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Kopi Loewak - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rvdoorn on 11-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Bottled 4/18/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and earthy, dirty coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy and dirty coffee and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an odd pepper flavor that isn't too tasty. (693 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for opening this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

The initial pour foams like crazy. Huge light tan head and a bit of lacing as it eventually settles. The nose has coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Coffee galore. Good amount of cream there as well. Nose indicates that this is going to be really smooth and delicious, and the taste confirms that the nose was not lying. Strong coffee with a bit of roast, cream, and a mild oaky presence. Medium body. Smooth finish. Delicious. (496 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i have become a colossal fan of de molen recently. i have always been a fan, but i have recently really appreciated their beers in the context of others, just so different and high quality all the time. this one is great, found at hazels in boulder, 2012 edition with slightly different specifics on the label. the pour is crazy, its super bubbly, more than any other big dark beer i have seen, reminds me of the engles, that foamed like a mad man, but this is a little more under control, just hard to pour, and the bubbles are huge and light brown. there is some yeast sediment chunked up in the beer too, but they settle fast. the nose is odd, less coffee for me, but there is some age on this one for sure. i smell green pepper, even an ancho chili in here, with some coffee and dry cocoa, a cool nose to say the least. like all of their beers ive had, there is a really neat yeast complexion in here too, short of doughy, but raw in a similar way. the roast on the malt is intense, and there is a sweeter element in here too. the coffee is rich and earthy, and while it doesnt still smell much like it, it certainly is there in the taste, although im not sure i could pick out the special and pricey kopi coffee in this through the beer, which i am okay with, its beer before coffee. notes of raisin and tobacco in there too, no oxidation at all even over time, and a very very lively mouthfeel for the style, totally unique. this is exquisite beer, and it makes me want to go out and find all the de molen beers i possibly can in the market, one of a kind again from these guys! (1,584 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, 11.2% ABV, packaged on April 19, 2012. Yet another De Molen offering where the Dutch-only label offers little in the sense of a stylistic impression. At least I have more than ample time to jot this down as the initial pour really takes its sweet time.

This beer pours a solid tinted black, with a very over-wrought puffy, billowy monstrosity of scarily rising beige head, which puts down some serious roots, only eventually leaving some broad swaths of caked hanging fuzzy lace around the glass as it slowly fades away. Over carbonation? Yes, methinks.

It smells pungently of dry roasted coffee grounds, earthy and cocoa-striped, some overwhelmed roasted biscuit malt, a touch of gritty dark chocolate, and some middling lactic essence. The taste is dry, earthy coffee, over a bed of semi-sweet chocolate, lightly roasted bready caramel malt, and some weirdly understated vegetal, spicy pepper essences. A bit of lingering yeast and earthy adjunct just adds to the strangeness.

The bubbles are fairly inert, the body a decent medium weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes on the mildly sweet side, as the lightly smoked character merges with the coffee and malt players.

An agreeable enough strong stout, where the alcohol has the temerity to stay under the radar until the near finish, where the heat doesn't exactly rear up, but carries on gamely enough to make itself known. Overall, a nice, warm, coffee-heavy tipple, once you tear through the carbonation screen. (1,490 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 18/04/12 (DD/MM/YY). Imported by the Shelton Bastards. .11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness stem-goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Poured with vigor as undercarbonation is expected; De Molen has consistent carbonation issues in my experience. Served after a brief period following its removal from the fridge, but allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a glass full of tan colour froth foam of good thickness, good cream, and great retention. It appears in this case De Molen overcarbonated it. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Subtle coffee with some richness and roast, dark malts, slightly stale biscuit malt, cream, and chocolate malt. A rather understated mild aroma, especially considering the style. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol.

T: Roast, dark malts, caramel, coffee, chocolate malt, and some deeper java roast, but not much. It's a bit bland, actually, and the balance is lackluster. Not real well built for the style, but it does hide its ABV well. Lacks yeasty character. A hint of...light chili pepper? What's that doing there? In spite of its flaws, I do love the roasty character that's there. The actual kopi loewak is nice, but nowhere near as evocative as it is in Mikkel's offerings.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Delightfully cream. Impressively light on the palate for the style, showcasing some delicate fragility. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. In spite of the problems with the presentation/appearance, the carbonation is actually quite good. The mouthfeel is so remarkable; it's a damn shame the flavours aren't up to par.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV, and it's growing on me as it warms. Hides its ABV incredibly well. I'm going to enjoy finishing this bottle, and I'm glad it's a small format. Another great stout from De Molen.

B+

It gains body as it warms. Serve at room temperature - not even slightly chilled.

Drank well out of me Guinness goblet. (2,160 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle from the April 2012 batch imported by Shelton Bros. This bottle is filled right up to the cap so be careful when opening and make sure it is colder than ideal considering the carbonation wants to leap out of this brew. Poured into a matching De Molen cervoise, it appears black in color under a mountainous 4+ finger brown head that is composed of large bubbles. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves thick patches of lace sticking to the glass. When held to the light, there is some lighter brown clarity noted around the edges with some hints of almost a ruby coloration.

The nose opens up a bit off with some sulfur, mineral and carbonic quality crushing the expected stout and coffee aromatics. However, as it warms up the expected rich kilned cocoa aspects emerge smelling quite roasted and earthy. The coffee is present but it doesnt have that unique aspect I have come to expect from Kopi, instead it smells more raw, ashy and earthy like a typical almost day-old pot of coffee. Surprisingly there are some herbal hops evident that hold as much presence in the aromatics as the coffee.

The initial flavors of this brew are carbonic with an edge of minerals that is almost rusty. As more sips are taken, the focus changes to more of a brown malt character tasting mildly roasted with almost a nutty grain presence and some raisony alcohol notes. Some herbal hop flavoring is present that blends into the mineral components that is not that enticing but isn't off-putting either. It displays almost a green peppery quality about it.

This is a medium bodied brew with an amplified amount of carbonation that is just too much. Not only visually is the carbonation level too much but it lightens up the feel and even imparts a carbonic quality to the profile that distracted from what this brew could be. To this brew's credit, the alcohol level is masterfully hidden. However, it is a real disappointment that not only is the kopi additon completely lost in this brew but even as a stout it is lacking. A rare miss from De Molen. (2,051 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is quite over-carbonated. As the head gradually fades, the color is finally revealed...dark brown. Shocker. Ample lacing sticks to the sides of the tulip glass. The aroma brings roast, alcohol, subtle coffee. The taste is alright, with coffee and roast notes. Unfortunately, the beer is indeed over-carbonated, adversely affecting every aspect of the beer. Oh well. Not nearly on the same level with the 666. (458 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled July 2010
Well this is a bit excessively carbonated, a soft pour produces a huge, light brown colored head and the body is a dark, black color. The coffee character in this beer is hugely aromatic with some sharper acidic, roast coffee notes too. This reminds me a lot of a mocha and the coffee is definitely the dominant character here, but if you dig there are some touches of toasted grain character towards the finish.

The beer is quite dry tasting and has a touch of acidity to it along with a big roast grain character and coffee note. This is actually very dry, it seems even super-attenuated, which certainly accentuates the acid flavors here. Smooth mocha flavors can't quite help balance out the dryness or acidity. This is a pretty simplistic beer, it really needs some malt and body to be even remotely balanced. This is interesting as a pure coffee beer, but not too great to really drink. I wonder if it has been infected, it doesn't really taste like it , but the fact that it is so over-attenuated makes me think it might be. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March of 0-12 I picked this up last week. No worries as the label indicates it can be aged 5 years.

Pours great. Big ole brown head, somewhat creamy, but semi rough bubbles. Dark brown/ruby color body. no surprise there.

Coffee aroma. And that's about it. Some faint leather and roasted malt. Maybe figs.

Flavor is coffee forward, but kind of light. Not a wholly powerful flavor, and the abv is well hidden. Easy drinking. Elather and roasted malt come through a bit more as it warms. A nice bite on the end. This is a solid stout; a warm-her-upper (564 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 11/2/13

A another De Molen gusher but I got all but a few drops in the glass, dark liquid but I can still see the streams of bubbles feeding the light mocha foam that's three fingers deep for most of the glass and leaves chunks of lace well down the glass

S cold coffee grinds, espresso infused bakers chocolate, chocolate covered raisins, plums, dusty coco powder, nice mix of fruit, coffee and chocolate

T some char and just a darker roast in general compare to the nose, earthy with almost a faint top soil thing going for it, tastes better then it sounds

M on the foamy side of cream, slick after the fact with a little heat, dark roast espresso on the finish lingers for ages

O nice big coffee stout going on here, no real flaws and no complaints from me, coffee lovers rejoice

pretty solid brew that I'll drink again, this one will hurt you if your not careful (907 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, date on back label says 18/04/12. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head that sticked around for a long time. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. It tastes like coffee, roasted/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, nuts, caramel, and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with high but soft carbonation. If you like coffee beers, then you really need to try this one. It's a coffee bomb! I'll have to buy another bottle the next time I come across this, I liked this one a lot. (664 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

18cl bottle poured into my Darkness glass, picked up in Gent...As i put the cap its gushes a bit, but I'm not expected for all head pour. About 2 oz of beer equalled about 12 inches of light tan head. Great retention, the head is fluffy and interesting with huge bubbles, and nice lacing. I would normally give an appearance like that a better score but the head is so annoying in not only making pour several times but making me wait forever to drink it...A light aroma that just shows off the coffee. The coffee is really nice and smooth but somewhat boring and unbalanced. As it warms some nice sweet chocolate does start to present...The taste is ton of coffee as expected, but I really like it better in the aroma than I do in reality. The coffee is light, stale, alcoholic; ironically its still pretty good, just not great...The feel is lighter but tough and tannic...Glad this is a small bottle, would be tough to drink a big bottle.

This is pretty good, just feel it could be better, slightly disappointing. (1,016 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a friend in Alberta. Bottled April 2012.

A - Pours black with a giant fluffy beige head. Wicked lace from the giant head left two fingers of retention and awesome lace. No complaints here.

S - Aggressive coffee, earthy. Good but really basic to some degree.

T - Strong coffee, earthy, dark fruit, lot's of roast. Sweetness present, roast, some alcohol. Interesting and more complex than aroma. Tasty stuff.

M - Good carbonation, full body, tasty coffee and dark fruit finish. Nice.

O/D - This is a hella coffee stout. While the aroma was a little bit one dimensional, the palate came through much more complex while retaining the intense coffee flavour. (672 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark brown, almost black color, with a fizzy tan head. The nose has a touch of roasted malt and then delicious coffee that is better on beer than real coffee. Taste is same, roasty, tons of well integrated clean coffee with hints of vanilla and chocolate and a light to moderate bitterness. Body is creamy and airy, assertive carbonation. Integrates the coffee extremely well without being ashy or peaty and overly bitter. (432 characters)

Photo of popery
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with a nice big mocha head. The shade of brown is about the color of slightly too weak coffee. Looks a bit murky, but it's hard to tell with the color. The aroma is strongly coffee-forward. It's a very pleasant coffee flavor but seems to dominate the beer a bit more than I'd prefer. There's just a little bit of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate in the background. The taste is similarly rich with coffee. Again, it's a very nice coffee, but while the taste is somewhat better in this respect than the aroma, I wish there was a bit more complexity to the beer. There's some nice caramel and chocolate blending into the coffee. The finish is really just coffee, though. The coffee is fruity and rich. Very good. Unfortunately, the beer is significantly overcarbonated, at least for my taste. I just don't particularly enjoy these flavors in such an effervescent beer. It's no big deal, since I just waited for the beer to settle, but it seems like an odd misstep. I'm a big fan of Molen, but this beer was somewhat disappointing, despite the tasty coffee flavor. (1,083 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottled 18 April 2012.

A: Black, with a mocha creamy head with good retention.

S: Spicy? Hoppy? Worcester? Faint and confusing.

T: Interesting. The coffee here is much more present and lingeringly bitter. A touch of chocolate, sweet-roasted malt, and light hops. All-around balanced and enjoyable.

M: Spicy and carbonated. The spice (or coffee?) is fierce and pleasant.

O: Great beer. Very fine imperial stout. The strength is not noticeable. Drinkable, enjoyable, and recommended. Probably won't have again.

Notes
Plato: 23.7
EBC: 266
EBU: 85
ABV: 11.2%

EDIT JULY 2014:
4.25A: Black, rich beer with excellent head.
4.75S: Incredibly rich. So potent. So much coffee. I guess KL is this expensive for a reason.
4.5T: Delicious. The coffee certainly dominates, but in an excellently rich stout. Hint of berry and chocolate.
4M: Dry and bitter
4.5O: Exceptional. A really wonderful beer. Would have again and again. (977 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ML bottle with the classic De Molen minimalist label. Picked up at de Bierwinkel in Leiden, the Netherlands, after staring at all the beautiful foreign beers for about half an hour. It was tough to pick. Bottled 1/24/13 & consumed while staring out at Haarlemmerstraat on our last night in Europe.

Barely a hiss when the top is popped, & the pour is as dark & lifeless as a depressing as black on black, though a touch of red hope gleams through the thinnest edges. Nose is big-time bitter, a treble hook of coffee & roast sink into the olfactory factories. Nice.

Kopi Loweak is a heavy-handed coffee bomb in every sense of the word. Coffee takes the baton from the word 'go' & sprints off; there's barely any hint of a stout underneath the shroud of bitter coffee. Half of this small bottle will be quite sufficient, thank you.

Even though I'm not fond of coffee nukes & this is one of the biggest in terms of tonnage, it's still strangely appealing. Pretty good beer, but not one I'd seek out again. (1,010 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottle found locally the other day! enjoyed from a de struise black damnation taster.

a - brew pours a watery black with an overly frothy head. big creamy head, super foamy. big streaky lace.

s - nose is burnt chocolate, belgian yeast, and gourmet coffee. the yeast gives it a crisp almost vanilla thing over the top.

t/m/o - big creamy stout, very dessert liqour like. again, the belgian yeast sets this off and gives it something really unique. cross between a belgian strong dark ale and a stout. feels like it is not what it once was, but still tasty. the vanilla notes are nice on the coffee. the coffee is on the lighter side. glad i picked this up. (668 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

18cl bottle #172 from Jan.

First things first - this thing sounded like a shotgun when I popped the cap and the subsequent pour was a dark, dark brown with an absolutely massive head that filled up the glass completely and receded very slowly, leaving a big bubbly cap and solid lacing.

The aroma is all about the freshly ground coffee. There are some sweet malts underneath, but it's really about the bitter, fresh coffee in the nose.

The taste is probably heavier on coffee than the aroma and that suits me just fine. I mean, it's like sipping on an iced latte with an extra shot. It's definitely bitter, especially in the finish and there is a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty light for an impy stout and over-carbonated for my tastes.

This one doesn't feel like an impy stout but, damn, if you like coffee, this one's for you. Just chock full of fresh coffee from start to finish. Loved it. (929 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz. April 2012 bottling.
Very dark brown pour, near black. Large rocky tan head. I don't care for this as it has often linked to over carbed brews, especially from this brewer. I guess I just don't care for Belgian beer qualities in not Belgian styles.

Aroma, big coffee, but there is some molasses and sweet chocolate.

Taste, Again big coffee, a cafe mocha kind of thing. It is nice and smooth. Mild woodiness.

Very smooth and nearly creamy. Presence of heavy carbonation does not manifest itself. Solidly medium bodied. Coats well enough. Just a tad warming but nothing offensive for me. No problem drinking this one.

Really ended up being much better than I expected. Just be in the mood for a heavy coffee forward brew.
For the price it is probably only worth trying once though. (792 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge Thanks to SeaBass for sharing this one with me.

A: Pours a nice darker shade of brown. Huge fizzy tan head. The head hangs around for a bit before dying to a tight ring. Nice spotty lace.

S: Tons of coffee. Very aggressive roast with notes of acidic bitterness. Light chocolate undertones, but this one is all about coffee.

T: You guessed it coffee. Very earthy, almost dirty tasting. Sort of like the coffee you would find in the rustic parts of the world. The acid level is fairly high with some tar like elements. There are mild chocolate notes with a bit of charred oak.

M: On the lighter side of body, bitey carbonation, dry finish.

D: Pretty good. This one comes in a small bottle and we split it two ways. Could have easily sipped on it myself though. (768 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. Bottled on 18/04/12 with a purchase price of $9.50.

4.0 A: Black color. Took two pours to fill the glass since the first gave me a full hand of head. Anyway, big, foamy tan head with a pillowy top. Retention is insanely good which resulted in many minutes passing before I could get the glass full. Decent amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Potent, refined coffee sticks out at first sniff. Tons of coffee to the point that it blocks out much of the other aromas. Supple roastiness. That's about all I can say. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. I definitely like it. Booze is absent.

4.0 T: Again there's simply tons of coffee. Smooth, supple roastiness, refined. The base gets to come out and play unlike the nose. Chocolate is the next most prominent flavor with some caramel underneath. Moderate neutral malt sweetness. Booze is again well hidden. Great if you love coffee.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation despite the giant head. Very nice creaminess with a touch of chewiness to it. Super smooth with a light boozy warming on finish.

4.0 D: This is closer to stouted coffee than a coffee stout. That said, it's pretty tasty and worth a try if you like coffee. (1,232 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
1.83/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Brewed 8 March and bottled 14 April 2010. Bottle 1339 of 1446.

From an 18cl bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Sounded like a gun shot upon opening and started to gush a little. Never a good sign for a big stout. Poured out a murky dirty-looking dark brown and produced a massive four finger thinner-looking bubbly popping mocha colored head that was pot-holed like Swiss cheese. Dark murky brown or black in the glass with a little bit of carbonation evident in the form of tiny bubbles. Head slowly fades leaving some chunky lacing on the sides. A thick foamy cap stays until the end and leaves some bubbly chunky lacing down the glass. Looks like an abomination of an imperial stout.

SMELL: Some roasted and caramel malts, but the coffee shows through of course. Mostly bitter roasted coffee and a touch of powdery cocoa as well. Nice, though too mild to be memorable.

TASTE: Some roasted and caramel malts, followed by roasted coffee beans, much like the nose indicated. Roasted and bitter coffee aftertaste is bold and lingering, with a touch of sour funk in there at the end. Taste is bolder than the nose had led on, but the little sour funkiness is a little odd. Not sure if this was intended or the signs of a problem. Either way, it's not appealing.

PALATE: Very light and thin bodied. Creamy on the palate, but far too much carbonation for the style. Very airy and it blows up in your mouth. Goes down fine with a bit of a burn at the back, but it's somewhat out of control.

OVERALL: De Molen really is hit or miss with their imperial stouts, and this one was a complete whiff. Not sure if something was starting to rear its ugly head on this one, but it certainly wasn't enjoyable at all. The look was atrocious and the feel completely off for the style, not to mention a little odd bit of sour funk residing in the taste profile as well. Not something I would recommend; not this batch at least. De Molen makes a lot of fantastic imperial stouts, so there's no need to remember this one. (2,051 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a big finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades very slowly.

S - Roasted coffee, chocolate and caramel malts, cocoa, black licorice, molasses, a bit of dark fruits, some booze.

T - Roasted coffee, some coffee bitterness, chocolate and caramel malts, bakers cocoa, black licorice, molasses, prunes, raisins, and other dark fruits, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet, roasted, bitter, and warming finish.

D - The coffee flavor is great here, as is the overall balance and mouthfeel. (562 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 18/04/12

A - It is black as the ace of spades. It is topped with three inches of tan head.

S - I smell some coffee and yeast.

T - The taste is coffee and cream. The coffee has undoubtedly mellowed over the two years it spent in the bottle, but it is still enough to make it taste great.

M - Full

O - This is a nice coffee stout. The coffee flavor and aroma has held up well for two years. Now I want to find a fresher bottle. I enjoyed it thoroughly. My bottle was brown and not green like the picture. (551 characters)

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