overall
100
98
style
Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1049   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The third RIS, Rasputin a Belgian IS. Tsarina Esra a Scandinavian/US RIS Now Hel & Verdoemenis, used old malts for this one like brownmalts.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7386) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2011
Small brown head. Opaque black body is just barely deep dark translucent red with strong carbonation. Deep round chocolatey earthy aroma with dusty milky notes. Dry-sweet earthy chocolatey taste with coffeeish peppery notes. Round, smooth mouthfeel with mealy peppery edges. Full-bodied. Dryish burnt roasty aftertaste with mealy soy sauce and chocolate notes. Touches of dried fruit, too. Excellent! Smooth, round imperial stout. (0.33l bottle, wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (2716) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle 388 March 2, 2009, 750ml. Reddish black with no head. Prune, alcohol, bit of peat, burnt toffee, some chocolate. Sweet, low carbonation, some alcohol and grape notes on the finish, chalky and dry. Was not a big fan of this but hoping some age will improve this a bit.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (2021) - FINLAND - OCT 14, 2011
Hel & Verdoemenis on musta ja muodostaa erittin vhn vaahtoa. Omaani ei tule yhtn, mutta ystvni lasiin ruskeaa vaahtoa muodostuu hieman. Tuoksu on paahtunut, phkininen, kahvinen, maanlheinen ja hyvin suklainen. Maussa on paahtunutta mallasta, kahvia, hieman katkeraa humalointia. Imperial stouteille tuttu runko on lsn, mutta ei ehk yht vahvana kuin usealla muulla. Ryhtyksen mukana tuleva puinen humalointi saa hymyn kuitenkin huulilleni.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mile (3874) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2011
Bottle. Very dark brown, small to average and mostly diminishing dark brown head. Moderate to full, malty and sweetish aroma, roasted malt and coffee and some salty licorice, light caramel. Body is medium to full, malty and sweet flavor, lots of coffee with roasted malt and some licorice, faint alcohol. Finish is average to long, malty and sweetish, coffee, lots of roasted - burnt malt, some licorice and alcohol with hoppy bitterness. Nice burnt - roasted IS, bit too much coffee.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Poors almost black with a small tan head. Flavors of bitter chocolate, burnt sugar and toffee. Nice bitterness to match the sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
erickok (5629) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Gusher. Big brown head over dark body. Big on chocolate, toffee, toast, cookies and dark cherries. Smooth body, perfect alcohol warmth. Delicious sweet taste with spicy notes. Long finish. Brilliant, brilliant beer. (33cl bottle) (Rating re-indexed)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 (Expensive!) Bottle at North Bar, Leeds. Pours a deep, oily black with tinges of ruby, with a tiny ring of tan foam around the glass. Aroma is stunning - roasted malts, spicy hops, mocha coffee, chocolate, raisins/dark fruits, oak, a bit of booze. At warmer temperatures, a little cherry, and blackcurrent cordial is also there. Incredible - differs depending on what element you focus on. Taste is equally wonderful - a more bitter coffee than the nose, dark chocolate, a touch of liquorice, with vanilla and a great balanced spicy hop flavour as well. Surprisingly fizzy, but not overly so, also not as oily as other comparable Imperial Stouts Ive had. Alcohol is nicely warming (yet surprisingly absent from the taste/palate), and it has a long sweet, rich finish that lasted the duration of my walk from the bar, home. Also, at 12.50, it wipes the floor with many, more expensive imperial stouts I could mention (particularly the collaboration between certain Danish, Scottish and Norwegian brewers, which costs almost twice as much). Truly incredible, its absolutely beautiful. An all-time favourite. EDIT: 21/11/12: Docked one aroma, taste and overall point after a couple of younger/inconsistent bottles. A big shame, when its on form this is mindblowing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (4337) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2011
0.33l bottle. This one pours a dark dark brown - or kinda black actually - body with a fantastic looking big, lasting and creamy chocolate head. The aroma reveals lots of chocolate mixed with wood, coffee, cocoa, molasses and alcohol. Really nice! Average to soft carbonation, really full-bodied and it has this fantastic thick, smooth and creamy mouthfeel that you just got to love. Flavors are strong and sharp with lots of fantastic roasted malts, deep black wood, nice bitter and sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, notes of vanilla and a heavy and fantastic warming finish. Could there perhaps also be some cognac in this one? Ends heavy roasted and its just hoppy and lingering for ever. Really glad I bought quite a few of these when I had the chance, and looking forward to having one in a year or 5. Really nice stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 Bottle at home, thank you bierkoning!!! Black black BLACK, big tan bubbles fade to absolutely nothing. Nose is amazing dark chocolate malt, raisin, cofee/mocha and oak. Sweet and amazing. Palate is rich chocolate, liquorice but not a hint of booziness, amazingly smooth, perfect carbonation, warmth, big sweet coffee finish that keeps going and going. I can?t be sure, but I think this is literally the best beer I have ever tasted. 4.6.................. Tried a much younger bottle blind with FaithHealer1 - black pour, huge gusher bubbles fade to nothing. Big dark chocolate and roast malts, but it just lacks the complexity I remember. Either younger or just a not as great batch. Palate is similar, bit over-boozy, soft smoke, yeasty tones, long sweet finish. Its still good but maybe too young, theres just something wrong. 4.0

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (2778) - NORWAY - OCT 2, 2011
Enjoyed from a nosing glass at home. 33cl bottle
Pours oily dark brown, black in glass with a thick dense espresso head. Looks absolutely fantastic! Smells of hops, coffee and hints of liquorice and soy sauce. Taste has tons of coffee, also roasted malts and hints of liquorice Feel is oily and has a crisp dry feel. Finish has a wonderful power hoppy bitterness that fights the coffee and makes a nice balance to this beer. Menno says this baby can be stored for 25 years... Who will be the first to do so?


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