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Stout - Russian Imperial
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4.07 | pDev: 9.58%
Brouwerij De Molen
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EMH73 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a rapidly disappearing thin tan head that left no lacing. Smells.of malt, dark chocolate, oak and a very slight smokiness. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, espresso, oak, whiskey, vanilla, light smokiness and a hint of soy. Full bodied, minimal carbonation, chewy mouth feel, dry finish.

Nov 20, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

De Zombier. En copa Teku. Jugando a Hollow Knight. Cuerpo ligero a pesar del abv. Muy tostada, algo quemada/ahumada incluso. No se, pero las stouts de molen no me terminan de entusiasmar. Sin espuma

May 23, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An 11.2 oz. bottle that is dated 10 Aug 2014. The label says to enjoy within 5 years, so it’s still within Brewery recommendation.

Pouring into a snulip glass, this beer pours like motor oil. Thick and pitch black. It forms a full pinky width of dense, creamy, caramel colored bubbles that are very tightly packed. Leaves spitty lacing throughout the entire glass. Beautiful looking beer, especially for forming a crown like that after close to 5 years.

I smell strong notes of whiskey and roasty notes as soon as I open the bottle. Putting my nose in the glass, this is a roasty chocolate delight with some boozy, thick and fudgy elements. Booze has a nice presence.

The taste brings in those roasted barley malts with more clarity. Roasty chocolate layers, very slight smoke to it. Some whiskey like alcohol presence to the taste.

The mouthfeel is full bodied. It has a fudge like presence that is cut with some of that alcohol being present. Boozy, but not burning. Smoke is present and causes a dry feeling. It seems a little flat to me with no real pop on the carbonation. It could be from the age.

Overall, this wasn’t bad, but maybe it worked better fresh. It’s slightly smoky, with roasty chocolate layers showing through. I would drink it again.

Mar 09, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black with a mocha head. Thin lacing.

Huge powdered chocolate with hints of vanilla and soy.

The same powdery, dark Belgian chocolate, with strong leather and light earthy hops, presents in the taste. Bitter chocolate and umami in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Not my favorite flavor combination. The darkness works, but the soy isn't my jam.

Feb 19, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very dark black color, medium bodied with no head nor lacing. Aroma was slight smoky chocolate, malty with some whisky hints. Taste was medium bodied, with a distinctive smoky taste, hints of chocolate, malts and whisky. A complex character, smooth well crafted. Very nicely done. It does have a nice gentle kick to it as one drinks it.

Oct 29, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap served in a pint glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

It comes with a jet black body and massive silky yet creamy tan head as a gorgeous showcase. The head stands firm with unbeatable strength of retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal frothy layer atop and leaving lacing wave all around.

In a nose, loads with all kinds of dark malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, tobacco, charred nut, as well as subtle dark cherry and spicy alcohol, it is so mellow and rich overall.

The taste is very rich and intense being led and dominated all over by roasted, chocolate, and coffee with some sourness as well as herbal licorice. It is also with notes of sweet vanilla, dark bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, tobacco, charred nut, as well as mild dark cherry and spicy alcohol. The almost end reveals a trace of intense bitterness together from both roasted malt and hop.

Full body with some chewiness touch and moderate carbonation along with super smooth mouthfeel through the palate, the overall feeling is very well-rounded with a pleasantly dry finish.

Very easy to go with and very tasty even the ABV is on the high side but it is quite concealed well without a big punch to your face, overall, this one is equipped with all the goodness of great Stout.

Jun 02, 2017
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Lucaskowalik from Canada (AB)

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a sampling glass
L- Deep chocolate brown with little to no head due to the high abv.
S- Upfront alcohol, coffee, liquid smoke, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, very yeasty.
T- Same as smell plus dark fruits (Dates, figs, and raisins). And soy sauce which i often taste in imperial stouts.
F- Very full body and holy man is this creamy. Also has a nice dry, bitter finish which I like in stouts.
O- Solid, rich imperial stout. Perfect winter beverage but better in small doses.

Feb 04, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on tap, insanely good, de molen is near the top of my list for beers just like this. the quality and uniqueness here is insane, and i cant believe these guys dont get more love, i think they make some of the most compelling dark beers in the world. this is just so thick and dark, holding an inch of airy lace head that isnt but a few shades lighter than the near black beer itself. tons of viscosity, but some carbonation too. the aroma here is a faint hint of smoke, dark cocoa powder, and bitter dark barley, seemingly bone dry, so odd for the style, no trace of its strength at all in the nose. the flavor is amazingly deep and complex, with a toasted element, leather, milk and dark chocolate alike, wet soil, dry wood, and the classic unique de molen ale yeast, which always sort of seems to be a mature english high gravity thing mixed with elements from scotch ale yeast and even a little bit of saison or lightly wild yeast. it always makes de molen beers for me, and its a rock star in this one too. chocolate and earth in the finish, oddly delicate for how strong and intense it is, apparently brewed with a great understanding of ingredients and processes, far more impressive in overall quality than almost any of the big american stouts, barrel aged or otherwise. de molen continues to blow me away every time. this is as good as it gets!

Nov 18, 2016
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JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a rich and thick black - almost the consistency of thinned honey. Tops itself up with a pinky finger of loose and clunky camel-skin coloured foam, low retention, and leaves behind a ring an a few surface islands but no lacing.

Aromatics: Wet earth, peat, mild roasted coffee, dark cacao nibs, some almond/walnut like nuttiness and aged dark fruits - date and fig, and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Dark chocolate and espresso, with an interesting (and very subtle) pepper and cinnamon type spice tingle. I also get a little liquorice, and a bit of charred oak smokiness that joins the air of the barely perceptible booziness.

Palate: Tangy alcohol feel once the flavours are swallowed, like the same type of residual nasties you get from a thinner cough medicine (like Robatussin I think), but its presence is super temporary, quite surprising actually for something at 12%. The carbonation is faint and does well not to interfere with the smooth richness of the husky medium body. You’d think based on it’s pour that it would be way heavier than it really is. Leaves the palate clean and dry, no real linger of anything other than a small bitterness that sits in the middle of the tongue, that really you can be ambivalent towards, because it isn’t really that noticeable.

Overall: A great stout for me. Nice high and barely detectable ABV, creamy with some light carb. Head was a little week though, I do like a good stout-stache to start with, and it looked really thick pouring out of the bottle.

Pairing: This has smoked and charred game written all over it. This can easily make the table at a Renaissance Faire, with roasted wild boar, deer, pheasant, etc… Its personality just totally speaks Medieval Times dining. But if you aren’t a LARPer or fan of the crusades or fantasy fiction then maybe try out a more modern BBQ Beef Rib pizza - use leftover beef ribs, stripped down (even re-char the stripped meat under the broiler for a few minutes), put it on a pizza crust along with a bold smokehouse BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, sprinkle with a pinch or two of fine julienne cut jalapeños, and top with a light coat of pepper jack cheese. I also like to throw a few small balls of crushed feta on after it comes out of the oven, just a sprinkle though.

Nov 11, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This bottle is a 2010 vintage.

A - Pitch black pour with a generously thick and creamy brown lacing ring, carbonation is almost nill. Swirl the glass and it sticks to the sides like glue - nice legs with this one and obviously very thick and viscous.

S - Light smokey char, dark chocolate roast, very light traces of alcohol, roasty creme, light acidity.

T - Bursting with flavor. Loaded with deep chocolate roast, some charcoal, nice smokey character, chocolate cream, some dark fruit buried midway through. Lingering smokey dark chocolate roast with bakers chocolate bitterness.

M - Thick and full bodied, viscous, lip smacking sticky, heavy, and very dry on the back end.

O - This is a beast of a beer - the 12% is completely hidden and rich with roasted chocolate flavor. Very much underrated IMO.

Aug 11, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black as night but flat as a pancake; no lacing

Smell: Rich and roasty, with chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and tobacco tones

Taste: Opens very roasty, with chocolate, caramel and dark fruit flavors (raisin and plum) developing through the middle; tobacco and coffee tones add another dimension after the swallow; boozy, through the finish, with a rum-like aspect

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very rich; no carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: With better carbonation (and it could have just been this bottle), this would be a top flight RIS; captures the dark fruit element that so many American brewers seem to miss in the style

May 02, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Purchased for 4.80 euro @ De Kaapse in Rotterdom. Brown glass. 33cl format. Classic De Molen label design - simple black and white, no-nonsense. Branded black pry-off crown cap.

11.90% ABV. EBC 494. 97 EBU. Bottled: 31/12/14. Best before: 31/12/39.

Served cold into stemware and allowed to come to temperature over the course of the review. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.

HEAD: ~1.5cm wide head of tan colour. Creamy, with a nice full consistency and a good complexion. Soft-looking. Leaves no lacing as it recedes, which happens quickly (within 1 minute). Respectable for its high ABV, but I've seen far better (even at higher ABVs).

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black in colour. A proper ink/jet black. No yeast particulate is visible within.

It's a nice look for an imperial stout.

AROMA: Rich milk chocolate, cream, chocolate malts, sweet dark malts, cocoa powder, coffee-like acidity, buried roast, chocolate syrup. Suggests a thick imperial stout with plenty of bold flavour, but also good balance.

Aromatic intensity is above average. I detect no hop character, yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes.

TASTE: Chocolate malts, chocolate syrup (Hershey's does come to mind), milk chocolate, and dark malt sweetness lend this brew its backbone, but it's far from cloying or saccharine. Some bitter coffee-like acidity keeps it balanced, as does some subtle roast. Hints of burnt sugar, black strap molasses, anise, sugarcane, rum-soaked raisin, char, and indistinct dark fruit (not plum, fig, or dates, but something else I can't quite put my finger on).

The way the bitter and harsher notes harmonize with the sweeter and smoother notes is remarkable; they never clash, but rather just play in counterpoint.

Nice depth of flavour, though there's room for improvement. The coffee-like bitterness slowly fades in the aftertaste, bolstering flavour duration. Flavour intensity is moderate - which is right for the style.

There's ample room for still more intricacy and subtlety; this is relatively simplistic for an imperial stout.

TEXTURE: Finishes dry and almost acrid, which encourages the next sip. Smooth and wet up front. Full-bodied, viscous, and chewy, but never syrupy or (too) sticky. Has a heavy, hefty presence on the palate. Good thickness. Near perfect carbonation.

Could be softer and creamier, but overall this mouthfeel is a good companion to the taste. Its thickness emphasizes the chocolate syrup note nicely.

OVERALL: ABV is well disguised. This isn't the sipper you might think it'll be, but you couldn't quaff it on account of its thickness and big flavours. It's more balanced and well-rounded than many (most?) American attempts at the style. The way the motor oil-redolent texture complements the taste is remarkable, and the beer avoids the pitfalls that usually accompany imperial stouts of this type; it's thick and viscous without being sludgy or overbearing and it's bittersweet without being imbalanced. Well worth trying, though its price point (even here in the Netherlands!) is quite high relative to its quality.

B- (3.44) / WORTHY

Mar 28, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Pitch black pour with a modest espresso-coloured head. Smells like roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, smoke. The taste follows the same notes, chock-full of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Smooth texture, full body and cherry bitter aftertaste.

Mar 12, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,frothy,khaki head
-chocolate,tobacco,coffee,molasses,nutty,spicy,slight mint,nougat,prunes
-espresso,high bitterniss,spicy,chocolate,licorice,black bread,figs,prunes
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol detectable
Very good Imperial Stout,which is a little too light

Feb 29, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of De Molen's Heaven & Hell a couple weeks ago at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try more beers from this brewery and I thought this one sounded good, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty bland and it's too eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through with almost two fingers worth of fluffy and bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of small spotty lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the roasted and charred malts being the first to show up along with some sweet malts, chocolate and slight coffee like aromas. Up next comes a noticeable smokey aroma that has just a little bit of peat to it. towards the end comes the dark fruits which impart a nice mixture with no single fruit sticking out the most and it's followed by just a little more sweetness. This beer has a good aroma, it has a nice amount of complexity.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up, but this time it's the charred and roasted malts that stick out the most with only a little chocolate and hardly any coffee coming through. Up next comes that smokey aspects which is just a little stronger with a little more that peat aspect coming through. On the finish there's a little bit of dark fruits that go into lower amount of medium bitterness with a little more sweetness and charred malt and smokey flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's just a little more complex than more.

M- Fairly smooth, not crisp, a little velvety, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but I was hoping for more of a little thicker and creamier mouthfeel.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it had everything I look for in the style with enough complexity to hold my interest. This beer had good drinkability, it wasn't boozy and I would be able to drink the full bottle without a problem. What I like the most about this beer is the taste and appearance, they were both very nice and the highlights of this beer. what I like the least about this beer is the mouthfeel, it could be a little thicker and creamier. I would buy this beer again, but only once in a while and I would recommend it. All in all this is a good beer and it lives up to the name. It's now my favorite from this brewery and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys this is one tasty stout.

Jan 14, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/6/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a thin dense dark tan head with solid retention; that reduces to a patchy lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, vanilla, char, leather, light smoke, herbal, wood, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of big dark/roast/bready malt; with light-moderate dark fruit, smoke, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, vanilla, char, leather, light smoke, herbal, wood, and roast/smokey earthiness. Good amount of herbal and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, prune, licorice, vanilla, char, leather, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roast/bready malt; with light-moderate dark fruit, smoke, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this was an awesome Russian imperial stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roast/bready malt; with light-moderate smoek, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Nov 21, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Alpineclimber sent me a couple of these. One for now, one for later. Cheers man!

Pours black with a thin brown head. Nose is dark malts and black licorice, dried prunes, and molasses. Taste is tons of dark roasted malt and a good amount of char, powdery dark chocolate, a touch of anise and dark fruit. Medium-full body, low+ carbonation. Big stout that hits all the right notes, very nice.

Sep 08, 2015
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with no head like an extremely flat Coke, zero lacing as well. Usual Imperial Stout smell and taste with the chocolate, coffee and molasses. decent Russian Imperial Stout, not one of the best though...more middle ground.

Aug 15, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker black body.Light tan frothy head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, and oak. Taste has vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt notes. The flavor reminds me of World Wide Stout.

May 11, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, 12% ABV in this incarnation. Always a bit odd to see a de Molen product with an English name on the label.

This beer pours a solid, abyssal black, with the faintest of basal cola edges, and a very thin cap of wispy, ethereal brown head, which is gone in mere moments, leaving some streaky distant mountain stream lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of pungent, alcohol-laced dark chocolate syrup, roasted caramel malt, bittersweet creamed coffee, Nordic licorice, treacle, and a wee earthy hoppiness. The taste is gritty, grainy pale and bready caramel malt, chalky toasted cocoa powder, subtle raw coffee beans, an isolated wet char, dried molasses, a soft herbal hoppiness, and restrained, near bursting at the seams cold booze.

The carbonation is quite understated, just a low-key frothiness presiding, the body a hefty medium weight, and generally smooth, but with the caveat of an upper palate tickling alcohol heat. It finishes more or less on a strong drying trend, the light smoke and elevated ABV starting to pull the rug out from under the big malt.

I dunno, there's just something too, well, underwhelming about this whole deal - sure, all the elements are pretty much nailed, but the overarching, multifaceted bitterness thing just isn't doing it for me or the airworthiness of my skirt.

Jan 03, 2015
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dcmchew from Romania

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Pitch black pour with a modest dark beige head quick to a small frothy lace.
A truly imperial stout smell, big roast, bitter dark chocolate, dark licorice, faint dark fruit, black coffee with a shot of cheap spirit, faint vanilla, leather. A bit of smoke, wood, and a spicy, pungent dried hop leaf pushing through. Apollo hops really bring that strong hint of bitter leaf, a bit dank, reminding of burnt weed.
Bitter from the start, with really strong 100% cocoa (possibly more?!) dark chocolate and ristretto coffee (bitter, but lacking the acidity). Some subtler fermenting plum and raisin, really drenched in alcohol. Booze kept in check by the big (really big!) roasted malts, burnt, ashy, charcoal-like, with a dry woody feel even. Bittering hops make it even more brutal (95 IBU). Hints of vanilla and licorice here and there, some dusty cinnamon too. Also some generic herbal hop spikes, hinting black tea and ribwort.
Aftertaste has roasted coffee bean, strong cocoa powder, burnt bread and linear, but rough (maybe boring) hop bitterness. Medium to light body. Alcohol is hidden, but it's still a sipper cause of the big hoppy burnt bitterness.
A big ballsy imperial stout, quite extreme, but not cringe-worthily so. A new big stout hit from the De Molen for me, especially without any barrel-aging.

Dec 12, 2014
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

2010 bottle don't know how I found this.

A: actually a gusher after 4 years. Poured it fast enough and got some great sticky viscosity. Oh so dark with lasting foamy carbonation.

S: decadent chocolate. Roasty malts. So clean just damn near perfect.

T: Hard bitter and roasted chocolate with thick malty character. Very sweet. Mollasas and deep port characters. So well balanced.

M: Holds beautifully throughout just really sweet, sticky, and coating with German chocolate aftertaste. Creamy.

O: I can't believe this isn't rated over 90. Did I just get a great bottle? This is proof how bad the rating system is. Nothing in the US non barrel aged can hold a candle to this. Gotta find more since its retired. Much like cease and desist which I'm still saddened is retired as well.

Sep 12, 2014
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz, bottled 10/5/2010, #1712
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a very deep black color. Looks epically dark going into the glass. Very tight bubbled bottle conditioned, light tan head. Sticks around a long time.

S: Dark black licorice. Molasses. Bark. Burnt chocolate. Some light vanilla.

T: Lots of dark chocolate right up front. Roast malts. Some vanilla.

M: Full bodied. Some creaminess.

Feb 05, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven. I orginally scored the first batch of this as a 4.5, as it was outstanding. It's been a few years, the brewing set up has changed, and my palate has changed as well, so I thought it'd be time for a re-review.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 1 August 2013
28 Plato
EBC: 494
EBU: 95

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark black and yields a small, medium looking, cascading, dark tan head with good retention. Head fades to a faint and bubbly wisp. Black body and no carbonation evident. Head fades to just a bubbly ring that remains the whole way down, leaving some dots of lacing. A bit of a bubbly head on this one, but this is the blackest of the blackest.

SMELL: Lots of roasted grain, cocoa powder, coffee, sweet cream and vanilla on the nose. Powdery cocoa and milk chocolate as well, with light notes of anise in there. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Really flavorful. Roasted malts, powdery cocoa and chocolate flavors up front, with some anise as well. The licorice is much more prevalent here than was in the nose. Bold and lingering finish of roasted grain and burnt coffee, licorice and anise for sure, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of sweet cream. Lots of bitter chocolate and anise with plenty of roasted and burnt train. Some alcohol lingers.

PALATE: Fuller body and lower levels of carbonation. Creamy and silky on the palate, goes down silky smooth and finishes a bit sticky. A touch of heat lingers. A bit light on the carbonation, but this is full, silky and creamy. Like. A touch more carbonation for a perfect score here.

OVERALL: This is still great. Not quite the 4.5 I remember the first batch being, but still great. This one is just as big, black and impressive as the fist batch, but the anise is much more prevalent here, which means, for me at least, that the other base flavors get pushed around a touch. A bit more carbonation would help as well, but this is a minor complaint in this case. I prefer the first batch, as it was lighter on the anise and allowed the other flavors to come out more, but this is still a top notch, well made imperial anise stout. Recommended.

Feb 01, 2014
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Bung from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small format October 2010 bottling. Nearly black with a good thickness to it. The gigantic light brown head is an annoyance as always for me. The whole "it's part of the Belgian brew experience" is just stupid. How is the beer overflowing the glass even with an extremely careful pour a good thing? Anyways..once it settles down it is a nice looking brew.

Aroma, some roast malt, quite a bit more chocolates and molasses. A little rum cake.

Taste, once you get over the chocolate flavored sugar, there is a nice milk type stout beneath. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate covered coffee bean, some roast malt.

Fills the mouth pretty well. I'd call it creamy but it seems just a tad watery. For all the booze in the aroma, there is none going down. Drinks very easily.
Cancelled because it is similar to their other stuff? Better than any others I've had from them, though this is the first cellared brew I've had from them. Worth grabbing if you can still find it.

Nov 18, 2012
Heaven & Hell from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 173 ratings