MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 My Bottom Line:JorisPPattyn (9929) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2007
The complex maltiness of this crafty Imperial Stout hits dark chocolate and roasted caramel notes, as green hoppiness balances out every sip to its very finish. This is a scrumptious sipper which lets itself be drunk rather easily for its size.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the brown-sleeved black.
-Grassy hop bitterness shares every step with roasted malts in the aftertaste.
-Some vague vegetal allusions stem from the high degree of roastiness.
-Some raisiny fruitiness deepens the experience.
-The wax seal is ridiculously messy to take off.
Bottles; vintage 2007. 3.6/5
A bottle from March 19th, 2009 was severely infected with brettanomyces...2.5/6
Red-brown beer with small yellowish head. Milk, cyanide notes and USA hops. Strange, but very balanced nose, the 3 components equalizing. Smoked taste, coffee and hops (dry). A bit of dry, dark bread. Well bodied, alcohol hidden. Very good stout, belies its impressive ABV completely. Jerre (3319) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Testerday @ ratebeer meeting, Kulminator.
Almost blach color, little beige head. Aroma caramel, roasted malts. Medium body. Tatse roasted malts, spicy, alcoholic touch. Christian (13605) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2007
Black with a short lived of-white head. Dried fruit aroma, some port, some alcohol presence. Rather sweet flavour, a bit thin for the style. oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2007
Bottled. Dark brown colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is dark berries and fruits, licorace, slight earth, roasted malts, spices and caramel. Flavour is spices, alcohol, roasted malts and some caramel.
fonefan (48769) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2007
Bottle @ Chris_o shindig 2007. Dark brown color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate yeasty, dry dark fruits, vanilla. Flavor is moderate sweet with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily / syrupy, carbonation is soft. ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Sampled at Chris_O’s Shindig; Aug. 2007: Great fruity-bubblegum aroma, simple malt profile; hotly alcoholic; perfumy spiced hop finish; a little doughy; coffe and roast finish. Just OK Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle, Chris_o shindig. Brown with a small off-white head. Very rummy aroma, green leaves, marzipan. Creamy, rummy flavor. Soft palate. Nice beer. I’d love to try this again on a fresh palate. After lots of other tastes, this made a postive, but not particularily distinct impression. Savad (58) - Den Bosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2007
Bottled. Initial aroma of De Molen hops, quite dry – cured leaves and tree bark – underlined with soft milk chocolate. Varnish and licorice come forward next. The aroma keeps on ever evolving: the varnish and licorice noses strengthen; a mix of cassis, dewberry and juniper evolves. The body is dark ruby, brownish head. Good lacing. A silky, oily mouthfeel. Dry finish, a firm, astringent touch of hops – yet not harsh, softened with a gentle milk chocolate feeling. The flavor fully stands up to the aroma, the same character. Technically sound, very complex and accurately balanced. Thanks to jbrus for sharing. Hope De Molen will guarantee a continual and sustainable supply of this fine beer. benhwilkinson (24) - Little Soudley, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2007
Draft at "De Molen"Dark in colour with a fantastic full brown head.WOW where to start.liqourice and syrup so many flavors.Sweet but with a bitter aftertaste.I have to say it does not get much better than this.HAS TO BE TRIED!!
LIQUID BLACK GOLD!!!