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Disputin - Russian Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Molen

Disputin - Russian Imperial StoutDisputin - Russian Imperial Stout

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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly named "Rasputin," this beer is now labeled as "Disputin" due to a dispute with North Coast over the name. Also has been called "Cease & Desist".

(Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 03-30-2008)
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-22-2011 07:54:42 | More by bob727
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3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up at the beer store at Brouwerij De Molen with a bottling date of 27 July 2011. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a two finger caramel colored head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is much sweeter than expected with not a lot of roast or chocolate, hints of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. The taste follows suit. Way sweeter than the typical De Molen offerings with hints of vanilla, molasses, toasted malt, dark fruit, and a touch of coffee. The body is very thin and somewhat syrupy and cloying with minimal carbonation. Overall, the most disappointing offering I've ever had from De Molen. Very hard to drink due to the syrupy sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 16:07:42 | More by beerdrifter
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-17-2014 21:04:46 | More by uturn
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-07-2014 18:01:42 | More by Synapstic
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3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice dark, deep brown with slight khaki lacing, which disappears quickly. There is very little carbonation. The nose is of coffee and wheat. The wheat reminds me of Fat Tire. The taste is slightly of coffee, mixed with a sour wheat taste. As I drink it, it is very thin, much thinner than I prefer for this style. As a RIS I find this beer lacking, as a dark wheat beer, it's not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 16:31:38 | More by SStein
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-04-2014 03:16:04 | More by aasher
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-26-2014 00:53:34 | More by apasternak
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-25-2014 11:41:02 | More by SimonTja
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-12-2014 15:32:47 | More by derekrick420
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-11-2014 06:02:05 | More by woodchip
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-07-2014 18:50:15 | More by akang
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-07-2014 06:48:23 | More by SocalKicks
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-04-2014 18:44:23 | More by Hayley_86
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-02-2014 22:25:47 | More by socon67
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-16-2014 20:59:48 | More by samEBC
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-08-2014 14:11:50 | More by 4ster
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1/5  rDev -74.4%

02-03-2014 22:27:25 | More by jamis
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-30-2014 03:07:52 | More by threedaggers
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

01-28-2014 14:48:40 | More by twenty5
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2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Consumed January 27th 2014 from an 11.2 oz capped bottle labeled "13 /09/12". Beer label is Cease & Desist, not Disputin. Poured into a Klokke Roeland goblet.

The beer is much lighter than expected for a Russian Imperial Stout: more deep brown than the standard black. A 3 finger tan head sits atop the beer at first pour, but soon settles down to a mere thin skin of foam. No sheeting that sticks longer than a few moments.

Aroma is strange for an RIS, too; instead of the usual aromas, this has a bit of a metallic scent complemented by a sweet malt note. No sign of the usual coffee or chocolate.

Flavor has an unfortunate sour, metallic note. Some darkly roasted malt is apparent in the flavor; probably the chocolate malt. Somewhat acidic. Finish is slightly warming and moderately bitter. Did they use champagne yeast to ferment this?

A little bit thick (emphasis on little) and certainly warming in the mouth.

I have home brewed an Imperial Stout that was as good as this one and that is not bragging. Maybe the 16 month age was more than this brew could stand?

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 05:27:01 | More by charlzm
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

01-23-2014 06:13:04 | More by anticipation23
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4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with lots of mocha foam.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, sweet molasses and chocolate in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and roasted malt.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: Not as good as Hel & Verdoemenis, but a damn good example of the style.

Note: I don't think this beer is called Disputin any more. My bottle said Cease & Desist.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 06:04:42 | More by BierJager89
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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black with little signs of carbonation in the pour, but resulting in a thin light brown film and ring around the glass that leaves light lacing. Light aroma of sweet toasted malt, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is heavy toasted malt, molasses, dark dried fruit, a hint of coffee. Finishes with charred malt and bittering hops, slightly astringent. Medium bodied with a mild creaminess, faint carbonation. A dark flavored stout, leaning towards blackstrap molasses and charred, toasted malt. The flavors are dense, but not that complex or balanced. The finish is a bit stark. This is an interesting and rich stout, but left me wishing for a bit more balance. Worth a try, but not remarkable. The char and bitterness in the finish was a bit offputting at first, but grew on me as I drank the glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:57:50 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

*Brewed 9-13-12*

Pours a peculiar murky brown color, like copious amounts of dirt in suspension, with burnt orange highlights. There is no head to speak of. I would not have pegged this for a stout based on its appearance. The aroma, sniffed directly from the bottle before pouring, is amazing--blackberry, cherry, currants, molasses, and pie crust come to mind.

The taste features the same tart, dark fruits described above, with cherry being the primary contributor. The sour aspect leans toward apple cider vinegar as it warms. A caramel-like sweetness contrasts with the tartness of the cherry. Alcohol is well concealed, with only a tasteful amount of warming coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is peculiar as well, with a heterogeneous texture akin to miso broth. It's difficult to describe, but it's almost as if the beer is more substantive upon first imbibing, and then "melts" in your mouth (if such a thing can be said of a liquid).

Overall, this is one of the most unusual beers I've ever tried. It looks and tastes NOTHING like an imperial stout. If someone told me they slapped the wrong label on it, I wouldn't be surprised in the least. Unusual mouthfeel aside, it comes off as something in between a sour ale and a quad--a real headscratcher.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:47:58 | More by MaximalC
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

01-04-2014 20:01:58 | More by MattSalisbury
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Disputin - Russian Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Molen
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