Disputin - Russian Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Molen
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2.53/5 rDev -35.1%
In Europe this beer is Rasputin, just like the brewer intended. People are allowed to name their beers what they want here.
This is also a re-review. My first review was from 2009 and I scored it a 2.7. I was never a big fan of this beer, but since so many things have changed at De Molen, as well as my palate, I thought I'd give it another go.
From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 15 June 2011
Drunk next to a Hel & Verdoemenis
APPEARANCE: A clear, light brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, cream colored off-white head with great retention. Bistre brown body, relatively transparent, with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and foamy cap, clinging to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Simply too light and transparent. Looks like a stout lite.
SMELL: Milder nose of roasted malts, caramel malts, and some floral and grassy hops. A touch of smoke as well. This one is quite hop forward and is missing the roasted malt backbone that this style needs. It’s also simply too mild.
TASTE: Milder flavors up front as well, as expected. Touches of roasted and caramel malts up front with a relatively hoppy finish. Floral, grassy and pine notes at the swallow and a good dose of bitterness as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste is plenty bitter with enough pine, and some caramel and lighter smoky notes. The flavors come out after the swallow and are bolder than I’d expected, but there’s not much imperial stout here that I like. It’s missing that roasted and chocolaty foundation that is so paramount to the style.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate, a little light unfortunately, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Decent here.
OVERALL: Yup, dislike it just as much as last time. This is not my beer. It's not that it's poorly made or anything, it's just not my thing. Underwhelming, and much too hop forward for my tastes. I really missed the big, roasted, cocoa and chocolaty flavors that are so good in this style. It is also very thin and transparent in the look. Compared to the Hel & Verdoemenis, this one was the clear and undisputed loser. Will probably pass on this one every time from now on. Bleh...
01-17-2012 12:00:55 | More by Jeffo
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
We had this beer at tasting two weeks ago at my cousin Peters place. Great beers and great fun.
This beer was poured in my Essen Christmasbeerfestivalglass (what a word for wordfeud!)
I always have a bit of a problem with the beers from my friends from de Molen. They sure know how to brew a beer but sometimes they seem to forget! This time they were right on top of it.
This was one of last beers of the tasting and my light was beginning to go out. I wrote down the word 'spicy' which is a good word to describe this beer. The alcohol was fairly hidden.
01-07-2012 14:35:56 | More by Brabander
4.53/5 rDev +16.2%
WARNING! This bottle is a gusher! I now have the best smelling hand towel and carpet known to mankind.
Bottle 33 of a fresh 1115 bottle batch. 12oz named Cease & Desist.
A: Dark dark brown. Not quite black but I can't get any light through it. HUGE head (gusher). Big bubbles in this light brown/tan head that really sticks around. Here's a strange thing. I'm seeing some darker specks in the head and I remember seeing floaties in the beer the only other time I've had it (Disputin) at the Seattle International Beer Fest in 2010. Nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates.
S: I have this smell imbedded in my carpet now. It's a blend of dark chocolate malt and yeast. The aroma is very nice but not overly complex. That's perfectly fine with me though. I would buy the Cease and Desist candle from Yankee Candle, even at their ridiculous $15 price tag.
T: Smooth malty chocolate. Yum! Some breadiness. No hops at all. Delicious! I don't know what else to say. Just get this beer and drink it.
M: Creamy and full. The carbonation is incredible in this beer. It's not too fine but it's also not so prickly that it distracts you from the flavors. Perfect
O: Wow, I love this beer and I'm so sad it's not distributed here. Gong to have to trade for some. Wonderful flavor, great mouthfeel. Aside from the gushing, a world class imperial stout.
01-04-2012 10:42:45 | More by podunkparte
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
2010 bottle, thanks to wishuwerebeer for the share. Pours a dark brown with a finger of tan head that quickly dissolves. Lighter brown and ruby clarity is seen when held to the light. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger.
The smell initially is chocolate with roasted grain elements. A bit of citrus bean coffee twang is also present. Tangy fruity alcohol is also thrown into the mix along with citrus and fruity notes of hops across the back.
The flavor is roasty chocolate from the dark kilned grains, it mixes with a tangy alcohol feel. A little bit of coffee and dark fruits are also present reminding me of prune and/or raisins. Some sulfur and musty aspects are felt across the back as it warms up.
This is a medium to light feeling brew with decent arrangement of flavor and alvohol warmth. The overall arrangement is like bitter brownie batter but watered down just a bit in the feel. Worth a try for sure and certainly different from it's American made nemesis.
01-03-2012 17:09:18 | More by stakem
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
11.2oz bottle poured into a Chalice.
A: Very dark black pour. Two finger tan head that is very creamy and has excellent retention and beautiful lacing.
S: Sweet chocolate with roasted coffee notes. Dark fruits are present also with cherries and figs mostly.
T: Huge dark chocolate and coffee with huge roasted malts. Edging on the burnt side but totally works. Dark fruits come big in the middle with raisins, figs, cherries, and dates. Again super roasty/charred with a touch of cherry coffee bitterness in the finish. A bit of alcohol also. Chocolate lingers forever in the aftertaste.
M: Medium to full body. Super creamy due to the very high carbonation. Almost works but not quite.
O: This is definitely an awesome RIS. Everything I've gotten that is distributed by the Shelton Bros. (that I can't get) has been excellent.
12-26-2011 21:26:07 | More by doughanson78
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
12-16-2011 03:51:34 | More by ghostwalker
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
(Served in a snifter)
Brewed 18 july 2010
bottled 27 august 2010
A- This beer pours a big fuzz on opening that makes the glass 3/4 creamy tan foam and a jet black body with some good about of jetsam swirling around.
S- The earthy roasted malt has some dark raisins and wet concrete aromas with maple wood and soy sauce hints coming through in the finish. There is a wet diaper (diacetyl) note that comes through but it is not offensive.
T- The mellow roasted black malt has some chocolate malt flavors that grow as the beer opens and a dark cherry ester note from the yeast. There is a char note in the finish that is a bit inky with a green fading bitterness mixed in. The roasted black malt taste lingers after each sip.
M- The full mouthfeel has a thick texture due to the long lasting head and there is no alcohol heat until it is really warm and even then it is an alcohol warmth.
O- This is a nice big stout with De Molen house yeast character shining through to add a Flanders Red note to the beer but it still lurks in the background.
12-01-2011 22:10:28 | More by rhoadsrage
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Review catch up. Saw this bottle at the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods and had to grab it jusy for the label. 330 ml bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass...
A - Whoa! Normal pour resulted in a HUGE 4 finger foamy head that stuck around for quite a while. When I could finally see the body, it was a dark, thick black color. The head was a whitish tan color.
S - It just smells dark! Deep roasted notes and a nuttiness is present as well. Lots of chocolate and some dark fruits make themselves known. Some burnt sugar notes and liquorice come through as well. Not super complex, but not bad either.
T - Big roasted malt flavors mixed with burnt sugars and chocolate. Lots of dark fruits come out as well with dates, figs, and some berries as well. Some charred flavors roll around with everything nicely.
M - Medium bodied beer that is very much on the edge of being heavy bodied. Pretty bubbly carbination makes for a slightly prickly feel.
O - Not a bad beer at all. I don't know if this is one I would go back for any time soon, but it was a nice enjoyable RIS nonetheless.
11-22-2011 16:23:19 | More by KAP1356
4.58/5 rDev +17.4%
Phew, what a heavy hitter! Poured with the thickest slowest pouring residual foam I’ve ever seen. The tan head was amazinly foamy, frothy, billowy, thick, sudsy that seemed almost permanent and loads of clingy lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is roast, licorice, malt, molasses, dark leather, brandy, cough syrup. Flavor’s similar with sweetness in the fore, followed by bitter and tang. Very full, lush, voluputous and excellent carbonation. Finish is like flavor and very long. Absolute world class. Would love to have one in 20 years
11-09-2011 16:13:22 | More by drpimento
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
11-04-2011 20:57:23 | More by oline73
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
11-02-2011 21:27:17 | More by kingcrowing
Disputin - Russian Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Molen
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