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


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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c0fein's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (517) - Helsinki, - MAY 1, 2014
330ml bottle @ Maunula beer tasting. Thanks Mikko!

Black outfit with small light brown head. Aroma of sour. Not toasty at all. Exciting beer, never drank sour IS before, this is good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 30, 2016

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

[ As De Molen Hollen & Stilstaan Barrel Aged ].
Clear dark brown black color with a large, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, berry - raspberry tart, wood, light smoked. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration, smoke, wood, chocolate, roasted, sweet malt, tart sweet berry - cherry - raspberry. Body is medium o full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to lively, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20160305]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rikstar (2067) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2016
0,33l fles uit de brouwshop. Zwart met een fluwelen schuimkraag. Aroma begint vol zuur, zwarte bessen, cranberry, kandijkoek en en risteretto koffie. Aandronk is zuur, met daarna ook snel de verwarmende tonen van de imperial stout, mooie volle alcoholwarmte, en een afdronk die aam een volle fruitige wijn doet denken. De rook komt niet echt naar boven maar wel een,maar wel een fantastische en heftige beleving.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlasgowTAD (1309) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Pours opaque black with a deep brown head which reduces to a brown layering. Aroma is cherry, cocoa and molasses. Taste is tart winter berries, cocoa, milk chocolate sweet, raisins, red grape sweet, slight oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjogro (2268) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2015
And yet another great imperial stout from De Molen! Backlog from 2014/11/22.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (6039) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2015
Backlog rating. Bottle shared by me at CBC CW, London. It pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is rich sweet chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, light vinegar funk, red berries and red wine. Taste is also sweet upfront and lightly funky and tangy in the finish, with more notes of milk chocolate, roated malts, red wine, dark fruits, red berries. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, pretty interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AirForceHops (5971) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2015
12 oz bottle thanks to AdamC. Much thanks! Deep brown / Amber color, lasting full head. Aroma is sour grain, vinegar, and like smoke.

Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma. Sour grain base with a bad Bactria note. This is an infected beer that the brewer somehow still bottled in sold. Are you kidding me?? No thanks!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chalumeaux (1008) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks AdamChandler for the Ratebeer Camp extravaganza. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Aromas of smoke and funk. Taste is sour fruit and smoke.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamChandler (4466) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Dark brownish black, 1 finger head. good head cap sound. Smells a bit infected but it is a ‘sour stout’ grapes, sour lemon juice Sour is light, not too much but it’s certainly sour. Grapes, wheat, oak, charred smoke, peat, a little chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (2195) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
12oz bottle shared by AdamChandler. Thanks, Adam! Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is very smoky. Taste is sour, dark cherry, dark chocolate, smoke. Odd.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2015
Two year old vintage bottle from De Hopduvel. It is a good thing De Molen tries to describe the style of their beers under the official name on the front label: this one read ’sour smoked imperial stout-ish’... Pours a very dark wine-red colour, almost black but transparent around the edges, hazy with a yellowish beige head of medium thickness, leaving medium lacing, bit milky in texture and not retaining too well, even dissolving completely after a while. Aroma is powerful and complex, a rich and enticing bouquet reminiscent of indeed imperial stout, smoked porter and oud bruin at the same time - three styles I’d never thought could be compatible in any way. I get impressions of wet oak wood, dried porcini, liquorice, sweet soy sauce, beef stock, full-bodied red wine, autumn leaves, Cuban cigars, very old madera (i.e. oxidation working perfectly here!), bayleaf, wood varnish, coffee grounds, old chocolate, dried orange peel, brown rhum, chewing tobacco, Worcestershire sauce, vanilla, elderberries, smoked cheese, cloves, dried plums, Christmas cake - in all, a lot more enticing than I had expected based on the description on the front label. Intense taste, beginning with a nice, well-dosed candied fruit sweetness, not cloying though, balanced with a deep, basic tartness of sour cherries, blueberries and redcurrant as well as a deep, broad, black olive- or even mushroom-like umami flavour; carbonation is there and adds an ever so slightly minerally feel at first, but otherwise remains very soft and inoffensive, just fit for this type of beer (whatever the type may be); it almost vanishes after a while, though. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick even, but full and oily, with a deep caramelly and chocolatey maltiness coating the whole mouth cavity; some roasted bitterness is there as well, but not too strong, well in proportion with the rest of the flavour profile. The somewhat sticky sweetishness is balanced with a drying, sour fruit- and manzanilla-like tartness as well as drying wood tannins - the perfect balance between sweet and sour. The smoke aspect is there, retronasally at least, but remains equally gentle and takes on a more umami, meat-like flavour rather than becoming truly smoky. Finish reprises all these beautiful flavours, vinous and complex, with all the thick, fat maltiness there, accompanied by spicy notes (peppery hops, I assume, but deeply buried), drying woodiness, remains of the subtle smokiness, sour cherry tartness and deeply warming, whisky-like alcohol. I must admit I have postponed tasting this beer for a while because of the description on the label - I reckoned there were going to be too many flavours at once conflicting with each other, but in this case this array of possible beer flavours has worked exceptionally well and rather than fighting, the properties of different beer styles only seem to enhance each other in this one. I also assume two years of ageing have made this beer considerably better, mellower and more balanced too, especially when reading the ratings here dating back to when this was first launched. This is hugely complex and demanding, not something you’d drink in some outdoors café, but a gastronomic piece of art which is to be analyzed and appreciated with great caution, patience and competence. In terms of style, I think this leans more to a very strong Flemish red than a real imperial stout, but in the case of hybrids like this, it is difficult to argue about truth to style, of course. In any case: all the basic flavours are present, from candied sweetness, fruit sourness, dried mushroom-like umami to a (luckily) very frail tinge of soy sauce saltiness and gentle roasted chocolatey bitterness. It tastes like some very, very old ale despite having only two years behind it, but more full-bodied. This is a world class masterpiece, like De Molen, incredibly so, has put out many a dozen. Another perfect Molen bliss, ideal for a Sunday afternoon. I was still enjoying the aroma of the last drops one hour after pouring this out - I cannot imagine anyone with an educated taste not liking this for its complexity, nobility and balance. Kudos to De Molen, once again!

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