ripe black fruits, some plumbs and raisins with coffee beans. Slightly bittery final, some sweet notes, coffee and chocolate notes with a smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (4274) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle thanks to kbudd! Took some coaxing but I was able to get a medium head, all very large bubble with a 12 inch pour into the glass. Some chunkiness came out as well. Pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma is deep, dark fudge with sweet boozy icing; light vanilla, Booze soaked brownies. Reminds me a lot of BA speedway, but with less roast. Mouthfeel is thick, with an immediate chocolate and almost inkiness taste. Not sure how to describe it, but I’m guessing it’s the grapes from the cognac. interesting. Velvety and decadent as it warms. Alcohol starts to show as you sip and is only a light warming in the ears. Pretty damn good beer, but I don’t get the cognac influence as much as I would thought. I think maybe this would be just as well served in another spirit. The cognac doesn’t necessarily compliment any imperial stout flavors on its own. Very good beer, nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (6352) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Rating #2000. 2012 vintage, black wax, bottle no 1089. Black, small foamy beige head endures and leaves full lacing. Aroma is soft malt, some musty booze. Body is medium, soft carbonation, a little foamy. Taste is chocolatey, sweet tangy dried fruits, brandy, some sweet coffee, dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimspady (219) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Dark & black. Smokey malts and alcohol. Bourbon whisky comes in at the end. Warms down the throat. Feels like a big beer. 2014 advent beer exchange. From Bryan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (1421) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
DWF; Bottle 33cl. The number of this beast: 350. Pours black with a small, creamy, lacing, lasting tan head. Nose is intense, roasted malt, lots of wood and brandy, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark ripe fruit and leather. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a sweet lasting, heavy warming, chocolate, coffee finish. Body is full, texture is creamy, carbonation is flat. Thanks for this beast brought all the way from De Molen.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
k92488 (391) - NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
DWF 0.33 flaske. rett fra de molen skattekammer. The number of the beast:350. Svart med brunt skum. Sinsykt mye aroma, cognac og tree. Malt og sjokolade, kaffe og alkohol. Overraskende mild smak,Malt kaffe sjokolade, cognac. Veldig god. God og mild ettersmak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (6351) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
Little bottle number 1315: been saving this for a special occasion and today is the day (16th Nov 2014). This will be my 4,000th rating, do not usually have a ’saved’ beer for rating milestones, but I have broken the norm and done so this time. Coffee liqueur aroma and initial taste, it then gets a little more complicated. The very dark brew with a thin collar and mini-wisp sat in my Westmalle chalice daring me to smell and taste it: so I did. Rich and deep body to this complex and interesting brew, dark fruits, booze, chocolate, mocha, coffee, vanilla, woody, red wine and port can be added to the flavours and nose. A truly great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
2014-10-13. Black body with a modest tan head that fades. Aroma is moderately alcoholic, good amount of whiskey like character over dark malt. Flavour is similar, wood and whiskey like alcohol up front (apparently its cognac) rich sweet dark malt base is pleasant but simplistic at times, the cognac covers up a lot of the more subtle fruit and chocolate nuances. Cocoa notes grow as you go, once the palate has acclimatized a bit. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Rich, and pleasant for the most part but I find that the cognac and wood notes detract rather than enhance for me. Bottle #800 bottled Dec 2012 via trade with Duffman.

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