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


on tap

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RATINGS: 820   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle: The aroma has lots of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, and a hint of plum. It pours a dark brown with a moderate light brown head with decent retention. The flavor starts with lots of dark chocolate and light roasted malt. The finish as lots of black licorice and some faint roasted coffee. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Yep another beauty poured at JW77ís tasting! Dark, dark brown. Lot of chocolate covered coffee beans with some tar and vanilla. Chcolate and coffe flavors meld amazingly well with some fair hops and the asphalt flavor is noticeable. Another winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Price not withstanding, this is one seriously phenomenal beer. Shared with my brother and both of us knew that this was the beer of the night for us. A deep choco/coffee aroma with some anise, charcoal, toffee, dark nougat, vanilla and pine. Smooth, silky texture. Flavor is a cavalcade of flavors. Bitter walnuts, huge dark chocolate, an almost Kaluha like flavor at times, coffee creamer, heavy roasted coffee beans, vanilla, tobacco, alcohol, and dried figs. Stunning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Belgian chocolate aroma with hints of roasted coffee. Pours a dark color with crazy ass head. Nearly killed DuffmanSW when the cork flew off. Very thick lots of carbonation. Very good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
750ml bottle from Swolf3, thanks Wolf. Very carbonated, almost killed DuffManSW with the cork, heads up! Big chocolate aroma, some coffee, very nice. Coffee and chocolate flavor, very tasty, I really liked this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
My label is much plainer--white label with black type--I think from the first batch, Bottelnumber: 185--brewed on 23 July 2008, Bottled on 22 August 2008. Thank you cgarvieuk for the bottle! Clear dark mahogany pour--nearly black in my glass--with a large three finger dark brown head. Big roast, anise, and tar up front in the aroma, some herbal and light pine notes coming behind. There is also a good amount of dark chocolate and roasted grain. Nice hoppy RIS thus far. Flavor follows through much the same with an added fruity berry component. Alcohol, vanilla, and lactose are also in there. The finish is ashy, unfortunately, but not too bad overall. Dry finish, some alcohol burn noted, bitterness @ a 4. Full body with moderate carbonation (surprising, considering the head). Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3590) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2009
bottle at Arendsnest in Amsterdam - Bottle 183/240. Brewed Nov 6, 2008. Bottled Dec 5, 2008. Bittering hops: Premiant Aroma hops: Hallertau. 99 EBUs. Pours black with a thin brown head. The aroma is of dark roast malt and coffee. It tastes of big roast malt with lots of coffee character and hops big enough to match the malt of this full bodied brew and lead into a long, bitter finish. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010
Date: April 25, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, DLD
Appearance: opaque dark brown, robust tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma, touch of dark caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, dark caramel brings out the chocolate, roasted adds the balance, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (nearly opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of vanilla, alcohol, paint, shoe polish. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Rather clumsy/clunky aroma that just doesnít have the refinement and attention to detail of better examples, but the mouthfeel and flavor balance are reasonable. Overall just ok.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle (750ml). At MesandSimís, London May 10 2009) - a Mes share?. Bottle #193 of 270 - bottle on December 9, 2008. Opaque brown-black with a fairly dark creamy brown head. Pungently dry aroma - sweetened turkish coffee, bakerís chocolate, green nutmeats, building booziness as it warmed, waves of dry herbal bitterenss, and vague hints of fruit and woodsmoke - a lot going on, a real treat for the nose. The taste - so smooth, so lush, so assertive - nut oils, tons of coffee (different beans, too), thereís a crapload of roast sweet malt backboning this, but itís so dry, roasty and hopped up that itís not actually sweet - itís intense, balanced and amazingly good. Fairly thick bodied, creamy and dry on the palate, very roasty, but the dry herbal/alcohol bitterness are the main contributors to the linger here - stunning, simply stunning - once again Mes introduces me to another high-4s imperial stout. Cheers, Paul!!

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