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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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64
Ratings:
150
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
15.46%
 
 
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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Bottled on October 5th 2010. Bottle number 2036.

A slight gusher but not too bad from opening. Impressive head of dark brown coffee cream and chocolate. Body is classic case of dark walnut black/brown. Retention is sick but eventually calms down. Crazy lacing breakup and super foamy.

Nose is a good mix of light molasses, coffee mild roast and milk chocolate. Very nice with barleywine like heat and hint of bitterness. Real nice lots of things going on.

Taste is really delicious. Taste seems to follow the nose with one exception. Molasses lightly in the palate but then a soft mild black licorice sense. Some milky chocolate comes out a bit. Licorice angle comes out in a very rich way but never totally dominates. Thick palate but rich and velvety, without being syrupy. No boozyness sense incredibly easy drinking. Palate has a mild small carbonation and when focusing on it even gives the drink a sense of rich sweet cola taste.

Overall just a great example of what a stout can be. Great beer!

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Photo of mdvatab
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought two 12 oz bottles from Sam's Quick Shop in Durham, NC back in June. Had been curious to try one, and was in the mood for something barrel-aged. Here goes...

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay chalice. (Bottled on 10/5/2010.)

Aroma: Delicious milk chocolate, dark cocoa, carmelized brown sugary sweetness. Some fruity grape juice, a faint bourbon note, and faint, floral hops.

Appearance: Gusher alert! After seeing the foam begin to come out of the bottle opening, I instinctively moved it toward the glass and began to pour. Beautiful dark tan-colored head is two fingers thick. Settles slowly to a thin, but persistent layer of bubbles. Body is black as expresso.

Flavor: An earthy, mineral note up front, followed by chocolate sweetness, a fruity combination of brandy, bourbon, and powdered cocoa. This one is definitely "booze-forward"-- fairly hot with a peppery finish. My opinion was good initially, but after each sip, I began to taste a phenolic plastic, almost burnt hair-like, note. It got to the point where I wasn't enjoying it anymore, and didn't finish the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high, yet creamy, carbonation. As mentioned above, finish was a bit hot.

Overall: This one was a sensory roller coaster ride, but unfortunately ended on a disappointing note. The aroma led me to believe that it was going to be a good/great one. Unfortunately, there was something that just wasn't right. The loud hiss and initial gush, and also the phenolic note, lead me to suspect that there might be an infection issue... The bottle suggests cellaring for up to 25 years. At $10 a pop (WAAAAY overpriced), I'm going to hang onto my other one to see if she somehow improves down the road. You definitely won't find me buying another one, though, and I can't recommend that you make the investment either.

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Photo of lanamj
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a frosted trolls tulip. I love this glass!!!

A- This one pours pitch black with a thick,active, chocolate foamy head that seems to hang out for some time. It is deep in color but still remains to look somewhat thin.

S- Lots of roasted malts and alcohol on the nose. Some chocolate, coffee and date are faintly present. It has a nice smell, a little boozy but it has a dark and sweet aroma.

T- Lots of coffee, roasted malts and booze. It has a Belgium flavor to it even though it's an American style stout. It finishes dry and is a little hot in the throat. Some bitter chocolate resides in the middle and sweet booze at the end. Not the worse, but not the best.

M- A little to much carbonation for a stout. It has the body of a Belgium stout. Its a little thin but finishes smooth. It has a 25yr shelf life according to the label. This one was not but a year old, in saying that it open with a pop and most likely would settle down over time. I can see this one aging well. But maybe i tried it to soon.

O- With time it would be great. The smell is great but the body and booze are a little to much. I will definitely grab another and age to see results.

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Photo of broken22
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I poured this bad boy into my duvel tulip glass and had to wait a long time for the head to subside. I have never seen a beer foam up so fast in this glass. Most beers pour in even when I'm sloppy without much fuss. Crossing my fingers I didn't get a bad batch. While I wait I tell you the head is a mocha a color full of tiny micro bubbles. There is no cascade to watch. The smell is nice very chocolaty with a hint of a bourbon notes. Well the beer is not bad; or if it is it's a really good bad beer :P The flavor is light on the initial chocolate I was smelling initially. The subtle bourbon is now more of what I'm getting. The overall flavor is very well balanced and doesn't attack and take over you mouth. The finish is a nice linger of very mellow bitterness. The mouth feel is full bodied with very little carbonation.

Overall I think this is a fantastic beer. Very well crafted. I really enjoy the flavor that was crafted. The labels are cool for their simplicity. They look like old prescription apothecary labels.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the label: "This beer will be good for 25 years if kept cool and dark." But I just don't have that kind of time, so off comes the cap tonight. Brewed on August 26, 2010, bottled on October 5, 2010. If only all breweries were as up front about such trivial things, eh?

Quite a powerful "ziss!" upon prying the cap off (which was lightly waxed). It's a damn beautiful beer in the glass, blackness as deep and wide as the cosmos, and a super-tight mocha colored head made of zillions of snap-crackle-poppin' bubbles.

Aroma is mostly smoky and rich dark chocolate tones, some nice nutty coffee-like roast as well. A hint of mineral in the background, which is suppressed by a noticeable, enjoyable and not-at-all overbearing alcohol edge. [Okay, as-it-happens reportage here: this is a funny beer. I poured half into the glass, and the other half is currently in the bottle. Every 20 seconds or so a froth comes peeking over the bottle neck, pops and disappears, and repeats. This thing is alive!!!]

Taste: total liquid fudge action. Or liquid brownie. That really gooey, moist kind of deep, dark chocolate brownie. Chocolate abounds here, and brings with it tones of dark roast coffee. It's curious that the hops are pumped on the label (Sladek and Saaz) when it's really the malt that not only drives this thing, but wins the race for it. Oh, the hops are present, lending a bright edge to the heavy-handed and gooey malt center. Rich but not too rich, warming but not hot, hoppy but hops that let the malt take center stage. The taste of this beer blows my freaking mind.

I might have liked just a tad less carbonation, or nearly NO carbonation (like Bell's wonderful Expedition Stout), but the heavy body and just-right stickiness still make a nice textural match for what the taste buds are deciphering.

So, a Dutch stout modeled on the big American craft approach, using Czech hops. This is why I love adventurous brewers and the beer they make. And in this case it's a total success. It's a damn travesty this isn't rated higher here (currently has a B+ average). Maybe it's not rare enough. Or just doesn't have much hype behind it for whatever reason. But damn this is one delightful stout that leans on the hefty, dessert-y side, and does absolutely but absolutely everything right.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice sturdy stout.

Presentation: 33 cl brown, capped, and waxed bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew. O.G. 1100, F.G. 1033, EBC Colour 449, Hop bill, EBUs 92. Adds recommended drinking temperature, and cellaring range (up to 25 yrs...). Shows brewing and bottling date (26 August 2010, 05 October 2010), and that this is bottle 1794 out of a 2077 33cl bottles batch, alongside Alc. by Vol. (10.2%) Served in a snifter.

A - Deep black pour with good frothy head, fair surface memory and some lacing.

S - Roasted nose, coffee and chocolate with a licorice boozy hint.

T - Rich and long roasted range. touches of chocolate, faint coffee again, bitter hoppy sense coating it.

M - Medium/full body, and medium carbonation with a nice bitter range and dry touch in the finish.

O - Nice sipping stout hitting all the right notes.

Notes: Minor differences aside this reminds me quite a bit to their Hel & Verdoemenis, Hell and Damnation?, and feels like a small tweak in a new batch for the US import market? Good imperial stouts in any case and would love to have a tasting side by side...

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Photo of jwinship83
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz black wax dipped capped bottle. drank out of my stone IRS snifter.

A- as soon as i pop the crown, the beer starts to gush. its a very slow gush. odd. the pour yields an opaque black body with a small head of coffee colored bubbles. the head quickly becomes no more than a crown, leaving behind very little as far as lacing goes.

S- the first thing i notice in the nose are dark roasted malts. lots of coffee follow that. lots of alcohol in the nose. some chocolate, both dark and milk.

T- the taste is dominated by roasted malts and alcohol. very potent and dark. some dark chocolate adds even more bitterness and blends well with the sweetness imparted from milk chocolate. i think i pick up on some caramel and raisins also. strong espresso and light earthy hops on the finish.

M- the body is full and viscous. strong warming from the alcohol. the carbonation is a little bit too high here.

O- an enjoyable beer, but i dont think id want to drop another $10 on any additional bottles. very much a sipper which went well on the abnormally cold and rainy june night in chicago.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, night-black sable with a VERY thick and persistent chocolaty-brown head. The sample I got fizzed as if doing so would help the Cubs win the World Series - so if you get this in a bottle, open it with care! Strong, smoky aroma has tones of sweet chocolate, quality roast coffee and molasses as well as a hint of caramel. Mouth-filling smoky flavor has tones of high-quality mocha and molasses, as well has hints of caramel and licorice. It is a bit on the sweet side, but otherwise the flavor is simply superb. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and fizzy, leaving a smoky and tingly finish. A must for all Stouties!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worchester, MA

Poured dark brown to black, with a minimal tan head. Semi-sweet chocolate in the nose with a bit of bitterness and alcohol sweetness. Taste was of chocolate and cocoa and some dark fruits, giving way to slight alcohol / slight malty sweetness. Somewhat heavy mouthfeel with a bit of alcohol bite. Moderately strong, but drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey

Nice creamy and bubbly darker head of about 1 finger fades semi slowly, big bubbles, pitch black colored beer.

Nose has a burnt chalky charred malts, black patent malt, bit of super dark chocolate, bit of coffee, earthy bitterness from scorched malts, bit of a biscuity malt.

Taste starts with bitter earthy charred malts, burnt coffee grinds and charred malts, bit syrupy, black patent, super dark choc, hints of dark fruit like fig, bit of warming booze, touch of spices. Finishes sticky syrupy malts, fairly bitter both earthy hops and charred malts, some dark malts and roast lingering.

Mouth is heavier bodied, a bit syrupy with decent carb and light boozy warmth.

Overall decent, super rich thick and syrupy stout, lots of burnt flavors but no real minerality, nice bitterness, booze is hidden well and not too sweet.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey during Stoutfest. I was really excited to try this.

A: Black with brown/clear edges, absolutely no head.

S: Tons of wood, roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee, touch of alcohol.

T: As with the nose the wood comes through strongly. Tastes like very light wood, almost light oak to maple. There's a strong base of roasted malts, chocolate, and a little molasses sweetness with a touch of dark fruits going into the finish. Fairly boozy on finish.

M: A bit light on the mouthfeel, though smooth. Has a good bit of burn on the end.

O: I was real excited to get a chance to try this and unfortunately it didn't really meet expectations. My first try I really liked it, but revisiting it, it just didn't stand up. Too much wood, not enough 'umph', harsh alcohol, and light body.

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Photo of Patrick999
2.52/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle #348 of 2077. Poured into a big snifter. Foamy for a beer this size, but no gushing issues. Swirling the snifter really rouses the mocha-colored foam. Very dark, opaque beer - held up to a lamp, even the edges swallow up the light.

Aroma is of a generic "freshly-cut wood," and a fair bit of cherry-flavored ethanol. Chocolate, molasses and dark-roast coffee enter into the equation a little as the beer warms, but even so, not the most amazing aroma I've pulled off a big stout by any stretch - skews too much toward alcohol. I know there's nothing wrong with the beer, but I can't say I'm too stoked about it based on the nose.

The taste is like over-steeped dregs from a French press, spiked with wood alcohol. Not that I would know what wood alcohol tastes like, but I imagine it would taste something like this. Bitter and alcoholic, unpleasantly so. Some malty sweetness tries to develop mid-palate, but quickly subsides to an austere ashy, bitter, dry finish for a big stout. Kinda reminds me of fresh Stone IRS, a beer I'm not a fan of for the same reasons.

Feel is somewhat viscous, as expected, yet with some lively carbonation for a stout of this strength.

This beer may have real aging potential, but as of now I have to call it as I see it and say it's not quite undrinkable, but close to it. Right now, it's a brash, balls-to-the-wall beer, which isn't necessarily bad, but for the fact that *this* one is knocking me over the head with flavors that aren't really all that pleasant. This needs time, and a lot of it.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 1448. One of the best looking Imperial Stout to come from the Netherlands that I've seen as of yet. The Pour is really nice, a thick black river of what looks like used motor oil. The head billows quickly with a dark brown head. The aromas of some light bourbon, big roasted malts, some dark chocolate and a little burn of the alcohol in there. The taste is burnt molasses, and some rich malts. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side which looks awesome in the glass.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed at Tryst in Delray Beach courtesy of Greg, thanks! Do not remember the bottle info

A: Pours a super viscous looking pitch black...10w-40. Gorgeous brown cap, and decent head/head retention for the big ABV.

S: Wow, just wow. Tons of ripe berries on top of chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate, alcohol, wood, and some good hopping. Pretty complex

T: Craziness going on here, berries again, alcohol provides warmth but it doesn't take away from the flavor, leather, vanilla, wood (barrel??), tons of chocolate and hop bitterness to balance. Really opens up with proper decanting.

MF/O: Thick, velvety, and silky on the palate. Bitterness gives it some bite, but the carbonation is pretty mellow. Overall a very pleasant surprise, and in my opinion, deserves a better rating. I will be seeking this out again.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Buddy of mine brought an aged bottle over for a tasting. Wonderful brew, bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a darkish brown almost black that leaves a nice finger of head at the top with some nice pleasant lacing around the glass as you sip away.

s - Complete chocolate smell, with some hints of coffee but very minimal, chocolate is very overpowering.

t - Complete chocolate in taste with hints of some dark fruits as well as dark malts.

m - Thick body with slight carbonation

d - A Great beer! Would love to have this one again with a piece of cake and especially during breakfast!

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle
Marked January 8 2010 bottle date
Poured into a Goblet

A: Jet black, reddish/tan 2 finger head. The beer exhibits excellent retention and good lacing.

S: Dark malts, chocolate, anise, smoke, and some dark fruits waft from the glass. Some bittering hops are still detectable.

T: Chocolate and dark burnt malt enters first and lingers for a long time. It is a bit bitter which masks some of the other notes I picked up on the nose. Some smoke pulls through and it manages to finish dry. As it warms the hops and fruit start to emerge, much better.

M: Lush and full, quite good.

D: It might not be at the top of my list for imperial stouts, but it is a very respectable brew.

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Photo of tomfneph
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought beer 1131/1206 bottled on Jan. 8, 2010. I poured into a chalice straight from the fridge and I did not have the foaming head problem described by other reviewers. I had a one finger tan head that looked gorgeous, even my wife was impressed. The inky black color of the beer is impenetrable to light and really makes you think this is going to taste stouter than it does. The smell is predominantly toasted chocolate malt. There is a faint vinous aroma also. The taste of the beer is surprisingly mild. Chocolate and charcoal are there at the fore, but fades to a faint taste of tobacco. The mouthfeel is more like an IPA than a stout. There is no sweetness and the hops quickly shine through as the predominant lasting flavor. It's almost as if this beer doesn't know what it wants to be. Overall I was disappointed in the taste which did not measure up to the wonderful color and aroma. I would drink this again if someone gave it to me, but I'm not sure I would fork over another $10 for another bottle.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is essentially black with a large mocha colored head that is surprisingly well retained.

S: The nose is full of intensely roasted malts along with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate. There's some detectable alcohol as well, along with a mild level of acidity.

T: A very nice chocolate flavor to this that I wasn't fully expecting. Still, plenty of roasted malt flavor (perhaps a bit too much). There's a moderate bitterness that is present as well.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Usually I'm not the biggest De Molen fan, but this one was actually palatable.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.19/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Doug for bringing this beer over for me.
Brewed on 11/23/09...Bottled on 1/8/10

The head is explosive on this beer. A 2+finger head forms in my oversized snifter glass which would equal a glass full of foam in any standard glass. The head is light tan in color and hangs around for quite some time. Deep dark brown shoe leather color. No lacing per se, but with every sip a sheet of bronze foam coats the glass.

The aroma is so intense it's almost off putting. Smells like tar, burnt plastic, slight coffee, maybe even charcoal.

Thankfully, the flavor is better than the aroma. Charcoal, ash, burnt malt a hint of cocoa powder. A mineral flavor at the end. The abv is fairly evident.

This is about as thick of a beer as I've seen. It just coats your tongue and sticks with you for several moments. Fairly dry in your mouth.

The flavor is pretty good and I enjoy the mouth feel. The aroma really gets in the way for me. Especially drinking this out of a snifter.

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Photo of citan133
2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is only an 11.2oz bottle and I couldn't even pour half of it into my tulip before it almost overflowed. The head on this thing is ridiculous. Probably four fingers worth of froth, huge bubbles. It eventually settles down to...three fingers. And stays there. Really dark brown underneath, fudge-looking. The top over the head ends up settling to a really thick, almost whipped-topping consistency. Looks like the head to Orval, though darker.

I'm getting a lot of that stale/aged hop smell I'm not into. Lots of chocolate in here, different types though. Cocoa, milk-chocolate, some coffee. Some baking chocolate. Something spicy in there too I can't quite pick up. That hop smell is bugging me though, first thing I smell every time I go in the glass.

Again, I'm getting the hop thing. Reminds me of an old IPA, that taste. More coffee presence than in the nose, light-roasted coffee, lots of cocoa and bitter chocolate. As it warms the alcohol is pretty evident. Not unpleasant though, a nice little burn after each sip.

Pretty thin for this type of stout. It has the flavor of a big, rich beer but drinks really light. Kind of like someone watered it down without affecting the taste.

Not really a fan of this. That hop thing makes me think I should have either drank it fresh, when it was really hoppy, or waited longer and aged it so that quality fell away. Would be interested in having one of these with a few years on it but won't risk the purchase.

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Photo of domtronzero
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Huge, billowing, fluffy, never-ending, mocha colored head. Too much froth. TOO MUCH FROTH! Wasted a ton of beer plowing foam from the top of the glass into the sink using a large spoon.

S - Roasty malts, chocolate, caramel, a little bit of fruity esters, piny/earthy hops.

F/M - Roasted malts, dark baker's chocolate, toasty, caramel and toffee. Piny/spicy hops and medium-high bitterness, accentuated by dark malts. Dry and astringent finish. Fizzy and almost hard to swallow. Possibly infected? No other signs of infection other than mouthfeel. Im assuming this is not infected. Medium body with way too much carbonation.

D - OK, but its all out of whack. The body is thin and the carbonation is high, but the flavors are all alright. A little too coarse, but ok.

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Photo of crusian
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from some place in Atlanta.
Number 676 from 1206 bottles. It is a 33cl (11.2oz) bottle.
Brewed Nov. 23 2009, bottled on Jan. 08 2010.

Pops with one of the best sounds I have ever heard from a bottle... though it made me run for cover, yet strangely enough didn't foam out everywhere, despite the sound that it would. One of the Loudest pops I have ever had.
Pours with a ton of head that is taking too damn long for my inpatient ass. Pours thick and black, and actually looks oily in the glass.
smells HUGE. Ash, chocolate, coffee and booze. You know that something that you cant put your finger on, that smells thick, I like that smell...
Taste is boozy, thick, coffee... Lots of Roasted malt. The label says will age nicely for 25 years, and I believe it. I have been disappointed in their other beers, but this is really nice!
Mouthfeel does have a thick oil feel to it. doesnt really detract from it though. Bitter finish that just seems to wrap it up.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a gigantic, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate and booze.

T: Tasted of coffee, roasted malt, and booze up front, with a slight chocolate tinge in the finish. Has a much more overpowering flavor than most of this style, but is still complex and possessing a big flavor. Almost closer in character to a Russian Imperial Stout than an American Double

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: An excellent, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a tulip from a bottle that is just under a year old. I'm pretty pumped. The pours at black, with a huge mocha colored head that takes up about two thirds of the glass. I'm wondering if I poured this wrong. The smell is roasty and a bit charred with a bit of smoke. Bitter coffee aromas flood my nostrils with earthy undertones. This is probably one of the most pleasant smelling beers I've had, nothing but enjoyable.

This has a great flavor. Toasty and robust. This beer seems to be full of the flavors I'd expect from an imperial stout; roasted malts, cocoa and bitter espresso undertones all complemented nicely with some earthiness. My only complaint is a slight alcohol burn, but I feel like that is me trying to find something I don't like.

Smooth mouthfeel and spot on flavors make this a big winner for me. It's a bit of a sipper, but hell I won't be upset about have this out front of me for about an hour.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip. Brewed on 11/23/09, bottled on 01/08/10. Batch #1206, bottle #672.

a - Pours a a dark brown, almost black, with 2 fingers of tan head that has great retention and moderate carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of cocoa, dark fruits, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, toasted malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of cocoa, bitter and sweet chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Also some smokiness or toasted malts.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Smooth, thick body.

d - A pretty nice stout. I enjoyed the smell a lot. I think a little more time on it to let the alcohol fade would make this even better. Would love to try again.

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