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


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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 97   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Smoked Imperial Stout – 10% vol. Hemel & Aarde barrels filled with single malt Bruichladdich for the first time in 1972. 12% ABV for later versions

Xstream's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Xstream (214) - - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Acid303 (532) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - SEP 13, 2015
12% ABV bottle, served in Snifter. Pours black with no head, just a film of froth on top, which is quite lasting. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, wood and whisky. The flavour is the same with a vanilla touch. Moderate bitterness on the palate along with a warm sensation, but that doesn’t mean it is buzzy at all. Full body, soft carbonation. So smooth and well balanced, probably the only weak point is carbonation...needs a little bit more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
midjo (18) - NORWAY - JUN 6, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2015 Simply one of the best beers I’ve ever had! Pours deep brownish black with a small head. Intriguing aroma of smoke and sweets, and the Bruichladdich blends perfectly in. Not very smoky. 2012-bottle at 10%. Tried a 2013-bottle that was nowhere near the sweet smoky goodness of the 2012, so leave it in the cellar for 3-4 yrs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mecafilo (151) - Perugia, ITALY - APR 30, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours with a pitch black colour, small diminishing rocky tan head. Aroma is rich in malty notes, especially dark chocolate, coffee and licorice; additional hints of raspberries and vanilla; some notes of peat, too, but not overwhelming at all (luckily, I would say...); balanced and intense. Taste is medium sweet, little bitter, very little sour; very, very good. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, long warming (and slightly peaty!) finish. Great winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (8462) - 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 (2967) - Stockholm, 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 (935) - 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 (7320) - 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 (1581) - 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 (988) - 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 (1460) - 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

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