Borresteijn (6498) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, ABV 11,5%. Black as night, no head. Aroma of coffee, liquorice, deep roasted malts. Flavour is strong coffee all the way, liquorice, soy sauce, brown sugar, alcohol. Everlasting coffee bitter finish. Very very thick mouthfeel, extremely smooth, but barely drinkable because of the extreme bitter coffee flavour and the high ABV. The alcohol kicked in immediately.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught at EBF 2008, Copenhagen. Dark black and very still. Vegetable and oatmeal notes are apparent on the nose along with the fruitiness, bitter chocolate, liquorice and aniseed that combine to give an outstanding flavour. It is smooth and lovely on the tongue, despite the strength and you feel you get more from every sip. My beer of the festival for EBF.
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at EBF 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark. Clear medium to dark black color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, dusty, old fashion malt, smoke - peat and licorice notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 120908
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(EBF 2008) Black color, brown head. Licorice and violet aroma, coffee and some smoked notes. Licorice flavor, cocoa and chocolate, roasted, milky and with some nice bitterness.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate: 75cl bottle thanks muchly to Menno.
Totally black with a tiny bit of beige foam right at the edge. Awesome aroma full of rich dark chocolate, a ton of fruity malt and some slight coffee notes. Some lovely Italian vanilla ice cream too. Slight roasty peaty notes give it a good solid base to launch it up the nostrils. Similarly awesome flavour but what else would I expect from De Molen. Damn this is crazy. It’s verging on chocolate milkshake. It’s sooooo thick and the total lack of carbonation makes it all the more so. The mouthfeel is pretty much Baileys actually. So creamy it coats your whole mouth and throat on the way down and just doesn’t shift. Which is a good thing as it means you can take a while between sips and just top up on what is still hanging around your gums. Awesome liquorice notes and a delicate medicinal sourness really make it. The finish is roasty as hell with some residual chalky bitterness from the dark dark chocolate flavours. Awesome stuff. Damn, I feel drunk already. Said to Duff I didn’t wanna get drunk tonight, now I’m questioning the wisdom of popping open an 11.5% 75cl bottle to start us off. Oh well...
Thanks so much Menno.
TrefwoordPunk (983) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle 75 cl. Pours pitch blak with an extremely smal tan head and and a sweet coffee-like aroma with touches of dark chocolate and smoked salmon. The taste is sweet liquorice, with influences of sweet chocolate, sweet soy-sauce (in a good way), roasted malts and a bit creamy in the end. A nice bitter finish. A very good beer, but not the best De Molen has to offer!
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 75 cl bottle at Hopheads´ fourth tasting - in my garage. Bought at Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg. Bottle # 80/260. Almost black color, moderate brown head. Aroma is most of all coffee, and it is lovely. Flavor is coffee, tar, liqorice, sweetness. Very oily mouthfeel. Lovely!
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at EBF. Black, loose and fading brown head. Dry, very burned aroma with cocoa, little smoke and rubber. Sweeter flavor with syrupy burned malts, salty liquorice, some hops in the finish. Full bodied, low carbonation. Not very balanced.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2009 Tap@DeMolen. Wow! What a beer! What else does it need? Tap&Bottle@DeMolen. Yet another great Imperial Stout by De Molen. The bottle was too young so it had almost no head but from the tap it looked wonderful but small light brown head. Great aroma and flavor, all the stuff you would expect. Maybe a bit on the sweet side though.
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pitch black colour with a nice light brown head. Roasty chocolate liquorice slightly smokey aroma. Very good filling mouthfeel. The flavour has a good very roasty maltiness with dark bitter chocolate, some liquorice, coffee and mild smokey touch. Nice brew indeed!