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


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RATINGS: 557   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, - JAN 9, 2013
Tap. Large dense tan head with a black body. Aroma/taste: dark chocolate, blackberries, molasses, wood with a sweetish body but a significant bitter finish. Full bodied, oily, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (1627) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
330ml bottle, thanks to Benzai! Pours black with slight brown hue. Thin off-white head, strong boozy fruitcake aroma. Tate is swirling caramel malts, dark fruits and a curious sweetness with a slight grainy texture. Absolutely delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (315) - HUNGARY - SEP 13, 2014
Igen csekély, szinte csak a kitöltés pillanataiban jelenlévő, majd egy vékony gyűrű formájában megmaradó habbal, és kólaszínű testtel rendelkező imperial porter a De Molentől, mely utóbbi pár jellemvonás már eleve stabil alapot ad a bizakodásra. Tömött, nehéz illatokkal mutatkozik be a pörkölés során előálló valamennyi létező aromával és egy masszív rumos kávés, vaníliás öntettel. Kissé átlátszó, kevésbé testes főzeteket idéző színe legnagyobb meglepetésünkre egy haraphatóan testes, krémesen lágy szénsavtartalommal megélénkített, fahordóban érlelt kávéturmix benyomását kelti, majd további képzavarokhoz alapot kínálva egy istállós jegyekkel megbolondított, túlsúlyos sour ale és feszes imperial stout házasságának gyümölcse kel életre. Ennyire izgalmas porterrel még nemigen találkoztam, bár ez esetben talán még kevésbé érzem sajátomnak a stout és a porter ’imperial’ jellegének megkülönböztetésére vonatkozó képességet. Egyszerre komor, sült húsos és egyéb szaftos-ételes, valamint likőrös, diófagylalt-szerű, alkoholos-tejkészítményes sörkülönlegesség, amiért igazán megéri pénzt áldozni.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (1866) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle from Kris Wines. Date on the bottle is 2011. I’ve had this bottle about 2 years, maybe more. Pours a little oily, black to very dark brown with a tan brown head, big and foamy. Nose is very malty, yeasty, yeast extract, Marmite, little salty, dark chocolate, black sugar. Sweet and savoury. Taste is roasted malt, big yeasty, yeast extract, Marmite, little salty, black sugar, black coffee, maybe a slight bit of coffee, caramel, some alcohol hotness and hop bitterness and tanginess. Finish is alcohol hot, yeasty, salty, Marmite, bit of caramel, hop resin and slight ale fruitiness. Nice thick mouthfeel, big thick flavours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (1715) - BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2014
Very strong porter with delicate, deeply beige head which needs a bit of forcing to be fully formed, colour very dark burgundy, almost black. Very rich, deep, tantalizing aroma - one of those ’sniffing’ beers I love so much, with hints of raisins, kahlua, old port wine, candied cherries, pear, brown sugar, honey, gin, liquorice, peat, ginger... Complex, very liquorice-like onset with even some saltiness only adding more complexity, low carbo, very thick, resinous and oily mouthfeel, profound nutty, caramelly and chocolatey maltiness, dry spiciness, intense roasted bitterness in the finish with a smoky, tobacco-like quality, again that subtle saltiness, strong gin-like warming alcohol but nowhere astringent, very mouth-filling. This is a truly fantastic ale, one of the best I ever tasted from this innovative brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (98) - GREECE - SEP 1, 2014
330 ml bottle at home, bottled 08/11/2011. Black color with big beige head that quickly disappears and leaves a ring until the end. Aroma is roasted malty, some chocolate, (dark) fruity - raisins, hazelnut and alcohol when it gets warmer. Taste is sweet, malty, a little bit fruity. Almost full body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter alcoholic and a little bit smoked finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (601) - Orsenigo, ITALY - AUG 20, 2014
Clear dark brown with minimal brown head. Roasted malts with licorice, dark chocolate and cocoa, hint of hops and ashes. Lovely warm taste, balanced roasted malts full of chocolate with light licorice fading into light bitter ending with aromatic hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Appearance: Dark/brown black with cm thick beige head. Aroma: Acetic, citrus, subtle treacle and liquorice, malts. Smells a bit like a geuze. Taste: Low bitterness, low/medium sweet and sourness. Palate: Medium thick smooth texture and body, average carbonation, lingering, treacle, acetic, chocolate, fruity, whisky peaty note, with gentle alcohol warmth in the finish. Comments: Good but perhaps a bit young.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (353) - ESTONIA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle at ALEhouse, Riga. Beer that I used to finish my short session. Pours black with a small head. Looks a bit intimidating with all its blackness. Probably a good thing though. Aroma is sweet, slightly, but only slightly hoppy, dark fruits and some lactose sweetness too. Taste is mainly sweet with some residual bitterness lingering around after you take a sip. Dark fruits, liquorice, nuts. Quite powerful stuff, this one is really for slow drinking. Well executed and another great beer by De Molen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvhoran (237) - Tasmania, - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle. Dark murky brown with a decent tan head. The aroma is chocolate, dense rich malt, light coffee, a light hop note and yeast. The flavour speaks loudly of chocolate, with rich slightly sweet malts, light coffee, leather, some berry notes, with a final that is almost tart with an impression of dark ripe cherry. The aftertaste is long with chocolate and a woody note. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3106) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle @ bierhuyske Pours black , slow rising grey head . Smell is coffee bitter Taste is roasted , coffee . very intense , bit sweet , some chocolate . Very thick mouthfeel , perfect carbo

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