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


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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Ale Aged in Bordeaux wine barrels 24° Plato EBC 297 102 EBU Ingredients: water, barley malts (pale, caramel, brown, chocolate, roasted), bitter hops (saaz, premiant), top fermenting yeast. 10% alc./vol. Previous versions varied in ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (1228) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Reviewed from notes, bottle tasted 03/07/2013, thanks to jeffo. Pours black, hazy slick of foam on the surface, thin lacing. Aroma is light milk chocolate and dark fruit, subtle vinous notes. Taste is chocolate malts, a little chalky, coffee roast, muted red wine and oak. Medium palate, a bit watery. This was alright, but a bit muted and dull, perhaps one of my least favorite H&V treatments.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gyllenbock (6285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle bought in Copenhagen in 2010. My last beer in 2012, in total I drank 929 new beers in 2012. Black with no head. The aroma was complex and vinous with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, ash and some notes of alcohol. The taste was excellent. Vinous with dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, red wine and some alcohol. The body was unexpectedly "light". I really liked this beer, it was a worthy ending to 2012. Gott nytt år!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (15325) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pitch black beer with a beige head. Malty roasted aroma, vinous, woody, raisins, figs, hops, ash, chocolate, licorice, cocoa powder, tar, berries, dry woody, caramel, soot, very nice malty notes bringing biscuits, bread, red wine, acidic, grapes, some dades, some alcohol. Malty woody flavor, roasted of course, caramel, ash, soot, dry hoppy, floral, licorice, notes from berries and grapes, tar, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, toast, fruity notes, figs, raisins, red wine. Roasted vinous finish with caramel, raisins, licorice, chocolate. Oh yes!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vignale (2715) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2012
En riktigt kraftig IS. Väldigt aromatisk, massor av mörka bär, mest svart vinbär, en bouquet som ett bärigt, rökigt och kraftigt rött vin. Kropppen är massiv, kärv, men ändå len. Massor av syrlig mörk choklad, fruktig espresso och kraftigt portvin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
In short: A very juicy and very fruity big black beer. Decent sipper
How: Bottle (small, 180ml?) at Cardinal, Stavanger Norway
The look: Black body topped by a few big beige bubbles acting as a head
In long: The big malty nose is full of sweet roasted cereals, burnt raisins and some alcohol fumes bordering nail polish remover. Taste is a crusty raisin pie, juicy sweet prunes, roasted cookies, vanilla, blackcurrants, fresh dates, light notes of soy sauce, alcohol warmth. Overall very juicy-fruity and the ultra-soft carbonation made it feel even more like a thick juicy-fruity cocktail in mouth. I can’t say I tasted Bordeaux wine in this beer or even wood barrels, the beer was very fruity for sure but I wouldn’t call it vinous. Not my favorite Hel & Verdoemenis treatment, this was just an ok beer and it is probably a good thing it is sold in such small bottles. Certainly not worth the price I paid for this tiny bottle, sad to see this is a sought-after beer, and you know what’s worst than seeing someone buying an overpriced small beer bottle? Being that person.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (850) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2012
Oh boy, this takes me back to when I started getting into craft beer. Pour almost pitch black, with a small and creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, wood, some barrel notes, vanilla, slight leather, slight booze. The taste is sweet upfront, with a semi-long, slightly dry and nicely bitter aftertaste. Quite watery and oily (does that make any sense?) body, with a rather flat carbonation. A little heat in the throat. - Thanks to Chris for taking me down this memory lane.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2012
330 ml bottle from Dave for my 50th Pours dark black frothy off white head Oak vanilla chocolate aromas and taste Very very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle imbibed at Mikkeller Bar. Jet black pour with a mocha head. Vinous aromas. The body is a little thinner in this version. Rich dark malts, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and generous amounts of red wine notes....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle #126 split with Pat, Joe Beck, and Mr. Fannon. Brownish black pour, not much head at all, small lace, aromas of chocolate, almonds, cabernet, and bourdeaux. Taste is toffee, caramel, coffee beans, dark chocolatem apples, roasty sugars, merlot or another sweet red wine. Flavor was as complex as you can get and constantly change on each sip especially as it warmed slightly. Warming as can be. Another gem from the best brewer in Europe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Benzai. It pours very brown-black, with a thin, bubbly beige head. The nose is spiced fruit cake, cocoa, medicinal, fig, currant, prune and a touch of red wine. The taste is roasted malt, medicinal aspect, herb, pepper, burnt cake, spice, treacle, cola, vinous, date, fig, currant and alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good, but doesn’t stand up against the Misto/666/Wild Turkey versions.

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