BBB63 (5937) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 87/282 provided by Kevin, thanks:
Opaque with almost no head but oily legs. The aroma has notes of molasses, chocolate, hazelnut, herbal hops, hint of plum, fig, leather, spices, smoke and salt esters. The taste starts sweet and smoky with a combination of acidic and sweet dark fruits. Nutty and leathery towards the coffee and hop bitter finish. The mouth feel is lively but a tad thin for the ABV and flavor profile (just like the other De Molen I have had so far). Overall this is a solid brew with good depth and aroma but still lacks in some areas. Far better than the Rasputin for sure.
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
courtesy of Allen - very dark black colour, poor head retention; strong roasted coffeish aroma with notes of dark chocolate, some solid hop presence in the background; full-bodied and oily, sticky; very bitter chocolatey and coffeish, roasted and hoppy finish - a wonderful brew
DSG (5614) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 Re-rate 8/20/13: Bottle sample at a tasting at LiBira pub. Thanks beerandbeyond. Aroma of roastiness, chocolate, chocolate liqueur and some fruitiness. Sweet chocolatey roasty flavor with some alcohol. A great Imperial Stout. 8/4/8/4/16=4
Re-rate 12/23/11: Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Black-colored with a light brown head. Powerful roasty aroma of coffee. Roasty coffee-ish flavor with a burnt bitter finish. Full-bodied and slightly oily. Really nice. 7/4/8/4/15=3.8
Bottle sample at a tasting. From a trade with bierkoning. Thanks Edo! Huge gusher as I open the bottle. Black-colored with a big, slowly-diminishing, brown head. Powerful aroma of coffee, liquor, some smoke notes, nice fruitiness and some cocoa notes. Bitter flavor of roasted coffee beans, burnt malt, some dark chocolate notes, light fruitiness and a very bitter finish with herbal hints and light vinous noes. Medium-full body. Very drinkable - great! 7/4/8/4/16=3.9
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUL 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2013 Rerate: 8/4/8/4/15[3.9]
My 300th rating, thanks DSG for sharing this one, pours total black with a giant cream colored head, deep aroma of roast, chocolate, cherry liquor, soy souce and cheesy acidity, flavor is intensely smoked, pleasant sweetness, coffee, chocolate, scotch, so lingering and well balanced, finish is nutty and sweet with a long aftertaste, texture is so velvety, a real treat and surprisely easy to drink. WOW 8/5/9/5/16[4.3]
HV (4) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2009 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearance: no foam. This is the first beer I’ve come across that has absolutely none. No lacing, hardly any carbonation. Colour and opacity are as one would expect to seen in an imperial stout. It’s dark, very dark. Tipping the glass shows lots of sugar in the beer.
Aroma opens with dark dried fruit, prunes and currants, with something vaguely citrusy lingering (candied peel ?) in the back.
Mouthfeel: first sip is like drinking port. This brew is incredibly syrupy.
The flavour is very well-balanced, slightly malty with overwhelming dark fruit, prunes, cherries and currants. There is a recurring touch of fruit, and friendly bitterness - like orange marmelade on slightly blackened toast in the aftertaste.
Drinkability: go easy on this one. It’s heavy in flavour and mouthfeel, but also heavy on the alcohol. Drink slowly and enjoy (I’m sure you will!)
Overall impression: great beer - an impressive imperial stout, if perhaps slightly low in foam. Otherwise, it’s superb.
Embrouille (2819) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 75cl. Courtesy of bierkoning. Shared with Bov. Extremely pleasant. Inviting nose of a tremendous strength. Roasted malt, wood, vanilla, aniseed and licorice showing up in both aroma and taste. Full bodied. Complex, sublime, smooth (which adds to quite a lot to my appreciation of this beer) and impressive. Good bitterness. Great balance. Long chocolatey finish. Flawless and deeply pleasant. A top notch Imperial Stout. Thanks a lot bierkoning!
jimmbo123 (44) - Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I tried the Oak Aged 40 year Cognac version at Portland International Beer Festival. I tried 13 beers there, the beers I tried averaged 3 tickets each. This is one was 5 tickets, one of only three that I would buy again, and the best tasting beer I have ever had! I read through the first page of reviews and agree with all the good things said. However, no one else has mentioned the obvious extreme quality of the Cognac flavor. Perhaps I have tried a very rare version!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(DC Local Gathering, 750ml bottle, thanks CaptainCougar) – A volcano of black beer topped with a gushing dark tan foamy head (that would not quit). Thick dark currant and Italian coffee aromas rest on a solid foundation of black chocolate cream. Intense coffee and dark fruit flavors balance well on a berry cream and burnt chocolate tone from start to finish. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, bittersweet finish. A great sipper that merely needs to tone the carbonation down…
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle at Birreria Paradiso. Black hole black with a large dark maroon head. Aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Full bodied, taste of seventy percent cacao with an extraordinarily long burnt espresso finish. Amazing brew.
Merrill (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like a volcano - make sure its cold enough; I nearly killed Pat with the cork! Lost about 1/4 btl in the eruption. Brown head with lace that runs to a beer that is nearly black. Lots of floating goodies where the light shines through. Aroma rich earthy loam with chocolate and coffee. it was pleasant watching a video of the brewery while sipping what was left of this wonderful RIS. Unique flavor full of old wood and savory - cloves and tobacco perhaps with chocolate, licorice and coffee. The big three for me!