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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Imperial Stout – 10,2% vol. Twice the amount of dark roasted malts used, massive Imperial stout. This is a mad one. Black brown colour with a thick and creamy tan head that can be added to as you wish if you give the bottle a swirl. Give this beer time to breathe and blossom into something truly stunning. Chocolate and alcohol are right there at the front but do not at all overpower the gorgeousness that is underneath. Full of leather, vanilla, amazing wooden notes, beautifully floral character from the hops, thick Belgian chocolate, much character. The flavour of crazy wooden tartness. An extremely bitter finish seems to come out of nowhere and is what really makes this quite unique. Superb width in the mouth and coats the whole palate beautifully. Alcohol 12% in latere versies


Crosling's rating

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Bottle from De Bierkoning.

Not a surprise, I find this beer delicious in every way. Excellent look with a large creamy tan head and near pitch black body. Strong flavor intensity and complexity from start to finish. Coating mouth feel. Nose is strong and fairly complex. An incredibly great beer. Quite stunning. De Molen’s beers are one of a kind. The best stout brewer on earth.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (6105) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 12, 2014
[9/27/14] Bottle sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2014 in Bodegraven. Black. Great aroma of dark chocolate and some liqueur. Sweet flavor, slightly acidic, with chocolate, some coffee, a liqueur note and a slightly drier and more roasty finish. Full-bodied. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (215) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle shared with bokkekm. Pours pitch black with a small bubbly light brown head. Aromas of cocoa, slight alcohol, vanilla and some coffee. Taste is very strong roast up front, dark dark bitter chocolate, licorice, lots of malty sweetness in there aswell. Vanilla and some spices. Slightly herbal. Low carb and full body.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4849) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
15/IX/14 - 33cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - bottled: 1/VIII/13 (2014-1013)

Clear dark purple to deep brown beer, small irregular beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, mocha, some coffee. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty sour start, lots of coffee, caramel, sugar, fruity, roasted. Aftertaste: mocha, coffee, bit sourish, cocoa powder, caramel, sugary, hoppy touch, some chocolate, alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2612) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Pours thick dark not quite murky with a bright beige smaller head. The aroma is nice - brings some molasses, soft booze, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. The flavor brings big sweet chocolate, spicy smooth vanilla, and the booze has truly settled to smooth out on the palate. The body is creamy, big but subtle!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (424) - HUNGARY - SEP 25, 2014
Egy újabb De Molen imperial stout, mely a megszokott módon olajfekete, szirupos, habja szinte nincs, mint ahogyan szénsavtartalma sem. Ez utóbbi tényező ebben az esetben még inkább hangsúlyos, mint ahogy az a magas alkoholtartalommal általában együtt jár. Az első pár illatvételt az italra telepedő alkoholfátyol szövetén keresztül valósíthatjuk meg. A szinte már szúróssá vált aromákat egy pár fokkal alacsonyabb hőfok hatásosan tompítja, így némiképp kedvezőbb hőmérsékletre hűtve részletgazdagabb kép tárul elénk, melyben az alkohol bár az egyik vezérmotívum marad, nagyvonalúan szorít helyet az étcsokoládé, kávé, medvecukor és nehéz maláta testes illatainak. Néha egy kis hamu, bőr emlékképe, vagy éppen epres hangulatok szűrődnek be a kompozícióba, mely amennyire összetett, éppoly visszafogott is egyben. Jelentős testesség fogad minket ezután, sűrű, selymes és olajos kortyok közepette próbáljuk magunkba szívni mondandóját, ami leginkább a keserédes vonalat képviselve kezd körvonalazódni. A kakaó, étcsokoládé, mogyoró ízjegyein indulhatunk el, hogy aztán a tengeri sós benyomások is érvényesülhessenek, az alkohol konyakos, kissé füstös hangvételű jelenléte cifrázza a képet, majd a hirtelen betoppanó és távozni nem akaró orvosságos keserűség rúgja fel az egész festőállványt egyetlen mozdulattal. Komplex, intelligens imperial stout, olyasféle, melynek markáns kalibere csak koncentrált figyelem esetén szolgál igazi élvezeti értékkel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darrennelson12 (415) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
In bottle; pours black with no head. Aroma of smoke and tobacco. Taste was syrupy, with smokey/tobacco notes .. alcohol very evident .. this was OK at best ... not my favorite at all

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3219) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Tulipe ŕ 7.83$ (avant taxes) au Saint-Bock. Robe presque noire et collet brun qui laisse de maudites belles traces. Nez riche de chocolat, de porto, de fumée latente et de chęne vanillé avec une floraison citrique des plus intéressantes. Bouche sur des notes boisées, poivrées et citronnées qui viennent se choquer aux saveurs de chocolat, de raisins et de café laissées par les malts. Corps de soie et belles bulles vivantes qui frôlent le sublime. Finale complčtement poivrée et chocolatée. DÉ-LI-CIEUX!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14659) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle at the bow tasting... Deep black.. No head... Dark dry chocolate roast malt nose... Dark roast... Big berries... Bitter meaty chocolate... Light charcoal bitter roast... Quite tobacco

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pelzky (25) - Szczecin, POLAND - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle with expiration 01.08.2013. Pours pitch black without head. Syrupy texture. Beer stuck to the side of glass when moved. Aroma is dark fruits, leather, huge notes of coffee and some chocolate also a bit whisky-ish. Taste is mostly same as aroma - roasty, coffee with hints of alcohol and dark fruits. Low carbonation. Really good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fkoolen (328) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Pitch black, brown bubbles (no real head). Aroma is big on coffee, dark chocolate and leather bitterness, some hops, vanilla, raisins, bourbon boozy and smoke(d meat). Taste has these same tones: complex, big big flavours but for experienced beer geeks only! Tard and dry aftertaste. Very low carbonation, soft mouthfeel, good but a bit too light body.


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