Boatrocker X De Molen ‘Windmills & Weathervanes’ BA Imperial Stout


“Back in 2020, a long distance collaboration between two masters of dark beers, De Molen & Boatrocker, saw the release of a beer that won people’s hearts. Fast forward to 2022, the original idea has been realised…A bourbon barrel aged version of Windmills & Weathervanes…To the mash, we added freshly toasted and charred old bourbon barrel staves, then over 10kg of Ancho, Pasilla, and Morita chillies were added to the beer, along with 10kg of cacao nibs, 40 vanilla beans and 45 cinnamon quills…and then more than 12 months in 1st use bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace…the result is a balanced molé-ish imperial stout-ish.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: As black as midnight with a dense and creamy brown head. It very gradually recedes but not a lot of it sticks as we go.

Aroma: We’ve been eagerly awaiting this ever since we bought them and there’s really no surprises that it smells terrific. Initially it’s all about the big and rich Imperial Stout base along with the sweet and spicy bourbon/barrels which counteracts it. The molé component is a tad more obscure but there to be found with its subtle cocoa, chilli peppers and spice. It all comes together incredibly well.

Flavour: There’s a lot going on from the moment it hits the taste buds. The most notable is the rich Stout base of dark chocolate, licorice and molasses but the sweet spice, cocoa and bourbon add so much depth and complexity. It’s like the taste buds are being pulled in every direction. As it progresses it all gradually peels off and we’re left with the delicious bourbon and charred malts to finish.

Mouthfeel: Dense and muscly. Slightly oily, low-ish Co2 and medium-full body. The 9.5% ABV is fairly well behaved.

Overall: We’ve gotta commend Boatrocker on such a high profile collab. De Molen are one of the biggest and best players in the dark beer market so big ups on making that one happen. Big ups on the beer too – rich, well balanced, complex. Deeds still hold the title for best BA Imperial Stout though!