cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy dark almost black, no real head. Strong aroma of burned malt with lots of liquorice, dark coffee and chocolate, dark flowers, prunes, spices and hops. Flavour is sweet with bitter finish. Nice complexity and warming alco well balanced.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh, give me a home, where the Russian Imperial Stouts roam, and the malts and barley playÖ
Black with rich top-soil complimenting her depths. In the light, rustic copper and ancient amber flicker and fade beneath a soft canopy of delicate bubbles while clumps of lace cling stubbornly. Licorice soaked dark breads taste of burnt crust and fresh pumpernickel. Oak, cinnamon, and nutmeg dance amidst a chorus of caramel, chocolate, and fresh lactic notes; whole milk. My first quaff is rich and delicious. Sweet with spiced molasses, caramel, and warm dark breads, pumpernickel, and rye. Graham crackers and vanilla dipped in delicate milky chocolate and coffee with cream. Fresh melon, peach, and apricot offer a delicate finish I find highly refreshing and unexpectedly enjoyable. Plump and moist plums, prunes, and raisins perfectly compliment her dark breads drizzled in caramelized sugars. Each quaff lightly coats all porous surfaces as I thirst for more of my Brouwerij de Molen Rasputin. As my glass warms and quickly recedes to her very last drop, I am enveloped in comforting warmth.
The only other Russian Imperial Stout I have had of late has been North Coastís offering, and these two couldnít be any more pleasantly different. She was exquisitely delicious, and I especially enjoyed the delicate tropical fruit touch; very vivifying. Once again, I count my blessings as a beer geek, and offer thanks both to this boutique brewery and to my good friend who so graciously shared his bottle with me.
MennoO (148) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle 75 cl. dark medium carbonated with medium vanilla head. less complex as hell and damnation, and maybe thus better drinkable. excellent!!!
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the í09 Fish Fry. Pours ruby black with beige head. The aroma is nuts, varnish, and lumber. The flavor is chocolate, walnut, raisin, and nut shells. Thereís a harsh, dry peppery finish that I donít dig. I have a hard time getting into these continental imperial stouts, but this one is better than the past several Iíve had.
Suttree (4878) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, almost black, with a thick, rich beige head. Nice aroma of caramel and toast. Flavor is yeasty and herbalplus a lot of chocolatey, toasty and coffee flavors, too. Persistant herbal note throughout. Sampled at Springslickerís Fish Fry.
FrankJohansen (3600) - Sabro, DENMARK - APR 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a huge off white head. Loads of aromas in here, lots of complex taste. But is it a stout or an bsa? I dont care. its GOOD!
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Large brown thick head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Hazy mahogany color. Aroma of dried fruit, yeast, roasted malt, chocolate. Very full and vinous aroma. Full bodied, acerage carbonation, light alcoholic thich texture. Heavy sweet and bitter flavor. Lingering fruity and roated malty finish.
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a super huge foamy dirty brown head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma is nice mix of lightly sweet black chocolate with some hints of fry coffee and well balance roasted malt. Taste is also a very well balance mix between some black chocolate, dry coffee and lightly bitter roasted malt with a good dose of sweetness. Hops donít play a huge role here and it is just perfect the way it is. Body is not totally full for the style with some great carbonation and no sign of the alcohol. Very well done and I still donít understand what this is not rated higher.
Embrouille (2788) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 750ml. 2008 Vintage. Bottle number 550. Thanks Bierkoning! Appearance: It pours a dark brown beer with ruby reflects. Fizzy beige head. Poor retention. Fair lacework. Aroma: Very pleasant and inviting. Candy sugar, molasses, licorice, strong coffee and rose petals showing up. Very rich and buttery with hints of strawberries and vanilla. Flavor and palate: Sweet and full bodied. A lot of licorice, vanilla, strong coffee, candy sugar, burnt caramel, plums, cherries and molasses in the taste. Smooth. Faintly salty. Strawberries and marshmallows sneaking in. The alcohol is very nicely hidden. Surprisingly dry finish which is reminiscent of hops, vanilla, strawberries and coffee. Overall impression: Flawless, deeply pleasant, rich, complex and really true to the style of Imperial Russian Stout. I was struck by the dissapointing appearance though. I love the burnt caramel characteristics. Another great beer from De Molen. Thanks a lot bierkoning!
Borresteijn (4334) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl Bottle bought at the brewery, from 2008. Deep dark brown colour, big light beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and hops. Flavour is sweet at first, sugar and chocolate, then roasted malts, a hint of coffee, some earthy bitter hops. Combined roasted and hoppy bitter finish. Almost fullbodied. Lacks a bit of edge, maybe a bit too sweet, but thatís just being picky. Really good beer.