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


on tap

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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 97   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Smoked Imperial Stout – 10% vol. Hemel & Aarde barrels filled with single malt Bruichladdich for the first time in 1972. 12% ABV for later versions

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Xstream (192) - - OCT 19, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 It’s a bit of an odd one. First of all there’s pretty much no foam. It’s dark brown, near black. Has the aroma of molasses and caramel sweetness with the expected barrel oak, then followed by a little weird mossy barnyard like funkiness. It all comes back in the flavor. It’s still on the good side, has a rich flavor, but doesn’t have that depth finish to balance out the sweetness and give it somewhat more character and depth you’d expect of a barrel aged beer. Maybe it needs more aging. The finish has the funkiness of barnyard and whisky that doesn’t linger as great some other barrel aged beers do. Actually quite bored me halfway. Didn’t finish it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (6782) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle - Dark roast and smoke and sweet chocolate. Deep brown with no head. Peat and sweet chocolate and a long dark fruit finish. Very balanced and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2635) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle. Thanks Kamiel! Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of smoke, licorice, pumpernickel, coffee, ash and leather. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of smoke, pumpernickel and licorice. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (791) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 24, 2015
Black colour, beige to mocca head. Aroma of peat, smoke, ash, coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is light sweet, light bitter. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. 2009 vintage. I was expecting thicker body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5597) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, not overly smoky, sweet liquorice and chocolate, dry light smoky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BRW (1321) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle.Black colour with brown head. Roasted, peated aroma. Roasted, peated, dark chocolate, salty taste, also some sweetness. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (985) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from Belmont Station, Portland. Pours a slightly translucent brown, little bit of tan head. Aroma big brash peaty, calms as it warms. Body relatively smooth, not much bite, well-balanced. Not tremendous, but very solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westchesterco (1245) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a slight head. The aroma is of bourbon the taste is of vanilla and licorice and the flavor is of bourbon. Yummy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (4006) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home, purchased at he Borefts Beer Festival 2012. Pours black with a slight tan head,. Aroma of leather. Flavors of licorice and peat. Smoky, mildly boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3015) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2014
Bottled. Pours black to deep brown colour with a medium, creamy, fair lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, whiskey and smoked notes. Sweet flavor that ends up with bitter notes and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy texture and soft carbonation. A great impy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rototo64 (43) - Mouguerre, FRANCE - OCT 31, 2014
Cette grosse Imperial Stout de chez les Hollandais de De Molen est déja une tuerie en version normale, mais la, comme ça suffisait pas, les gars ont eu l’idée de faire vieillir cette bière dans des futs ou avaient vielli ce bon vieux Bruichladdich, whisky single malt de l’ile d’Islay,en Ecosse.. Bon, ce que j’aime chez De Molen, c’est que tu te fait déja pas arnaquer sur la quantité, la bouteille est remplie Ras-la-gueule, meme le dernier anneau ou vient se poser la capsule est rempli..Au service , ben pas une once de mousse, rien, nada, que dalle...on peux craindre l’infection....la couleur c’est noir ,bien noir ;ha oui, ce que j’ai oublié de dire c’est qu’en décapsulant ,on a une douce odeur de Whisky qui vient vous titiller les naseaux.. en plongeant le nez ca se confirme, pas de doute pour le Whisky,mais aussi café, vanille,ca sent le fumé aussi...vite, en bouche... J’ai pas parlé des bulles parceque j’en ai pas vu jusque la ..et en bouche ca se confirme, aucune carbonation..Infection?? non je ne crois pas, il y a pas cette acidité caractéristique, ou alors c’est la meilleure bière infectée que j’ai pu boire jusqu’ici!!si on peut encore parler de bière..pas de mousse, pas de bulle..Enfin, quoique ce soit,au fond m’en fout,c’est énorme, Whisky, puis fumé, vanille, café..dit comme ça ca pourrait filer la gerbe, mais non c’est magnifiquement équilibré, doux,la fin de bouche est comme celle d’un bon single malt,ça tombe bien,les 12° sont invisibles, la bouteille et le verre bien rempli,haaaaa s’enfoncer tranquille dans le fauteuil,et prendre le temps de s’envoyer ce truc..

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