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

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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The third RIS, Rasputin a Belgian IS. Tsarina Esra a Scandinavian/US RIS Now Hel & Verdoemenis, used old malts for this one like brownmalts.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5578) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 33cl, at 10%Vol, Dutch brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet expensive, top class!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2010
Dark brown with plenty of small floaters in the liquid. A small dark beige head settles rather fast and leaves basically no lacings. Huge roasted aromas - very powerful. It actually turns to burnt every now and then. Roasted malts, heavy roasted coffee, charred wood, spices, chocolate, faint licorice, perhaps some fruity notes. There is also noticeable hints of rather fresh hops. Light alcohol. Very powerful smell, but not very balanced due to the massive roasted character. The taste has some wonderful coffee flavors - espresso, heavy roasted and almost burnt coffee, tannins. Big sweet malty backbone with a distinct roasted character. Rich notes of dark chocolate. Some licorice and dark fruits, but they dont really manage to balance the deep roasted flavors. Very faint notes of hops. The finish is powerful with a coffee-like roasted bitterness, some alcohol, spices and lingering notes of general roasted flavors. The body is full, but kind of light compared to some other examples of the style. Quite a lot of carbonation as well making the beer seems rather lively. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother. I really liked this one. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3176) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
750 mL bottle #63, September 2008 bottling, shared by badnewsbeers. Deep opaque brown-black body, thick, puffy tan head that becomes dense and persistent. Complex nose with sweet bread dough, rich chocolate, tobacco, hints of licorice, and subtle charred notes. Yum. Complex, rich body with sweet chocolate and licorice notes that lead to toast, sweet bread dough, and tobacco. Vinous. The finish yields a nice bitter, ashy smokiness. My only criticism is that the sweetness gets a tad cloying after a few ounces. Still, this is an excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2009
750 ml bottle thanks to Solan. Pours opaque black. Very rich and creamy. Lots of booze, alcohol, dark chocolate and coffee in the nose. The flavor is sharp but delicious. This is a great stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Thanks be to Solan. Hot alcohol nose. Nice flavor with a charred finish. Very rich. Nice stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (3836) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2009
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 Deep coffee black/ liquorice colour, no head at all. Aroma is has loads of hops, sweet caramel, coffee with cherries and branded cranberry aroma. Strong bitter coffee/espresso flavour with a hint of cherries and lightly salted liquorice. Very long after taste, changing from hops to coffee to liquorice to herbs, very deep. Would have been a higher rating with some form of carbonation. EDIT: All bottles since had better carbonation. +.2

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2901) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle 006 from SL, woo hoo! Bottle somewhere in Sept of 08 I think the bottle said. The pour was dark brown-black, somewhat thin looking for the style, as was the mouthfeel: a bit flat and thinner? The aroma was great, though, cocoa-milk chocolate, some chalkiness. The flavor was cocoa, milk chocolate, chalk, finishing with a nice spicey hops bite, some faint grass, roast. Really came together well. Mouthfeel again was a bit flat. I recall the price being a bit steap on this, but it was quite nice. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanEric (1016) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2009
Almost black coloured, no head, almost no carbonation. Aroma has lots of espresso, cacao, caramel, roasted malts. Taste is very bitter, with dark chocolate, coffee and caramel. Also not only bitter but also a bit sweet. Its like a ruby port combined with dark rum. Very syrupy. Alcohol very well hidden. A complex beer, not my favourite sort of beer but this is very good drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4921) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Only at Christmastime can I justify spending this much on a bottle of beer - first of all, who the hell puts wax on the top of a corked and caged bottle? - my hands will be stained red for days! - and all of the work to get the cork out doesnt produce any satisfying "pop" at all - great, flat beer - yup, pours perfectly still, viscous, dark brown - the aroma is pretty nice, though - a lot of date, plum, fig, espresso, dark chocolate, vinous character, light bitterness - slick in the mouth, lightly oily, kind of thin-bodied for the strength - fairly bitter flavor, black malt, dark roast coffee - somewhat oxidized - some tobacco - dates, raisins, black cherry - late chocolate sweetness, a touch of vanilla - a bit boozy at the end - strong, coffee-ish bitterness lingers for a while - tastes like a flat, oxidized version of what could be an awesome imperial stout - still, even with that, its still pretty dang good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
pkeigan (1) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2009 does not count
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 After having 3 bottles of this beer I am starting to worry about the lack of carbonation. I get mocha, coffee, tabacco on the nose, taste follows it all the way through with bitter chocolate, some coffee notes and a nice warm finish. I love sipping this beer, I hope that I can find a bottle that has some carbonation to it...


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