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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rvdoorn on 09-07-2009

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149
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
15.46%
 
 
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Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
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

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of drmeto
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.85/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into my new Firestone snifter. Bottled October 5, 2010. Bottle number 575.

Appearance - Viscous black pour with a very nice mocha head. Gets a bit chunky at the end. Thick collar and a few islands and peninsulas of foam.

Smell - Earthy hop presence is amazingly prominent. Boozy. Roasted coffee. Sweet caramel and some molasses back there.

Taste - The hops are less prominent, but still earthy right at the start. Roasty chocolate that starts dark and gets milkier. Tons of sweet malts kinda kill the stout aspects. Sugars linger with a molasses and caramel flavor. Bitter in the finish, but not enough to battle the sugar.

Mouthfeel - It's sweet, too sweet. Not a diabetes bomb, but the flavors demand a drier finish. Creamy, though.

Overall - De Molen beers are always interesting and well-made. It's a good beer, but it's an over-sweet RIS.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on October 5, 2010. Bottle #2049.

A - Pitch black, three fingers of mocha head that slowly gets bigger and bigger then slowly subsides, light lacing.

S - Smoke, coffee beans, oats, spicy hops, brown sugar, light cocoa.

T - Rich chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, spicy hops, slight burnt sugars, finishes with dark grains, espresso, and saaz hops.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Great beer, if you can find it I would suggest picking up a bottle or two.

$9.99 @ Honeygo Wine & Spirits, Nottingham, MD.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by me at the West Lakeview Liquors De Molen event. Apparently they aren't going to make this anymore as it was too similar to their other offerings.

A - Big tan foam with good retention, but minimal lacing. Black body with a hint of brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Aroma reminds me of Hel & Verdoemenis, with a nice mixture of caramel and sweeter malts, as well as some lightly toasted grains. This bottle was a couple of years old, and there was fairly minimal alcohol presence at this stage.

T - The taste is more charry and roasty, with lingering espresso bitterness. There's some mild chocolate chocolate sweetness in the periphery. Don't enjoy this aspect as much as the aroma.

M - Medium body, fairly viscous and chewy texture, low carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - A solid beer from De Molen, but one I'd be hard-pressed to pick out blind from some of their other offerings. I can see what this recipe sort of fell by the way side. Still, pretty easy to to drink and on the whole pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 547, bottled January 2010. Roasted Coffee and chocolate aroma. Very dark brown body with deep tan head. Above average creamy mouthfeel, lots of chocolate with bitterness right there, 92 ibu, dry and a sot acidic finish. Good drinkability. Good for style, though not unique these days.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very smooth with no head at all. Thick dark coffee color with some reddish hues.

S: Alcohol dominates but other scents come through. Chocolate, coffee, sweet, honey, oak, pine, molasses.

T: Same as smell. The taste is well balanced in this beer. The stout flavors comes through with some cream and chocolate and coffee hints. Then a little sour brings through some of the more oaky notes. Then the sour kick of the alcohol hits but quickly fades to a sweetness that isn't really honey... maybe a more chocolaty sweetness, you know, one that's more smooth than sharp.

M: Very surprising how the alcohol is under control on the palate. It sits smooth with the most subtle carbonation. Creamy notes start to develop.

Overall a surprisingly great beer. I was skeptical given the nature of this beer that it was going to be overwhelming and I wasn't going to love it, but this beer really keeps everything under control. Certainly intense but also very doable - a very great beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2010.

This is the color of dirt/soil, black-brown with a foamy crema topping. Aroma is earthy, reminiscent of woodsy mushrooms (a borrowed descriptor, overheard but still apropos), not button mushrooms but I’m thinking more like shiitakes. Wonderfully complex. Layers of flavors, sweet and luscious with an oily booziness that coats the mouth. Rich, thick, with a sharp bitterness. Simply amazing. Bottle says you can age this for 25 years.

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Photo of kmatlack
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Stone snifter. Bottled 5OCT2010 Btl# 739.

A- Wax dipped bottle, opened with a hiss, expecting a gusher, but it wasnt. A thick, black viscous liquid glugs into the glass making sounds ive never heard a beer make before. A dark brown creamy head a half inch thick sits on top a midnight black void that is this beer. The appearance would be perfect, but the head retention was not as great as id like it to be.

S- Smells of extremely intense bakers chocolate right off the bat. Following the chocolate is strong licorice, milk chocolate, coca, vanilla, coffee, booze.

T- Taste is sweet upfront, chocolate explosion, lots of coffee here too. Mid palate is kinda lacking here, there is alot of booze and coffee here but thats it. Maybe a bit of caramel there? Now the back end is funky, an unexpected metallic almost sour zing bounces around in my mouth briefly before going down and leaving a lingering coffee taste.

M- I poured this beer semi-cold and it was literally like drinking a fucking milkshake. It made me feel like i was drinking a meal, undoubtedly the thickest beer ive ever drank. As it warmed up it thinned out a bit, carbonation is on point. This is deserving of the 100% rating in this category.

O- This beer exemplifies what an imperial stout is. Thick, black, strong, and it leaves you feeling like you have accomplished something after drinking it. I wish it wasn't so fuckin expensive, but i guess you get what you pay for in this case. I have yet to be let down by De Molen. Looking forward to trying some of their other imperial stouts in the future.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with red wax. Brewed '09 bottled '10, this is bottle #87/1206. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a very dark brown with just shy of 3 fingers worth of brown head that is composed of larger than average bubbles. The cap pries off with a loud thud and I was anticipating a gusher that never happened. The cap fades back to a finger of strength where it resides for quite a long duration supported by rising bubbles. Some finger-like patterns of lacing stick to the glass. A light swirl seemingly effortlessly revives more than a finger of brown back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew gives off a hint of cocoa quite reminiscent of brownie batter. A hint of coffee and earthy notes of tobacco mingled with faint citrus that seemingly comes more from a scent of fresh coffee beans than from hops. More smells bring out a deep focus on the roast of the grain that smells lightly of char with a hint of dark fruity alcohol that lightly burns the nose when too deep of a whiff is taken. As it gets warmer, a bit of anise comes out.

The taste is roasty and bitter with a flavor of unsweetened chocolate and roasty fresh coffee. A bit of citrus hits the tongue just like the aroma led on. However, just like the nose lead on, it tastes more of a sort of fresh coffee bean type of citrus instead of from hops. The alcohol is fairly present with not only a solid warming factor but with a bit of fruited alcohol flavor minorly reminiscent of raisins or dates. Towards the back is a bit of sweetness somewhat like molasses and then back to the flavor of char, tobacco and earth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively amount of carbonation. Perhaps just a bit too much bubbly but it overall lightened the feel of this brew and when I felt there was just too much prickle on the tongue, it was easily swirled out of solution. This has a solid arrangement of flavor and was enjoyable to try. Even though it is 10% abv, I dont think that hindered the experience at all. In fact, the alcohol inclusion almost carried with it a cooling methol-like type of effect which was interesting. These folks at Molen have been impressing me more with each new offering I try.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on August 26, 2010. Bottled on October 5, 2010.

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: A deep brown, creamy head sits atop a muddy, pitch black. Head shows very nice retention, and tries to gain a foothold on the glass walls (only hangs around for a few seconds though). All in all, I love the opacity, coloration and head retention; lacing could improve, but that's about it.

Smell: Prunes, dark roast coffee, char, blueberries, and bitter dark chocolate. The heavy roast and tart fruit notes meld well, though the overall context is certainly intense. As it warms, the bitter dark chocolate softens into a chocolate creme aroma. A bit harsh early on; better as it warms; boozy all the way.

Taste: Chocolate mousse, dark fruits, roasted barley, booze, and a touch of dark roast coffee in the finish. Those tart fruits that were oh so prevalent in the nose have faded a bit in the taste; dark fruit flavors are there, but they struggle to creep past the bold, roasted malts. Still very tasty; just not as complex as anticipated.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy with low carbonation, mild burn, and excellent mouth-coating. The alcoholic content becomes more prevalent in the aftertaste, creating a bit more heat and dryness than I'd like. Aside from that though, flawless.

Drinkability: A fascinating sipper. Complex and unique, with the look and feel of an imperial (and then some) stout.

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