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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:
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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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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Bangers and Lace. Pitch black and opaque appearance. Cocoa colored head that leaves nice lacing. Nose has deep molasses, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and deep earthy hop character. Taste is rich with Malta up front and followed by firm bitterness. Nice hearty stout, low carbonation, creamy body. Well balanced and loaded with good imperial stout flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 05:49:15 | More by homebrew311
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served as Cease and Desist at pigs fly.
The beer was black in color with a thin tan head.

Boozy aroma. Roasted malt and dark fruit.

Boozy taste. Chocolate and coffee. Raisins.

This was a nice enough beer. I thought the alcohol was a bit on the intrusive side, and detracted from the enjoyment of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 11:11:52 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found on tap at the Freakin Frog in Vegas.

A: Thin white head. Looks a bit thin for an RIS.

S: light chocolate with some bitterness.

T: Rich and smooth. Bitter dark chocolate. Dark fruits and tobacco. Builds complexity as it warms.

M: Thin with only a hint of oiliness. Slight astringency, maybe from the 11% abv.

O: Nice, but not an overly intense or unique RIS. Still glad I found it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 03:51:34 | More by ghostwalker
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a little bit of fluffy off white head and some mild lacing.

Smell: Roast and dark chocolate/cocoa with a bit of dark fruit in the background.

Taste: The flavor of this one is remarkably smooth. The roasted malt and chocolate flavors mix together perfectly along with a sweetness that isn't overpowering. There are some mild dark fruit notes with a roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was very good, better than I expected. The alcohol was hardly noticeable at all. I'm glad I went with the sampler, because this one would have been way too easy to drink more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 20:57:23 | More by oline73
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a bit higher black color with a thin dark brown head with lots of lacing. Nose is sweet, Belgian yeast, and dark toffee notes.

Taste is sharp, a bit acidic, a big Belgian flavor for an imperial Stout, very chewy and full with an almost nitro Mouthfeel, very good. There's a nice Raisin taste as well, chocolate comes out as it warms.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 21:27:17 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of Rickythejeweler


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's Taphouse

A - Black, half finger khaki head, light lacing.

S - Brown sugar, belgian candi sugar.

T - Chocolate, belgian candi sugar, raisons.

M - Heavy, smooth, medium carbonation.

O - I would order this again, alot of sugar, but it is very drinkable!

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 20:30:06 | More by Rickythejeweler
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark black and thick looking. Small, frothy, creamy, tan head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a faint ring of lace on the edge of the glass.

S - Plenty of chocolate with cocoa being very strong. Also some molasses. Some dark fruit (figs) along with anise/licorice. Only touches of coffee. A bitter roasted/charred malt aroma is in the back.

T - Sweeter than the nose suggested. Chocolate syrup, molasses, and sweet dark fruit are all fairly strong. Pretty sweet to start. Touches of sweetish mocha. Finish has a more bitter roasted/charred taste along with a bit of a grassy hop flavor.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Thick and chewy.

D - Definitely a sipper. Nice thick body helped. The extreme shift between sweet and bitter hurts how drinkable this is.

Notes: Interesting stout. Thick and chewy. Huge shift from sweet to bitter. Some BSDA flavors in there. Overall, it's decent but probably not worth what a bottle will cost (on-tap is worth a shot though).

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 07:59:43 | More by FreshHawk
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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

I've been staring at the bottle for some time...luckily a draft option showed up, helping ease my decision-making process. It pours a deep obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises darkly roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and clove. The taste holds notes of bitter coffee, roasted malts, sickly sweet dark chocolate syrup, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, fig, and burnt grass. The sweetness is overwhelming at times and is then followed up by a strange bitterness from the coffee and grass. Things just don't meld well on my tongue. The body is fairly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, this could have been a pretty damn fine stout, but the flavors just don't work. Rather have a Rasputin...tee hee...

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 03:06:45 | More by TMoney2591
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival in Belgium, March 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Body is a very dark opaque brown. Poured with a slight head, that quickly forms a ring and no lacing.

Smells delightfully of sweet dark malts, dark chocolate, prunes, raisins, and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose, with charred malt, coffee, chocolate, raisins. I noted a hint of peat, maybe aged in some single-malt barrels?

Body is thick and carbonation is low, giving this a flat but tongue-coating viscous mouthfeel. There is a little alcohol burn on the tongue, or a combination of the alcohol and char.

This is a pretty good and different RIS. It has a strong char taste which I thought was a bit too strong. The alcohol is substantial, so it is a sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 17:38:23 | More by Beerenauslese
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cease and desist pouts dark with a small amount of head which leaves sheets of lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued. Mild roast and nice aroma but unremarkable. It is mildly fruity as well. Flavor is bigger than the aroma. Flavor was nice with lots of roast, mild coco, kind of light but very nice. Mouthfeel is kind of light but pretty solid. I enjoy this beer a lot. Solid offering by de molen.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 21:41:55 | More by Agold
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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one fresh from the new brewery

From tap at the molen

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a small brown head.

Smell: roasted caramel malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, some light coffee and hops.

Taste: A bit sweetness from the caramel and dark fruits, slightly hidden sourness from cherries and/or apples, roasted malts and coffee flavors with clear dark chocolate. Bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and perfect carbonation (this used to be an issue with the beer when brewed in the old brewery)

Overall: The carbonation makes this beer perfect, finally the molen managed!

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 16:09:02 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of smakawhat


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brownblack walnut body with a light and creamy off tan head. Some spider like lacing while drinking. Looks good.

A light roast smell but not much else going on, perhaps some barleywine like fruitness, kind of taken a-back by this strangely.

Taste is a very creamy texture even a mild hop bitterness. Soft texture with also soft wood like tannins. Medium like roast character and so soft malt.

Overall, great feel to this drink and for a whopping eleven percent abv hardly noticeably boozy. Super enjoyable roast velvet stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 23:06:06 | More by smakawhat
Photo of ChrisPro


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Armsby Abbey.

Pours jet black with puffy tan head that sat around.

Rich chocolate and coffee aroma with a dose of vanilla and fig. You just know this is going to be a sweet one.

Dominating sweet chocolate taste, with only a slight bitter aftertaste to balance. This isn't incredibly complex, but it packs a ton of deliciousness into each sip.

Incredibly full-bodied and creamy. Smooth, perfect amount of carbonation.

This is an exceptional RIS and I could easily put away multiple pours. De Molen can make me a stout any day!

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 10:48:00 | More by ChrisPro
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted roasted malts with hints of cocoa powder.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Moderately roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. The flavor profile sweetens a bit midway through the sip with the addition of dark molasses, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a heavy thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I'd been interested in trying this beer for a while now and was happy to see it on-tap as opposed to paying $25 for a bottle. A solid beer but one not worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 02:39:27 | More by glid02
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl tap pour into a Chimay chalice. Labeled as "Disputin".
Thanks to all the BAs who helped me clear up the name.

A: Nearly pitch black with a 1" beige head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles hanging to the side of the glass. Great lace.

S: I enjoyed this in a cigar bar so I probably missed some of the key aromas. What I did get was a load of sweet malt with slight floral undertones.

T: Huge syrup layered with dark fruit, tobacco undertone. Hop bitterness is present but well wrapped into the sweetness. I also get a small spiciness.

M: Good overall. Carbonation doesn't overtake the syrupiness. Alcohol level creates a great contrast to the viscosity here.

D: One and done...though another does sound good!

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 19:40:55 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro (College area), San Diego. Labeled as Disputin.

A - Very slightly hazy very dark brown colored with a huge, long lastig, mocha colored head. Tons of lacing left everywhere.

S - Big dark fruits and sweet malts. Fruity esters of prunes, plums, dark fruits. Light roasted aroma with a hint of chocolate. Very Belgian-like yeasty aroma.

F/M - Very similar to the nose with sweet malts and fruity esters up front. Subtle roasted malts up front become quite noticable in the dry, clean finish. Moderate bitterness helps the finish as well. Medium full bodied with moderately high carbonation. Lingering fruity chocolate flavor.

D - Smooth, easy drinking, flavorful and huge, this is an exceptional beer. I could easily put down a few of these if they werent so damned expensive.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 23:39:31 | More by domtronzero
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale 2010

A: Black with a frothy beige head. Good retention.

S: Huge dark chocolate presence with some molasses notes. Light roast.

T: Big dark chocolate with a moderate roast and some booze flavor and heat. Moderate bitterness to the chocolate and a touch of coffee. Lightly astringent in the finish. Some molasses.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with alcohol warming. Full body. 

Overall: A nice RIS

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 15:29:46 | More by HopHead84
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

Pours a huge thick frothy semi dark head that fades very slowlyi in the snifter glass. The beer is essentially pitch black. A nice lacing left all over the glass.

Nose brings some light dark roasty malts, some juicy dark fruits, light fluffy nougat like sweet malts, a light chocolate, just a hint of booze.

Taste is rich, lots of thick chocolate, malted milk balls, choc coveted raisins, little bakers choc, creamy malts, little roast, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, more creamy fluffy nougat, bit of toffee, slightly nutty, some bitterness from a bit of earthy hops and plenty from the roasted malts, a slight bit of minerality and slightest touch of sulfur from all the scorched malts, and a slight warming booze. Finishes slightly sticky and mouth coating, with lingering bitterness and plenty of roasted malts and chocolate.

Mouth is fairly thick, rich, slightly creamy, with prefect carbonation.Hint of warming booze.

Drinkabilty is so so with slight warming booze but much less than the almost 11% that it actually is. A slight sticky and mouth coating finish, pretty rich and thick and semi sweet, as well as a bit of the minerality.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 22:00:52 | More by jlindros
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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a beautiful black body and thick sudsy brown head which cleared quickly.

Taste was very rich but pleasingly free of the soy-saucy savoury taste that is common among heavy stouts and porters.

The feel was thick and smooth, not heavily carbonated. Drinkability is very high because the low carbonation and smoother taste didn't wear out the mouth as much as some strong dark beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 07:58:05 | More by withliterature
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pored on tap at In De Wildeman in Amsterdam.

A: The beer is a pure black with only a few specks of brown coming in when held to light. Head is pure brown, creamy and has good retention. Hot chocolate looking.

S: Wonderfully rich chewy and maly aroma of all kinds of chocolate, cafe au lait, espresso, slight oak character and a touch of some kind of berry. Very surprising and quite incredible.

T: Dark chocolate and cherry with a touch of oak. Vanilla, tobacco, and a huge roasted malt character. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Finishes with a huge roasted character and chocolate. Mocha-like with a fleeting touch of fruit. Very nice and very rich.

M: Not velvety smooth, but a bit thin in comparison to some other RISs.

D: Incredibly heavy and rich. Makes this a 1 at a time affair.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 19:45:10 | More by BucBasil
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A boldly flavored Stout with heavy sweetness to combat the roast and hop on slaught.

Disputin (as boasted by the lable) pours with a medium to dark brown color, much lighter than normally expected from these monsterous Stouts. Creamy head character carries a tan hue, forms in very sturdy fashion, retains very well, and leaves very deliberate rings of lace on the glass as the beer fades. A very impressive look.

Espresso, cocoa, and heavy cream fill the nose in moderate fashion but not strong. Earthy/grassy hops lurk behind the sweetness and roast. Not overly estery or yeasty, the beer's aroma stays on course with the display of coffee, chocolate, hops, and sweeter notes.

Flavors of heavy roast hit the tongue first but with a quick rebuttal of malty sweetness and perhaps milk sugars. These round out the harsher edges of roast and nearly over take the beer. The creamy-sweetness meets the grassy hops at mid palate in a somewhat unsettled way. Hop bitterness intensifies going into the finish, as well does the roasty/toasty/esprsso taste. An revisit of bittersweet cocoa and a grassy-hop bitterness give a long lasting impression in the aftertaste.

The assertive sweetness early on makes the beer feel much more weighted and nearly oily on the tongue and palate. But the thinning of 11% abv cuts through the sweetess and gives an impression of dryness and heat in the finish. The beer could be a bit astringent but is warded off by the milky sweetness.

Kinda what I expect from De Molen's Stouts- a reckless amount of black malt and unattenuated sweetness give a unique roasty/sugary interplay. And with the earthy hops surfacing from time to time for balance and intrigue.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 15:27:30 | More by BEERchitect
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black and is quite opaque. A bit thick, but not too far toward motor oil. Nose brings forward sweet malt, chocolate, roast, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and some residual sweetness. Fairly thick mouthfeel with good drinkability all around. A nice take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 01:06:40 | More by Thorpe429
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during their Rare and Obscure beer festival.

The beer pours a brownish cola color with decent head retention and fairly good lacing. I really don't get a lot on the nose, just some wood and light coffee grounds. The nose on this beer is so faint and unimpressive, you're completely unprepared for the flavor profile. This beer delivers a boatload of flavor, and I pick up lavendar, chocolate, bon bons, raspberry and vanilla, all on sweet to moderately sweet frame. Mothfeel is medium bodied to full, and there's a richness to this beer that I partially attribute to the 11% abv. As for drinkability, it isn't bad... you can tell it's up there, but the beer isn't really very hot or boozy.

Pretty interesting stuff. Not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 19:20:26 | More by johnmichaelsen
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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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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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Disputin - Russian Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Molen
87 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.