Bat Out Of Hell
Brouwerij De Molen

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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.01 | pDev: 8.73%
Brouwerij De Molen
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Collaboration between De Molen and The Flying Dog. Brewed at De Molen in Bodegraven. A total of 666 bottles were filled.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jul 27, 2014
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- After the red waxy mess of opening the beer, it pours a jet black body with strands of microbubbles boiling to the surface of the edge of the glass. There is a thick creamy cinnamon head that sticks to the glass slowly sliding back down after each sip.

S- The dark graham notes have some caramel and permanent marker aromas to follow and a mellow black roasted flavor. There is a note of prunes and dark raisins with the dark raisins starting to dominates as the beer warms. The finish has a hint of cinnamon spice to it.

T- The light tar roasted black malt has some dark pot caramel flavors with cream and licorice hints coming through. There is a bitter tar malty finish that has a touch of inky bitterness that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel coats the mouth and has no alcohol at all. Some alcohol heat would be welcome to balance or cut the rich flavors.

O- This beer is big with lots of subtle depth and is like a meal in a beer. There are some barrel hints, Thai coffee qualities, dark candy and even eisbock qualities to this beer but it is hard to pull all of those things apart.

Sep 01, 2011
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Shared by claaark13 at a tasting in Dublin (thanks Sean!). A rare De Molen beer that I was very happy to get a shot at, luckily a large enough bottle (750mL) for sharing.

The beer pours dark, a nearly black color with a tan foam. Earthy hops in the aroma, dank and wet smelling. Beneath the hops I get a lot of roast character, maybe a little bitter cocoa.

Wow, I enjoyed the flavor of this beer, the hops are more present in the aroma than the taste, maybe showing up in the extremely dry mouthfeel though. Roasted malts and cocoa, very little sweetness (maybe this is a contribution of the hops as well), with a lasting ashy aftertaste that was addictive.

Not exactly full bodied, a little light compared to the Dark Lords we were drinking prior to this, but still it matches the flavors in an appealing way. So happy to get a chance at this, I definitely appreciated it.

Sep 25, 2011
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HopHead84 from California

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Tim, thanks!

A: Black with a small tan head. 

S: Black strap molasses with light caramel. Vanilla blends with grape and plum. There's a strong roasted malt presence with a whisper of molasses. Smells really good. 

T: Dark chocolate in the flavor with a dash of smoke. Lots of ash and roast. Moderate earthy bitterness. 

M: Full body with upper moderate carbonation. 

Overall: Really good aroma but the flavor doesn't match. Definitely worth a try, though.

Nov 08, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Sep 17, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

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

Bottle from Jeffo. Shared at the De Molen visits West Lakeview Liquors event. Served in a Glunz taster.

A - Voluminous tan foam that has great retention but minimal lace - only a few stray splotches. Very dark brown body, with some transparency at the edges of the glass. A very particulates of sediment are suspended in the solution.

S - Dark fruits, semisweet chocolate, molasses, perhaps some dark candi syrup? Perhaps some faint notes of smoke and earthiness. Alcohol isn't perceptible.

T - The taste is surprisingly earthy, with lots of residual hop bitterness. Far less sweet than the aroma suggests, with more of the signature European char and smoke flavors.

M - Smooth, medium body, with a chewy texture and an exceptionally dry finish. Carbonation is on the moderate-to-low side of things. There's a touch of residual stickiness to remind you that this is a stout, but this comes off a bit more porter-esque.

D - A solid and largely enjoyable beer, albeit a tad lighter in alcohol and heft that I expect from De Molen. This was pretty easy to drink, and the entire 750ml was consumed fairly early in the party.

Jun 25, 2012
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t0rin0 from California

3.25/5  rDev -19%

Sep 02, 2012
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge thanks to MeadMe for sending this to me.
Pours a solid black with a decent sized bubbly mocha head that persists forever. Aromas of chocolate and roast with hints of earth burnt molasses, dark fruit and caramel with just a touch of cardboard. The flavor is rich sweet chocolate and burnt sugar with a solid earthy flavor to counter. Light smokey molasses and burnt flavors. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I didn't enjoy this right away, but as I sipped on it for a while it opened quite a bit with some fruit molasses and burnt qualities. Nice brew.

Mar 29, 2014
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claaark13 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jul 05, 2012
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spycow from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Oct 26, 2014
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brokensail from California

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Richard.

Nearly black in color with a small tan head. Smells heavily of roasted malt and coffee. As usual with De Molen beers, I get a bit of ash and char character to it. There's also some burnt sugar and a hint of vanilla which is nice. The flavor is similar to the nose, but a bit heavier on the char and ash notes, it's also a touch spicy? Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt flavors are still prominent as well. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

Jan 16, 2012
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at De Molen in Bodegraven. Collaboration brew with Flying Dog Brewery in the US. I'd been looking forward to this one for a while, so expectations were pretty high.

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.
Bottled 18 November 2010
666 bottles filled

APPEARANCE: Pours out very dark and produces a 2 finger, thick-looking, mocha colored head with excellent retention. Small cascading effect on the head as well. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and leaves some immediate lacing clinging to the sides. Jet black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Subsequent pours show no carbonation at all. A full film remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Great looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark chocolate and some notes of sweet molasses in there. Some touches of black licorice accompany the roasted base. Hints of earthy hops as well, which must be Flying Dog's hop contribution to the brew. Very nice and enticing, though not quite powerful enough as the taste profile proved to be.

TASTE: Much bolder than the nose. Lots of flavor, especially after the swallow. Roasted malts and lots of dark chocolate. Some coffee notes and sweet molasses as well. A bold and persistent aftertaste is roasted and smoky, with lots of bitter chocolate, earthy hops, and sweet molasses. Really nice and bold flavors, and quite hoppy for an imperial stout. Must have been Flying Dog's contribution to the brew. Great stuff!

PALATE: Full body and medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate; probably the smoothest De Molen stout to date. Goes down smooth, no bite, and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Big, beautiful, chewy, creamy palate that really supports the flavor profile. Stellar.

OVERALL: As one of De Molen's biggest supporters and critics, I will admit that I expected the best, but feared the worst. De Molen often has troubles with their carbonation, putting out flat abominations and overly-carbonated messes on several occasions. They really nailed this one though. Lived up to expectations and then some. A great look and feel on this, lots of wonderful flavor to enjoy, and surprisingly drinkable for such a big brew. Possibly the best non-BA stout from De Molen to date. If you have the chance to pick one up, do so. Great job on this one. Cheers to Menno and Matt!

Dec 23, 2010
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wethorseblanket from California

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Richard on 1-14-12.

May 17, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Sep 08, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a matching De Molen snifter. BA Jeffo sent me this one some time ago (has it really been a couple of years already, wow.) The cork and cage is wax dipped and to be on the safer side, this was thoroughly chilled before opening because the cork and cage was tight with a gap in the wax clearly displaying how the cork has attempted to remove itself. The brew streams dark brown but rests in my glass black with a huge brown froth 3+ fingers strong. Pretty solid retaining powers with patchy lacing effect. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is roasty and earthen with a slight mineral to carbonic quality suggesting a bit of over-carbonation like you might expect based off the looks alone. Some milky chocolate to bitter baker's cocoa emits blending with a hint of burnt sugary quality like molasses. Towards the back of the nose you can pick up on molasses, tobacco and hints of saline character faintly like soy sauce. The last character I notice is some raisony alcohol coming forward as it warms up.

The flavor is unexpectedly more in line with milk chocolate than the roasty bitterness you might expect. Roast is still present but it takes a few sips and then more of an earthen to mineral and carbonic quality take over the center stage. As it warms up, more flavors akin to anise, molasses and mild smoky appeal start to form with a hint of soy, tobacco, brown sugar and raisony alcohol just like the aroma suggests.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with plenty of carbonation almost to the point of fault. It is quite complex but the mineral/carbonic quality admittedly distracts. I found it to be quite peculiar that at only 2.5 or so years old, this brew is showing signs of age. Arnt most De Molen stouts seemingly braggingly touted as being cellerable for 20+ years? Still quite enjoyable and something I would drink again. In comparing my experience to the notes of others, I would say this brew is not getting better as a cellar dweller if you know what I mean...

Jul 01, 2013
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer pours a very dark color with a thick light-brown colored head with perfect retention
Smell: Nice roasted malts, hops, chocolate, sweet molasses, plums and some liquorice
Taste: Medium sweet and bitter. Roasted malts and chocolate again, coffee and sweet molasses. Quite a lot of hops in the aftertaste, nice.
Mouthfeel: Thick and very well carbonated
Overall: Very nice de molen beer, happy I still have a bottle to age.

Jun 11, 2011
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Urbancaver from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown clearish. Yellowed head. 4.5
Smells metallic and boozy. Smells off to me. 3.5
Tastes sharp and light. Boozy, not overly malty. 3.5
Thin? Not sure... Not very flavorful. Overall I'm not that impressed. 3.0 3.5

Everyone else seemed to like it better than I did

Sep 24, 2011
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redsonja from Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A; nice black color with a nice amber head

S; rosted malt hint of wood

T; wood, burnt malt, pure chocolate with in the end a nice alchohol flavor

M; the alcohol stays long in your mouth good stout beer

O; nice winterbeer to sit down by a fire for long evenings with a nice bunch of smoked sausages and some very old dutch cheese

Apr 17, 2011
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seeswo from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Nov 15, 2011
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by Beerverage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really enjoyed what I found in this brew. Based on the aroma I knew I was in for something quite nice, but upon my first sip when the smoky character hit me I knew I was going to like this one. The smokiness mixed with the chocolate bitterness and alcohol mixed really well together. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and I suggest you make an effort to do the same.

Jul 10, 2012
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doopiedoopiedoo from Netherlands

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

Not the first time I've had it but the first time since I started reviewing beers. A thread on a Bat out of Hell without any carbonation got me anxious to try this beer again... It was great.

I guess I should write more.

Out of a 750ml bottle, that was out in front of the heater for about a week to ensure carbonation. This was a tip from Peter, the owner of de Molen beershop. Poured into a snifter.

Dang! Opened with a big pop! I guess there is carbonation in this one. Comes out pitch black has a wonderfull three finger light tan head. A couple of minutes later only one finger head is still present bits of lacing are on the glass.

I smell dark roasted, chocolates and a great hoppiness! It gets me excited.

Double Dang! As good as I remembered. Everything the nose promised are delivered on the first sip. I detect some smoke that I didn't get on the nose. Nice bitterness lingers mostly due to the roasted malts and the hop.

A nice full body, a little creamy. Dry to neutral finish. This is how I like my stouts.

No problems with carbonation on this one. Easily the best de Molen Stout I've ever had and a top 5 overall. I feel sorry for the person who had to drink a not so great version of this because this, ladies and gentlemen is a winner! HIGHLY RECOMENDED!

Apr 06, 2011
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olradetbalder from Sweden

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dec 04, 2014
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braugon from Connecticut

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

Feb 25, 2015
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