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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 86   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Older versions had 11.6%. 2015 version has 10% again.


Jimthechap's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - JAN 30, 2013
It sits innocuously enough in the glass: black with a faintish prickly head that sank into a gibbous moon of film on top of the beer. There is a persistent tingle of carbonation visible, which I don’t ordinarily see in other imperial stouts. This could bode well, or I may be reaching for the bottl of water and some aspirin when I wake up. Jet black colour with hints of coffee and before the glass hits my nose I pick up definite Bordeaux aromas of rich Merlot based wines. A shade closer reveals coffee and rich plum pudding. There is some spice there too: nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. The flavour is strong. The coffee grounds from the bottom of the pot, burnt toast, glace fruits, coffee leftovers and other mayhem. The mouthfeel reveals prickly carbonation that serves to exacerbate the bitterness. This is a bit of a brute and no mistake. Dries on the palate, but stays stomping with heavy boots on the finish. You know you’ve been assaulted by this beer. Whether or not you mind is another thing altogether.


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Choos (705) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2016
Aroma: mocha and malt App: pitch black, just tiny tan head and a little sudsy lacing Flavour: initial under roasted coffee, grainy and then huge malt and mocha Palate: oily and hot with a spiritous finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gopherfan99 (1224) - CROATIA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle; pours nearly black with a mocha colored head; aroma of coffee, roasted malt and hints of chocolate, taste is more sweet than bitter with coffee, chocolate, and some roasted malt notes; finish is bitter with some coffee; okay but could be better

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (6984) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 25, 2016
Bottled 330ml. -at Pivoteka Zagreb. Pitch black coloured, small to medium sized brown head, coffee in the nose. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, touch of burnt plastic, hint of dried fruits and light ashy finish. Expected better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enteogenisk (37) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2016
UPDATED: APR 24, 2016 (33 cl bottle in wine glass.) Pours black but not overly thick, leaving a thin (3 mm) beige head. Aroma intensity is medium with a full coffee character. Hemp and a bit of that titled mocca. Mouthfeel is really thick with a medium flavour intensity. Chocolate, licorice, coffee but notably a well complementing earthen taste from the hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (3425) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Pours black with flat head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, bourbon... Lots of bourbon... Taste is smooth chocolate and vanilla with a subtle bourbon note in the finish. Rich and creamy body with soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (2453) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016
Pours matte black with almost no head. Aromas of chocolate, coffe, vanilla, coconut, muscovado sugar, honeyed almonds, lactose. Taste is quite sweet and chocolate rich with roasted coffee notes. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety with low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2288) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016
Pours black with minimal tanned head Aromas of caramel, vanilla , coffee, milk chocolate Taste has slightly burned caramel, milk chocolate, hints of coffee, dark fruits

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (19556) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2016
Draft at Churchkey. Jet black, fluffy beige head. Aroma of burnt licorice, burnt espresso, coffee grounds. Taste is rich earthy cocoa powder and anisette. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2755) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2016
Bottled 08/05/15 and abv is 11.6% pours black and thick with no head ..... Aroma of mocha, nice mix of coffee and roasted malts with the right balance of cocoa .... Taste is just like the aroma mocha cocoa/coffee/roasted combo .... Mouthfeel is oily and slick .... Has light dark fruit qualities and lactose sugar as well .... Very solid the abv is masked very well .... Great balance

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (4081) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2016
Bottle from Jan shared with him and Craftmember, cheers my friends... Dense, pale greyish beige, medium thick, stable head over a black beer with chestnut edges. Lovely aroma of indeed mocha, coffee grounds, chocolate, candied dates, bayleaf, cured meat, whisky, ’green’ coffee beans, black pepper, wet leather, dried banana, iron. Soft candied sweetness in the onset, figs and raisins surrounded by beefy umami edges and a soft basic sourishness, soft carbo, smooth, thick and oily body of a multi-layered, nutty, caramelly and chocolatey malt sweetness becoming quickly toasted but softly bittering, lots of mocha flavors in the end and retronasally with roasted bitterness, thick and mouth filling but still gentle and creamy, with the malt sweetness persisting; warming whisky-like alcohol and peppery hop bitterness add complexity to the finish. Yet another great Molen stout - I hope they keep up this level of quality now that industrial Bavaria’s influence in this brewery is becoming ever more strong.


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