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


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RATINGS: 800   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 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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 Bottlenumber: 114. Listed as 10.2%. Easily the most violent gusher in sometime. Easily in the top three, as the cork started to extract itself and when the seal was broken proceeded to spray liquid 10 feet across the room, on the computer screen, keyboard, pictures on the wall, etc. May have half of the liquid left. Needless to say, hugh head that settles after some time to a dense, tight tan head with a heavy, dirty sheet of lace. Dark brown liquid with chunks of yeast settling on the bottom of the glass. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, molasses, pine and juniper (akin to OSA of yore). Lightly oily feel. LIght roasted malt, pale malt, sweet licorice in the front lead to almond and some juniper flavors. Just a wonderful balance of malt and hops. The black malt comes back into play in the finish and into the linger along with a bit of oak. I was a bit worried about opening and finishing this one tonight, my concerns have been diminished as I look at the puddle in the trash can, bespeckled wall, and the brown liquid soaked towel. Now I wish I would have the last half bottle to enjoy while watching the Big Ten weekend preview. Guess it’s time to wash the shirt, pants and towels. I will definitely pick some more up and perhaps I need to super cool it prior to opening. Still worth it, even though I thought it was pricey prior to losing half the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Dark pour but not quite inky. Really thin beige head. Aroma of coffee, raisin, and cocoa. Vanilla and oaky tannins up front. Chocolate, coffee, fog, heavy roast (almost smokey) and carmelized sugar. Dry finish. Silky smooth mouth-feel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2009
Pours very very dark brown, pretty much black by most peoples standards. No head to speak of, great aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, plum and raisins waft immediately from the bottle. Aroma from the glass: more coffee and very dark choc, some burnt sugar. On the palate lots of dark fruits, and stone fruit, dates, figs, plums, some muscovado sugar, molasses, almost a root beer quality to it. Lots of coffee, earth and chocolate, also some kind of spirit, rum or something of that ilk. The feel of the beer is excellent, soft, velvety with no carbonation, it’s just like taking gulps of an oil slick... this is literally palate coating brew of the highest order. Great complexity but seriously intense. Not as good as the Tsarina Esra but still a cracking piece of brewing. Finish is nicely bitter with a bit of a tang, but not nearly as cloying as you would first expect. Good work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Dark mahogany with big, flotsam, mottled brown head / Slightly metallic, muted nose of cigar box, chocolate, and roast barley / Medium to full body, moderately chewy, very malty but with excellent hop balance, and good, although slightly hot, finish / Rich flavors of cigar box, semisweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla, oak, and bourbon / Must be spectacular upon aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Finwe (412) - Grankulla, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 75 cl bottle @ Kaisla. Pours pitch black with a small head. Roasted malt and some bitterness in the aroma. Fascinating taste of almost perfectly balanced hops and roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. One of the best beers Ive tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2009
Another belting wedding gift from our Mes, cheers again mate, you did us proud. Black with honeycomb like head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, lovely smell. Flavour has similar and with a faint hint of fruit and hops, touch of smoke, aniseed and a strong blokey earthy manliness. Thick palate, strength is evident, and very welcome. Very tasty, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 15, 2009
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shopmarked brewed 8/27/08 bottled 9/26/08 #244 poured a head of all foam. The fom came up and out of the bottle as it poured. The pour resulted in a head of fine to large sized dark brown colored bubbles that left behind an opaque black colored body, no visible carbonation and a sparce lacing. The aroma was mild vinous dark brown malt and a mild medicinal note. The strong vinous flavor contained notes of hops roasted malt and dark malt. Very yummy! Excellent brew. Watchout for this killer!

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