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Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black pour, even when held to light, with a bit of brown near the edges when held to light. Nose is quite good with a very appetizing roasty aroma and dark chocolate. A nice whollop of flavors on the palate with more roastyness, hearty grains, bitter chocolate, and hops that enter in to balance it out. Finishes long and delightfully roasty, of course.

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Photo of raverjames
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Let me just start by saying that my bottle was most likely infected. For this reason, I did not slam it on the mouthfeel or appearance.
When I opened the bottle, it gushed immediately. I poured as quickly as I could into a few glasses, but it was 90% foam. Once the foam subsided, the wonderful smell of chocolate and caramel came forward. The taste was also full of chocolate with a bit of roast. It was creamy and thick like you would expect from a proper IRS. Since it was likely infected, this stout was way overcarbonated. The bottle said to age for up to 25 years, but that might be dangerous. I would caution anyone cellaring this beer. It could be infected and end up as a bottle bomb. I am shocked that there are only 282 bottles of this. I had bottle 138 last night and bottle 100 in the cellar. I hope my other bottle is not infected.

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Photo of AronVietti
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 33cl bottle, gave about an inch of beige head that died down quickly with moderate lacing. Brewed on March 09 2011, bottles April 13 2011.

A: Dark brown, has reddish hues when held up to the light.

S: Dried Fruits, coffee, chocolate and some alcohol.

T: Dark Chocolate and currants, plum, espresso, not as boozy as the smell suggested but still present with an in style warmth.

M: Good body, not overly viscous like some examples of this style. Stays on the palate for a good 5 seconds fading from fruity to a pleasant bitterness.

O: This would be a great beer to serve by the fire, or after a light meal with some chocolates and dried fruit. I would love to taste a bottle that has been aged for a few years!

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a nice looking coca-cola brown with about a finger of light tan head. Rolling bubbles at the bottom.

S – Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, molasses. Ass kicking aromas all throughout this one.

T – Big roasted malt flavor to start. Followed along with a nice dose of vanilla and dark chocolate. Coffee bitterness in the mix. Caramel malt and with a great smokiness and twinge of burnt flavors. Great layered flavors. Deep breath at the end runs the alcohol burn down your throat.

M – Medium bodied and much lighter on the palate then the look would suggest. Still it coats the palate well.

O – Loved this. Flavors were just dead on. Complex flavors. Tasty. Will be seeking more but it is not cheap. Well worth the money.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, I mean, WOW. Pours jet black, opaque, with a small ring of brown bubbles for a head. No lacing (in my tulip glass). Aroma of baker's chocolate, chocolate cake, and fudge, along with that awesome smell of a cigarette when it is first lit. Tobacco, leather, and big time alcohol in this RIS. Low-lying, silky, and heavy on the tongue, this one delivers. Long, tart, robust finish. More roasty chocolate, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee up front. More tobacco, like chewing bourbon-soaked Red Man. The label touts Hallertau hops,and they truly come through in the back. This is one big, bitter bad-ass RIS, and I am so happry I dropped $20 on it. Killer beer.

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Photo of phildow
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 08 April 2011
330mL bottle poured into a Bourbon County snifter type glass. Pours black, one finger tan head. Fades to a lingering lace that's present throughout the entire time drinking.
Smells almost like Bell's Black Note. Dried fruit, sweet sweet smell. Not much else present but that's OK.
Sweet, not much roast characteristics present. Just a little bit of roasted character noticeable in the finish after a drink of water.
Super smooth mouthfeel.
Wow. Almost hitting the "amazing beer" level, but a little one dimensional. Maybe a little sweet, but not too sweet to finish an entire 330mL bottle

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Photo of philipquarles
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from 2008. Pours completely opaque black with a thick, creamy dark beige head that really holds out. Smells strongly of dark roasted malt, espresso, and bitter chocolate. A bit of anise, and little-to-no alcohol despite the 10%. Very dark roasted malt on the taste, though it's not burnt by any means. Plenty of unsweetened chocolate and a bit of coffee there. A bit smoky. A bit of dark fruit. Tobacco really comes through as it warms. Strong bitterness; in fact, this one finishes dry with some alcohol warmth. Full body, without being syrupy at all. Strong and warming, this one is a sipper, but a good one. Normally not a fan of RISs, but this is great.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep black color, but there is absolutely no head and random bubbles along the ring of the glass could hardly be considered lacing.

Scent of rich chocolate, roasted malts, raspberries, some honey, molasses, faint hops, and some warming alcohol in the end. Deep and complex, but nothing amazing.

Taste of rich chocolate, strong roasted malts, anise, vanilla, and some alcohol. Finishes with strong roasted malts and alcohol warming. This is a truly excellent Imperial Stout, as strong as it is there is a marvelous balance and perfectly warming alcohol, definitely worth a purchase, even at the high price.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and heavy, but flat, it's like drinking chocolate milk, but I like it for some reason, even though I have disliked beers with low carbonation in the past.

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Photo of STEG
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle

Ever so carbonated, glad my 29$ didnt go to waste. Poured into a duvel tulip at room temperature.

A quick pour initially yields no head but then a small amount of head arises from the black abyss...and there was much rejoicing...yay....

The smell, like the taste has huge chocolate notes, earthy herbal hops. Slight anise, slight coffee. There's a slight bitterness even at 2 years old there's still some bitterness left from the hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery but heavily syrupy but the very light carbonation makes it almost sinfully smooth.

Overall when this beer is carbonated it is spot on, a true masterpiece but when uncarbonated.... it's an arduous mess to get through, my last uncarbonated HV was a drainpour about 1/4 of the way through.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black with a solid 3 finger khaki brown head...dissipates to a thin lacing.

Nose is of dark-ripe fruits, a hint of smokiness, leather, toffe, and a bit of dark cherries.

Taste; strong dark chocolate, a nice earthy bitterness, strong caramel, and a lingering woodiness with an overtone of warming-alcohol (in a good way).

Mouthfeel; creamy and spritzy, slightly thin body.

Overall; rich, balanced, and a nice distinction between notes. Another solid stout from De Molen, looking forward to the Wild Turkey aged version!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and stubbornly corked bottle, 10.0% ABV. Hell and Damnation, eh? That's a tall order for this style, I would suggest at the outset.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with slight basal cola highlights, and a rising tower of frothy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some randomly splattered honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly slips away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, saltwater taffy, bittersweet chalky cocoa, musty packaged nuts, a softly earthy peatiness, dried cherries and prunes, subdued leafy hops, and a twinge of booziness. The taste is more big toasty caramel/toffee malt, a capably abetting dark chocolate and coffee combo, some rising anise notes, mildly sour black fruit, a bit of charred ash, and overwhelmed earthy, somewhat musty hops. No sign of that big 20-proof booze yet.

The carbonation is pretty laid back, the body full, fairly rich, and really quite smooth, with just a slight, niggly, inconsequential astringency that has to be mentioned for completeness. It finishes well off-dry, the singed caramel, hefty chocolate and dark fruit still prominent in all their integrated goodness.

A rather impressive RIS, the inherent flavours big, more than ably-meshed, and possessing the charm to practically taunt you to have another swig. Toss in the perennially and shockingly absent alcohol, and this offering's name crystallizes into a locus of misunderstanding - this should be called Heaven & Hell, but I hear that name's unfortunately already played out. C'est la vie, I guess.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1764 of 2080 brewed March 2011. The simple label and wax seal were all I needed to give this beer a try. I knew it would hit me in the wallet, and the 11+ oz cost $10+.

A: deep burgundy black pour turns to pitch in the glass - no head to speak of, just some lace motes after a sip and an oily (?) residue; but really, yeah-yeah-yeah: black oil - wow

S: coffee, vanilla, malt, and sugar

T: strong coffee flavor, mellow sweet, but with a dry malt back; brown sugar and chocolate notes

M: super soft, not as thick as some RIS - rather "thin" actually; no burn, no bitterness, just mellowness - creamy/dreamy

O: probably the mellowest RIS I've ever had - no bite, no burn, no bitterness, and not cloyingly sweet like some - a (yes) mellow sweetness. Really classy stout - wish it were cheaper, but I know it shouldn't be. Worth the price. Hit my stout spot on the head.

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Photo of Resuin
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Westvleteren goblet. Bottled on February 29, 2012 which is 1 year ago.

Appearance: Pours a jet black and a small tan, half-finger head lingers for a bit before fading out.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted & smoked malts, dark fruits: plums, raisins, figs. Some toffee. Smells very nice.

Taste: Matches the scent very well. Chocolate, some coffee, toffee, smoked malts, as well as the plum, figs, raisins. A nice balance of a whole bunch of different flavors. Very interesting. The alcohol is very hidden in this one.

Mouth-feel: Starts out kind of light but gets pretty thick once it hits the palate. On the heavier side for beers of this style which is nice, and there is still some carbonation in here, albeit not a whole lot.

Overall: This is a very well balanced stout. The combination of a rich, full body along with a myriad of dark flavors make this one worth savoring. I recommend it if you can find it.

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Photo of Arno
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pitch black, mocca head. Not much retention.

smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate and red fruit. Black currant or something like that. Can't really define it.

taste: Quite a taste sensation going on. It starts off with a mellow milk chocolate and red fruits combo, followed by brown sugar and then coffee and dark bitter chocolate kicks in, leaving a quite bitter coffee like aftertaste. It lingers nicely like a coffee does together with some black currant flavor, but is quite heavy. So not really your day to day type of drink. Take your time ;)

mouthfeel: Quite fluid and creamy, with a nice tingly carbonation finish. Quite thin considering the huge flavors. Which is a good combination.

overall: a very nice, but different, beer. It's well balanced, but quite defined and powerful. I's not the easiest beer to drink. So make sure you're in the mood and not in a hurry and o my, what a drink it is :)

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 026, brewed on 6/21/10.

Pours a pitch black body beneath the billowing, foamy mocha head that is very slow to dissipate leaving behind a dense, sticky lacing. Generous yeasts float to the bottom of the glass as the beer settles.

Rich aromas of roasted malts and dark chocolate waft from the glass. The chocolaty aromas compliment the strong roasted malts and there are even scents of fresh tobacco leaves.

The rich roasted malt first coats the palate but quickly gives way to coffee flavors and secondary chocolate notes that sweeten as it warms. The chocolate takes the forefront as the beer warms. at the end there is also a hint of spice and a pleasant yet generous booziness at the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick with generous carbonation and enough malty goodness to take the edge off of the alcohol.

An absolutely excellent imperial stout with tons of flavor and balanced just right to take the edge off the strong abv.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, dated 8/28/13. Pours black with a smaller sized khaki head. Smells of cocoa and roasted malt. Taste is close with roasted malt, cocoa, and some char. Some dryness in the finish; also somewhat harsh. Medium body and some prickly carbonation. Overall, it's a good example of a RIS, but a bit harsh.

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Photo of juju7
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sex in a bottle. Perfectly even head over a black as black body. As well as the chocolatey tar aromas there is a niggling underlying scent of a fruity kind - black cherries. Burnt black cherries maybe? A very delicately balanced RIS. All the flavours gel beautifully in the mouth, very moreish. Manages to feel quite dry while hinting at sweetness at the same time. Really good stuff.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't wait to try this one when i first read about it. Found some at Finger Lakes Beverage Center, in Ithaca. Corked, caged and waxed with a funky red pliable putty. Bottle 155 (of 1052?) into a snifter. Poured aggressively, absolutely no head or lacing and light comes in slightly around the edges, giving it a really thin look. Very dark cola black brown color. The smell is one that I absolutely LOVE and at this point I humble myself to the style Gods whether that unique boozy character is more desirable in a RIS or a Double Stout?? Who knows...but like i said, this variety is my personal preference. Boozy roasted malt, licorice plum/fig baker's chocolate mocha latte ummm...that was the f&* sound of a CELEBRATION!! Full flavored, the taste has that barrel aged vanilla cherry chocolate licorice thing happening (OMG!! Whoohoo).
The mouth feel is a complex DISASTER with a couple of redeeming features. The lack of carbonation is almost haunting..seriously (and that's' coming from a 'babe in the woods' critic). The mouth feel is slightly heavier than water..well maybe not water; let's say prune juice. It's got a medium body and a slick coating texture...that you can't hate. In fact, that coating thing is one of the best things about this one because it really adds a lingering quality that almost...yeah, almost makes up for the lack of carbonation. The 10.2% ABV warms nicely. All in all, the mouth will take a ton of fire, but i've had a gas with this one. Hey, F&* IT, let's sell it to the yanks...they'll drink anything!! My first review of the new decade...and I vow to buy a ticket to the Netherlands if Brouwerij De Molen can figure out what happened with the carbonation!!!!

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Photo of pwoods
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for crackin' dis bitch.

Bottled 9/08, brewed about a year earlier.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.

A: Pours pitch black, no light. Huge frothy head on the pour. Nice retention, holding at a fat skim. Good lacing.

S: Great aroma. Deep, complex roasted aroma. Some bitter chocolate mixed in but there's a more dominant smooth, creamy, rich milk chocolate. Healthy dose of coffee. Fresh baked cookies and cookie dough. Some light, whiskey like aroma in the back. Fucking awesome.

T/M: More of the same in the taste. Very complex roast, some bitterness from that. More of the coffee and bitter chocolate play in the back of the rich, milk chocolate and fresh baked soft cookies. Alcohol is there but smooth and complex. Body is about full with very high carbonation that makes it feel almost airy... over carbonation from infection?

D: Big ABV and complex but damn is this tasty. I have to force myself to take my time. This could age beautifully.

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Photo of NorthsideFred
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin in Libertyville. One of my favorite places.

A: Almost black with a finger thick dark tan head and perfect lacing.

S: Smells wonderful, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some dark fruits.

T: Wow, I really like this a lot. Taste follows nose. The chocolate and malts come through strong. The Dark fruits are very subtle, which I prefer.

M: This is a little thinner than some of my favorites of this style, but still full-bodied. Nicely carbonated.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for such high ABV. I hope this beer crosses my path again some day!

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Photo of arturorg
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into an oversize wine glass
Bottled 18/6/2010 number 691

A: Jet black no light goes through, creamy brown head, big lace.

S: Sweet brown sugar, bitter roasted coffee, dark malts, smokiness.

T: Strong bitter coffee flavor, warming astringent, sweet notes. Full bodied beer.

Overall a delicious beer if you like RIS or coffee if not it's very strong for some people. This brewery it's all about the beer just a clean and simple tag with a lot of info like type of hops used and bitterness measurements. Fully recomended

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Photo of Sabtos
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really impressed they can achieve this flavor profile with so few, basic ingredients. An expertly crafted stout.

Hell and Damnation is just on the edge of being bitter, but it doesn't get there. Very well balanced, not going too far into chocolate territory, not going too far into coffee territory, and staying away from smokiness.

It has a nice roast to it, with a slight tang, and a fulfilling, soft mouthfeel.

This is beer that doesn't need anything else to help it along and it's an injustice to try to use other foods or flavors to try to describe it. Best to try it for yourself.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft, at Bullshead Public House, Lititz PA

Notes taken at Pub.

A 10 oz. serving poured into a bulbous, squat type of Snifter. An acceptable glass.

Pours with practically no head.
A very deep black color as is typical for the style.

The first thing you smell is the coffee, not overly intense but quite noticeable. This is followed rich deep black roasted malt. Quite rich overall.

Impressive upon first tasting. Very rich chocolate/coffee/malt. Delicious! Full mouth feel, but no really noticeable carbonation and a mild crispness (low acid).

Long finish of rich black malt and lingering coffee, coats the mouth and lasts.

Well I have to say this is a different interpretation of the RIS style that I am accustomed too. Little or no hops are present in the aroma or flavor. This ale carries itself on its concentrated malt and coffee components. The final word is that I really liked this ale. It is very complex and wine like in its makeup. Reminds me of a Cask draft ale. IMO very much worth trying if you can. Again delicious!

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Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The long awaited taste of the 'Hel & Verdoemenis' @ Gollem, Antwerp ! It didn't disappoint ... There's no foam, so appearance is a bit strange but the taste is and mouthfeel is ... unbelievable ! Beer enjoyment in its purest form. I need to have one more to actually describe it because the first time was like living in a dream.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Bottled on 22 June 2011

Appearance: Pours pitch black in the glass, but a strong backlight reveals dark red edges (it’s always a disappointment when a RIS is not totally opaque). Massive, slightly creamy mocha coloured head that displays great retention and leaves good lace for the Abv.

Smell: Great RIS nose! The first sniff yields tons of chocolate syrup and coffee; however heavily roasted malt, charred wood and a little ash quickly take over. Vanilla, cocoa, tar, smoke, yeast and a light sweetness are also noted.
There is surprisingly little hop character for such a fresh bottle.

Taste: It has been a while since I had a 'black-flavoured' imperial stout, I have missed these flavours! Roasted malt, charred wood and heavily roasted coffee dominate with ash, smoke, cocoa and burned raisins also present.
There is an odd sugary sweetness just before the bitter, dry finish. Great Abv. cover up, I barely noticed the 10%.

Mouthfeel: Full body, but not as thick as I expected. Slightly oily with light ultra smooth carbonation.

Overall: Great RIS, though a little fuller flavour and thicker body would take it up a notch. I will most certainly have this again! I will be buying a few bottles to see how it holds up over its 25 year life span.

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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
4.13 out of 5 based on 635 ratings.
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