Hot & Spicy BA
Brouwerij De Molen

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #756
Ranked #37,350
3.52 | pDev: 20.74%
Brouwerij De Molen
Very Good
Notes: A Smoked Imperial Stout with Madame Jeanettes. These are chilli peppers from Surinam.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 15
Photo of Marius
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Borefts 2016, Bodegraven. Pitch black pour with no head. Tons of chili, chocolate, cocoa, coffee. Full bodied with a medium to low carbonation and a roasty and spicy finish.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is pitch black, and the pour kicks up a thick and giant head that takes several minutes to fade to a drinkable level.

Aroma is cinnamon, chilis, chocolate, and espresso. The chilis are definitely noticeable and smell wonderful! There's a surprising lack of any barrel aromas though...

For the flavor, the chili really kicks into high gear, coming in a little too strong and overpowering the rest of it, in my opinion. There's a bit of creaminess added to the chocolate and espresso, but everything quickly takes a back seat to the chili. The chili flavor is nice, though - it's a smoky, cinnamon-y kind of spice that goes really well with the chocolate. There's just a bit too much of it. There's also a very disconcerting lack of any barrel characteristics on the palate as well... maybe they're there, but just buried under the chili?

Mouthfeel is excellent, however - very thick and creamy, but with a heavy amount of carbonation that makes it feel frothy, almost like a latte.

Overall, I feel like the flavors are really good, but just out of balance, and completely lacking any barrel flavor, which is really disappointing.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A suprise addition on day 2 of the Borfets beer fest.

Thepeter spoke very highly of this beer and I really dig spicey foods. Rarely do hot pepper beers deliver the goods.

Nothing crazy with the color or head. Dark black with a bit of whispy head. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style.

Wow this was spicy. Burning intense heat in the finish. I discussed this with one of the guys from De Molen and appearently this was a 2nd batch of this beer and they used hotter peppers with this one. thepeter noted that this was a lot spicier than the other time he tried it. Appearntly they added Madame Jeanette peppers to this which is basically a Habanaro pepper (they came from the dutch colony of Suriname and that is what they call them over there)

This was a good beer but not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of johnnybravo
4.56/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK. Of course, it's an imperial stout, all the flavours you'd expect in a beer like this. However! What a intense sensation. People, if you don't care for hot & spicy food: don't try this. It's pretty Hot & Spicy. Not like others I've tried before. Not like Midtfyns Chilli Triple which is nice and pleasant. Not like Cave Creek which is horrible and pure aggressive. No. This one is so intense yet well balanced. The first sip is WTF! But after a few seeps the burning sensation gets pleasant and all the other flavours support the greatness of this beer.

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Photo of thepeter
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured off the gravity cask at the GBBF. A very dark brown nearly black with a small head/film on top that left little lacing. the smell was dark malts and fruits, lot's of Cocoa and rich coffee, and just a touch of chili pepper at the end of the nose. When you taste it however, the chili grabs you by the nuts and welcomes you to flavor country. The Coffee and cocoa compliment the Chili so nicely that while you certainly feel the heat every moment it is in your mouth I could not help but swirl it around to experience the flavors even more. they really work perfectly together with a hint of dark fruit such as dates and raisins adding to the complexity. The palate was smooth, rich and perfectly (naturally) carbonated. it coated your mouth and then your throat leaving you with a slightly burning sensation . . .Like if a Beer could violate you, give you an STD, and still leave you with a smile on your face, this is it. Great beer, even better experience, but not for everyone.

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Hot & Spicy BA from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 15 ratings