Rasputin – De Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

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  • My Rating: B+

Rasputin – De Molen, 10.4% ABV – 33cl., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: sweet malts -> caramel/choco/vanilla/light roast coffee -> roasted bitterness/malty bittersweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke Liquor Store
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 330cl., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Plain font, plain label as usual. (Note that they have special barrel-aged releases which are labeled clearly on it.) Pours super dark brown with a smallish foamy head, a thin layer of  retention, lots of visible activity near the surface.

Nose: rich caramel malts, lightly toasted (8/10-pungency)

Attack: sweet caramel + malts

Mid-palate: thick-bodied caramel (9/10)-sweetness (MAIN) caramel malts, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, soy sauce

Finish: medium roasted bitterness, chocolate-malty bittersweet finish, minor alcohol detection.

Summary: Very bold flavoured. The alcohol is very nicely hidden. It gets a little heavy on the palate 1/3rd through, as expected. I wouldn’t buy again, but I did enjoy it.