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

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RATINGS: 473   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3252) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bottle with James, explosive pour, plum black color, huge light brown head. Lots of uniform tiny bubbles in the head, awesome brown lacing. Aromas of peat, chocolate, smoked nuts, braised meat. Taste is roasty and filled with peat, wood, cocoa, charred grain, and dark fruits. Very well balanced stout. I usually dont care for this style, but this one was excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5352) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 21, 2012
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 Bottle Courtesy of Vinny. Pours a deep brownish black with perfect carbonated head. Aroma is smoked meat over wood, sweet peat, chocolate and smoked malts. mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with notes of chocolate, wood, smoked meat, bacon, pepper and light hops.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
Bottle purchased at Party Source. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Smoky aroma of ham and band-aids with some dark fruit and chocolate hidden underneath. Smoky and band-aid flavor with some dark fruit and chocolate in the finish. I could tell there was some potential here, but the smokiness went horribly wrong and covered everything else up too much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (5434) - 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 (2264) - 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 (6042) - 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 (7863) - 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 (11120) - 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. It’s 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 (5787) - 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.


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