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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 252   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeuroPliny (162) - Calgary, Alberta, - JUN 9, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a stem glass. Pours black with persisting thick brown head that leaves heavy lacing. Aroma is sweet peaty malt with notes of molasses, vanilla, mild expresso, chocolate, and chestnut. Flavour delivers on the aroma notes plus some well balanced hops that give it a long finish and zingy aftertaste. Awesome full bodied feel. Overall a well crafted and extremely enjoyable imperial stout from the Netherlands.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rototo64 (17) - 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..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Draft->snifter at Churchkey. Deep brown with small tan head. Smoke wood, whisky, coffee, choclate, peat. Complex. Quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Woody, chocolate, scotch whiskey, sweet dark malts, and roasted aromas. Strong wood. roasted and chocolate flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (3437) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle with thanks to Kraddel! Pours inky black with a bit of dark brown secondary head and miminal lacing. Aroma is burned malts, peat, smoke, anise. Flavor follows, light sweet, medium bitter, lots of anise, some peat and burned malts. Medium body, zero carbonation. Lingering bitterness. Not really my thing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8076) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, schokoladig, Whiskey, Vanille. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, Alkohol, holzig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1620) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2014
4 ounce draft at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours black with brown hues and tan head. Aromas of peat, smoke, scotch. Tasting notes of licorice, smoke, roast, dark chocolate, coffee, peat. Medium body with a dry finish. Slick light mouthfeel, low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3654) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 13, 2014
18 cl. bottle. Thanks Steven! Pours almost black with a small brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, vanilla, and whiskey. Taste is malt, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, whiskey, and wood. Well balanced. Very much enjoyed the whiskey not dominating the beer. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Osprey87 (1958) - WALES - JAN 30, 2014
Rating #1000 on RB. Tiny little 18cl bottle, 2010 vintage, 9.5%, #1698/1776. Poured into a snifter. Black, small-ish foamy head endures. Smell - alcohol, soft whiskey, mild cheddar. Body is medium, carbonation low, slightly foamy. Taste - mild malts, nicely integrated whiskey brings a lot of peaty smokiness, no sharpness or alcohol, slightly floral. Finish is tangy, spicy, drying. There’s a nice balance to this but the flavour is mostly peated malts. A very nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
angel77 (1053) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Botella de 33 cl. En beni bar house. Elaborada en 08-12-2011. 12 vol. 108 ibu. Septiembre de 2013. Duelo con Hemel & Arde Bruichladich/Caol Ila. Dos Alucinantes cervezas. De color negro intenso con espuma blanca algo oscura que desaparece poco a poco. Cuerpo fuerte con aromas y sabores intensos a maltas tostadas, chocolate amargo, café intenso torrefacto con algo de dulzor (pasas) y un final de madera de whisky Bruichladich destacado. Una maravilla de cerveza. Con un dulzor más destacado que la envejecida en Bruichladich/Caol Ila. Imprescindible repetir.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (4083) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle 33cl, a dark beer with very low head. Nose is peated, eisbock notes. Aroma is medium sweet, bit astringent, lot of peated notes, concentrated barley and caramel notes, bit of soy sauce, kind of cooked licorice, as it gets warmer the beer has more complexity, grapes, light prunes, excellent smoked notes, fruit skin, tannic. Finish is well peated and with long duration the nose has sky island whisky touch.


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