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

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RATINGS: 484   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Made with the most heavily peated malt in the world from the Bruichladdich distillery. Almost pitch black and opaque, small head. Furiously peated aroma, hiding the malt, licorice and dark chocolate somewhat. Very full bodied, thick mouthfeel, like fluid bread. Dark chocolate, loads of peat, lapsang souchong tea, chocolate cake, culminating in an almost endless aftertaste that also has licorice.
Alcohol varies by batch.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle is black with creamy tan head, aroma has notes of smoke, caramel, chocolate, coffee, hints of roast, dark fruits, hints of earth and spice notes, this smells nice! Taste is nice chocolate, coffee, some nice smoke, more chocolate, licorice, some hints of grainy caramel and toffee, hints of earth and roasted malt, finishing sweet but fairly dry balancing, nice mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9478) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Deep black appearance with a foamy, brown head. Fairly peaty smoky, thick black licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla, a bit fruity, delicious aroma. Rich peaty, swampy smoky, thick/rich dark chocolate, a touch woody, vanilla flavor with a peaty finish and aftertaste. Thick dark chocolate all the way through. Delicious stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours almost solid black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, some metallic notes, smoked bacon. Flavour as detailed in aroma. Woody, metallic, roasted. Medium bodied. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
12 oz. bottle, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is quite smoky, with peaty malt dominating, and some dark unsweetened chocolate buried in there. Flavour brings out the whiskey / peat malt upfront, but very tastefully without any ashtray or nastily smoky qualities, dark chocolate and toasted bread. Medium-bodied, with relatively high carbonation, medium sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mortlach (1016) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 14, 2012
24/11/2011 La tana (handpump). Nera, densa, impenetrabile, schiuma abbondante, cremosa e morbida, color cappuccino. Aroma intenso di malto tostato, con note di luppolo, vaniglia, cioccolato, caffč, e un bell’affumicato. In bocca risulta dolciastra, maltata, con un retrogusto amarognolo caffettoso e un bel finale affumicato. Corpo medio, consistenza oleosa, carbonazione soft. Buonissima ed equilibrata.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (455) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle. Dark but surprisingly transparent beer. It has a little odd head that is quite fizzy, but still brown and solid. The aroma is pretty mellow and hoppy for an imperial stout. Perhaps a little saisonish. Caramel malt here as well. Tastes deliciously bitter and hoppy. Lots of coffee and chocolate in this fizzy thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone told me, that there were a little bit IPA mixed in this one. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle, shared with Jeff. Hearty looking molasses-like pour with a thick, tight brown crown that languishes and leaves lacy sheets. Aroma is quite intensely smokey, evocative of salted cured meats, with underlying burnt sugars and chocolate. On the palate the smokiness was more creosote in nature, and until the beer warmed it was dominant and harsh. After some air time things seemed to balance out and this became delicious and drinkable, with balanced flavours of chocolate, dark fruits, leather, and heavy smoke. Finish was bordering on hotly alcoholic, but never went too far. I will seek out more of this to lay down-- I would love to taste this in 5 years, and then again in 10.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarBache (33) - NORWAY - JUN 10, 2012
chocolate, coffee, basement aromas, black, brown foam, minimal head, medium sourness, lightly bitter, flat, long finish, Thought it had a smoked taste in it.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrispthompson (29) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Pitch black. Insane stouty nose, like nothing I've ever tasted, extreme stout flavor with licorice and dark chocolate. Small creamy head. Really enjoyed ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike12da (71) - Osaka, JAPAN - JUN 6, 2012
Rich black with thin light brown head. Immediate aroma of anise and smoke. Nice and rich dark chocolate and coffee coming through the peat and anise, very well balanced. Really pleased that it’s not overdone. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel. This is a great imperial stout.


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