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Spanning & Sensatie - Brouwerij De Molen

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87
very good

31 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jeffo on 07-09-2012)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spanning & Sensatie is like looking down into the middle of the ocean at midnight - you won't see anything but blackness and yet staring off into this nothingness can be strangely entrancing. The beer pours with an absolutely huge, mocha-tinted head that is also well worth gazing at.

There's nothing strange about noting espresso, black licorice, and dark fruits in the aroma of a Russian Imperial Stout... except when said RIS is brewed with cocoa and chilli peppers (and sea salt, though I doubt you'd be able to smell much of that, at least you shouldn't be able to).

Of the latter, only the cocoa is appreciable. Lots of dark chocolate comes through in both smell and taste, the intensity of which varies depending on the size of the sip and the temperature of the beer (more is noted as it warms). Even more prominent, however, is the flavour of strongly-brewed coffee. No heat, no salt. Everything is pretty normal and uneventful so far...

I would have anticipated issues involving too much chilli spice. But it turns out that my biggest complaint is the bitter astringency of the espresso/pure cocoa notes. While I found it to become gradually obnoxious, it was easy enough to shake given the beer's heavy sootiness and smoke elements. At more than a year old, this bottle is still holding itself together well.

For me, just the sound of a stout brewed with cocoa, chilli peppers and sea salt is enough to induce cravings, but Spanning & Sensatie ("Voltage & Sensation") surprisingly provides little of either. A nice enough beer, but disappointingly ordinary given the unusual cast of ingredients.

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The same mindset that goes into the crafting of gourmet chocolate has found its way into beer! And why not? Brewers have flirted with the integration of cacao, chilis, and salt for generations.

Pouring a murky brown color, nearly black- its nearly evident that the ale employs cocoa powder as its haze makes it almost obvious. Frothy and creamy to start, the beer's coffee-like creme settles on the beer before surrendering to the cocoa oils that pull it apart and leave light early lacing high on the glass.

Smoky chocolate rises to greet the nose along with the supporting roast of French pressed coffee. Transitioning to taste, its the taste of burnt caramel, roasted walnut, and ash that takes the beer from robust sweetness to roasty dryness late. Coffee-type bitterness balances the moderate malt sweetness and provides a sturdiness for cocoa and hops. Herbal in its presence, the chili additions are more of the singed flesh of the fruit and not of capsaicin spice. Any complement of sea salt results in a fuller and more rounded savory taste and doesn't make the beer a salty one.

Full bodied on the tongue, the weight of residual malt sweetness and creaminess weaves all the complex additions together and easily distracts the taste buds from the high alcohol warmth. Finishing roasty, powdery and a little minerally- the beer closes with final impressions of campfire and ash.

Spanning & Sensatie is a full, complete, and highly gratifying taste. I would prefer a bit more sweetness to remain in the beer even if it means pulling back slightly on its dryness for a more savory, dessert-like session.

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Spanning & Sensatie from Brouwerij De Molen
87 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.