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

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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (5387) - ITALY - APR 14, 2012
imbottigliata novembre 08 scura non molta schiuma naso intenso torbato affumicato cioccalato liquirizia meno caffe liquorosa buon corpo media secchezza buon amaro finale piuttosto lungo alcool abbastanza nascosto grazie alex

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - APR 14, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a medium-sized tan head. Smoky aroma with notes of malt and dark chocolate. Flavour is smoke, peat, malt, dark chocolate and liquorice. Full-bodied and quite dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2263) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 13, 2012
Split a bottle with Doug at the Bayou. A solid smoke character throughout this beer. Some astringency, sweet caramel malts, chocolate, peat, and a dry finish. A very interesting beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle at the Bayou. Bottled dec 2011. Pours a dark brown with a large brown head. A big smoky nose with rich earth. Rich huge peat, smoke, astringent, very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
10% abv bottle from the 5 December 2011 batch. 25 year best by date. Pours with a near black black, deep brown hued body with a gigantic tan head. Aromas are of peat smoked malt, earthy, flint, scotch, caramel, bready malt, lightly floral, intense smoke (chlorophenol esque), light biscuity notes, bacon, caramel, maple with little yeast presence. Flavors are earthy, soil, alcohol, bacon, peat malt, bbq, caramel, milk chocolate, mocha, chocolate covered bacon. Lots of smoke, with grilled meat notes (melanoidin I guess). Medium (albeit a bit too much for such a big beer) bubbles, full bodied, smokey, dry duration, warming and big. I have never been the biggest smoked beer fan, but this is pretty solid. Very warming.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11074) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours really dark with a foamy 4 finger tan head. Aroma of chocolate with a hint of peat. Med body. Flavor starts peat, goes chocolate, goes peat, goes anise, gets darker chocolate. Itís dry and astringent. Which suggests the lapsang souchong. I wonder if my mouth will ever feel free from this, but why worry. This is great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (5750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, malt and caramel. Flavor is sweet and roasted with some alcohol, coffee and yeast. Medium to full body, soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (7611) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Bottle 330ml @ gunnfryd
Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, coffee and brown sugar. Taste is heavy sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
Pours black with a one finger lingering tan head. It has a rich aroma of smoky peat and dark roast malt. The taste is huge with big smoked peat flavors and an explosion of dark roast malt with notes of coffee and chocolate. Thatís all balanced out by a big dose of hops that leaves bitterness to linger on the tongue along with clinging roast malt and smoke. Itís a very full bodied brew and itís absolutely fantastic, one of the best beers Iíve had this year. Disclosure: I love imperial stouts and I love peat rich scotch.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. I donít mean to complain, but "from my Maudite glass" was a lot easier to type, and when you occasionally enter ratings in batches, thatís some serious time savings. That said, I really love this glass. I hope Kris likes the ones I got him, too. Pours clear dark cola black/brown; thin tan head, odd lacing. I can;t decide if this is good or bad, looks great on one side of that glass, spotty and terrible on the other. Iím giving it a 3, but this could really go either way. Nose is smoky, with campfire, bacon, graphite, some nice dark fruit/fudgy sweetness down deep, some molasses and tea here too. Flavours of smoke, dark roast coffee, nice acidity here, wonderful dryness, very balanced. I can feel the alcohol working itís nefarious magic, but I sure canít taste it... Hmmm... I honestly thought that a beer made from Octomore barley would be peatier than this, the Bruichladdich barrel (Which I assume was an Octomore barrel) was peatier than this, so I wonder just how much peated barley they really added here. Regardless, specualtion aside, this is a very fine brew.


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