Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great look. Potent nose hints of peanut butter fudge and brownie. Wonderful tasting. Dessert-like. Perfectly balanced. Mainly base beer character, until the 30+ second finish, where the barrels come into play and the beer showcases notes of whiskey and espresso bean. Again, the really long finish is what makes the beer special. De Molen makes the best stouts in the world. His beers are also among the most cellar worthy in the world.
Shark_Pants (227) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 28 Jan 13, drank 21 Nov 14. Almost black with small tan head. Lots of bourbon and oak with the dark chocolate, mocha, cream, vegemite. The taste is fantastic. Delicate balance between the sweet bourbon, treacle, cream, chocolate, a little espresso and the bitter/dry ashiness, a hint of hops and the dry oak. Nice stickiness. Really good BA imperial stout. Reminds me a lot of the Struise Cuvee Delphine.
jdb288 (562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unknown bottle date. Pours oily black with no head. Aroma is fig, plum, raisin, ashtray, campfire, cocoa. Taste is similar with more chocolate covered raisin notes coming through for me. Smoky and distinct. Smooth and worth sipping over a long while.
fletchfighters (1117) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11% version from 2013
330 ML bottle
Brownish black pour, settled black. Quarter finger light brown head that falls to a collar. Just some spotty lacing.
Nose is charred oak, malted chocolate milk, soft vanilla, and toasted coconut.
Taste thin for the ABV. Lots of barrel notes. Vanilla, coconut, caramel, chocolate, and coco powder. Some char and a long lasting almond joy after taste. Thin in the mouth but a solid dry finish. ABV is well reserved and doubt this would make it to 25 years.
kbudd19 (669) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle vintage 2013 courtesy of tom10101, thanks man! Black pour with a finger of light mocha head. Aroma is bourbon, ash, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, ash, chocolate, light vanilla, finish is bitter, mouthfeel is bit thin for such a big beer, carbonation is medium. Very tasty.
douglas88 (6236) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Christian. Bottled Jan. 2013. Pours a dark brown zwarte color with a medium bruin color. A big sweet woody nose, vanilla. The flavor is big bourbon, I don’t remember much about the old Wild Turkey, but this is about right, more fireball than sweet bourbon. Charred wood, vanilla, coffee. Light fruit. Oak. Woody all through. uitstekend. Quite mellow in many ways.
weark (334) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - OCT 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Erzbierschof - Black color with a fast disappearing brown head, no lacing - Aroma roasted, coffee, cacao, soy sauce, tobacco, red fruits, prune, dried apricot - Flavor is sweet roasted malt, toasted bread, cacao, vanilla, woody, tobacco, bourbon, alcohol - Full body, light carbonation, sweet & silky, light bitterness, amazing sweet coffee finish - This beer is incredible, young but amazing, i can’t imagine how well it can aged, powerful roasted and chocolate malt body, smooth and silky, wahoo
tderoeck (5004) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/IX/14 - 33cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - bottled: 28/I/13 (2014-974)
Clear dark brown to black beer, aery big bubbled beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: alcohol, more alcohol, dark chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, caramel, roast, rye bread. MF: soft to no carbon, full to medium body. Taste: sourish start, alcohol, lots of coffee, some bourbon, overripe banana, bit sweet, some coffee. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, cocoa powder, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, lots of coffee, bitter, dark chocolate, hoppy ending. And what the f*%£ are these gelatinous chunks at the bottom of the bottle?
Vestergaard (424) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch, oily black with a beautiful nut brown head. Aroma has vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon, caramel sweetness, dark roast, port wine, figs. Taste has more chocolate, coffee, some sweet licorice, but still lots of these vanilla-bourbon-coconut flavors. Extremely easy drinkable, sweet stout. Alcohol is very well hidden. Fat, gentle body and low carbonation. Yum!
Houtmankutkop (23) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Een plens ruwe Brent olie in je glas, zwarte vingerverf. Ziet er doods uit. Nauwelijks schuim. Zachtzoete bitterheid. Een italiaanse espressobar met een bakje pure chocoladerozijnen. Dit concurreert met port. Kleine slokjes grote smaken. Ik ben om!
Cunningham (4775) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick black body with almost no head. Leather, mild peat, oak and vanilla nose. Full body. Tad sweet . Moderate bitterness and an oily creamy texture. Almost no carbonation. I can not say it is anything wrong with this one. Probably heaven for those who love this flavors. I am not unfortunately not a fan. But it have a fine profile with leather, mild peat, vanilla, oak and some coffee. It is a really complex ale with many dimensions.
[Bottle (as De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Misto (bourbon barrel aged) from a trade with markextrae]