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


on tap


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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A beast of a imperial stout! Nacht & Ontij matured almost a year on Cognac barrels. The beer has eased down a lot. A divine brew.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (948) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Jeffo, 11/26/2012. Pours black, fine light mocha head fades to surface haze, thin ring of viscous lacing. Aroma of doughy dark chocolate, with lovely, fruity cognac, orange noticeable, vanilla coffee, oak, a bit smoky. One of the nicest cognac expressions I’ve encountered from a barrel aged beer. Taste is sweet, cognac notes over dark chocolate, wood and heavy dark roast, bitter finish to balance, some heat, boozy cognac aftertaste. Medium palate, perhaps even a bit thin to support the flavors fully. Not without flaws, but really nice nonetheless. Me gusta.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (3816) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from De Molen web shop. Almost black colored beer with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, ash, wood, cognac. Taste, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, peat, cognac, ash. Alcohol is strongly evident. Very tasty sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoFi (1522) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. Black with a porous beige head. Aroma: cognac, roasted, salty licorice, light berries. Taste: licorice, roasted, creamy, milk chocolate, definitely cognac, fruity. Full-bodied. A very nice cognac aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7004) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle at home, from the De Molen shop, 11/01/14. Light black with a thin beige swirl mid glass that resembled the British Leyland logo! Soon cleared to spotting before I had chance to take a picture of this mother Theresa like vision. Nose is light roast, bitter chocolate, earthy, light dirt, booze, toffee fudge. Taste comprises dark chocolate, mineral bite, earthy, woody tones, Terrys chocolate orange kind of Cognac hit, booze. Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming boozedom in the closure. This is a little harsh as Impys go, whilst an overly sweet offering doens’t usually float my boat, this was just a touch too bitter and harsh. Drinkable affair none the less but not one I’d revisit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (15568) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate and cognac aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate and cognac flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Balazs (750) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle@home. Poured black, with a slight burgundy edge and almost no head. Sharp nose of alcohol, dark chocolate, coffee and cognac. First sip brings caramel, molasses, licorice, plum, apricot, vanilla, and plenty of hops. Dense, oily, syrupy as expected. Sweet, roasty lasting aftertaste. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Overall smooth but heavy beer, outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (684) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2013
shared bottle. poured dark black with a non lasting chocolate head. cagnac notes but not overwhelming in the aroma. taste of sweet chocolate. vanilla, oak. A lot of cognac. creamy chocolate, real thick and creamy mouthfeel. almost no carbonation but the cognac barrel really steals the show here in a good way. again a real top class BA stout from de molen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abijen (1184) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2013
Thanks to Sinterklaas. Pours a pitch black beer with a not very long lasting brown head. Smells sweet fruits, bourbon, alcohol, coffee. Tastes coffee, alcohol, bit spicey amd roasted malts. Medium body, burning and sticky texture with a low carbo. A bit alcoholic for me. But certainly not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2168) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2013
Bottled. Pours hazy deep brown nearly black with a small tan head. Aroma of wood, roasted malt and cognac Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and bitter. Medium to full bodied, oily text. and soft carb. An excellent impy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6105) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2013
330 ml bottle. Bottled on 05/09/2012. Courtesy of tiong.
Dark brown colour with a small grey head. Alcohol (a bit boozy) and roasted malt in the aroma. Harsh roasted malt, mild liquorice and alcohol in the flavour. Too strong on alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (5283) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
33 cl bottle.
Pours dark red, almost black color with a minimal head. Aroma is somewhat fruity, cognac, some dark malts, bourbon, vanilla and licorice. Flavor of licorice, roasted malts, some distant bilberries, some alcohol also. Decent.

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