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


on tap

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RATINGS: 797   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joakgust (886) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle, 33cl - Hazy black beer with no head. Aroma is malet with notes of chocolate, milk, vanilla and soy sauce. Flavor is malty with notes of chocolate, soy sauce, coffee, dates, marzipan and alcohol. Very interesting and great overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy of joes What a very nice beer! This beer has the creamiest, richest, tastiest feel on the palate that I can remember. Lots of rich chocolate flavor all around great, this is world class.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3348) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2009
Very black syrupy liquid with no head at all. Intense aroma of coffee, caramel, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Taste of coffee and caramel, sweet and slightly bitter. No carbonation present at all. Very long finish. This stuff is more liquor then beer, but very appealing. Enjoyed it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Pours black with a huge, chocolate-milk looking head. Nose is of heavenly chocolate. Taste is of chocolate, licorice and roast malt. Licorice is in right proportion and not overpowering. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with some bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10799) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
bottled 2008,#236 opened with no spilling at all. pitch black, thick smooth brown head. looks fantastic. aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark caramel, faint hoppy note too. flavor is sweet, hard roasted malts, faint sweet/sour note, sweet licorice, vanilla. brown sugar. Nice, but not spectacular. surely strong. alc very well hidden. 091114

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle # 218 - vintage 2008. Pitch black coloured. Huge brown head on top of this very nice looking beer. Aroma of brown sugar, roast, chocolate, cocoa, alcohol, vanilla and oak. Very nice. Flaovur is even better than the aroma. Loads of liqourice, vanilla, chocolate, herbs, roast, light coffee, cocoa, brown sugar and chen some. Very very nice. Full bodied. A bit dryness. Ends on a roasty bitterness with a very subtle alcoholwarmth on lips and palate. 11.9% ABV is hardly recognicable. Fantastic.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle #17 Pours out or should I say POPS out. Like ditmier said this brew exploded more than any beer I have ever had. They have some still at a local bar. I think I may pick one up and have the bartender open it for me. Once we let the foam settle. It was very nice. Black with a tan head. Aroma was of dark bitter chcolate and dark roast. Taste was more of the aroma lots of chcolate, molassses, and brown sugar. Very nice treat thanks a ton Sam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2009
Bottle at The Penguin Beer Bobbing/13 Beers of Halloween tasting (Bottle 103, brewed 09/03/09, bottled 14/04/09, 10.2% ABV). Black and still as ink, tan specks of halo, no head or any attempt at one. Aroma of puffed wheat, charcoal, chocolate ice cream. Creamy and charred with high cocoa, coal, Sugar Puffs, chocolate ice cream with brandy drizzled on it, vanilla. Faint soap of grapefruit and dark Chocolate Orange beneath the silky carbon. Underwhelmed, and faced with having to kill a 750ml bottle of this by myself (nobody else wanted it), it got tipped irreverently into a glass, stuck in the fridge, chilled and forgotten about for several days. At which point I returned to it to find a delicious glowing slurry of brimstone, Lindt 60% and incinerated pistachio drinking like a 4% mild. Tasty stuff, but overrated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Parov (18) - Alba, ITALY - OCT 20, 2009
Bottiglia nr 567/1056 - 33cl - prodotta il 14 aprile 2009, imbottigliata il 21 maggio 2009, assaggiata il 20 ottobre 2009 Aspetto: nera, totale assenza di schiuma. Carbonatazione minima. Profumo di ciliegia leggermento legnoso. In bocca: liquirizia, legno, note di tostatura. Persistenza lunga, soprattutto con toni di liquirizia. Ottima birra ma un po’ deluso dalla mancanza di schiuma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2009
2008 Bottle #17 - Thanks Sam!...well I got 3 twists into the cage that looked like it had about 6 more turns before this fucker exploded all over my ceiling...thankfully I had learned from the last time to not put my mouth over it and opted to cover with a palm and run to the sink...given the cage being torqed a few extra times, I would expect that De Molen knew this might have gotten a healthy priming dose at bottling...at any rate, we filled 4 glasses and it still was foaming out the bottle...pours thick and vicsous almost black with a understandably massive brown head...aroma is sticky like my kitchen floor, massive cocoa, roast, coffee, brown sugar and molassas, with some hops as well...flavour was all of the above, milk chocolate, anise, burnt wood to boot...slight deduction for the suspended bits of gelatenous smegma at the bottom of the glass, but the smooth (and boozy) flavour help you to forget about it quickly, along with anything else that may have happened in the 2nd half of the night... overall, an amazing beer that succeeds in spite of itself...

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