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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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2013 vintage is 11% ABV


dnstone's rating

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2147) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Wood and vanilla roastiness on the aroma. Black in color with a nice tan head. Super smooth, perfectly carbonated, chocolate and coffee with excellent complementary whiskey vanilla woody tones. Warms going down. Notes: Alvinne CBF ’11 on tap.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (3094) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours a dark brown with a khaki head of foam. The aroma has a bit of coffee, chocolate, toffee. Taste is sweet and boozy and chocolaty. Thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6078) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
In short: A highly roasted big black ale with lots of whisky soaked oak barrels. Brutal but somewhat drinkable monster beer.
How: Bottle at Cervecería Arte&Sana, Malaga Spain.
The look: Black body topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Nose is big, nice oak, not overly whiskey, a bit chocolaty. Body is full (obviously), a somewhat grainy texture, adequate carbonation of sparse hard bubbles. Taste is thick grainy burnt malts, plenty of toasted oak, some whiskey, cacao powder, dry grass. Some heat but overall the alcohol is well hidden. Body is heavy but not too syrupy because it is so roasted. The high roastiness (read ‘totally scorched malts’) helps to hide the sweetness, it also makes the beer less syrupy, but here it is so over-the-top roasted that it becomes aggressively so, almost ashy. Pretty much what I was expecting, a brutal but somewhat drinkable monster, Just another big De Molen tick for me. Looking at the super-high ratings I seem to be pretty much the only person who doesn’t love that beer, not surprising, I’ve always been the odd man out, in the 90s I was the dude in the back who was the only one who wasn’t Kung Fu fighting.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kauge (187) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 22, 2014
33 cl bottle from Pothole in Tallinn (ca € 12). Labelled as "Bourbon Barrel Aged"; ABV is 11%; bottled Nov 19th 2013. Not sure how this is the same thing but oh well. Pours very dark brown, appears near black with a reddish brown hue in the glass. Head is minimal and drops fast, leaving a thin layer around the edge with no lacing. Aroma strikes me with a whiff of amazing oaky woodiness and indeed a strong impression of Bourbon (not had Wild Turkey, so for lack of something better (?) it reminds me of, well, Jim Beam) - behind all that there’s a great deal of bitter (or more like spicy) hops and chocolaty malts, but also notes of brandy, vanilla, cocoa beans... Hard to believe this is beer... The aroma is complex, multilayered and near to what I’d call perfection. Taste is, as someone noted below, less complex, with sweet and mellow chocolate and dark ripe fruits at first, then - within a millisecond - the armada of hop bitterness together with a woody alcoholic zing take over, working pleasantly with the near full body and flat carbonation. It’s a joyride of a beer. Definitely worth the € 12.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (646) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Old nip bottle from 2010, 13% abv sent to me by Boltz555. Thick black pour, almost no head to speak off. Aroma is oak, ash, vanilla, marshmallow, booze, lots of oak. Taste is oily mouthfeel, vanilla, ash, oak, roasted malts, ash/oak finish with light carbonation, aftertaste is bitter with some heat from the Abv. Really nice, lots of barrel, a bit harsh on the finish but overall very solid.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PawelS (3) - - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
Bottle 0.33, bottled 19th Nov 2013 under name ’De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon barrel aged’, but Ratebeer refers me here. Black and clear, but when under strong light it presents some deep red shades. Head is minimal. Bourbon scent dominates in aroma, in background appear dark chocolate (praline), a little bit of coffee, vanilla. Beer is sweet, medium bitter, a little bit sticky, flat. In mouth I can feel the same things as in aroma. Finish is spicy. It’s a great beer for bourbon/whiskey lovers. I think that it would be better to drink this beer in temperature higher then recommended by brewery (11 C).

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukasmh (180) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Bottle shared with Vestergaard. Pours pitch black small short lasting brown head. Aroma is amazing. Vanilla, oak wood, bourbon a bit boozy. Reminds me of puddersukker (brown Darin) and burn figs. Taste is all the same, but not as complex. Really smooth body with low to none carbonation. Surprisingly for the abv. Well done, but would have liked it to have some more carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (727) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2014
2013 vintage at Parker Pie for $8!!! Pours coca cola brown with no real head. Strong bourbon aroma, coffee, raisin, date. Flavor is roasty, dark chocolate, molasses and dark coffee. Bourbon, vanilla, oak in the finish. Win!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalfaro86 (295) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 4, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2014 Pours a black brew with a small beige head with poor retention, aroma is heavy sweet and moderate to low bitter with wood, dark fruits, vainilla, bourbon, caramel and rosted malt, robust bodied, flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to low bitter with a bittersweet finish and a long aftertaste, great

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MonsterMagnet (261) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle as bourbon barrel aged 11%, bottled 19-12-2013. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma: bourbon aroma can be smelled from afar, vanilla, chocolate, light roast, wood . Taste: bourbon, wood, vanilla, lots of dark chocolate, red berries, liquorice, coffee, light mint. Sweet, medium bitter, full bodied, velvet mouthfeel, fizzy on the tongue (alcohol?), with a bourbon boozy everlasting finish. Excellent bourbon and chocolate sipper.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (427) - HUNGARY - SEP 25, 2014
11%-os verzió: A De Molen zászlóshajóját Wild Turkey-hordóban érlelni már önmagában is olyan szuperlatívusz, melynek értéke valószínűleg az összes valamirevaló sörfogyasztó számára megkérdőjelezhetetlen. Akik pedig ráadásul a whiskyk szerelmesei is, valószínűleg a paradicsomban érezhetik magukat, miközben ezt az egészen kivételes palackot tartják a kezükben. A kávészínű testen puha és krémes, bézs színű habpaplan terül el, mely által a sör már ránézésre is maga a tökély, az pedig, hogy ez a vékonyka habtakaró nem várt módon hosszú életű, csak tovább növeli az ital élvezeti értékét. Dobpergést követően kerülhet sor az illatában való elmerülésre, itt azonban hosszú percekre meg is pihenhetünk, mert ha létezik mennyei aroma, akkor valami hasonló lehet az is. A nemes, tölgyfából készült keretben krémes, tejszínes és kókuszos, a legfinomabb whiskys illatokhoz hasonló kompozíció rajzolódik ki, mely elevenen idézi fel az Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stoutnál tapasztalt aromákat. Szinte tökéletes, lézerrel megmunkált formátumú ital, melyről valóban csak a legnagyobb elragadtatással lehet beszélni. Klasszikus imperial stout jegyekkel rendelkezik, melyhez a legbiztosabb alapként az önmagában is példaértékű Hel & Verdoemenis szolgált, ehhez csatlakoztak aztán azok az ízjegyek, amik által egy minden tekintetben kerekebb, részletgazdagabb, nagyobb horderejű főzet kelt életre. A csokoládésziruppal meglocsolt kávéshake-es bevezető alatt pillanatok alatt szembesülhetünk vele, hogy ennél az óriási felépítménynél hátradőlve adhatjuk át magunkat az ízek élvezetének, anélkül, hogy a szerkezeti elemek labilitása okozta nyugtalanság legapróbb jelével is számolnunk kellene. A csokoládé, kókusz, és vanília tejszínes krémességben egybeolvadó játékát a csikorgó alkohol garattájéktól tapasztalható felsőbbrendű jelenléte inti rendre, majd egy gyógynövénylikőrös kesernye öleli magához a komponenseket, hogy az összhatás igencsak feledhetetlen legyen. Semmi eltúlzottság, olcsó fogások és üres giccsparádé, ezek az orrbavágó whiskys aromák sem nehezülnek ránk, a kezdeti ámulat lényegében a végsőkig kitart, nem csömörlünk meg az élményektől. A szokatlan hatásokat ugyanis magabiztosan simítják el a megszokott és elvárt klasszikus jellegzetességek, melyek által túlzás nélkül állíthatjuk, hogy egy csúcskategóriás főzet elfogyasztásához volt szerencsénk.


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