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


on tap


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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   IBU: 99   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
O.G. 1105, F.G. 1027, EBC Colour 308.9. Aged in bourbon Wild Turkey, Austin Nichols and new charred bourbon barrels and blended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8205) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 (24/09/2011) 2010 Vintage bottle@Delirium Hoppy Loft: bottle nr. 1466/2483 – pitch-black, head is basically only a couple of mocha coloured bubbles floating around on the side of your glass, smells vintage, taste is molasses & liquorice sweet, syrup, dark sugar, sweet chocolate, warming bourbon, prunes, creamy dark malts, whiskey soaked wood, sweet coffee, touch of espresso, rum chocolate cake, low carbonation, a glorious mess /////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////// (31/12/2013) Tried a new bottle dating from 01/2013, smell is still great, taste was a total letdown for me, weak, slightly flawed. Anyway it didn’t feel entirely right to me, seemed to suffer from mild issues like most De Molen beers from that era. It was nowhere near as good compared to what it used to be. Too bad, going to keep the old score for this one, current bottles do not deserve it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2011
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, soy sauce, roasted malt, bourbon, and some vanilla. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of peated smoke, wood, vanilla, and bourbon, as well as medium notes of roasted malt, coffee, and soy sauce, leading to a dry, roasted, and somewhat alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 4, 2011
bottle. aroma of tangy plums, dates, figs followed by some anise and molasses. a touch of sweet vanilla to round things out, balanced somewhat by chalky roast. taste is more bourbon forward. graham crackers. burnt marshmellow smores. low carbonation. big body. nice alcohol warmth. a touch messy. tasty though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2011 180 ml wedding present from lushawn- thanks a ton, Shawn, for going off the registry! Split this with the new wife. Bottle 638/2483. Brewed 23 July 2009, bottled 8 June 2010. Pours a deep, opaque brown with minimal carbonation and a miniscule tan ring for a head. Incredible aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits (figs, dates, plums, berries), charred oak, earth, black olive juice, coconut, and roasted malts. Flavor of rich roasted coffee, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, charred oak, earth, mixed nuts, cocoa, and coconut. Lingering rich roast with some warmth in the back of the palate and chest. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation. Smooth and rich. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5005) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
D’un côté une impériale stout caramel / toffe et de l’autre une IPA avec une amertume ni florale ni fruitée. Unique mélange sans trop d’équilibre mais d’une étrange efficacité. Probablement supérieur avec le temps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJestersBeer (2391) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2011
250ml bottle, brewed on 2009-07-23. Pours dark brown, thin brown head. Big, woody nose, lots of oak, vanilla, spices, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee beans, fudge. Very full bodied, thick, some sweetness. Rich, complex, fruity, very oaky, lots of wood and vanilla, alcohol, malt, coffee, fudge. Needs time? (2011-08-29)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
33cl, green waxed nip bottle, #1701/2483 courtesy of madmitch76. thanks, ken! here we go with #2 of the H&V horizontal on the way to rating #1000. opens with a bit of a hiss and pours a hazy, deep, dark brown with a rozor thin beige head that leaves a light ring of lace around the edges. aroma is absolutely stunning with huge notes of charred, wet oak, vanilla extract, spiced bourbon, and black cherries with hints of smokey scotch, nutmeg, and brown sugar backed by subtle notes of leather, peppercorns, blood orange, and toasted coconut. flavor is fantastic as well, not quite as magical as the aroma but still amazing, with heavy notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and dark roasted malts blended with smooth bourbon, toasted oak, and molasses with rich vanilla, vinous dark fruits, and more sweet coconut on the back end. palate is an elegant display of balance and smoothness with perfect carbonation and just a touch of booze ahead of the toasted, barreled finish. overall, a world class barrel aged/blended imperial stout. for me, this was the classiest of all the H&V variations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2011
18 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu. #1962: brewed 23.7.2009, bottled 08.06.2010, BBE 08.06.2035.
Very nice aroma with vanilla and hints of stinging whiskey. Stinging whiskey in the flavour, but some syrup-like roasted malt and some oat too. Very nice stuff, although the whiskey stings a little bit too much and lingers in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14016) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 25, 2011
275ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) - shared by Rciesla - thanks!
Very sweet, a touch vanilla-ey, and with a super mellow coffee taste too. Sweet and soft. Lovely little sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle, rating 5200, via a trade with doodler! Bottle number 803, bottled 08 June 2010. 180ml split one way this time. A thickish brown pour yields a black bod with a small brown head that slowly fades. Lightly glass coating. Huge, nutty, espresso and bourbon aroma, vanilla, coconut and caramel. Toffee, delicate. Marzipan, nougat, almond cake, baba au rhum. Fudge. Huge dark chocolate and almond notes. Sesame seeds. Taste is slightly meaty, tobacco, lots of ash, smoke, bourbon, umami, coffee, espresso, marzipan. Kind of a let down from the taste. The ashy, smokey character seems out of place with the richness. Some dark chocolate, cocoa and mocha. Very decadent! Bready, marzipan. Coconut, burnt flan, rich!!! Thick, creamy, light carbonation. Very full bodied, warming.

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