Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   IBU: 94   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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OG 1108, FG 1026, Color 388.7 EBC, Chinook and Saaz hops. Bitterness 93.5 EBU.

Stronger version of a Baltic Porter. Comparable with an Imperial Stout but without the heavily roasted malt character. This created a soft beer with strong hops in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2010
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 it’s 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. It’s 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 there’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2010
thx to abio who i traded this for

head: firm, thick , moka
colour: pitchblack
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 !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2010
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting. Bottle number 640 of 823. Bottled 1/11/2007. The beer pours dark brown to black with a very small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, teriyaki and soy sauce. The flavor is more of the same with roasted malt, teriyaki and some light smoke. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2010
11.2 oz, Bottled on 01/11/2007, bottle number 640/823 thanks to bu11zeye. black pour with no head. thick chocolate malts and bittersweet notes on the nose. smooth on the palate, flavor is bakers chocolate, roasted malts, and more chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7897) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
11.2 oz, Bottled on 01/11/2007, bottle number 640/823 thanks to bu11zeye. No fizz when the cap was removed. Flat pour with no head over a deep brown body. Aroma of fudge, must, Sharpie, vinous, teriyaki and nutty. Taste is nutty, oxidized, licorice, and chocolate. Flat and syrupy mouthfeel. No carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3046) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2010
Bottled. Pours pitch black, opaque with a little, creamy and brown head leaving some good lacings. Nose of roasted malts with smokey notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, liqourice and dark fruits. Full bodied. Oily and smooth texture. Slightly malt bitterness in the end. An enjoyablee brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11072) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2010
bottle at mikkeller bar. (did not say imperial porter on the bottle, but did not say reserva either. og, fg, color matched on the label and here, as did ABV. pitch black, smooth light brown head. hoppy fruity roasted grains in the aroma, too flowery and spicy-flowery for me. flavor is licorice, english licorice (lots of licorice, which dominates), hoppy, roasted stuff. Although it appeares to me to be rather one dimensional (hops, licorice), it is in fact very well tasting. also some wood, vanilla, faint roasted grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6553) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2010
No head. Opaque black body. Chocolatey earth and alcohol aroma with spicy bready doughy toffee notes. Sweet chocolate and alcohol taste with spicy licorice notes. Full body. Mild, smooth mouthfeel. Dense and sweet palate. Dry dusty earthy aftertaste with alcohol notes. Nice. (0.25l bottle, Håndverkerstuene, Oslo.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Defreni (2771) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2010
Flaske: Kulsort øl med et lille skumhoved. Duften er lakrids og en smule malt. Enorm bitterhed i smagen og en dominerende alkohol der gør øllen spids og ubalanceret. Skuffende i forhold til mine store forventninger.

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