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


on tap

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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 94   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (9500) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 17, 2010
Dark green, waxed 180ml bottle, vintage 2009, no.1219, bought at Barley Wine, Copenhagen. Deep, dark russet coloured body supported by a brownish head, leaving fragile lacing on the glass. Earthy, roasted malts in aroma plus notes of anise, dark fruits and with vapour of alcohol. Rich and rather smooth taste of vinous malts complemented by grain, candy sugar and a little too much alcohol. Notes of bitterness on the swallow. Full bodied. Nice sipper, I had, however, expected more (Tromsø, 16.04.2010).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abio (1809) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 Bottle at home. Botled 14 jan 2010, brewed 3 dec 2009 (but the label is wrong) Nr 1295 of 1320. Have another one (nr43) to re-taste later. Dark brown, some red in it. No head, nothing, no carbonation, no gas... What is wrong with putting some air into a bottle... Sour-roasted coffee-red fruit smell. Not bad at all. Taste... Flat, flat flat... I really need some bubbles, not to many, but this... It’s not the first time "De Molen" letting me down with this. The taste is good, fruit and roastiness, coffee. Bitterness not to hard, ok for me. But the lack of bubbles ruines this one for me. Really sad... Cause with some carbonation this could have been way better. Probably 3.8-4.0 then...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 18 cl bottle from de Bierkoning. Soot, cocoa and some licorice aroma, campfire, salt. The small size bottle was lovely, especiually having the red wax and all - very convenient when your suitcase cannot hodl all the 75 cl bottles with champagne corks. i cannot judge if this would have been a hit in old St Petersburg, but it was certainly just the thing in Oslo just past midnight.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2451) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 29, 2010
0,18 l bottle, bought at PreZBF Festival, Belgium.
Like a black hole with a small, delicious, creamy beige head..Liqueric and deep roasted aroma with a ton of plum and caramel, coffee and dark chocolate, tobacco. Oily body witha fantastic texture of caramel and deep roasted malts, the taste like a coffee with some dark chocolate, leather and tobacco. In the finish come some spicy vanilla, dried fruits like plum, fig and raisins, cocoa, minimal hop. Well hidden alcohol. Direct hit in the style!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (12953) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is dry, coffee, alcohol, Flavour is dry, coffee, alcohol, roasted malt, licorice, chocolate. Full body. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle. Vintage 2009 - Drank 2010. A - Deep brown, not quite black. Small creamy beige head, that settles pretty fast with a bit of lacing left. S - A lot of dark roasted malts and barley. A good amount of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, and some dark fruit. Also a bit of molasses and brown sugar. T - A lot of those dark, roasted malts are the initial flavor and provides a base for the drink. Some bitter roasted taste, chocolate, and coffee then come in, along with a bit of tobacco. Then dark fruit starts to make a greater presences (raisin and date) along with some molasses. Starts bitter and then eases into a bit more sweeter taste. Alcohol taste is present throughout. M - Medium to full body that is creamy and a bit chewy. Low carbonation. Also fairly slick. D - Strong flavors, high ABV, and low carbonation don’t help the drinkability. I wouldn’t mind drinking one at another time, but definitely not more than one in a night. Notes: Pretty nice porter, with some strong flavors that evolve through drinking it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2010
Bottle, 75cl corked, courtesy of brugmansia. Thx a lot darling ;-). It pours an oily, almost black body under a small, tan head leaving some lacings. There’s some alcohol in the aroma, not much, just what’s needed. Roasted malts, licorice, sweetness and a malty sourish hint too. Sweet flavor with alcohol, licorice, roasted malts, some chocolate and a roasted bitterness. Smooth, warming and full-bodied. The finish is of the lasting kind, with alcohol, sweetness, roasted malts and a sugary, chocolate touch. Not much to complain about here. 091024

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5832) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2010
180 ml waxed bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Also sampled at Olympen, Oslo. ABV is 11%. Bitterness 92,9 EBU. Pitch black colour, no head, hardly any carbonation. Lovely vinous and roasty aroma, dark dried fruits, oak. Roasty flavour with oaky and vinous notes, distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (16810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2010
180 ml bottle. Nearly black, nearly flat. Aroma of chocolate. Flavor has intense chocolate, vanilla, chestnuts. Flavor has bitter cocoa, scotch, wood. Body is chewy. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14610) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle (180ml) at home. Black - brown head. Chocolate, light bitter chocolate, vineous, fruity, dryness, mikey, burned, high malty, malty sourness, coffee, bitterness, medium hoppy, soapy, light plastic jug, nice and smooth,

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