This beer from De Molen is actually one of last years Borefts Festival beers. We tend to sit on a few of these beers over the year, waiting for the right time to include them. Luckily these big imperial stouts are just getting better while we wait.
Unusually for De Molen, the name of this beer requires no translating!
Different & Unusual is an imperial stout featuring 6 different malts plus flaked oats, Amarene cherries and the finished over cedar wood post fermentation.
I pours pitch black, with a stunning dark brown foam that slowly settles to become off white and stable. The aroma is all about the malts and a hint of smoke.
My first sip, and I didn’t actually like this beer. It was very roasty, a bit smoky and even a little acrid, and I didn’t get any of the cherries. But I always say that you have to give a beer three sips before you truly taste it.
The acrid, burnt roast became dark chocolate, there was more sweetness to the malt body; still with a hint of smokiness. I still don’t get a lot of cherry flavour, though there is a really subtle sourness from said cherries.
De Molen really have made their international reputation on making some fine stouts, but even for them this one is a bit different….and unusual!