4 friends in three different time zones split a beer year (drinking a different beer every day). Once a week, we use google hangouts to have a conversation about the same beer as a group. We cycle through 2 beer styles a month (2 weeks per style).
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February 6: Karl and the Tale of the Brouwerij De Molen "Disputin"
The Man/Beer in Black
Welcome back, dear reader, to another episode of Russian
Imperial Stouts. Today I have a brew from Brouweij De Molen that is now known
as “Disputin” or “Cease and Desist”. The artist formerly known as “Rasputin” is
an 11% RIS that has been forced to take on a clever new moniker. According to
the label, pictured below, the brewery finds us Americans to be foolish, and
had to rename their beer to avoid confusion with a rather well know stout from
NorCal. The legal quibbles surrounding this beer, as well as the appearance of
the standard Russian Imperial Stout have inspired my vinyl choice for this
post: Johnny Cash’s Live from Folsom Prison. Nothing can represent an Imperial
Stout better than the Man in Black.
A label with a sense of humor. Too bad I don't find the beer to be as funny.
As for the beer, there may need to be some legal action
taken here, as we have someone operating under a false identity. To the
untrained eye, this beer pours dark and dank, but holding it up to the light
reveals that it’s the darkest brown, not black, you can create. The lack of
head is so pronounced you would think this beer was written by Washington
Irving, which is odd for a stout like this. The nose is weak, with a little licorice and roasted malt surfing
around. Once this hits your taste buds is when you want to phone a lawyer.
This beer is not a stout, but rather tastes like a Belgian Strong Dark. There
are hints of raisins, fig, roasted malt and coca-cola here, and combined with the mildly-heavy carbonation I don’t get stout at all. I feel like I’ve
been robbed. It is not a bad tasting beer, but it is masquerading around as
someone it is not. I would skip this moderately-pricey import, not because it is bad, but because it
is just confusing and hanging around with it may drag you up on the witness