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


on tap

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RATINGS: 986   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The third RIS, Rasputin a Belgian IS. Tsarina Esra a Scandinavian/US RIS Now Hel & Verdoemenis, used old malts for this one like brownmalts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JRock72 (605) - - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle from De Molen. Poured dark black with light tan head that retained. Very roasty aromas and flavours. Hints of darker fruits mixed with mostly roasted chocolate malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle 33 cl from erzbierschof.ch. Opaque black, nice tan head, some laces. Scents of roasted, coffee, chocolate, dust, dark fruits. Taste of coffee, wood, treacle, earthy, licorice, juniper, hint of brimstone. A carbonation gives it a certain mossy texture. A liqueur-like beer, syrupy, with a long persistence on the roast and a perfect balance with the bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Drank my fair share of this in Belgium. Still have an 08 Bottle. Prefer this to Rasputin, much crisper, hoppier, one of my favorite stouts actually. Can’t wait to mate with it... beer-wise I mean..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (4996) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 Re-rating Slightly better palate and overall this time, but still a bit too rich. But appearance not as good, so same score! Previous Rating 8+5+7+2+12=3.4 Bottle from Brewdog Bar. Pours opaque black with a thin cappuccino head. The nose has burnt chocolate and coffee. The taste has more of the burnt chocolate and coffee with burnt raisins too. The palate is big and rich in structure and texture but it doesn’t clean on the end, so it’s a bit unpleasant unfortunately. Overall, good until it was spoilt by the overhanging malt note on the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2011
The beer pours dark and thick black with a small dark head. The aroma is huge with roasted notes of coffee and black licorice. The flavor is light sweet but deep roasted malts with coffee and licorice at the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5373) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours black into a snifter. Dark chocolate milk aromas. Off-white head recedes to hug rim. Smoky chocolate and espresso aromas. Smooth, deep dark chocolate and espresso. Bitter espresso finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaartenRF10 (1843) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2011
33cl fles. Donkerbruin bier met flinke bruine schuimkraag. Smaak pure bittere chocolade, koffie en mout. Bitterzoete chocoladesmaak blijft lang hangen met de nadruk op bitter. Voor mij iets te veel nadruk op het bittere voor een echt topbier.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
rating #400 for this brew! 750ml, corked & caged, red waxed bottle from 2009, #300/1092. picked this one up a while back at green’s in columbia. this is kicking off the H&V horizontal as part of my imperial stout countdown to rating #1000. opens with just a whisper and pours a deep cola-brown with not trace of a head but does leave a ring of rusty colored bubbles around the edges has rich, oily legs. aroma is absolutely fabulous with huge notes of toasted malts, roasted coffee, tootsie rolls, and rich fudge brownie edges backed by earthy soil, a touch of hazelnut, and subtle hints of blackberry and licorice. flavor is spectacular as well, a truly unique beer, with rich, sweet notes of chocolate dipped blueberries, blackberries, and raisins up front that are balanced by roasted malts, mocha expresso, and molasses with hints of rum cake, vanilla, and wood smoke on the back end. palate is rich and smooth with just a trace of carbonation and a lingering, fruity, roasted finish. overall, an oustanding imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1462) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
2008 bottle; #225; Pour is murky brown with a hint of amber; a beige head is present; this was a ridiculous gusher; the cork crashed through the kitchen and the foam wouldn’t stop. Anyway; the aroma notes are dark fruits, chocolates, and booze. The flavor profile is aged well, but not quite couplex, either. Bready malts, dark fruits, chocolate, anise, caramel, and toffee rounds it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (3857) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012 33 cl bottle at Monks Porter House. Pitch black liquid with brown hue and huge tan head that lasts long. Aroma is roasted with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malt, dark fruit, pumpernickel. Very balanced and delicious. Taste is also roasty with lots of chocolate. Light to medium dweet with light to medium bitterness. Full bodied with smooth mouthfeel and ok carbonation. Overall, delicious and one of my favorite, non barrel aged imperial stouts. 8/4/8/4/18

Re-rating 2012-05-29. 750 ml bottle from 2009. Thanks to Countbeer for this one! Opaque, black liquid with almost no tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, port, caramel, smoke, licorice and light vanilla. Taste is light to medium sweet with medium bitterness and loads of chocolate and dark roast coffee. Really nice and complex. Full bodied with low carbonation and velvety, smooth mouthfeel. Delicious. Less boozy than the younger ones and has some nice oxidized notes as well.

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