Moord & Brand - Bourbon BA - Brouwerij De Molen

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88
very good

16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JAHMUR on 12-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by Jeffo:
Photo of Jeffo
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 17 September 2013
29.5 Plato
EBC: 567
EBU: 112
Drank next to the rum version.

APPEARANCE: Black pour on this one. Thick and black. This is probably the blackest beer I've seen come out of The Windmill. A small, cascading, dark tan wisp forms atop a jet black body with no carbonation. The film vanishes quickly. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Black and black, but the head isn't all that interesting. The rum version was more attractive here. Still, love the blackness.

SMELL: Good bourbon barrel. Oak, vanilla, sweet cream, dark chocolate and roasted grains. A touch of char in there, but the pure baker's chocolate, sweet vanilla and bourbon barrels are very good. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Lots of bourbon barrel with oak and sweet caramel up front. More barrel at the swallow, with sweet oak, milk chocolate and vanilla cream sweetness at the finish. Big aftertaste of alcohol, bourbon, bitter dark chocolate and some roasted, charred malts. Pretty good, with some nice barrel and burnt, bitter flavors. Perhaps a touch too burnt, but nothing off-putting.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Almost flat actually. Silky smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite sticky. Needs a touch more carbonation, but silky with minimal heat. Rum was better here.

OVERALL: This was better than the Rum version. Much better. Good bourbon barrel and I appreciate the overly black body on this one, but the harsh char and bitterness became tiresome as the glass emptied, and the flat carbonation didn't help. An interesting stout, but not one of their best.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor. 'Moord & Brand' translates ominously to 'Murder and Fire'...eep!

This beer pours a solid, light-absorbing oily black hole, with a thin cap of equally creamy and bubbly pale brown head, which leaves a bit of streaming mountain tributary lace around the glass as things slowly, slowly sink away.

It smells of roasted, rather meaty caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, earthy coffee beans, acrid whiskey barrel wood - vanilla, spicy grain, and uber-alles, estery alcohol - besotted dark orchard fruit (maybe some plums, maybe some cherry cordial), black licorice, wet ash, and a small leafy, weedy hop bitterness. The taste is big toasted caramel malt up front, more rich medium cocoa pudding, fairly well moderated Kentucky whiskey notes - grainy wood, saucy vanilla, and spicy alcohol, all - chewy Nordic anise candies (lozenges?), understated cafe-au-lait, a soft, tart citrus element, and weak ashy, leafy, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is rather uninterested in tickling any of my various willing palates, what with its very low levels of frothiness, the body a hefty medium-full weight, and trying oh so hard to be smooth 'n creamy - but for that hovering boozy astringency, the war is lost. It finishes sweet, of the chocomel (tm) variety, natch, with a still peppy, but (I can't believe I'm saying this) 'rounded' Bourbon booziness - all other side players need no longer apply.

Well, they named this one aptly - the roasted, ashy character is prominent, but hardly overbearing - that metric is left to the general gravitas of it all, so much so that my tastebuds feel, if not quite 'murdered', then at least raped and pillaged. Did any vikings originate in Holland, or was that just Denmark and Norway's thing? Anyways, an impressive enough, and challenging Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout, you might want to don your big-boy drinking trousers before tackling this one - I know I did!

Photo of 57md
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep dark brown in color. The nose has notes of dark fruit and wood. This offering is rich, creamy and smooth with a solid roast profile. It is also sticky and sweet without being cloying.

The barrel aging seemed to impart more of a sherry quality than a bourbon quality. More noticeable than any liquor essence is the presence of the wood.

This is a unique and well crafted beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

de molen is the king for me right now. this is the first one i have ever had, or even ever seen on tap, up at choice city in fort collins. the beer looks incredible in the glass, huge thick dark brown head, almost like it came from a nitro tap, and the beer is super dark, stout colored, oily looking and rich for sure. the nose is crazy, hints of smoked malt, which i think de molen always sort of has, and that similar yeast characteristic that i love so much, raisin and bourbon are both intense in this, vanilla is there as well, all in a very complex aroma. the taste is very similar to the nose, equally robust and well integrated. the bourbon does a lot to this, so it would be cool to try a non barrel aged edition. less smoke than i smelled, and more of the rich malt layers. this is a decadent experience with an enormous mouthfeel surprisingly dry for a bourbon barrel, and well carbonated for how thick it is. de molen can do no wrong, and i hop their kegs start showing up a little more. very very special brewery, very very special beer. i saw they do what looks like a balsamic vinegar barrel aged edition, which i want to try so bad. never heard of such a thing. well worth seeking out!

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours slowly, pitch black, at first without any head, but a nice mocha half finger one bubbles up in seconds. Short-lived, leaving a really thin lace.
Bourbon barrel really out there in the smell, with a rich chocolatey maltiness. Some spicy rye gets through too, faint hint of smoke, vanillla, some raisin, very faint licorice.
Wow, lots of bourbon in the taste, with a mildly acidic dark fruit zing (plum and not-entirely-dry raisin), making a nice juicy start, sweet with caramel. Barrel and malts follow, changing the scenery almost entirely, with creamy chocolate, vanilla, licorice, followed by dark malts, more and more roasty, burnt and smokey in the finish. Bitter. Alcohol dries up too.
Smooth almost light body, but not watery. A bit oily, flat. Aftertaste has nice bourbon, nice at first but a bit boozy later on, some dark chocolate and roasted grain.
Not really balanced, the big emphasis on the bourbon makes you miss out on the (probably) nice imperial stout notes. Nice, but there are lots of better De Molen brews out there. Reminded me a lot of Rasputin.

Moord & Brand - Bourbon BA from Brouwerij De Molen
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.