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


on tap

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RATINGS: 603   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2008
Nose is alcoholic, aceton tones and bayleave. Very dark color. Black!. Taste is burned and smokey like lasong souchong tea. Aftertaste is however flat and thin. Nice beer to experience bitterness in beer but not to have another glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (13286) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2008
(Bottled, 01 Nov 2008, bottle #566). Courtesy of bierkoning, ty Edo! Opaque black color, almost no head. Roasted coffee, dark malts, vanilla and cocoa powder in the nose. Intense palate, full body. Licorice, cocoa, dark coffee beans and chocolate in the flavor. Some vanilla notes. In the aftertaste hops dominate over roastyness and there is evident alcohol as well, but just a good amount of it. Propably one year cellaring has improved this a bit. Same time sweet, bitter and toasted. Another classic masterpiece from De Molen. This is actually quite close to Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter, but slightly sweeter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2008
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a collapsing brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, prunes, and some spices. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes roasted malt, licorice, soy sauce, prunes, and some coffee. The finish is dry woody, roasted, and bitter. Thanks fonefan and Brugmansia for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (6405) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
330. Thanks, Maria! Jet black. Light garnet highlights. Big musty, earthy, slightly salty nose. Very boozy and pruney as well. Light, still body. Earthy, dark-chocolate-y body, very smooth. Mild coffee finish. This is an understated beer, much more concerned with balance and harmony than it is with power. And it’s more interesting for it. The booze does peek through here and there, particularly on the nose, but, overall, this is an amazingly well-crafted and restrained beer. Absolutely lovely, and a treasure forever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13068) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2008
Very flat. Somewhat muddy dark brown with no head. Rich, tarry nose is full of dark fruits, charred molasses malts, salty sting and earthy richness. Full body. The mouthfeel is only slightly oily. Thick, rich, filling. Very sweet but with substantial roast bitterness at the back. Some of that 72% cacoa good stuff, along with rich Yunnan tea, more burnt sugars, Chinese doughnut sweetness and barely-there fruits. A rich, hearty brew that finishes simultaneously sweet, silky and intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Bottle, many thanks to jbrus. Pours flat, viscous dark brown-black. Aroma is rich, earthy blend of minerals, iron-rich soil, dates, cola, and charcoal. Flatness detracts somewhat from the palate, which is naturally silky smooth and neither too thick nor too thin. Fun flavors begin with vanilla and bourbon, then meander through gentle peaks of medium-roasted coffee beans. Toasty, slightly burnt, sophisticated, classy. A cigar-friendly brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13914) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Bottle at LCRBM08. Very nice liquorice flavour. Black colour. Big stable light brown head. Mild carbonation, served slightly warm which suits it very well. 8 4 8 4 16

Bottle, 11%. Sweet and vinous liquorice aroma. Almost black colour, seems clear. Small brown head. Good roasted and burnt flavour. A hint of tar and smoke comes on later. The flavour is quite sweet, balances off some of the distinct flavours as well as the alcohol. The mouthfeel gets a little thick from all the sugar, but does not get too sticky or syrupy. Mild and soft carbonation. 8 4 9 4 17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (3752) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Bottle @ LCRBM 08: Poured a dark black brown with a thin tan color head. The aroma is liquorice, dark fruits, and coffee. The taste is sweet with fruits and liquorice, some bitter spices in the finish that create a warming along with the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2008
(Bottled, 0.75l) Almost black with a medium, very tight, lasting and lacy, beige head. Complex and pleasant aroma of sweetish, roasted malt, lots of licorice, black coffee, dried fruit, some burned notes and hints of alcohol. Strongly roasty, lightly burned flavor with lots of balancing malt sweetness, some smokiness, herbs and spices, dandelion, and a strong, lingering bitterness drying towards the end. No signs of alcohol in the flavor. Very full and luscious body, with the medium carbonation making it less thick and easier to drink. Leaves some stickiness, though. A huge and complex Imperial porter. There must be truckloads of color malt in this, but it’s beautifully hidden. Delicious stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8126) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2008
Small off-white rim over red-brown, dark cognac colour. Very fruity nose, alcohol obvious, dark berries aromas. Sweet taste (certainly for a porter), with liquorice, fusels, herbs like rosemary. Complex, yet well-balanced. Ends on liquorice mixed with walnut. Well-bodied, lots of alcoholwarming, slick. Nice, if sweet-alcoholic porter.

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