Moord & Doodslag (Disputin) | Brouwerij De Molen

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Moord & Doodslag (Disputin)Moord & Doodslag (Disputin)

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Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly named "Rasputin," then labeled as "Disputin" due to a dispute with North Coast over the name. Also has been called "Cease & Desist".

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Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 422
Photo of amano_h
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An abundance of cereal grain, roasted malts, dark coffee, and chocolate overwhelm the nose. Caramel, raisins, and some milky chocolate also surface once you give the brew some time. Smells like a "typical" Russian Imperial Stout but with an unusually pronounced cereal aroma at the onset.

Aroma is well-mirrored on the palate; the cereal makes a brief cameo before it's kicked off the stage by a formidable presence of medium-roast espresso, figs, and bitter cacao nibs. A slight brown sugary sweetness follows the cacao-like bitterness, but the overall finish is quite dry.

Rasputin is nowhere as thick and as creamy as Ol' Raspy but still holds its own quite formbidably. Medium-bodied, with a chewy consistency. Close to no carbonation, with absolutely no booze burn

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hell for the price and age of this brew, which sat almost 2 years in the beer store prior to my purchase alongside one year in my cellar, this is a really fantastic and EASY DRINKING beer that tastes to me like a 5-6% ABV stout. So crazily does this dark ale settle with the palate that ultimately renders it crushable; in no way is Rasputin, produced by North Coast Brewing, any better in my mind than this fantastic beer. If this came in six packs, I would never choose any other imperial stout to casually drink in my leisure!

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 206 of 524 (Brewed on 08 May 2008)

Appearance: Pours the color of black coffee, with a very modest head that fades to a ringlet; numerous squiggles of lacing drape the chalice

Smell: Chocolate covered raisins, Sherry, roast and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee (blueberries)

Taste: Chocolate and blueberry forward, with Sherry and dark fruit elements building; some roasted tones develop, after the swallow, but the chocolate and fruit intermingle into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not many beers can hold up for eight years (although the bottle suggests this one can last 25) and I suspect that time has tempered the 10.7% ABV and modified the flavors somewhat; still, the fruity aspect here is something I really enjoy and is missing from so many domestically brewed Russian Imperial Stouts; I am giving this one high marks for bringing the fruit back into the flavor profile - I have been looking for this for a long time

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in chalice from the bottle here a Cerveceria Esparte here in Conil, Spain. Vintage bottle date 12/18/2014, labeled as Rasputin.

Appearance: Thin black body with a lighter tan head rising about half a finger's length and barely dropped after two or three sips. When it warms down, drops to nada.

Smell: Light scent of of barley and sweet malts. Coffee not espresso undertone.

Taste: Bitter brew, coffee with small dose of sugars. Malts are incredibly strong, come off juicy like a black ipa but definitely closer to the stout character it was born to be.

Mouth: Medium body with a slight heavy carbonation. Sticky coffee with milk finish.

Overall: Great find, took me a bit to find here BA from by reviewed it with a smile on my face. Not super unique but worth grab...Salud!

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Named as "Rasputin", ABV 10.4%

Served on tap in a De Molen stemmed glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

The showcase comes with dark brown hue with some reddish tinge. Medium foamy tan head stands with average retention before gradually subsiding to thin frothy sheet on the surface along with some lacing.

Cocoa, creamy chocolate, big roasted, vanilla, cherry bourbon, dark bread, a bit spice, citric hop, alcohol perfume, all of these aromas blending nicely.

Significant malty sweetness overwhelms with a profile of roasted barley, alcohol poking through with a sweet warming touch reminding of sweet bourbon. Bitterness from hop is at the almost end where a note of trademark astringency from roasted malt wraps up the palate in the finish.

The body is full with chewy and semi-smooth mouthfeel, rather low to medium carbonation, very dry finish.

This beer has big sweetness from its malty goodness to satisfy the sweet tooth. Alcohol is not quite hidden but a punch to your face, anyway, good sipping beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got on trade. Served at 10deg C in a challis. 330ml bottle

A- Opens well but pours no head at all. Slight film and it's gone in seconds. Nice dark brown colour though

S- Tobacco. Raisins. Sweet

T- Molasses. Sweet. Tobacco. Nice blend and the spices are nicely put together. Has a mellow nature and can go down pretty quickly if you don't watch.

M- Thick and rich going down then dries out. Pretty sticky though.

O- Nice blend. Will buy again if I see it.

Food Pairing

This rather rich and thick brew went well with...... Brazed beef short ribs slow cooked in a tomato and onion sauce


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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter---whoa---what a stout! Pours a deep muddled blackish brown with a moderate head of foam that subsides to a thick ring, subtle pool, and light lacing. Nose of coffee, chocolate, strong raisin notes, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with rich dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee on the front and sides, raisin notes mingle in the middle with notes of heavy char and subtle cream that fades to a sweet and boozy chocolate and coffee drenched beast of a brew. Slick and full mouth feel, light carbonation, and a coating yet warming finish. Excellent.


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Photo of Gregaroo
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11-30-16 - Again on tap at Monk's. Tasty with an earthy feel and aftertaste. No head and no lacing. Easy drinking.
3-28-16 - Cease and Desist On tap at Monk's in Philly. Served in a tall stemmed tulip. No head. Dark brown. Not too sweet, yet oh so tasty. Wish I could stay for one more. Get some soon.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Black bodied but the head which is tanned retreats to the rim of he glass a little too sharpish
Smells of good coffee and malt like ovaltine
Similar taste it's almost a dark chocolate malteser
Deceptively easy drinking
Good stuff indeed

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Photo of RickyS
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am just going to assume this is really Rasputin as the link said! So... I poured this motoroil in my glass and was surprised to see this little carbonation but, as expected, no light is coming through. I smell it, and I retrieve the base common to pretty much all de molen beers, which is this very sweet and honey/cherry/marzipan malty backbone, which all their beer really are variants of. Not that I am complaining, de Molen beers are awesome (generally). So I get, malts, cherry notes and dried fruits, not quite like in quads though, maybe some chocolate notes, marzipan, brown sugars, molasses and no coffee. Surprisingly. After 15 minutes of sniffing maybe is time to dig in. WOW. Here is the coffee! And licorice, and dried fruits again and some hops. The beer has a rather astringent character. Quite long aftertaste. Full bodied. Excellent. Difficult to set expectations with these guys.

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Photo of stortore
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter, bottled 12/4/14.

Pours dark and fairly opaque, no head, no lacing. Smell is of roasted malts, kind of metallic, some cocoa, some coffee. This has an odd aroma, it mostly reminds me of liver sausage, which I love, just not in my beer. Taste also leads with roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, some coffee, raisins, some plums. Smooth, lower level of carbonation, a touch thin.

This is okay. Tastes pretty good, smells like garbage. Price point is high for what you get.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Bottled 26 AUG 2014

A: Pours a clear yet still opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of dark cola brown and garnet red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy tan head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits (plum + fig). Light hints of Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark malts and moderate flavors of roasted malts with a moderate amount of dark fruit (plum and fig) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate. Finally there is a light flavor of Belgian yeast in the finish.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Lighter in body than a lot of other RIS beers but perhaps a little easier drinking as a result of the that and the well hidden alcohol. Very enjoyable and a nice example of the flavors of the style.

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Photo of cbutova
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

03/28/2014 bottle thanks to ROBDMP. Approaching my 2000th review and this has been sitting in the fridge for a long time. If anything, a De Molen brew is always interesting at least and usually a fun experience in very big beer.

A- Opens with a faint hiss from the classic black and white labeled bottle and pours into my snifter like oil, somewhat viscous and midnight black. A nutty tan head dies down fast to a tiny ring and lacing is non-existent.

S- Rich cocoa powder and musty, raisin oxidation notes off the top together confirming that this will be a bold brew. Burnt caramelized sugars, heavily toasted nuts, bitter dark chocolate and smoke also come to mind.

T- For how big this beer is I have to say there just isn't much going on here that grasps my palate. One thing that is BIG is the dark fruits like raisin and dark grape off the top. Beyond that is a barrage of oxidation, dark cocoa, burnt toast, heavily caramelized sugars and molasses sweetness.

MF- Somewhat unsettling for me. After smelling and seeing it one would think it would be like a rich cream on the palate; it is not. Thin for the ABV, style and flavors presented with low end carbonation adding to the lack of oomph. Slightly warm so at least the ABV is not overpowering.

I will have to revisit this brew in the future but for me it is a letdown compared to some of the other inspiring, complex high ABV brews De Molen has pulled off. The body comes off as thin and undercuts the whole experience which really doesn't deliver many rich or interesting flavors to grasp onto. Drinks like a tired, old beer.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, dated 8/27/14. Pours black with a small sized dark tan head. Smells of dark fruit and roasted malts. Taste follows almost exactly with some added coffee notes and char. Medium body and some prickly carbonation. The strong dark fruit flavors kind of reminded me of a quad. Brouwerij has better RIS's.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

250ml on-tap from Arendsnest Proeflokaal, Amsterdam (€6.00):
I felt like I rushed through this one a little and should have taken a touch more time to fully appreciate it but it was such a strong beer with a huge kick at the end so it wasn't like I downed it in one. The beer was quite a sweet one throughout with a nice chocolate malt flavour that had an excellent balance and went down surprisingly easy for such a strong beer, excellent stuff and definitely one worth trying.

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Photo of Tom_Gilman
2.87/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on draft in chalice. Only the color and ABV representative of the style. Tastes like a concentrated Doppelbock with a bit of acid tanginess. Plum, raisin, tamarind flavors and overwhelming malt sweetness. A boozy mess with no balance or finesse.

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Photo of mverity
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Deep, watery chocolate brown with the thinnest tan head that faded immediately. No lacing, no legs. Aroma is deeply roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some slightly burnt molasses. Taste was much like the aroma: almost a mix between an English stout and a bad barleywine. Mouthfeel is very thin. Light body and low carbonation.

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Photo of interzen
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass - 'Rasputin' label in the newer De Molen style, ABV listed as 10.4%

Look: Very dark, opaque black - absolutely nothing if you hold it up to the light. Khaki/tan head which disappears fairly quickly to leave a foam ring round the edge of the glass a diffuse cap.

Smell: Has a bit of a 'liquid Christmas cake' vibe going on - roasted malt, plums, dark fruit and molasses, plus a wee hint of alcohol. All in all, it smells fairly inocuous.

Taste: Ah, now I know where the alcohol is - as you'd expect from a Russian Imperial there's a lot of malt action going on here, coupled with suitably 'dark' flavours like roasted grains and chocolate, but there's also a fairly in-yer-face alcoholicness too, which came as a bit of a surprise.

Feel: Not too heavy, given the double figure ABV, but that booziness just kills it for me - tone that down a bit and you'd have a smooth drinking, if slightly heavy, imperial stout. As it stands, it feels like incredibly bad tramp juice. With added malt. Disappointing.

Overall: De Molen have struck out with this one - whilst it wasn't in drain pour territory by a long shot, the fact remains that as Russian Imperial Stouts go this one is a bit, shall we say, crap. The flavour profile is actually pretty good, but the excessive booziness really spoils it for me. I got this as part of a 'random case' from one of my usual suppliers - just as well, since I'd feel pretty aggrieved if I knowingly bought it. Not good.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with almost non existent khaki head, from 11.2oz bottle into my SAPP; sweet plum, chocolate and caramel aromas; chocolate malt and rum soaked prunes up front; medium mouthfeel with good tongue coating; plum and raison flavors with chocolate malt behind as it warms up; alcohol well hidden; overall, tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of changdulla
2.72/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

What disgusting bottle of dogshit. This is one of the most disappointing beer I've ever had. It taste old and stale to me. Lots of nasty floaties that I'm not used to in a stout. Drain pour.

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Photo of MarcWP
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

2012 vintage.

Dark brown with small head.

I usually give a decent length review but this beer isn't even worth it. A $10 12 ounce bottle of sweet malt with little roast or hops to help balance this beer. Another huge reason I avoid over priced imports like this. De Molen is rarely up to par on quality for the price of their beers. Not recommended.

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Photo of babaracas
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cease and Desist label. 10.4%. Pours a very dark clear brown, barely any head, no lace though a little bit of glass staining is nice. Smell: plum, cake batter, a little caramely and roasty espresso. Taste: juicy plum, brownie, dark brown sugar, raisin, finish is earthy. Body is quite a bit lighter than expected, especially compared to their other imperial stouts and porters, but otherwise nice.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cease & Desist AKA Disputin AKA Rasputin AKA Yet Another Sketchy De Molen Imperial Stout. Bottle date is 3/28/14, ABV listed as 10.4%.

A - The pour is pitch black, there's no disputing that. Only a thin tan ring forms, the head sadly ceases to exist (not that I was expecting one).

S - Surprisingly faint, but pretty good. Dutch chocolate brownie, roast, some caramel, cream, dark fruit, herbal tones.

T - Chocolate, molasses and cream are at the forefront, some roast backing it up but definitely leans more towards the sweet side of things. Dark fruit and strong herbal hops as well.

M - Gotta hand it to De Molen - they sure know how to conceal that alcohol, only minor heat here. Very lightly carbonated and a somewhat watery body for the style. High sweetness but not quite cloying, pretty drinkable overall.

O - Nice flavors overall but definitely not their best stout. As usual lacking a good mouthfeel/decent carbonation, but also as usual very drinkable for 10+%. The big herbal presence clashes here a little bit.

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Photo of rudzud
2.19/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Picked this up at Julio's years ago and shared at a party at JLindros's place. Poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Reviewed from notes. 2009 Vintage

A - Poured a dark dark oily brown with a thin wispy head that fades very quickly to leave next to nothing.

S - Aromas of big, bold oxidation. Chocolate covered raisins, cardboard. Quite disappointing.

T - Taste is old, tired malts, oxidation, chocolate, vanilla, cardboard, chalk. Oof.

M - Mouthfeel is super thin and oily. Incredibly unpleasant and boozy.

O - Overall, I think I waited a year or two too long on this bottle. Big letdown.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 65 degrees F.

A: Pours a dark brown with black highlights, unlike the black with dark brown highlights seen in some other RIS beers. Formed almost no head at all, and what did form died into a pale tan ring in short order. Lacing was not present whatsoever, save for a small patch here and there that slid back down into the brew.

S: I actually got hints of the smell from arm's length away during the pour. Boozy sweet molasses with toffee and plums are the order of the day, with bits of chocolate and maple (wood and syrup).

T: Sweet and boozy indeed, drinking like a Scotch and Coke. Plums and cherries come swirling out of the darkness, astride molasses and toffee steeds with saddles of maple wood. The sweetness takes over until the finish, which is a brief burst of earthen-wooden bitterness before fading into a lingering plummy-molasses sweetness. The alcohol heat seems confined to the front of the taste, as opposed to showing at the finish.

M: Creamy, is the best word I can think of here. It isn't particularly thick, but smooth, and feels as though one can "fold" it briefly with the tongue without quite being chewy.

O: While I enjoy the sweetness and the relative paucity of hops, I do not enjoy this one quite so much as its fellow RIS in the naming dispute. If I were to seek out another sweet, plummy RIS experience, I'd likely go with the Mikkeller Black Hole.

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