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Heaven & Hell - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
88
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rvdoorn on 09-07-2009)
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scottyshades

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed at Tryst in Delray Beach courtesy of Greg, thanks! Do not remember the bottle info

A: Pours a super viscous looking pitch black...10w-40. Gorgeous brown cap, and decent head/head retention for the big ABV.

S: Wow, just wow. Tons of ripe berries on top of chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate, alcohol, wood, and some good hopping. Pretty complex

T: Craziness going on here, berries again, alcohol provides warmth but it doesn't take away from the flavor, leather, vanilla, wood (barrel??), tons of chocolate and hop bitterness to balance. Really opens up with proper decanting.

MF/O: Thick, velvety, and silky on the palate. Bitterness gives it some bite, but the carbonation is pretty mellow. Overall a very pleasant surprise, and in my opinion, deserves a better rating. I will be seeking this out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 18:00:27 | More by scottyshades
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Buddy of mine brought an aged bottle over for a tasting. Wonderful brew, bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a darkish brown almost black that leaves a nice finger of head at the top with some nice pleasant lacing around the glass as you sip away.

s - Complete chocolate smell, with some hints of coffee but very minimal, chocolate is very overpowering.

t - Complete chocolate in taste with hints of some dark fruits as well as dark malts.

m - Thick body with slight carbonation

d - A Great beer! Would love to have this one again with a piece of cake and especially during breakfast!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 20:45:34 | More by thedoubler55
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle
Marked January 8 2010 bottle date
Poured into a Goblet

A: Jet black, reddish/tan 2 finger head. The beer exhibits excellent retention and good lacing.

S: Dark malts, chocolate, anise, smoke, and some dark fruits waft from the glass. Some bittering hops are still detectable.

T: Chocolate and dark burnt malt enters first and lingers for a long time. It is a bit bitter which masks some of the other notes I picked up on the nose. Some smoke pulls through and it manages to finish dry. As it warms the hops and fruit start to emerge, much better.

M: Lush and full, quite good.

D: It might not be at the top of my list for imperial stouts, but it is a very respectable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:50:32 | More by Neffbeer
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tomfneph

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought beer 1131/1206 bottled on Jan. 8, 2010. I poured into a chalice straight from the fridge and I did not have the foaming head problem described by other reviewers. I had a one finger tan head that looked gorgeous, even my wife was impressed. The inky black color of the beer is impenetrable to light and really makes you think this is going to taste stouter than it does. The smell is predominantly toasted chocolate malt. There is a faint vinous aroma also. The taste of the beer is surprisingly mild. Chocolate and charcoal are there at the fore, but fades to a faint taste of tobacco. The mouthfeel is more like an IPA than a stout. There is no sweetness and the hops quickly shine through as the predominant lasting flavor. It's almost as if this beer doesn't know what it wants to be. Overall I was disappointed in the taste which did not measure up to the wonderful color and aroma. I would drink this again if someone gave it to me, but I'm not sure I would fork over another $10 for another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 05:19:37 | More by tomfneph
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womencantsail

California

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is essentially black with a large mocha colored head that is surprisingly well retained.

S: The nose is full of intensely roasted malts along with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate. There's some detectable alcohol as well, along with a mild level of acidity.

T: A very nice chocolate flavor to this that I wasn't fully expecting. Still, plenty of roasted malt flavor (perhaps a bit too much). There's a moderate bitterness that is present as well.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Usually I'm not the biggest De Molen fan, but this one was actually palatable.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:30:04 | More by womencantsail
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Doug for bringing this beer over for me.
Brewed on 11/23/09...Bottled on 1/8/10

The head is explosive on this beer. A 2+finger head forms in my oversized snifter glass which would equal a glass full of foam in any standard glass. The head is light tan in color and hangs around for quite some time. Deep dark brown shoe leather color. No lacing per se, but with every sip a sheet of bronze foam coats the glass.

The aroma is so intense it's almost off putting. Smells like tar, burnt plastic, slight coffee, maybe even charcoal.

Thankfully, the flavor is better than the aroma. Charcoal, ash, burnt malt a hint of cocoa powder. A mineral flavor at the end. The abv is fairly evident.

This is about as thick of a beer as I've seen. It just coats your tongue and sticks with you for several moments. Fairly dry in your mouth.

The flavor is pretty good and I enjoy the mouth feel. The aroma really gets in the way for me. Especially drinking this out of a snifter.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 22:07:36 | More by Reagan1984
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citan133

Rhode Island

2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is only an 11.2oz bottle and I couldn't even pour half of it into my tulip before it almost overflowed. The head on this thing is ridiculous. Probably four fingers worth of froth, huge bubbles. It eventually settles down to...three fingers. And stays there. Really dark brown underneath, fudge-looking. The top over the head ends up settling to a really thick, almost whipped-topping consistency. Looks like the head to Orval, though darker.

I'm getting a lot of that stale/aged hop smell I'm not into. Lots of chocolate in here, different types though. Cocoa, milk-chocolate, some coffee. Some baking chocolate. Something spicy in there too I can't quite pick up. That hop smell is bugging me though, first thing I smell every time I go in the glass.

Again, I'm getting the hop thing. Reminds me of an old IPA, that taste. More coffee presence than in the nose, light-roasted coffee, lots of cocoa and bitter chocolate. As it warms the alcohol is pretty evident. Not unpleasant though, a nice little burn after each sip.

Pretty thin for this type of stout. It has the flavor of a big, rich beer but drinks really light. Kind of like someone watered it down without affecting the taste.

Not really a fan of this. That hop thing makes me think I should have either drank it fresh, when it was really hoppy, or waited longer and aged it so that quality fell away. Would be interested in having one of these with a few years on it but won't risk the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 14:57:13 | More by citan133
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domtronzero

California

2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Huge, billowing, fluffy, never-ending, mocha colored head. Too much froth. TOO MUCH FROTH! Wasted a ton of beer plowing foam from the top of the glass into the sink using a large spoon.

S - Roasty malts, chocolate, caramel, a little bit of fruity esters, piny/earthy hops.

F/M - Roasted malts, dark baker's chocolate, toasty, caramel and toffee. Piny/spicy hops and medium-high bitterness, accentuated by dark malts. Dry and astringent finish. Fizzy and almost hard to swallow. Possibly infected? No other signs of infection other than mouthfeel. Im assuming this is not infected. Medium body with way too much carbonation.

D - OK, but its all out of whack. The body is thin and the carbonation is high, but the flavors are all alright. A little too coarse, but ok.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 07:32:55 | More by domtronzero
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crusian

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from some place in Atlanta.
Number 676 from 1206 bottles. It is a 33cl (11.2oz) bottle.
Brewed Nov. 23 2009, bottled on Jan. 08 2010.

Pops with one of the best sounds I have ever heard from a bottle... though it made me run for cover, yet strangely enough didn't foam out everywhere, despite the sound that it would. One of the Loudest pops I have ever had.
Pours with a ton of head that is taking too damn long for my inpatient ass. Pours thick and black, and actually looks oily in the glass.
smells HUGE. Ash, chocolate, coffee and booze. You know that something that you cant put your finger on, that smells thick, I like that smell...
Taste is boozy, thick, coffee... Lots of Roasted malt. The label says will age nicely for 25 years, and I believe it. I have been disappointed in their other beers, but this is really nice!
Mouthfeel does have a thick oil feel to it. doesnt really detract from it though. Bitter finish that just seems to wrap it up.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 21:41:13 | More by crusian
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a gigantic, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate and booze.

T: Tasted of coffee, roasted malt, and booze up front, with a slight chocolate tinge in the finish. Has a much more overpowering flavor than most of this style, but is still complex and possessing a big flavor. Almost closer in character to a Russian Imperial Stout than an American Double

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: An excellent, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 13:36:09 | More by avalon07
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a tulip from a bottle that is just under a year old. I'm pretty pumped. The pours at black, with a huge mocha colored head that takes up about two thirds of the glass. I'm wondering if I poured this wrong. The smell is roasty and a bit charred with a bit of smoke. Bitter coffee aromas flood my nostrils with earthy undertones. This is probably one of the most pleasant smelling beers I've had, nothing but enjoyable.

This has a great flavor. Toasty and robust. This beer seems to be full of the flavors I'd expect from an imperial stout; roasted malts, cocoa and bitter espresso undertones all complemented nicely with some earthiness. My only complaint is a slight alcohol burn, but I feel like that is me trying to find something I don't like.

Smooth mouthfeel and spot on flavors make this a big winner for me. It's a bit of a sipper, but hell I won't be upset about have this out front of me for about an hour.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 02:08:05 | More by Bendurgin
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mdfb79

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip. Brewed on 11/23/09, bottled on 01/08/10. Batch #1206, bottle #672.

a - Pours a a dark brown, almost black, with 2 fingers of tan head that has great retention and moderate carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of cocoa, dark fruits, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, toasted malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of cocoa, bitter and sweet chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Also some smokiness or toasted malts.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Smooth, thick body.

d - A pretty nice stout. I enjoyed the smell a lot. I think a little more time on it to let the alcohol fade would make this even better. Would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 00:38:12 | More by mdfb79
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Xul

California

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost pitch black with just the faintest bit of light at the edges, capped by three fingers of billowing, khaki colored head. Retention is excellent, to the point where I almost wish it would hurry up and settle down a bit.

S: Lots of earthy, lightly grassy bitterness up front, followed by a healthy dose of roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Some light smokey notes linger the in the background - strong enough to be evident, but light enough to not be detrimental.

T: Earthy hops are evident up front again, but quickly give way to roasty, moderately bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Some dark cherries and raisins are faintly evident just after the mid-palate, along with caramel sweetness. Finish is a blend of bitter coffee and sweet cocoa.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation...the bubbles could be dialed back and really benefit the beer, but it still has a good chewy feel towards the backend.

D: Very drinkable for a beer of its style and weight. I'm glad I've got another bottle in the cellar, I think that in a year, once the bitterness dies down a bit and it smooths out, it will be a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 04:56:46 | More by Xul
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jdaelhousen

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour produces an insane amout of head, at least 3 fingers. Pour overlfowed the glass, but the head retents itselef for a while with very slow disapation.
Aroma contains strong notes of chocolate and some strong complexitites of oatmeal and grainyness. Sweet trailing aroma of carmelized sugar. Taste contains a strong boozy makeup of chocolate malt and some mildly roasted barley accompanying that sweetness. ABV is surging high and noticeable at the center through to the finish. Aftertaste gives off a mildly added bitterness to cut through all of that intense barley. Seems a bit unbalanced and ABV is harsh on the palate. Not enough up front hop to this beer IMO to cut through all that malt. Still, this slow sipper is still a treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:46:06 | More by jdaelhousen
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

roast malt almost a touch smoky, much stronger than most stouts
hint of chocolate/coco
some rather sweet maybe slightly "off" sweetness to finish I can't place, a dark fruity hoppy mix?
hints of coffee,

Pitch black, bubbly tan head. Not overly thick but does linger a bit and well if you're into looking at a beer i really don't even know what this category is about. It's a beer...and it looks like a stout which it is.

Sweet malt up front, very sweet.
lingers with a nice roasted/nutty/coffee flavor
slightly fruity taste that's very much similar to the "off" sweet smell. perhaps a dried grape flavor mixed with an ever so faint bit of molasses

Rather thin body. As a nice alcohol flavor but not as creamy as one might expect from some stouts. The bubbles are rather pronounced and that doesn't seem to fit my expectations. The bubbles and the sweet malt up front are almost stinging on the tongue.

Certainly an easy beer to drink, almost too much of a drinker than a sipper as it should be at the cost and at the abv that's listed here.

This stuff needs age if for no other reason than to reduce the carbonation. It makes for a decent head but I feel it's almost getting to the Champaign levels. My worries are this will get too sweet with age but that's always the risk you take I suppose.

Well worth a try. It's certainly a tasty beer and if it were 1/3 the price I'd get some for aging to see what happens. At the price I sadly won't be buying again, but I am glad to have tried this.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 13:59:24 | More by bobhits
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle split amongst three and served in a tulip. Bottle 366 - brewed 23 Nov 2009 and bottled on 08 Jan 2010. Poured black with no light penetration and a dense two inch, khaki-colored head that exhibits great retention; some lacing, but no legs. Nose reveals lactose, cocoa, artificial sweetener and a hint of booze at the back. Taste reveals an earthy quality upfront, as well as roast, cocoa and lactose. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a carbonation level that is a little too assertive - I recommend swirling the glass to even out the body. A very tasty IS - body is a little thinner than anticipated with a little too much carbonation; however, very tasty brew with a well-hidden abv. Well worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:42:12 | More by Jwale73
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A substantial and aggressive Imperial Stout that allows roast and alcohol to dominate the palate.

The pour delivers an eruptive carbonation that spills the glass and forbades the control needed for a consistent pour. Black as night and eventually froathy, the beer carries a viscous pour and give medium roast-stained hued head that carries mostly through the session.

Strong roasty aromas gives up a boost of boozy alcohols, sweet caramel sweetness, and rum-like licorice notes.

Flavors of espresso, sweet rum, cocoa, and charred fruits (mainly raisons and plumbs) carry the beer from its initial sip until its long and lingering roasty finish.

Never really drying, the beer stars sweet, roasty, and rich and largely finishes the same way, with only a reprieve of alcohol warmth and fleeting roasty dryness.

As Russian Imperial Stouts go, this one has remarkable flavor and body but the beer just doesn't have the harmony and balance to compete with the Old Rasputins of the world.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 08:20:06 | More by BEERchitect
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ltjska04

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY. Bottle number 1176 from Batch 1206, brewed on Nov 23,2009 and bottled on Jan 8, 2010. The presentation is nice; 11.2 oz bottle with red wax over the cap and neck and individually stamped bottle number.

The cap came off with a big burst of air, but no overflow. When poured into my snifter there was tons of brown fluffy foam filling up the majority of the glass. Pour slowly on this one. Sweet dark chocolate smells waft up from the foamy glass. Once all in the glass, this beer is totally black; no light is getting through it. There are small bubbles that rise of from the bottom to create the brown head. This looks fantastic, can't wait to try it.

The smell is mostly chocolate with some wood and coffee in the background. It smells very rich.

After letting the stout warm up a bit, the first sip instantly warms my face. It doesn't taste alcoholic but it seemed to rush right to my head. My first impression is of the bitterness. I don't know if it's from the hops or chocolate but this is a pretty bitter stout. Up front the taste is underwhelming compared to the nice smell. I'm not getting any distinct flavors, just kind of a weird sticky/hot sensation in the back of my throat. Even though this was bottled only 8 months ago and was wax sealed it almost tasted oxidized. OK, after 20 minutes I'm starting to get more of the chocolate. I'm wondering if that huge foam at first contained a bunch of hop resins, contributing to the bitterness and masked flavors. By the end of the glass the taste is better but still a bit lacking.

This beer coats your mouth and throat for the entirety of the glass. The alcohol isn't noticeable in the taste but it lets you know it's there. This beer doesn't really beg for another sip and I couldn't see myself having more than one at a time, even disregarding the high price tag.

Overall this is pretty decent but I expected so much more. For me the taste was really lacking and proved kind of disappointing. It's good but there are many better imperial stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:00:35 | More by ltjska04
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan - much obliged!

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

Smells of robust roasted malt flavors with good amounts of unsweetened chocolate, tobacco, and char.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of semi-sweet chocolate. Midway through the sip the flavors darken a bit to allow some tobacco hints to work their way into things. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without any problems.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but like most other De Molen beers this one fell just short of being amazing. Still, it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 16:18:02 | More by glid02
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chefmikeanderson

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: holy wow! lots of head which is always a plus in my book. Really nice dark beer with the brown chocolate millk head that I always like to see as well. Head retention just doesnt go away and all it does is stick to the glass. Im gonna have to take off half a point just because its to carbonated. I had to wait 5 minutes to get a sip

S: Big bitter nuttiness. lots of roasted flavors in there. the usual chocolate a slight coffee. just what im looking for

T: Really really nutty. thats about as nutty stout that ive had. I'm trying to place what type of nut but its more like a nutshell. it has the bitter almost walnut shell. Not to much chocolate or coffee like usual... which is a good thing.. its different.

M: just a touch thin but barely. The carbonation blows up just a bit to much.

D: This beer isnt hot at all IMO. big flavors but easy drinking. The only thing I really dont love is the excessive carbonation. Take that away and this is a really really good beer

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 04:12:09 | More by chefmikeanderson
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an almost impentrable black, with just the barest hits of slightly-transclucent brown highlights. The mocha head absolutely billows out of this thing, with large bubbles for most of the head, and much finer bubbles at the top. It took me about 5 minutes of pouring and waiting to get a properly filled glass. Once I finally got it full and properly proportioned, it was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, pretty much no lacing. If it at least had light lacing, I could give it a 4.5 - but none at all gets it knocked to a 4.

The appearance set high expectations, and the nose doesn't disappoint. Massive, intense notes of chocolate and coffee. This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever buried my nose in. At this point, the suspense is intense - I've gotta taste this thing.

And...it meets the hype that the appearance and nose built. The explosion of chocolate and coffee in the nose show up here again. Coffee, chocolate in general, but specifically dark chocolate, roasted malts and a splash of smokiness. Typically I detest a smokey taste in my beers, but it's okay here - the medley of flavors works. Each swallow leaves a bitter chocolate aftertaste resting on the tongue. But I like it - it's a constant reminder of the deliciousness I just sipped moments before.

Unfortunately, my first sips likewise bring my first criticism of this brew - I don't like the mouthfeel. There's too much carbonation and bubbliness here. (Is bubbliness a word?) I'd rather this brew coat my mouth with velvetty smoothness, but instead I get this coarse tingling. Big time bummer on that one. I'd like to see the carbonation dialed back quite a bit.

All in all, though, this is one fabulous brew. A better mouthfeel would have brought this thing to damn near perfection. Even still, this is absolutely top notch. Easily the best imperial stout I've had from Europe.

I'd love to try a bourbon barrel aged version of this. That'd be epic.

Edit: Felt I should add this. I drank the beer slowly over an hour or so, and after warming and sitting out for a bit, the carbonation seemed to mellow considerably. It became much smoother and less prickly. If it had felt like that from the beginning, it would have easily been a 4 for mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 22:08:04 | More by Mavajo
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter jet black no highlights when held to the light,an overflowing mocha colored head atop,almost all head.As underwhelming the pour may have been the aromas are on the other end of the scale,bitter chocolate and a good dose of it along with dark fruit,roasted nut,and caramel,alot going on and its all good.Although a bit sharp in the mouthfeel department it doesnt take away from the big earthy flavors,this is one hopped up stout.Big dry chocolate along with slight wood,its roasted and hopped to the hilt,lighter dark fruit and caramel give it light sweetness.I cant give it a higher drinkability score becaus its lighter in feel and can get a bit hot but the flavors and aromas are great.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 20:21:35 | More by oberon
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detlefchef

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The most peculiar thing about this beer is that the head almost has a crust to it. Over a cloudy and nearly broken dark reddish brown color, sits this nearly hard and thick foam. Not a bad thing, but certainly a bit strange.

The booze really shows through rich coffee, nutmeg, and allspice flavors. Super creamy texture which seems odd because the appearance led me to believe that it might be a bit coarse.

Certainly unique, and for that, I'm happy to have tried. That said, would not likely be my first choice going forward.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 19:41:59 | More by detlefchef
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gford217

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle #715, bottled in January 2010.

Pours thick and black with an enormous clumpy tan head that shows excellent retention and leaves thick lacing on the sides.

The aroma is excellent and dominated by roasted chocolate malts. It's complimented by light leathery notes and espresso. There is a surprising hop presence as well with some citrus sneaking in.

The taste is even more chocolately with bakers chocolate dominating at the outset before the toasted malts and citrus hops come in. The finish is bitter chocolate and a bit of alochol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but the carbonation is high which keeps it from getting too thick. That said, the carbonation is a little overdone for my liking.

This is an excellent beer from De Molen who has definitely proven to me that they can make a great stout. The hop presence surprised me but it's still the dark chocolate that stands out.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 02:07:57 | More by gford217
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johnnybravo

Netherlands

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Pitch black, firm brown head, good lace. Sweet, heavily hopped, chocolate, coffee and a hint of licorice. Full, sticky, light dry mouth feel and warming. Powerful, heavy and flavourful. Great stuff but I was glad it wasn't their usual 75cl bottle but just a small one. Just enough!

Serving type: bottle

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