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Spanning & Sensatie - Brouwerij De Molen

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 69
Avg: 4
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Brewed with cacao, chili peppers and sea salt.
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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 69
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with copper-tinged highlights.
Nose shows chocolate fudge, red chilli, roasted malt, soft coffee notes. The cocoa character is awesome.
Flavours include lots of roasted malt, booze, dry cocoa, soft chilli heat and a slight salty aspect. Finishes very dry with an assault from the roast and booze.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Montrealbcr89, cheers for the good time.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-pours a very dark brown with faint light coming through,floating particles and a small,foamy,beige head (rigorous pour)
-pepper heat,chocolate,salt,tart vinegar,cardboard
-salt,coffee,chocolate,toast,mocha,pepper,slight heat
-low carbonation
-medium to full body
-slight alcohol warmth
Not as complex as i thought with the ingredients and the body is a little light.
Still very good

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Photo of rarbring
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew is black, a small brown head, little lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of coffee, cocoa and dried dark fruits.

Tasting sweet, brown syrup, toast and black jam, a warm spicy finish.

Little carbonation, soft and sticky, a big body and warm finish.

A very solid dessert.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours the darkest and opaque black with almost no head.
S - chocolate, malt, cacao. Complex and great aroma which is quite common for De Molen RIS's.
T - sweet and spicy, but not too much. Cacao and roasty malts prevails but chili peppers are here as well.
F - almost no carbonization, medium bodied. Seasalt shows strong in the aftertaste which is kinda not great.
O - not usual and quite interesting RIS from Netherland's De Molen. Again. Well done!

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3.8/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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