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Brouwerij De Molen
Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout
Limited (brewed once).
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
PP asked Menno to brew him a Russian Imperial Stout for his pub this past winter, and this is what they came up with. Supposed to be somewhere in between Hel & Verdoemenis and Rasputin. Brewed exclusively for the brewpub, but a few bottles were filled for sale in the shop.
From a 75cl bottle into a snifter.
APPEARANCE: Slowly foamed out upon opening. Poured out dark brown and produced a large, three finger, medium looking, fluffy tan head with very good retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a good foam cap and leaves piles of lacing on the glass. A good wisp remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Much smaller head on subsequent pours.
SMELL: Some roasted and cocoa notes with some leather, light vanilla and floral hops. Some cotton candy shows up as well, which is interesting. Medium strength.
TASTE: Roasted and caramel sweetness up front, moving into a cocoa, leather, and earthy bitter finish. Some floral hops and a roasted malt, smoky and bitter dark chocolate base linger nicely in the bolder aftertaste. Some cotton candy makes an appearance again as the beer lingers. Some spicy alcohol is definitely noticeable as well at the finish.
PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Good, considering it foamed out at the beginning. Enough weight on the palate, creamy as well, goes down fine with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers, but works well. Good feel with a heavy enough body, though the carbonation does decrease rather quickly as the beer sits. Later pours had much less carbonation.
OVERALL: Another good imperial stout from De Molen, but not one to write home about. Moreover, the foaming in the bottle and the rate at which the beer changed as it sat tells me that this one is best consumed earlier rather than later. One worth checking out if you get the chance, but not one you’re likely to remember down the road. Interested to see what barrel ageing will do to this one.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2012 14:41:35 |
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