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

bottled
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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richie747 (34) - Sydney, - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle from Bodegraven. Pours a small dark brown, oily, head that dissipates halfway. Minor carbonation, might improve with ageing. Heavy alcohol and musky barrel aromas. Syrop or port style mouthfeel. Complex mix of dark choc, dark fruits, and a sweet caramel bourbon. Would age well, and score better in 5 years time.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (1688) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2014
Bottle 330 ml at home, into a snifter, ABV 10.8%, side to side with the Rum Barrel Aged version, bottled on Sep. 17 2013 Pours totally black, with a brown thin line forming where the beer meets the glass, plus some bubbles on the surface. No lacing, even after a swirl of the glass, nothing sticks on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, wood, faint alcohol, weak bourbon. Taste is much better, quite sweet, with roasted malts, the alcohol accompanying nicely, some wood, light vanilla. Very thick body, maybe the thickest I’ve met in a De Molen beer, or at least the thickest I can remember now. Low carbonation that fits perfectly. Overall a great IRS, not heavy on the bourbon or wood notes though, very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2129) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2014
Bottled. Pours deep brown near to black with a tan, medium sized and creamy tan head. Malty nose of bitter chocolate, vanilla and notes of bourbon. Sweet flavor that ends up dry with alcohol notes. Full to medium bodied, oily texture and flat to soft carbonation. An excellent impy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle courtesy of and shared with Deanso. Poured a deep mahogany with a frothy tan head. The aroma is rich boozy alcohol with a little band aid. The flavour is strong bitter with a strong alcoholic liqourice bitter, creamy roasted malt palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation. Has a long bitter finish with an oily mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (4662) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2014
33cl bottle from the Molen shop. thin tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely smooth imperial stout

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimplySike (688) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2014
33cl. Bottle.
Pours black with some bubbles for the head.
Aroma strong bourbon, booze, alcohol, vanilla. Chocolate, coffee, liquorice, some glue and dark fruits.
Taste big bourbon vanilla sweet, bitter chocolate coffee bitter.
Mouthfeel oily, slick.
Awesome imperial stout, liked the rum version better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2014
Bottled@vPBFIII. Quite much black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol and ripe fruits. Flavour is leathery, smoked wood along with some liquorice and quite much alcohol as well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7414) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2014
33 cl bottle at a tasting on October 30, 2013 (backlog). Thanks to Ingo!
Marked 10.8& and bottled Sep 17th 2013.
Very dark brown to black color, no head. Malty, sweet, alcohol, vanilla, raisin scent, also smoked. Sweet, raisin, alcohol taste. Sweet, toffee, smoked aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Full mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Also grainy bitterness coming through.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (971) - SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2014
Thick viscous radiator oil black, pours with an engorged tan head which dissapates to a decent half finger thick head. Steeped bourbon tea bag nose, roastedness is hidden by an enriched liquorice fist full of dark choc. Button down roastedness on the initial taste, bushy cooking choc buy the mouthfeel just engulfed anything but the bourbon before the finish. Heavy duty thickness, needling carbonation.
There’s a massive bitter boozy tang on the finish, it’s a wee bit too quick in approach and a massive over coffee roasted sweetness.
There’s a lot going on here, but the balance is pretty throttling at both ends of each sip. That said, I sat with this for nearly two hours and would happily have worked my way through another bottle at the same rate.

Bottle, THANKS BEN BUDDY BOY H, 10.8% bottled September 17th 2013

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Idiosynkrasie (3228)
- Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2014
330ml bottle [10.8% abv]. Pitch black colour with late awakening, small to average, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Rich and complex dark malty aroma has notes of treacle, vanilla, leather, liquorice. Taste is initially dry dark malty with subtle sweetness, notes of leather, hints of vanilla, later the sweetness vanishes and gives way to a salty liquorice note; lasting finish, oily texture, soft and slightly sticky palate. Superb balance and good integration of the dry and sweet partitions.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zer0 (1125) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma is lots of chocolate, alcoholic, bourbon, coffee and caramel. Taste is very chocolatey and bourbon. Moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied and thick sticky texture. Pretty good but not as good as the H&V series.


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