Black Jack | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tpd975 on 05-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by STEG:
Photo of STEG
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.18cl bottle, Duvel Tulip Room Temperature

Hugemongous thanks to jeffo for this one.

Caramel colored 1 finger microscopicly bubbled head, pitch black in every sense of the word.

Sweet chocolate aromas are concentrated with a rock sugar smell in here as well. There's also some lingering; very discrete coffee and tobacco smoke subtitles here as well. It's also got somewhat of a hard to describe briny tinge in the nose as well.

This stuff is very interesting, I was expecting a candy bar of a stout given the nose and the abv but what I got is a smokey, earthy beast with a moderately bitter hop finish. The overall taste is difficult to pin down but if "murk" was a flavor, this would be it; in a good way of course.

Mouthfeel is dense at first but lightens a bit as it progresses. syrupy at the corners of your mouth with a carbonation character that is somehow unappealing to me. The carbonation is almost ticklish on the tongue after the beer goes down which makes for a weird feeling, maybe I'm having an off night.

Overall this was a very very interesting (and carbonated! YAY De Molen!!!) beer but I would actively seek out other De Molen offerings before this one. It's not my favorite take on the RIS category.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an absolutely exceptional beer. A huge thanks to bosse for this one. I have had this in my fridge for months and have been dying to try it. Decided to break something out tonight, and this was it. Allowed to warm up and decanted into a snifter, consumed on 06/27/2010.

Deep, dark pour. Thick looking wit the viscosity of oil an a one finger head of the deepest chocolate brown. Settled down smoothly and evenly, leaving about a quarter inch that was still on the glass about ten minutes in at least.

Aroma is not as mind blowing as I thought it would be. Definitely dark, roasty, and sweet. Lots of whiskey aroma oak, hints of dark, burnt sugars. Sticky sweetness to it. Then I took a sip...

Game over. Simply incredible. The first thing that hits me is the body. Taking a sip was like sipping on the smoothest latte ever. It had that fine foam across the top and smooth, full boy that just rolled across the palate perfectly. Rich notes of whiskey, dark chcocolate, oak, leather. Warming brings hints of tobacco, and the oddest after taste of sweet vanilla, hint of bitter licorice root, and rich whiskey. Simply perfect,

Each sip of this was a pleasure. Small enough to be enjoyed on your on, relaxing. Bottle #503.

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Photo of Harkrank
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the De Molen Beer Store. Brewed 16 December 2009 and bottled 13 May 2010. Bottle 330 of 1440. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a tiny head that fades almost immediately with some nice lacing. Earthy, roasty, boozey nose with hints of cocoa, oak, leather, vanilla, and whiskey. The taste is very roasty and nutty with hints of oak, chocolate fudge, dark fruit, leather, vanilla, coffee, and whiskey. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and syrupy with very little carbonation, but very rich and bold nonetheless. Smooth, almost creamy finish with a subtle alcohol warming. Overall another solid offering from De Molen!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near black with a short head that recedes quickly. The nose brings some oak and a bit of whiskey along with some roast and chocolate. Touch of booze. Flavor has some barrel notes alongside roast and light chocolate. Fairly complex and pretty well integrated. Slight alcohol warmth. Medium body. Good, not great.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. Rasputin aged in Mackmyra casks.

From an 18cl bottle into a snifter. Green wax.
Brewed 16 December 2009
Bottled 13 May 2010
Bottle 148 of 1440
OG: 1110
FG: 1032

Note: Drunk after Kopi Loewak and Black Isak.
Note II: Same picture as De Struise Black Jack on the front.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small mocha colored head that magically cascades to the surface at the end of the pour, and then quickly recedes to a thin wisp and ring. Pours out black, and sits in the glass black as night with zero carbonation evident. A ring remains, creating floating patters of wisp after every sip, and leaves dots of lacing down the glass. A good looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smokiness, and faint coffee notes. Starts off a little muted, but as it sits, it really opens up and more barrel come forward. Whisky and vanilla make an appearance about half way through. A nice nose.

TASTE: Roasted malts, whisky notes with hints of vanilla, as well as some sweet caramel and bitter coffee in there. The aftertaste is big and bold and lingers and lingers. Lots of roasted and sweet malt, hop bitterness, and bourbon vanilla notes linger in the aftertaste.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy smooth, goes down smooth with a bit of heat at the end and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A better job here; slightly fuller than some of the others I've had today.

OVERALL: I sampled three De Molen imperial stouts today, and this was by far the winner. The flavors were bold and interesting, and the body was slightly bigger than the others, which gave the flavors some support. This was also the one that really looked the part as well. Another good example of the style from De Molen. Recommended.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the brewery store. Decided to pop it tonight for game 1 of the stanley cup finals. It was recommended by the lady working the store for a good stout so here goes.
Brewed 16 December 2009. Bottled 13 May 2010. Bottle 317.

A - Pours pitch black with lot's of carbonation coming up the sides. One finger light brown head gone to a ring and a film quickly. No lacing left and a swirl of fil for retention.

S - Huge chocolate and whisky combo. Raisins and dates. Slight, very slight burn. Licorice there too.

T - Fairly strong whisky punch. Not really boozy but it picked up alot of the whisky from the barrel. Some vanilla and chocolate are there too. Some hop in the finish. Roasted malt too. I'm missing some things. It's fairly complex.

M - Really gets in the mouth. Fair amount of carbonation and a fairly full body. Dry finish.

O/D - I'm not sure why this has such raving reviews. It's a good Impy Stout but not worthy of an A IMO. That said, it was tasty and easy to drink and I'm happy I got to try it.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours dark brown-black color with a brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, sweet caramel, molasses, whiskey and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, leather, oak and whiskey.
Mouthfeel: low carbonation and a creamy body
Overall: Nice brew

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Photo of tpd975
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imperial stout aged on Swedish Mackmyra Elegant whiskey casks, brewed for Belgobaren, Stockholm.
OG 1110, EG 1032, EBC 383, 1560 bottles of 18cl produced.

Bottle 1529 of 1560 thanks to bosse, a world class trader.

A: Pours a nice dark black hue. Nice tan head. Lite retention with some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of whiskey, oak, vanilla, and char. Wonderful roast hides beneath with notes of chocolate and coffee.

T: Tasty brew no doubt. Wonderful barrel aged beers, whiskey and vanilla really stand out. Roasted malts, chocolate, and astringent coffee. A real big beer for sure. Not the most drinkable, but a real tasty sipper.

M: On the fuller side of medium, light carbonation, big beer that is a real treat.

D: Very high sippability.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Brad, beer is black and thick with a tan head of small bubbles, moderate retention and some lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is strong, roasty, chocolate, bitter, sweet, alcohol, the best part about this beer is this amazing aroma.

Beer is medium in body and very sweet, medium to thick in body, the alcohol is present as well as this fudginess. A nice beer for sure.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LoveStout
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeffo for this one. Bottle #596 from the May 13th, 2010 (and only) bottling. Served in a tulip. Shared with Mr. Curieosity. ;-)

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and spotty lacework. Very dark brown body with some lighter glints at the edges of the glass. Your typical De Molen imperial stout.

S - As with most of Menno's stouts this one is heavy on the brown malts, with biscuit, milk chocolate and caramel flavors. The whisky presence is initially restrained, but grows in complexity as the beer warms adding notes of peat, smoke, and oak that threaten to dominate but never cross line.

T - The flavor is a bit more smoothed out, with a hint of fruity oxidation starting to creep in. Less overt barrel and whisky, with more in the way of biscuit, chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Low on roast character, as is typical of this brewery.

M - Medium-full body, chewy texture, and lower carbonation. Lightly dry and oaky in the finish, with a hint of alcohol warmth. This one went down very smoothly.

D - Very mellow at this tage. I'm curious if the Mackmyra presented a bit more when this was fresh as I think it would have been nice to see a bit more bite in the flavor. That being said I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and it was really easy to put down my 9cl. I'd probably trade for another bottle if I didn't have to go international.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Brewed 16 Dec 2009
Bottled 13 May 2010

Bottle 338 of 1440

The beer is dark brown and sports a thin, beige head. The beer appears viscous, leaving a sheet of oily lacing on the walls of the snifter.

The aroma offers oak, roast, tannins, dark fruit, malt, booze.

The flavor follows the aroma to a tee. Lots of dark fruit character, which, in most cases, I do not care for, finding it to be a deterrent. However, this beer has a lot of nice things happening, all of which compliment one another.

Low carbonation, thick and viscous, rich. A warming finish but alcohol presence is unobtrusive.

Overall, a very tasty beer. I would enjoy having this again. Recommended.

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Black Jack from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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