Maakun (1538) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at oak aged festival. Very dark brown with barely any head. Sweet chocolate, chocolate icecream with red berry sauce and bourbon on the side... Very sweet but with a light fruity tartness. Medium to full bodied with medium alcohol presence. Beautiful.
lachneger (392) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Donker zwart bier met een koffie crème kleurige schuimkraag. Smaak zoet van caramel en bourbon koffie en drop. Top bier gedronken met Bryan.
olliejobbins (1324) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. jet black pour with no head; minimal carbonation. aroma is charcoal, ash, alcohol, whiskey and oak. taste is very heavy. again, ash and charcoal. followed by whiskey. i sipped this slowly but struggled. just too heavy.
LaViolette (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful deep dark colour, nose with peated bourbon and smoked dark chocolate. Taste with similar influences plus caramel and licorice. We disagreed with my boyfriend on the sweetness of the beer. I found it way too sweet while he liked it just like that. Nice wax top on the bottle that ads a bit to the experience. De Molen is definitely a great brewery...
Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of countless variations on the imperial stout theme by De Molen. Yellowish beige, thinnish and fairly loose yet moussy head, colour opaque black, no light coming through at all. Very strong aroma, the vanilla and smoked meat still reach your nose from a yard away; other impressions of chocolate sauce, charcoal, cigar ashes, hint of bourbon, tar, leather, oak, walnuts, pipe tobacco, candied dates, soup meat, peat. Sweet onset of candied fruit and chocolatey malts, something honeyish, very smooth, oily and even juicy mouthfeel with low carbonation, deep multi-layered, delicious maltiness, nutty, caramelly and profoundly chocolatey, lots of vivid spicy yeastiness, smokiness appearing more prominently in the finish but more sutbly than I had expected and therefore in good balance with the maltiness; in the end, woody tannins, warming bourbon, some peppery hops and a full, mouth-lining, thick coffee-like roasted bitterness appear in full glory, all balanced well. The smoky touch remains the longest, as well as the throat being warmed by the alcohol. I had expected either the smoky or the roasted bitter character to dominate even more as is often the case in this type of beers, but they are both gentle and rounded and keep themselves in place, leaving both each other as well as the delicious chocolatey malt sweetness enough room to express itself. The alcohol is quite prominent in the tail, but stays charming and does not become too wry or obnoxious. I was particularly marvelling at the ashy charcoal aspect of the aroma, and this aspect too remains gentle enough not to outplay the other flavour components. Wonderful, different, complex and powerful, in my view this is one of those beers which make a convincing argument for De Molen’s world class status.
Maarten1993 (500) - - JAN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank 20-1 while wrting in my diary. Very smoky smell. Had to get used to that. After a while that gets better. Smoke is present in the taste as well but there are also nice hints of bourbon.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle courtesy of Benzai. Thanks. pours a nearly opaque black color with no head. The aroma is strong with licorice, vanilla and bourbon. The taste reflects the nose with a big black licorice character, followed by molasses, cocoa, vanilla and some mild whiskey notes. The palate is full and a bit sticky with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration and sweet. Overall: Very sweet, almost like drinking licorice syrup. Definitely take this one in small doses.
LoFi (1678) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a light brown head.
Nice aroma with bourbon, licorice, dark chocolate, salami, peat.
Taste follows and adds toffee and fudge.
A very nice barrel aging of an already very tasty beer.
gunnfryd (12429) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Flavour is bourbon, roasted malt, hop, coffee, alcohol, licorice, chocolate, sugar. Full body. Very nice beer. KRS 080814.
Ritapisani (12) - - DEC 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
black; nice head with low head retention; aroma: vanilla, peat, bourbon, coffee; full body, coffee, some alcohol. very nice