Christian (10355) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a big and lasting tan head. Roasted aroma with licorice, some fruit, oak and bourbon. Sweet licorice, fruit and roasted flavour with a somewhat dominating oak and bourbon.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
180 ml bottle from secret santa
this pours black with very little head. The flavor is complex yet balanced. I tasted notes of dark chocolate & vanilla, both complemented nicely by the barrel aging. This is an excellent barrel aged beer. The barrel aging doesn’t overwhelm the palate; it enhances the enjoyment of the beer. .
hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
18cl bottle via Hallighansen. Pours a jet black with no head and very little if any carbonation. Up front aroma of bourbon that when poured into a Chimay goblet and airs out gives way to an almost musty aroma that does not transfer over into the taste. Burnt roasted malts and an obvious slight bitter sweetness with some vanilla behind the bourbon probably from the barrel aging. At 12% the alcohol is slightly hidden but is present and not too hot. Slight chocolate aftertaste with some of the charred barrel flavor present as well. Overall a nice little stout ..
phredrik (995) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours dark brown and when in the glass opaque black. Only a bit of bubbles on top and a bit of foam in the edges of the glass.
The aroma is bourbon and wood at the forefront, delicate oak quality with a very clear vanilla component. Beneath that the malt bill unravels in all its glory. Cocoa, berries, chewy fudge, slight hints of coffee and alcohol. I could sniff this all night, the barrel aging is so nicely done. The pure oak touch adds an amazing balance to the bourbon notes.
The taste is also a lovely barrel show, with a good bourbon impression along with the oak. Some alcohol is present in the front as well. The malt adds coffee bitterness in the pot, a good amount of roasted malts, quite some sweetness. Cocoa again, chewy caramel sweetness. Hints of dark fruits. The bourbon shines through a bit too much, and perhaps it tends to take over some of the malt complexity that I know is hidden under the barrel quality. Texture is oily, cabronation is flat. After taste is fantastic with chewy caramel and vanilla, coffee bitterness and dry oak. Where the bourbon is a nutch too much in the taste, the after taste is just the best. Very good indeed. Can’t wait to try the Wild Turkey edition.
tobydarling (31) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heady mix of licourice, tar, resin, molasses. there’s some raisiny stuff going on there too. Black. Black. Black. Nearly headless, but a tilt of the glass shows it has life and condition. Huge beer, so complex, I don’t know where to start. There’s some smokeyness which I guess is coming from the barrel, and this really helps lift what could be a challenging beer. It’s almost got the texture of melted chocolate.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
180ml bottle, #2011, with a big thanks to Doodler! Pours dark brown/black with a minimal slow forming, quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma starts with those signature De Molen roasty malts, followed quickly by char, oak, chocolate, espresso, just a hint of barrel/whiskey, and some light caramel, vanilla and ripe dark fruits. Flavor brings more of the barrel into place, but very soft and gentle, blending nicely with more rich chocolate, espresso roast, some char/smoke, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits. Palate is extremely smooth and gentle, yet coating and full. Wow, a very refined BA Imperial Stout, thanks much Scott!
Dedollewaitor (13014) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
18cl Bottle @ Hj Hansen, Odense. Bottle 444. Pours black with a small creamy bubbly beige head. Nose is vinous. Dark malty, roast, bourbon, chocolate and liquorice. Smooth, soft and full bodied. Delicious. Warmth . . .
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Once again a great great de Molen beer. So much of flavors that I almost stunned. If I could change anything in this one I’d add a hint of sweeness. But if you are into quite dry stout you might find this as very best you’ve ever had.
VikingHammer (501) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle#2244 This wonderful little treat poured pitch black with a small brown ring. The aroma of this beer seem to change at every sniff. Bourbon for sure, but not overwhelming. Toasted malts, mild to strong coffee,licorice,vanilla, plums, raisins, along with an array of other dark fruits. The initial flavors were moderately sweet with a light bitterness. The finish had a light acidic flavor. The bodied was medium for a stout. Somewhat dry texture and soft carbonation. I have not had a good beer in some time, so my palate may need some tuning. But, I thought this beer was phenomenal.
baggio (304) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apperance: Darkish brown with a , wee, beige head.
Aroma: Bourbon, Caramel, Roasted malts, Hint of overripe fruit.
Taste: Liqorice, Vanilla, Chocolate, Dark caramel, Portwine and a hint of alcohol.
Palate: Velvety smooth with an edge of bitterness and alcohol. Low carbonation.
This is a fine stout from Herr Menno. Very smooth and highly drinkable. I would wish for a little more residual sweetness and a wee bit more body but other than that this is superb. Impressive.