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


on tap

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RATINGS: 889   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (11392) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle conditioned 330ml at In de Wildeman, Amsterdam. Black with tan head. Initially quite dry and bitter, bag loads of dark malts drying away at the tongue, bitter chocolate then a spruce like woody note with coffee husks and coffee sacks as well. An exceptionally good beer and rather early in the day on our Amsterdam trip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Jet black pour with a half finger tannish brown head. The aroma is massive chocolate brownie with a huge vanilla and caramel profile. Molasses, dark fruit, and booze also come through. The flavor is huge chocolate, huge espresso, huge charry roast, and huge dark sugar. I truely adore this brew, and it has reaffirmed my recent lack of love for imperial stouts. The palate is epically thick and viscous with a punishingly charry finish. So fine....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Bottle at Monk’s with Vin. Pour is the most epic I’ve ever witnessed; the cork popped and erupted a thick, craggy, deep tan head that actually filled an entire pint glass! Beer is pure motor-oil black with a shiny, reflective surface after the fade of the head. Aroma is massive and complex; roasted, sweet malts and pepper lead to smoky oak, char, and vanilla finishing with a deep honey, slightly boozy dark chocolate note. Full, thick, luciously creamy body with a palate as silky and smooth as velvet. Finishes with a hearty, soothing, thorough burn through the chest. This brew is as epic as it’s name implies. Definitely one of the best Imperial stouts in the world. Can’t wait to taste my cellared bottle in 25 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aiatz (20) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 1, 2010
Poured a dark black color with a persisten head head. Aromas of chocolate, roastiness, licorice and dark fruits. Tastes of roast, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits, and licorice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2010
From Ølbutikkeb, Copenhagen, DK. Bottled, 280710. Black with beige head. Aroma of much. Flavor with coffee, liqourice, chocolate, spices and fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfb (4559) - Freising, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2010
(bottle) pours a pitch black colour with a tall dense brown head. complex and multi-layered aroma of toasted malts and char, with underlying notes of milk chocolate, molasses, light coffee, wort and grass, perhaps even a little wood. as it warms some notes of toffee, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. flavour has lots of earthy qualities, with a caramelly roundness to accentuate the all-encompassing ashy notes of the toasted malts. the finish is slightly herbal, with just a touch of alcohol. medium to strong-bodied with smooth but lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3653) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Another solid RIS tick. Hell yes. 750ml bottle thanks to nickd717, who generously shared this with 5 starving Somalian orphans and myself. Pours black - not totally opaque but still pretty black - with a small light tan head that fades to swirls of foam. Not terribly viscous but not thin. The aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and roast. Fairly standard but really sharp and balanced. The flavor is fairly subtle, but you don’t always need these beers to punch you in the face. Coffee, dark chocolate, raisin, black cherry, toffee, and slight Belgian notes. Not too sweet. Dry on the mouthfeel with medium body for the style. Carbonation level is low but not too low. Overall this is excellent. I’m starting to like more subtle RISes these days, and this fits the bill well. Easy to drink in excess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2010 Bottle, purchased at The Hopcat, and shared with the table. Pours medium off-white/pale tan head, poor lacing. Nose is licorice, smoke, graphite, sweet fruit, perfume, new wood. Profound palate with cherry blossom ice cream salted licorice, chocolate, just phenomenal!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3600) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2010
Rich brown head dark IMP stout aroma vanilla coffee bean liccorice cocoa molasses flavour liccorice rich chocolate molasses coffee expresso vanilla good malt a bitter that is rewarding creamy light touch finish alround goodness great flavours leaves a lasting bitter and malt goodness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkevin (397) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2010
33 cl bottle. Never saw a bottle gushing like this one before. Didn’t expect a gushing bottle from a Molen beer. Opend with a big bang and kept gushing till I emptied the bottle. The experience started disappointing but soon became heavenly (or should I say Hellish!). Pitch black beer with a huge tan head. Great aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee and raisins. Great taste with a lot of chocolate. Some coffee follows. Full mouthfeel which last forever. Good aftertaste where some light hop hints kick in. Will try this one again very soon. Hopefully a non-gushy bottle. Thank you Menno!

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