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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1006   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
caesar (6644) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Rerate: had loads of fresh and old bottles from the first batches (basically all from the old brewing equipment) and this rating is for all those samples. Pitch black, short frothy brown head. Absolutely amazing aroma of chocolate, mocha, soy sauce, roast, dark fruit. Perfect balance in sweet and bitter. Stunningly good beer, each time I try it. If only the new versions could even be half the quality of the old ones. A fresh one would give a 3.9 or something. The 5.0 is for the older batches. Original: Rating 2500. Bottled at NoiZe 30th birthday party. Pitch black color. Good aroma of coffee, dark malt, good quality. Bitter and dry taste, roasted malts. Bitter and dry palate. Again good dutch stuff. 4.8

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jimmbo123 (44) - Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2009
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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2010
Bottle shared with Armando629. Csakajosor.hu Poured black as hell, as the name would suggests. Brown, heavy, lacing foam that already suggests what’s coming ahead. Unbelievably complex aroma, with most dominant being coffee, chocolate, irish whisky, ash, earth, molasses, roasted malts, and hops. Dense, syrupy, oily body that is seriously heavy in the glass. Hoppy bitterness and roasted, burnt aftertaste that stays, mellows out with a bit of vanilla aftertaste. Alcohol is present, and it should be. Imperial stout at its best, a masterpiece!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2010
Bottle, 33cl, Utobeer, number 180. Screw it. This is AWESOME. Astonishing world class lacing, just pefect white-cream texture, opaque black colour, grounded coffee, expensive dark chocolate, really fantasticly blended together, lovely whack of cream and vanilla to the mix, outstanding bitterness, stunningly well balanced, gorgeous roasted malts’ finish, low carbonation, oily and just an utterly WORLD CLASS BEER. MENNO YOU ARE AWESOME!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 20, 2011
The original and possibly the best. Thick, full bodied with coffee and chocolate maltiness. Rich and flavorful. Tried this with Paul in A’dam in July, 2010.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Huuuuus (3) - - FEB 8, 2013 does not count
Pours dark black, hardly any foam. Taste is very roasty, very bitter. Like dark pure roasted chocolate, with special hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
666ale (82) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2013
like the perfection, a really strong imperial russian stout this is, only for beergeeks!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KennethArd (442) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2016
Aroma of cocoa, milk chocolate & dark chocolate. Black with a brown head. Light dry, light bitter & light sweet, perfectly balanced. Medium body, oily texture & average carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 An almost black colored beer, with a thick dark beige foamed head. It stays for awhile. It leaves a lace on the glass. An incredible aroma of burned/roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and nuts. The taste starts with burned malts, coffee combined with pure chocolate. There are fruits like, prune, date and raisins. Some sweet in the back. As the temperature is rising, there are aromas and tastes of liquorice. This gives a warm feeling. The aftertaste is a little dry roasted. A great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jerohen (2169) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2016 Re-rate: Bottled 75 cL from 2008, stored in my own cellar, sampled in 2016 (i.e. 8 years old). Opaque black, lasting brown head. Extremely complex nose, roasted malts, loads of chocolate, caramel, molasses, vanilla, coffee. Beautiful malty bittersweet flavor, lots of chocolate. Thick mouthfeel, smooth. I usually see no added value in aging imperial stouts, but here it works out extremely well. Side note: i’m not sure whether it would taste the same when brewed in the new kettles (this one was still from the old one). Among the best beers i’ve ever had. Original rating (4.3): Bottled 33 cL from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Opaque black appearance, no head (i see others do?). Very complex aroma, malts, laurel, liquorice, raisins, coffee, chocolate, very good. Complex flavour as well, sweet with bitterness in finish. Everlasting finish. Extraordinary brew, very complex, not necessarily my favourite flavours but still i keep sipping this one. Very well brewed!

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