Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite inky, just a thin head. Very rich imperial stout nose with all the usual suspects - fat tangy dark malts, light fruits, lots of roast and a splash of alcohol. Rich and thick body is soft and sweet. There’s lots of roast and alcohol up front, backed by almonds and halva. Picks up a bit of fruitiness late. A nice impy, some lighter fruit notes emerge as it warms, an unusual nuance for the style. Thanks fonefan!
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out black with lots of creamy lasting head. Taste is roasty and semi sweet. Strong flavors of the usual chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit with lots of hops and some alcohol. Sticky sweetness with a dry finish. A very good Imp stout.
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2011 330ml bottle from IPB. Bottled Dec 09.
Appearance : Deep black with a big creamy brown head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Awesome coffee with hops. Light alcohol. Light roasted malt. Great mix between the coffee and the hops.
Taste : Awesome hops with roasted malt and coffee. Finish is also very nice with great hops and coffee. Almost no alcohol. Carbonation is just perfect (did I just say that about a De Molen...). Silky mouthfeel. Light alcohol on finish with great notes of dark chocolate.
Overall : Ok this is very impressive. First bottle of this I tried was flat. This one is perfectly carbonated. Furthermore everything seems to blend perfectly. Taste is just soo good. Mouthfeel is also awesome. Very silky and creamy with just the right amount of fizz. I think this product is highly variable and I got one of the top ones. Wow.
090831. 33cl bottle. Pours black with no head at all. Other reviews talk about a big head...don’t know what happened with my bottle. Aroma is roasted malt, really sweet. Palate is dead flat. It’s like I poured it yesterday and stored it in the fridge. I brought it back from Holland so maybe it unsealed during the trip. Aroma is not bad but the absence of carbonation makes the aroma quite discrete. Taste is quite complex. Some sweet alcoholic fruitiness (port wine like). Lots of roasted malt with a very dry and roasted finish. I’m really sad the bottle was bad because even flat, the beer is very good. 8,3,8,2,17; 3.8
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 750 ml shared with 1br4r14n. Big gusher of a bottle. Nothing vigorous, but there was a constant flow of carbonation out of the mouth of the bottle for about 10 minutes. Pours a solid black with a big tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, some raspberry, elderberry, really some dark sweet notes. Flavor was similar. Very carbonated for the first half of the bottle but calmed down a bit later on. Flavor was very similar to the aroma but a little boozy and had a strange plastic aftertaste on the back end. Nothing overwhelmingly unpleasant. Really good beer.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This thing foamed all over the place for a solid 10 minutes, kind of like that vinegar and baking soda science experiment in slow motion. Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is fantastic and lasts forever. Huge roasted malt, chocolate, complex dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is a little tamer, some nice roasted malt and chocolate with some alcohol burn in the end. Mouthfeel was too carbonated for most of the bottle and got in the way of the flavor. An amazing stout just the same.
TaktikMTL (5706) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Explosion après ouverture de la bouteille. Arôme: Odeur de café et de cendrier avec une pointe chocolatée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café légèrement brûlé avec une pointe de chocolat et d’alcool. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de cendre en arrière goût. (Rating #2592)
TheEpeeist (3332) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Cork explodes into my hand before i can finish untwisting the cage. Ten minutes of foam control and things have settled enough to put down the bottle. Ebony with a big tan head. Nose is licorice, molasses, coffee, chocolate and hay. Medium to full body, lightened up by an airy tingle. Taste is blueberry, dark chocolate, espresso and grapefruit pith. Another decadent dessert stout from De Molen.
nuplastikk (4347) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle from CaptainCougar’s ale-vaults, shared at the DC Local Gathering. Super gusher. Big roasty choco-coffee aroma. Deep brown-black color with a thick beige head. Big flavor, exceptional stuff. Thick burnt chocolate tastes. Remarkably well done, reminiscent of some of the better Southern Tier Chocolate Stouts. Great beer.
nimbleprop (4817) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the DC Local Gathering. First impression wasn’t great. The moment the cap popped it gushed a geyser of foamy, tan head. Once it got to my glass it was a viscous, opaque black with a frothy tan/beige head. Aroma is toasty, chocolate, coffee, nuts, cherries. Flavor has dark fruits, dark chocolate, toasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, slight wood. Full bodied but easy to drink surprisingly.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Burnt roastiness dominates this effervescent Imperial Stout, lending coffee and dark chocolate notes to an otherwise well attenuated mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There was a serious gushing problem in this bottle, and this after it having stood upright for a long time. If it had been kept longer, I’m afraid it could have exploded. NOT cool.
-A veil of foam covers dark brown gown.
-I guess the high ratings mean this poor bottle conditioning has not been rampant, but then again the last few ratings do talk of either flat beers or gushers. Strange...
-I wonder if the relatively dry body and the gushing are the sign of developing bacteria. Don’t get me wrong, the flavor profile is mighty pleasant, but it could be improved upon with better conditioning.
Bottle #108, bottled on Sept. 26, 2008.