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


on tap

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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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2013 vintage is 11% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enegaard (53) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle from Toft Vin - 18/07/14. I guess this is it, even though the label only mentions the bourbon aging, no specific kind. Red wax sealing. Poured down the middle, shows a nice inch-thick, quickly fading foam - brown and bubbly. Black with red edges. Aroma escapes the glass way before I even approach it; I almost get a barleywine sort of sweetness and dried fruitiness, coated in chocolaty bourbon. Putting my nose into the tulip the bourbon overshadows most, but I get a very dense, compact and full aroma that tells me something merged nicely in this one. First sip is velvety and smooth, very sweet and chocolaty, the bourbon almost too dominant, but I kind of like that. Lots of alcohol, but again in a nice imperial stout kind of way: the heat lingers on the palate - as it should in an 11% stout. I like it. Itís not the plate reinvented, it doesnít go super deep or crazy, but itís a solid, creamy, smooth imperial stout and the barrel aging really provided with some good finish. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2318) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Pours an opaque brownish black from the bottle with thin ring of tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of whiskey and roasty malt, hint of chocolate, boozy. Taste is like the bourbon county barley wine, roast and sweetness balanced. Big on the boozy bite, like a half and half of whiskey stout. Definitely nice, very intense, but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1191) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 16, 2014
A - pours opaque cola brown with very little giant bubbled head. S - nice grainy and sweet almost combo of stout and barleywine. Wild turkey it is. Sweet bourbon notes dominate. Lightly grainy, sweet molasses, cereal grains, sour oak, mineral water. Quiet chalky notes, dry chocolate, vanilla, leather, charcoal , leather and orange peel. M - so much lighter than I expected. Light and sweet and somehow still rich. Dry bitter end, low carb, lightly astringent. T - the taste is all wild turkey and cereal grains. Sweet and oaky earthy bourbon. Wheat, sour oak, chalky chocolate, dry potting soil, graham crackers, molasses, orange peel and vanilla. O - this is more barleywine than stout, especially as it warms. Nice but a bit weaker than I'd like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (1431) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUN 11, 2014
33cl bottle as Bourbon Barrel Aged. Color is quite dark. No head. Looking oily on the top. Body is medium and very smooth. Long finish. Taste is medium to high bitter, medium sweet. Aroma is high chocolate, light roasted, bread, alcohol, liquor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brnandersen (1928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2014
33 cl. bottle, shared. As Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon Barrel Aged. Pitch black with a creamy, tanned head. Roasted aroma with vanilla, chocolate, coffee, caramel, a sweet, alcohol dense and wooden note. Liquorice, herbal hops and sweet tobacco. Wow! this is great! Taste is sweet and roasted. Full body with an oily texture and a soft carbonation. Long lasting roasted finish with bourbon barrel and a rich, roasted note. World class, excellent experience. A rare 4.3 from me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NBird (374) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2014
Looks. Black, cola tinge, viscous, sml head Smells. Dark choc, oak and vanilla barrel, big malts and whisky. Tastes. Heavy chocalate malts, vanilla, woody/oaky bourbon.some alcohol burn Thick syrup like mouthfeel. 2013 btl..Hell and damnation alright!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpgibbon (309) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle at Mother Kellyís. Vanilla, smooth chocolate and coffee. Mellow bourbon sweet bite. Velvet goodness all round. Quaffable even and some funk on the nose to boot. Happy days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - MAY 31, 2014
2/7/13 bottle.

Look: Pours with thick, large, mocha head. Slow to medium retention speed, stickier big bubbles break down - they mostly form lacing. Leaves a thick but solid layer, good amount of lacing through. Dark, dark brown, no living light can penetrate it.

Smell: Cacao, fat, full, stuffy as fuck. Milk chocolate with very well represented bourbon oak are the dominant notes. Salty, mineral burned soy sauce, but good incorporation into roasted, chocolate heavy malt. Light alcohol to detect.

Taste: Salty, medium intense molasses start. Also very light acidity that does it good. It continues into mostly milk chocolate with some roast and burned caramel medium-heavy sweetness. But this gets quickly dominated with medium to heavy honey bourbon oak with a noticeable alcohol spike and ends with medium to heavy coffee, cappuccino bitterness. Late in the after some coconut notes star to flow around. The taste is a lot less stuffy than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Full, medium heavy body, solid, creamy with some alcohol warming.

Overall: As itís none-barreled version, itís quite a beer. A fat one, full of darker malt wonders, but this time with a very strong bourbon presence, maybe a bit too much for my taste. Itís a demanding beer, but well worth your time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angelkostvo (613) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 30, 2014
Black colour, mocca head. Aroma of whisky, molasses, vanilla, very nice. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter. medium to full body, creamy to thick texture, soft to flat carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (503) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Aroma: Big bourbon and vanilla notes with toasted brown sugar and caramel Appearance: thick dark brown with thin layer of tan head Taste: incredibly smooth and sweet bourbon flavor with vanilla, oak, licorice and tobacco Overall: now this is what you want in a barrel aged imperial stout-prominent bourbon flavor that is velvety in texture and has a complex array of sweet layers

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