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Spanning & Sensatie - Brouwerij De Molen

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88
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jeffo on 07-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with cacao, chili peppers and sea salt.
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Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, close to black, small poor tan head, oily.
Rich salted roasted grain, caramel, baking chocolate, faint smoked wood, some raisin, dried fig, faint vanilla and cinnamon, faint veggie (chilli) note. Emphasis on the roasted, smokey malts.
Raw dark chocolate up front, stale dark fruit (dark grape, plum, fig) and roasted mixed grains, really flavorful with that pinch of sea salt. It also nicely contrasts the caramel notes, making up some salted toffee too. Dusty, smokey soft woody notes (tho it's not barrel aged), dark spices, some alcohol in the finish, bit of coffee bean and a spicy warmth, tho chilli peppers weren't the first to come to mind, but rather peppercorn.
Medium body, low carbonation, a nice smooth sipper. Aftertaste has "hot" peppers (finally, a clear veggie note), lots of rich cocoa, sweet lingering raisin and nice roasted malts (coffee hints still).
I'm pretty sure this is somewhat close to 16-17th century cocoa drinks, with raw cocoa beans and lots of spices. Sure, this has alcohol (that's nice and stealthy), but i think that's the flavor profile. Awesome.

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, dated 12/11/2012. Pours brown with a small light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bakers chocolate with a little chili and vanilla with some cardboard and dark fruit.

The flavor is surprisingly subdued. Some sweet chocolate, anise and some fruit with a little chili spice and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a velvety feel.

Overall, an interesting chili imperial stout, a bit reserved. My wife bought this a couple of months ago. I wonder if it was bolder fresh.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. A properly cellared year old bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, mocha coffee, slightly spicy. Flavor is dark toasted malt, charred coffee, slight dark fruit, mild smokiness; a nice light chili pepper bite in the finish. Medium bodied. A nicely balanced rich flavored imperial stout with complex flavor and deftly handled pepper finish. Aged well, although it may have thinned out a bit in body. A welcome stout from a brewery only sporadically available in the Northwest.

Photo of RichJamz
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Antiantianti
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev -4%

Photo of Gakusei
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of chocolate, malt, and dark fruit.

T: Like the aroma, the taste was very big and aggressive: Chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, chili peppers, coffee, and a hint of hops. Quite a complex brew with some disparate elements that seem to work well together.

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

O: Spanning & Sensatie is a well made, flavorful, and powerful beer - basically everything an RIS should be.

Photo of cirobordieri
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of MichiganBeers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 12/11/12. First thing I smelled when I opened the bottle was lots of grape. I'm now noticing a fair amount of dark chocolate, and some smoke and wood. A good amount of nice dark chocolate flavor. Not really getting any heat from the chilis (maybe its faded due to the aging?), but maybe a hint of flavor. Not really noticing the salt either. Fair amount of grape and a little raisin flavor. Very roasty/ashy aftertaste, with a bit of bitterness.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with a thick, creamy khaki head that leaves very little lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of woodsmoke, spiced pear, dark chocolate, roasted grain, sea salt, black cherry, Medjool dates, caramel, dried blueberry, and chile pepper fill the nose.

T: Notes of woodsmoke, roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, chile pepper, sea salt, spiced pear, apple skin, dried blueberries, blackberries, black currants, figs, Medjool dates, and dried black cherries fill the mouth. The finish is smoky, roasty, and intensely fruity with pronounced pepper, sea salt, blueberry, fig, and black cherry flavors.

M: Very full-bodied, dryish for the style, and somewhat silky. Carbonation is firm. Alcohol is pronounced, but mellow.

O: An interesting and immediately appealing experimental stout. The combination of flavors is a bit out of the ordinary for the style, but it works. To me, this is just further proof that Brouwerij de Molen may be the best and most consistent maker of big, flavorful stouts on the planet right now.

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. 'Voltage & Sensation'. Why to I get the feeling they're running out of good ideas for this particular marketing meme?

This beer pours a solid black, with prominent basal cola highlights, and four fingers of puffy, densely foamy beige head, which leaves some pleasantly spectral webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of thin coffee, black licorice, relatively weak bready caramel malt, saltwater taffy, charred cocoa, an ashy nuttiness, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is bittersweet chocolate malt, a touch of caramel/toffee candy, simmering chili flakes, fading anise, milky coffee, an independent saltwater acridity, mild fleshy black fruit, herbal hops, and a burgeoning suggestion of metallic alcohol.

The carbonation is generally unobtrusive, the body a sturdy medium weight, yet somewhat wanting in its thinning smoothness. It finishes on the sweet and smoky side - chocolate, anise, coffee, and a murmuring chili heat tempering things a wee bit.

A slightly strange offering at the outset, but in the end, it winds up a just another well-made RIS, with a bit of tingling, due in mostly equal parts to the guest spice and salt ingredients. Worthy of a try, if you lust after such flavours, in the Mexican cocoa ideal, but that has never been my thing, so this will be a one and done, thank you ma'am experience for me.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Spanning & Sensatie from Brouwerij De Molen
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.