luttonm (3414) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Gorgeous beer, big reddish head. Wafting scotch, big rich leather and smoke. Sweet backbone too. Nice to see this big scotch paired with something a bit different than the standard IRS. Big scotch up front on the sip but actually mellows a bit to let the fantastic base beer rise up. Finishes with sweet big alc stout notes and more of the peaty scotch. Rosy sweet red fruit body in middle. Pretty fantastic.
trevor211 (1470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
HUGE thanks to Matt for finding this gem in Amsterdam. Pours black, with a pillowy tan head. Peaty scotch really dominates the nose. Like a little bit of bacon on an old, dirty baseball glove. Smoke, leather, and oak over chocolate in the flavor, dark roasted malts, molasses, with some dark fruit and raisins behind. Just slightly boozy, but really not bad -- this one is definitely a palate bomb. Great mouthfeel, superb use of the scotch barrels -- this one is really a winner. Delicious.
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bierkoning, Amsterdam, bottled 5 Sept 2012
Pitch black color, dense, with creamy brownish head. The aroma immediately shows greatness: peat character over creamy roasted malt; there is a fresh touch, almost like a softener. Round mouthfeel; good flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate, quite rich as expected; moderate peat touch; it has just a bit too much liquorice; the alcohol is very well hidden, and the bitterness correctly high, balancing some residual sweetness.
Another excellent, smooth, peat Imperial Stout from De Molen.
JorisPPattyn (8659) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep-dark rusty-brown beer under a rusty head. Quite dry phenolic-tarry nose, hints at black chocolate, dark green leaves/loden felt. Even more intensive tarry flavour, burnt wood, charcoal, but on a sweet (alcoholic) background. As some other of these beers, especially at De Molen, acquires a fruity flavour, as from dark berries, once warmed up a little. Fiery alcoholburn, even a bit raw ethanolwise, yet smooth drinking, if carefully by preference. Somewhat restrained compared to some similar ones, but hardly restrained in quality.
Koelschtrinker (13643) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intensiv röstiger Geruch. Herb-röstiger Beginn, süffig, röstiger werdend, starke aber passende Süße, schokoladig, etwas Vanille. Intensiv. 11/13/12/12//12
Idiosynkrasie (5165) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle [11% abv as per label]. Pitch black colour with late awakening, small, creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, brown-ochre head. Intense whiskey dominated aroma burns in the eyes; lots of TCP, band aid, wood, leather, peat and the like; proper beer flavours can hardly be explored. Taste is heavy, earthly, peaty, fusty, frowsty, dark malty notes with a touch of coffee shine through here and there; in the finish with more settled whiskey notes - peat, leather, tar. Sadly again one of those overdone BA wipe-out beers. In this case the beer is simply a flavour carrier for the whiskey whereas IMO ideally the whiskey should accentuate the beer flavours in a complementary way.
JesusO (48) - - DEC 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Probado en Animal de Madrid. Cerveza de color oscuro, con una espuma beige de persistencia media. Sabor marcado a madera, turba y chocolate amargo. Algo excesiva me gustó más la versión original. Retrogusto largo, con toques de madera y humo.
KingCecil (2069) - DENMARK - DEC 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home ... is pours pitch black with a large creamy beige head, nice lacing..... Aroma is heavy smoked malt, some coffee, peat and whisky..... The flavor is heavy smoked malt, peat, whiskey, bitter, warming alcohol bite and chocolate.... very nice....
Beerconnaiseur (166) - BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2012 - Bottled 5 sept. 2012
- Where : Hopduvel Ghent - Belgium
-First impression : The woody casky character - smelt instantly after opening & before pouring - is just amazing.
- Taste : These olfactory dynamics transpond perfectly when poured. Reminds me of Vienna Moccha coffees. Black malts with a hint of vanilla, shortly followed by a sense of wood and cask - a taste remaining in the mouth for a nice amount of time. Exquisite combination of olfactory and gustatory characteristics. Everything adds-up perfectly in this beer!
-Looks : Beautiful dark body but with small head of foam
-Conclusion : Excellent barrel aged stout! One of my all time favourites of The Molen!
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2012. Pours a pitch black beer with a chocolate head. The aroma is malt, peat, smoke and wood. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness with peat. Overall an average beer.