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


on tap

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Aged in Bordeaux wine barrels, Bourbon barrels and virgin oak barrels

jbeatty's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1241) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle, 12/31/2013. Pours black, creamy light tan head, soapy ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma is earthy dark chocolate, mild roast, dark fruit, berries, cherry licorice blending with sweet vinous notes and mild bourbon in the finish. Taste is dark bitter roast, coffee, chocolate, licorice, boozy bourbon with subtle vinous finish. Medium body. Really interesting, tasty blend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inoven (231) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2016
Flesje gedeeld met Benzai. Zwart bier met cremig, licht bruin schuim. Een pallet van geuren komt je tegemoet; chocolade, drop, mokka, donker fruit enkruiden Ook in de smaak komen deze terug. Heerlijk bier om rustig van te genieten.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4482) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle in Portland. Thanks Alberto! Big tan head. Delicious aroma. Deep bakers chocolate. Hazelnut cream. Deep molasses. Perfect, rich balance. Stunning. Alc cuts it all. Delicious red fruits. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1809) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Alberto. Thanks! A: Mahogany body with a creme color head. Lacing. N: Dark cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, roast, raisin, licorice, red wine, oxidation, oak, leather, tobacco, and hazelnut. T: Sweet and roasty bitter. M: Medium body, touch of burn, fizzy carbonation. O: Very nice. I liked the BA Rasputin a touch more, but only just. Some nice interplay here, especially as wine barrel stouts tend to suffer in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (1583) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 10, 2016
Bottle at a tasting in Portland-Oregon, many thanks to douglas88 for hosting and offering. Over 2 years aged. Coffee bean pour, tan little foam with little retention. Nose: chocolate start, resins, dry prunes, molasses. Mouth: mild roast, chili middle, more chili, clean and rich. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8148) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Bottle thanks to Alberto. Pours a cloudy brown color with a medium white head. A huge chocolate nose. The flavor is big baker’s chocolate, red wine, leather and ash. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1228) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2016
Merci à Alexandre pour le partage! Un liquide noir et bien mousseux, semblable aux autres produits de la Maison. Cette jolie mousse qui colle à mon verre me plaît énormément. Présence agréable et sans prétention de vin rouge et d’un alcool plus puissant. Il m’est difficile de distinguer si l’un des deux barils l’emporte sur l’autre tant les arômes sont homogènes et douces. Je suis vraiment surpris par la délicatesse des arômes qui est une caractéristique rare chez ces produits. Texture toute en finesse où le vin rouge ressort gagnant de cette course aux barils. Quelques notes de fruits rouges et de chocolat tapissent mes papilles apaisées par ce délicat liquide. Aucun arrière-goût, un impérial stout d’une grande finesse et réussi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heman (565) - Tychy, POLAND - APR 15, 2016
Nieprzejrzyście czarne, piana mało intensywna. Aromat potężny, dużo czekolady i nut whisky. W tle niuanse waniliowe. W smaku pełne, słodkie. Dominuje słodka czekolada i wyraźna popiołowość. Finisz lekko kwaśny, przywodzący na myśl wytrawne czerwone wino. W posmaku nuty drewna i whisky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1631) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2016
33cl bottle at home from Plan B, Rotterdam. Nose is milk chocolate with mixed spirits, mostly whiskey. Body is pitch black, head is small, creamy, brownish, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is whiskey, milk chocolate, Bailey’s, dried fruits, vanilla, licorice. Medium to heavy sweet, heavy roasty bitter, light wineish sour. Finish is long lasting roasty medium to heavy bittersweet, lots of chocolate, medium alcohol warmth. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Quite heavy dessert beer, quite different from other Hel & Verdoemenish, nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mariuspoenari (1291) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2016
33cl bottle. Pours a very dark brown, with a tall and fine grained espresso head that is slow to rise to the surface - it looks perfect. The retention is excellent. Complex smell, dark cherries, cocoa, milk chocolate, coconut, wine barrel, whiskey barrel and bourbon. The taste does not let down - very well balanced and very complex. Notes of cocoa, milk chocolate, cherries, some dried fruit, whiskey, red wine, barrel sourness. Smooth mouthfeel (if it were a bit more thick it would have been a 5), medium to low carbonation and a very chocolatey aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zlotta (1805) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2016
0.33 l bottle from ’Plan B’ (Rotterdam), bottled in November 2013 (just over two years old). Opaque black with a medium large, creamy, stable, brown head. Sweetish, roasty-malty aroma of dark chocolate, burnt nuts, some tar, licorice and hints of red wine. Sweet, roasty-malty taste of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, nougat, tar, licorice and hints of raisins, followed by a long, warming, roasty-bitter, boozy finish. Full body, creamy to oily mouthfeel, flat. Excellent stuff! Very complex, intense, superb mouthfeel and still nicely balanced.

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