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


on tap

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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The third RIS, Rasputin a Belgian IS. Tsarina Esra a Scandinavian/US RIS Now Hel & Verdoemenis, used old malts for this one like brownmalts.

tipsytoad's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tipsytoad (85) - - JUL 1, 2009
Draft at Brasserie 4:20 in Rome. Wonderful colour, jet black with big beige creamy head which retains it’s lace until the end. Fabulous aroma of vanilla, coffee and marinated dark fruits. The mouthfeel is thick, coating the mouth. The flavour is massive alcohol but beautifully restrained by the mass of flavours ranging from tobacco to more vanilla. The wonderful host at Brasserie 4:20, Alex, gave me a bottle to take home which i am drinking now - pretty much the same as the draft, just superb. By far and away the best European imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (874) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 29, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of Benzai during EuroSwap 1/2016. Sweet aroma, almost like a sweet or milk stout. Slightly boozy, but warming and thus not irritating at all. A bit lactic. Not quite as overwhelming as I feared, pleasant to drink for such a heavy beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (220) - Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - APR 29, 2016
Kräftige nordisch kühle Dämpfe steigen einem in die Nase. Rauch&Röstverdammnis!!! Der Schluck dann anders als vermutet, umschmeichelt er doch erst durch eine etwas "vorgegaukelte" Süße den Gaumen. Ab dann gehts aber klassisch durchgeknallt zur Sache. Extrem herb, klar, angenehm alkoholisch und höllisch Schokoheavy. Der Nachhall wie bei solch einem Kaliber zu erwarten, LAAAANG & äußerst befriedigend. Heute wird noch ne BA Variante getestet. Yippie!!! 0,33l Flasche/ca.3,50 direkt von der DE MOLEN BRAUEREI.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MonsterMagnet (950) - NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
Bottle, pours black with a tan head. Lots of chocolate, dark bread, (c)old coffee, mocha, molasses, citrus leaves, mint. Sweet and quite bitter, boozy, full bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
melman1996 (4) - - APR 16, 2016 does not count
Dark brown/black with beige foam that stays as a thin layer. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt and malt coffee. It’s alittle bit coffeeish sour. It tastes like chocolate and coffee. Beer is rather oily but nothing special. Alcohol nibbles tongue, but is not perceptible in aroma or taste. Leaves long aftertaste of milk chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scrumpy369 (206) - - APR 15, 2016
Bottle at home. Black colour, with a medium, fast disappearing brown fluffy head. Nose of booze and roasted malts, with some coffee. Taste is medium bitterness that disappears quickly with medium sweetness. Low carbonation. Very well hidden alcohol and easy drinking despite the 10 ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1278) - SWITZERLAND - APR 13, 2016
UPDATED: APR 15, 2016 330ml bottle poured in a snifter. A: Pours a deep brown to black color, many remains in the bottom. Forms a small and dark beige head when poured. Good retention, it never disappears completely leaving a brown, fizzy bubbled layer. Some lacings are formed S: Strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and wood. Citrus and earthy hops and alcohol in the end T: Very strong taste. Dominated by roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. The 100IBUs do really count here: Deliciously bitter. Strong personality. It’s a dry and bitter beer after all. It has a very creamy and molasses body but not much about sugar M: Extremely creamy and molasses body. Low carbonation. Delicious bitter aftertaste O: Absolutely drinkable beer despite of the 10.2% ABV. Great beer [ BA Review @ 2/11/2012 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (6636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 12, 2016
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen - Black pour with tan head. Roasted malty aroma and taste with big chocolate prominence, charred malty, caramel, burnt nuance, gorgeous

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borup (10168) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 12, 2016
From tap at Taphouse. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, smoke, alcohol, bitterness, hops and dried fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2016
Cap came off with a loud poof but luckily it wasn’t a gusher. Into a chalice at cellar temperature. Inky black and lifeless in the glass with no head but good legs on the meniscus. Rich, deep, bitter sweet dark chocolate nose with so much more going on. It as earthy liquorice, molasses, chargrilled beef and Biltong umami, bonfire ash and charred red timber - lovely, complex. Thinner than anticipated on the palate. Very bitter and astringent on the tail. The chocolate of the nose plays but is outshone by notes of leather, wood, scorched coffee bean and earth. Fades quickly leaving a powdery, burnt malt feel on the tongue. Really uninspiring given that perfect aroma, but it doesn’t play through to the palate. Booze hits hard, the alcohol heated which is making me feel like I need a Mylanta. not much else here. Was hoping for more. (2010 vintage, bottle #540, 10.2% ABV, 33cL)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Speko (108) - DENMARK - APR 9, 2016
Bottle 0,33. Pours black with beige head, nice lacing. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Taste is coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malts a hint of plums in the aftertaste. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Full body and oily texture, soft carbonation.

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