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


on tap

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RATINGS: 619   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13156) - 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 (14001) - 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 (3840) - 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 (4677) - 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 (8232) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Courtesy of Fonefan, who cracked this open, but also thank you to Bierkoning from whom I have bottle # 52. This is Bottle # 298 of 823. It’s a black beer with a creamy head. The aroma is complex with notes of licorice, roasted malt, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. The flavour has a light sweetness and a light bitterness. It has notes of licorice, coffee, caramel, peat, dark fruits, citrus and it ends on a dry note. It’s very complex and the flavour lingers for a very long time – truly nice. It’s worthy # 4500 for me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (891) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle, sampled at RBSG 08. Pours a deep black with a tan ring. Deep burnt malt aroma, with hints of dark fruit. Big burnt, toasted malt taste, with a bit of alcohol. Lingering burnt flavors. Very nice imperial porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (21835) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2008
Bottled@Fonefan. A perfect ending to two very nice days around in Ulfborg! Very dark rubyish brown colour (close to black) with small creamy brown head that stays for a while. Aroma is raisins, smoked wood, some peat, mild smoke as well as some slight fruityness. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, licorice, alcohol as well as some mildly smoked wet wood. Really complex and wellbalanced. Fullbodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours a black brown body with no head. Coffee nutty brown, peanuts and dry minerals. Okay.

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