BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thick black pour with very little bubbly brown head. Aroma is quite roasty and has notes of licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Flavour is very similar but with added notes of coffee, tar, smoke and a hint of alcohol. Thick, oily mouthfeel with very low carbonation and a long roasty, mildly bitter finish. A great Imperial porter overall, well balanced and delicious, however Iím not convinced that my bottle was in great condition due to the lack of carbonation. Still a great brew but I will definitely have to revisit. Soon.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Tim & Jacob. Black, medium tan head. Nose is roasty, oily malt, chocolate, really dark caramels and a bunch of booze - huge but great. Flavor is dark caramel, milk chocolate, big booze & hop hit, roasty bitter (burnt) chocolate and a hoppy alcoholic finish.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUL 17, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is currants,alcohol, figs and candy. In the mouth it is very smooth. Flavours of dark fruit, chocolate and prunes. Probably doesnít quite hit like the nose leads on but still a very well made impy.
gam (3351) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head not strong mild cover very dark porter carbonation mild aroma liccorice fruit rich coffee alcohol caramel smoothness flavour velvet smooth caramel touch rich coffee liccorice fruit taste date lovely bitter smooth great baltic porter finish fizz smooth malt bitter long lasting aftertaste
Mjollnir (391) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
180mL bottle, brewed 03/12/09. Pours opaque black with red-brown highlights and a thin light brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, muscat, acidic fruit and alcohol. Coffee, grapes and alcohol in the flavour. Full bodied, soft carbonation and very smooth with a slightly sweet, alcoholic finish much like a fortified wine.
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin head on a deep dark brown, almost black body. Sweet aroma, notes of fudge, alcohol and soy sauce. Cocoa notes in the taste, some dark fruits, liquorice, smooth and full body.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle 0564, bomb asss extra from thickfreakness, thanks a ton! nice opaque dark brown pour with a late rising layer of light brown head that sticks around in a ring and sheeting the whole way through. the aroma is super spicy, yeasty, light yet with an oily heavyness, and a nice hop profile shows up as well. the taste and palate are so perfect on this, excellent example of what an importer should be. nice and spicy, smooth, a lingering lager yeastiness, nice hop presence, with a bit of fruitiness showing up very nicely.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I finaly get to try an old friend again, and this time I can actually rate it. This is a small 18cl bottle bottle 0591 of 1320 bottled 14th Jan 2009. So itís got a good 18months of bottle age to it. Pours out nice and oily coating the glass like a slick as it goes, then suddenly, like the H%V 666 a tight mocha head pops up out of nowhere to create what can only be described as, a perfect picture of a beer. Solid black body with brown/red hues at the edge of the glass and a dense tan/beige-brown head satnding a finger high - great conditioning. The first aroma that hits me, oddly enough, is Cointreau - it has without a doubt an orange liqueur aroma to it, brandy, orange and chocolate. Itís a strange attack of bitter and tart notes. Behind this lies barley, toasted malt, chocolate, coffee and rustique mellow yeast/bread branyard characteristics. The Flavour is spot on for me. Simply put, it is impecabely well balanced - it verges on being too good to be true, totaly poised from first sip to finish. First up is more of this crazy chocolate orange, folowed by great fruity hops, then thereís some good mineral notes in the midal, which turn quickly to earth. Also in the mids, there is a curious, but very pleasant fleating lager element, probably created by the aromatics pf the Saaz hops, and a light caramel malt flavour that wafts around. Finish has an element of smokiness to it, seems at first to be a little abrupt, but then a subtle finish continues on with superb length ad growing intesity. All the way through this beer displays elegance and melowness in abundance, which is neatley balnced by a curious fruit tartness which creeps in from time to time to add balance and keep the beer from ever getting to cloying. De Molen make the best stouts in the world.
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thx to abio who i traded this for
head: firm, thick , moka
smell: hops, alcohol, maltz, dark/bitter chocolat, bit of coffee, soy sauce, also something that reminds me of the smell at open sea
taste: bitter and hopy start, fruity malt taste , a alcoholic punch that hits the nose as well , aftertaste is an earthy coffee
very very nice !
thirdeye11 (5635) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33cl botle #640/823 brewed 10-6-07 bottled 11-1-07 thanks to bu11zeye) espresso brown wih khaki bubbles. Nose of chocolate syrup, fudge, alcohol, vanilla and graham cracker. Taste of dark chocolate, fudgey, woody, light smoke with a watery finish and more bitter chocolate.