Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2013
Bottle @ benzai. Pitch black colour with a lovely, amazing brownish head. Instant 5 for the appearance. Smells roasty, malts, chocolate, wood, bourbon. Lovely. Tastes bourbon, wood, lots of chocolate, roasty, almonds. Holy shitballs. Amazing. Reminds me of a cornetto icecream. Love it. Full body, silky, lovely carbo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
minutemat (4452) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
330ml bottle, thanks to Benzai! Pours deep black with menacing tan head. Lovely sweet bourbon aroma. Lovely sweet bourbon influence in the taste. The kind of beer you don’t write notes about.. you just lie back and absorb it’s wonderful warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (7828) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle from bierzwerg.de. Almost black color with medium espresso brown head. Roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, light smokiness. Taste, milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, moderate sweetness, vanilla, peat, bourbon. Roasted finish with notes of bourbon. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hermod (6520) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
33cl bottle. Bottled Jan30th 2013. Pitch black, brown head. Sweet bourbon aroma, vanilla, peat, licorice, all coming together nicely. Amazing aroma, I could sniff this all night. Flavor has vanilla, sweetness, licorice, and peaty notes. Peat quite strong towards finish. Incredibly smooth. Finish lasts forever with vanilla and roasted malty, coffee notes. Absolutely amazing.

- beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LordMariscal (22) - Oviedo, SPAIN - APR 6, 2015
Tomada en Cerveceria Kraken. Oviedo. Puro petroleo. Imperial Stout que no defrauda desde el primer trago. Sabores dulces del bourbon sumados al tostado, cafe, madera. Potencia en estado puro. Apenas tiene espuma. Ni falta que le hace. Para disfrutar 1 y 1000veces

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle. shared with Simon of Round Tower Brewery to educate him on the wonders of barrel-aging!!! Thanks to my lovely Beer Fairy for this one! Opaque black with baige lacing. Aroma is huge. Oak, chocolate, Kentucky Bourbon, probably Wild Turkey, leather. Taste is blackcurrants, chocolate, raw cocoa, oak, wood, leather, Kentucky Bourbon and alcohol. Brilliant. Epic. Really drinkable too!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tarmok (1221) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 24, 2015
Black liquid with minimal beige head. Aroma of whisky, chocolate, plum, rye. Taste: coffee latte, chocolate, plum. Palate: full body, sticky feel long late finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PotjeBier (2749) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2013
33 cl bottle from De Bierkoning @ home. Pitch black color. Beige, light brown head. Aroma’s are wonderful and subtle: bourbon, sweet chocolate, oak, light smoke/peat, roasted malts, a bit alcohol. More sweet chocolate retronasal. Flavor is moderate sweet, somewhat alcoholic, chocolate-y. Strong alcohol feel, warming and a bit prickly. Velvety mouthfeel. Flavor develops towards roasted malts, slightly ashy, lightly bitter. This is how I like my Molen impies!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2014
awesome! sample at the brewery, your standard rediculously perfect huge imperial stout, with a rich brownie like barrel aging flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2015
One of countless variations on the imperial stout theme by De Molen. Yellowish beige, thinnish and fairly loose yet moussy head, colour opaque black, no light coming through at all. Very strong aroma, the vanilla and smoked meat still reach your nose from a yard away; other impressions of chocolate sauce, charcoal, cigar ashes, hint of bourbon, tar, leather, oak, walnuts, pipe tobacco, candied dates, soup meat, peat. Sweet onset of candied fruit and chocolatey malts, something honeyish, very smooth, oily and even juicy mouthfeel with low carbonation, deep multi-layered, delicious maltiness, nutty, caramelly and profoundly chocolatey, lots of vivid spicy yeastiness, smokiness appearing more prominently in the finish but more sutbly than I had expected and therefore in good balance with the maltiness; in the end, woody tannins, warming bourbon, some peppery hops and a full, mouth-lining, thick coffee-like roasted bitterness appear in full glory, all balanced well. The smoky touch remains the longest, as well as the throat being warmed by the alcohol. I had expected either the smoky or the roasted bitter character to dominate even more as is often the case in this type of beers, but they are both gentle and rounded and keep themselves in place, leaving both each other as well as the delicious chocolatey malt sweetness enough room to express itself. The alcohol is quite prominent in the tail, but stays charming and does not become too wry or obnoxious. I was particularly marvelling at the ashy charcoal aspect of the aroma, and this aspect too remains gentle enough not to outplay the other flavour components. Wonderful, different, complex and powerful, in my view this is one of those beers which make a convincing argument for De Molen’s world class status.

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