Kopi Loewak - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
05-19-2010 03:12:50 | More by gford217
4.26/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
02-28-2014 02:59:34 | More by tbeckett
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
01-24-2013 06:09:28 | More by popery
3.43/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
07-17-2013 03:06:01 | More by maximum12
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
07-08-2010 21:34:09 | More by tpd975
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
10-31-2012 17:23:17 | More by cpetrone84
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-21-2012 07:04:20 | More by AgentMunky
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
10-06-2012 01:02:06 | More by DavoleBomb
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
04-11-2013 07:00:13 | More by ngeunit1
3.88/5 rDev -3%
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.
12-31-2013 03:30:58 | More by Bung
1.78/5 rDev -55.5%
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.
06-28-2010 12:00:54 | More by Jeffo
Kopi Loewak from Brouwerij De Molen
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