1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Disputin - Russian Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Molen

Not Rated.
Disputin - Russian Imperial StoutDisputin - Russian Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

287 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 287
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 39
Gots: 93 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 287 | Reviews: 153 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Evil_Pidde
Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-15-2013 00:26:16 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of hoegaardenhero
hoegaardenhero

California

2.69/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a: this beer pours a very deep red/brown with very notable red highlights. no head, just a ring of light bubbles around the top of the glass.

s: sweet and raisiny; stings the back of the nostrils with alcohol; prunes; very mild sweet chocolate; maybe a little bit of vanilla; actually quite nice and strong sweet blend of dark fruits, chocolate, and booze;

t: very tangy/sharp/sour and maybe a little fungal? i get some raisiny sweetness but almost no coffee or chocolate flavors/may be an off bottle?

m: tight refined bubbles, which i am enjoying and keeps it from bing too cloying for the style; pretty light body for the style, which i am kind of digging -

d: this is a really disappointing beer to me - taste is strange and not at all balanced. i actually ended up pouring the last half down the drain, which i almost never do b/c i am a cheap bastard.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 09:48:15 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of Hallertau
Hallertau

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

12-10-2013 04:06:02 | More by Hallertau
Photo of dipso123
dipso123

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-10-2013 01:06:05 | More by dipso123
Photo of ncaudle
ncaudle

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-30-2013 23:49:25 | More by ncaudle
Photo of Rado
Rado

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-28-2013 05:01:50 | More by Rado
Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

11-01-2013 20:42:57 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
Photo of jrenihan
jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Feb 11, 2011. Mine is called Rasputin rather than Disputin.

Beer is black with no head whatsoever.

Nose contains molasses and anise. Seems a bit sweet. No hint of roasted malt.

Taste is fine, but not impressive. Anise, molasses, sweet treacle? Chocolate. A notable fruity flavour that is odd and a bit hard to place. Rather tropical.

Full bodied, almost no carbonation. Quite syrupy.

Overall, disappointing. Not sure if this was a bad bottle, but it is worlds away from the Hel & Verdoemenis.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 15:46:28 | More by jrenihan
Photo of WMD-1002
WMD-1002

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

10-15-2013 12:05:20 | More by WMD-1002
Photo of Slatetank
Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at state line, shared with tenderbranson69 enjoyed chilled in a goblet and sampler glass.

The color is very dark brown with translucent appearance and coffee color with light tan head the compresses to a ring with spotty lace. Smell is very chocolatey in the malt aroma with some mild coffee and earthy vanilla scent with a light spice from hops. The feel is great with lots of smooth malt with a subtle bitterness level balanced by the sweetness of the malt with mild alcohol in the finish.

The taste is very good with a dark cocoa and creamy roasted malt flavor with some gentle chocolate and vanilla blend that adds to the coffee and slight dried fruit flavors. The mild yeast flavor adds to a slight stone fruit accent which blends well with the roasted and caramel malt body. Overall I really like this...extremely drinkable for the strength however I would not drink it alone unless I had nothing planned it is velvety and deceptive.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:34:46 | More by Slatetank
Photo of BColton1
BColton1

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-06-2013 01:09:04 | More by BColton1
Photo of pkalix
pkalix

California

4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cease & desist from 13/09/12.... love the label wording... if it is true, I have to side with these guys. I mean, really North Coast? you ought to be ashamed of yourselves, if that is really all it was...
mine says 10.4% abv and is a beautiful dark mahogany brown. smell is of sweet ripe cherries, sherry, brandy. I could keep my nose inside this glass forever! I felt this was a 5 on smell....
i'm getting some interesting lacing on the sides of the glass. it's like a heavier, yeasty kind of sud, almost solid, but it washes apart when the liquid is sloshed up to it. very interesting!
taste is dark fruits, fig. booze-soaked raisin, as I've heard others say and now I totally understand that description... a little 'thinner' than most American stouts, but I prefer it that way. I don't much care for the thicker, syrup-y stouts, or the over-loaded coffee ones. it's too easy to go in that direction....
this is really nice. plain bottle, except for a little competitor bashing (if you can even consider them 'competition'); no fanfare, just a black n white bottle with a decent-tasting product. not the best in the world, but then what is? it's what fits in your hand and on your tongue right now and this one always seems to be above average regardless of the 'current conditions'. everything I have had from this line up has been above average and quite noble. very much inline with some of the better stouts I've tasted and yet with a much fairer price. for an import! that's why I keep buying this stuff....

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 21:29:10 | More by pkalix
Photo of draheim
draheim

Washington

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cease & Desist, 11.2oz (bottled 2/27/2013) into a snifter. Opens with barely a weak pfft, pours out with almost zero head. Pitch black, some light gets through around the edges. Looks kind of like a flat glass of Coke.

Aroma is chocolate, roasty malt, and dark fruits.

Taste is bitter malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and sugary dates and figs, molasses. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel is sticky and coating with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall, this is an okay imperial stout but there are certainly better ones in a crowded field.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 05:25:26 | More by draheim
Photo of Ryan011235
Ryan011235

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 7/1/12

I can't remember was with me when I opened it. Seth had to be there because I was using his glass. Chris might have been there, too.

Brewed on 11 January 2009. Bottled on 16 February 2009. Bottle number 134.

A) On the pour this is surprisingly light brown in color. That said, it does end up rather dark in the glass. The head rises to close to three fingers; this is all rocky, porous foam. However, almost all of it dissipates leaving a soapy layer of retention and some sporadic trails of lace.

S) The aroma is disarmingly thin and timid. Oxidation permeates the entire aroma. Lots of dark fruits, too. Raisins and prunes. Sweet, but not overly sugary.

T) The flavor is even more fruity and heavy on raisins (twangy raisins no less). Too much on the side of tangy, sugary fruits. Roast and burnt notes are basically nonexistent.

M) Medium body. The feel is very smooth and moderately slick. Carbonation is tilted toward the lower side. Some sugary residuals.

D) Though this is not entirely bad or unenjoyable, it is simply not impressive. I wouldn't be inclined to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 01:20:11 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of kevrice88
kevrice88

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.9%

09-24-2013 02:21:25 | More by kevrice88
Photo of ncelauro
ncelauro

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-21-2013 20:46:30 | More by ncelauro
Photo of Bandi
Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-21-2013 03:27:01 | More by Bandi
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to being black in color - traces of red are visible near the sides of the glass when held up to a bright light. It poured with just a few large bubbles on the surface that faded away, leaving in thin collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of dark malts as well as Belgian and earthy yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has a light amount of bitterness along with lingering notes of roasted malts and unsweetened cocoa towards the finish.
M: It feels slightly more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as full-bodied compared to some other Russian Imperial Stouts but is quite drinkable because it masks all of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 03:24:01 | More by metter98
Photo of crosenkrantz
crosenkrantz

Switzerland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-06-2013 23:55:17 | More by crosenkrantz
Photo of yancot
yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-29-2013 19:10:10 | More by yancot
Photo of JorSince88
JorSince88

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-26-2013 04:55:20 | More by JorSince88
Photo of tgeorgf
tgeorgf

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-17-2013 02:10:54 | More by tgeorgf
Photo of ZEB89
ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-03-2013 23:42:51 | More by ZEB89
Photo of DonFrap
DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-20-2013 22:16:01 | More by DonFrap
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage. Bday gift from my generous pal.
Appearance: very dark brown. Cola highlight. For an 11%er, a fair size tan head and lacing. Handsome brew.
Smell: very interesting. Certainly not your run o the mill stout nose. Dark fruit is the most prominent characteristic. Rich, sweet cherry and malt.
Taste: very much like the nose but with a nicely dry finish.
Overall: very nice. Surprised this is not rated higher on Ba. Maybe the 4 years has turned this into a different, better beer? Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 21:25:22 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Disputin - Russian Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Molen
87 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.