richie747 (39) - Sydney, - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hrabren (313) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.33 bottle from Hoppiness, Koper, Slovenia. Dark brown to black, small tan head, oily structure. Smoke, barrel, chocolate, licorice, rubber. Heavily wooden and smoked. Alcohol bite, sweet, malty, roasty, very dry finish. Wooden feeling in the finish. Lasting. Complex. Maybe to much smoke character.
bytemesis (4955) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to roulhas! Pours inky black with a surprisingly large dark brown head that is super creamy and long lasting. Aroma is roasty, molasses, bourbon, somewhat burned and a bit smoky. Flavor is heavy roast leaning to burned, molasses a bit of rubber as well. Medium sweet and heavy bitter, light barrel influence overall. Full body and creamy mouthfeel. Bit of heat, but fairly subdued.
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kris Wines. Almost black with a huge, creamy beige- brown head. Complex nose of chocolate, salted meat, caramel. Tastes sweetish, but good roasted and hints of smoke balances nicely. Hints of coffee. A masterbrew.
daniele (6779) - ITALY - JUL 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled on may 20 2014
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Rasmus40 (14423) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from De Hopduvel. 10.8 % ABV. Black without head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 060715
mollegar (8) - Kristiansund, NORWAY - JUN 27, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beermoth, Manchester. Pours black as the night. Brown caramel head. Heavy body. Sweet aroma. Sweet taste from the bourbon aging, together with rosted barley, coffee, chocolate. Really enjoyable beer from De Molen.
Duncat (5) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle at home, bottled 17th September 2014
Aroma is soy sauce, slightly oxidised smell, vineous, dark, sweet. Very little head and some firm lacing.
Initial taste is sweet with a chocolatey note but jumbled with some odd flavours. Can’t really place them. A bitterness on the end.
Ok mouth feel, light carbonation, sticky, coats your mouth.
I was disappointed. Just didn’t do it for me, so many of the De Molen beers impressed me and this wasn’t one.
WaW (17) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black, with a brown beige lasting head. Nice thick stout, full flavor, chocolaty and coffee, bourbon booze edge. Very good.
Marduk (4206) - Reval, ESTONIA - APR 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Pitch black color. Tiny to almost no head. Woody, roast, wineous, very dark chocolate, plums, alcohol, in aroma. Smoky, roast, plums, woody, alcohol, sour, grape in taste. Woody, roast in aftertaste. Nice one!
FatPhil (11511) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn)
Slightly harsh aroma, a pleasant roast, but some acidic burntness. Pleasant rich roast. A bit thin palate, thinned by the BA almost certainly. Nice dark roast, some quite dry bitterness too. Pleasant sipper, but a bit hot. Would like to have a non BA version, as I don’t think it’s been charitable. Final "sip" was actually a glug, and it was much more interesting as the vapours rose up the back of the mouth and up the nose in a very nice spicy spirit-like fashion. Overall, still disappointed.