arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy red with with off white head, aroma has notes of toffee, dark fruit, some roast, caramel, some slight earth and anise notes as well. Taste is nice toffee, caramel, slight chocolate and cocoa, hints of anise, touch of earth and spice, finishing slightly sweet, dry. Not bad, but definitely not in the style, more like an English barley wine.
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ dan’s house. Brown appearance with a fluffy, tan head. Deep roasty, slight tar, slightly fruity, chocolate nose. Very sweet, raisin, chocolate, caramel, lightly fruity, roasty malty, toffee flavor.
Tmoney99 (13332) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Cease & Desist. Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate malt, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This beer exceeded my expectations.
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Pours pitch black with medium-big off white head. Fruity, chocolate, caramel, coffe. Bitter. Full body, oily. Good beer
Nisse666 (6143) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample draught, at Porterveckan BAJT 2011-10-16
AP: chocolate pudding, caramel, brandy
AR: thick, dark black oily body, wee beige head
F: heavy bitterness, chocolate, coffey, chilli (?), brandy
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the East Croydon Beer Tasting, thanks to Rene. Pours dark brown with a thick, beige head. Some dark fruits and dark malts in the nose, with hints of booze. Very sweet flavor, mildly roasty, some light mocha. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warm finish, bit of dry chocolate, some dark fruits, modest alcohol. Very good.
_angst_ (4464) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ 3 Små Rum on October 12. Pours black with a thick gray head that slowly dissipates while leaving a thin film of foam on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet and subtle with some alcohol, fruit flavoured hard candy, spices and green peppers. Taste is huge with roasted malts, green chili, bergamot oil and some brown sugar. Finish lasts a long time and is mostly bitter chocolate. Rather wierd smell and taste but quite enjoyable.
phaleslu (9305) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle via local trade. Brewed 08 May 2008, Bottled 02 June 2008. Bottle 36/524. Pours a cloudy dark brown-amber with a small khaki ring. Certainly lighter-colored than most imperial stouts. The aroma shows some oxidation on top of caramel malts, earth, nuts, toasted brown sugar, cola, a little bit of roast, and leaves. Flavor of caramel, soy, chocolate, earth, nuts, tobacco, and molasses. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, chewy mouthfeel. Pretty smooth and tasty, but might be a wee bit past its prime. I don’t see this lasting up to 25 years but appreciate the ambition, De Molen.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed May 15th, 2008, Bottle Number 557; sampled October 2011,br>
This is definitely a brown beer rather than a deep black one; the beer sits in my Lost Abbey Teku glass with a concentrated brown color, but uncharacteristically, when held up to the light, shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby red color when held up to the light. It is topped by a lightly browned, tan colored head. The aroma smells smoky and roasted up front, but in a second pass a deep fruitiness really starts to come out. The fruit reminds me of plums, or perhaps even prune juice, some definite dried fig aromatics and perhaps a hint of roasted dates. After some time a foxy, concord grape like fruitiness becomes more and more noticeable; it almost has a children’s aspirin like fake fruitiness to it. In fact that last has me noticing some sweetness boosting, clove like phenolics along with a slight medicinal note. In the end this settles down into almost more of a rich, fruit driven aroma rather than a roasted grain aroma that is typically found in an Imperial Stout.
Fairly light bodied for a modern Imperial stout, it does have a firm roasted character and a substantial bitterness in the finish that is from both bitter, roasted grain as well as from an ample hop bite; a touch of burnt grain husk flavors linger lightly on the palate in the long finish too. The bitterness really lingers on the palate after each sip. Despite being somewhat light, the beer does have some sweetness to it, this accentuates an ample fruitiness that reminds me of burnt raisins, lots of sweet plum / prune notes, and even some dried fig notes; after the beer warms up a bit, the fruitiness combines with some phenolics to produce some flavors reminiscent of children’s aspirin. There is a touch of a smoky quality to the roast character, it does have a rich toasted brown bread character that leans towards being burnt at times; though interestingly enough it doesn’t really remind me of coffee at all. The beer has just enough heft to it that this is a sipping beer, it is still dangerously quaffable for a beer of this strength though; there is a very light viscousnous to this as it rolls across the palate, but it really doesn’t have the heft of a typical strong stout. If I let this beer rest in my mouth for some time it really starts to remind me of a roasted, concentrated plum.
A very European take on an Imperial Stout; light on the roast, fairly light bodied, but with a ton of fruitiness to it. The beer does have lots of alcohol in it though, but it hides it quite well. Pretty tasty, but at times the super fruitiness and slight medicinal notes can be a bit too much; it does seem need to more roasted character and lots more of a thick maltiness to balance out these notes. The totality of my experience with this beer is definitely better than either the isolated aroma or flavor might necessarily suggest.
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the small bottle (thankfully, since the last big de Molen I had exploded everywhere). Poured black with a huge tan head, lots of carbonation in a fairly thick body. Chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol. Overall, another winner for de Molen.