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


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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12862) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013
33cl bottle, thanks nmann08. Medium tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, peat, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, peat, some roast, light bittersweet chocolate, anise. Low carbonation, sticky medium-full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
330 mL bottle from Les Fleurs du Malt in Lyon, France, served in a stem glass at a tasting at Chris’ place. Pours black with a medium, dense tan head that remains and leaves a moderate amount of lace. On the nose, there are notes of smoky, roasted malts, along with peat, oak, coffee and anise. The flavour is balanced between dry, roasted smoky malts and delicate hops. The peat pairs nicely with chocolate and anise. The finish is long and hoppy with smoky notes. On the palate, it is medium in body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice imperial stout, but I found the smoke to be a little too prominent. 2012-12-01

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6207) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that slowly dissipates leaving nice lacing. Aroma is smoke, peat, whiskey, dark roasted malts, coffee, cigarettes. Anise becomes more apparent on the nose as it breathes. Flavor is about the same, very light sweetness, medium smokiness, some smokey astringence as well. Light bitter coffee finish with notes of anise coming through, but fortunately not too strong. Medium body. Not a huge fan of the anise here, but otherwise a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (12797) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2013
330ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga, MelnaZiema2013)
Nice gently smokiness above a potent, but still mellow roast. Soft palate, nice in the mouth, succulent and full. Roast is everywhere. Some mashiness and graininess to the body too. Smoth makes a subtle reappearance in the finish. Very nice, but just lacking the wow factor. Look forward to the variants!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2013
330ml bottle from Cotteridge Wines.Black pour with large tan head which subsided quite quickly.Early nose of peat and smoke with coffee too.After a few seconds aromas of chocolate and caramel with some dried fruit hints appear.Chocolate very much in the flavour with the underlying smoke and peat not far behind and just above the caramel and alcohol.Very enjoyable and will certainly sample the other variations of this one given half a chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4019) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
Bouteille de 750ml avec bouchon de ličge. Merci Patrick. Un liquide emprisonné le 7 décembre 2011. Bičre noire comme du charbon avec une mousse brune. Le nez est bien iodé de ce malt fumé ŕ la tourbe. J’aime les notes de raisins secs qui se dégagent. Par contre je suis moins friant par le jambon. En bouche le liquide est surprenant mince, je m’attendais ŕ une structure plus lourde, huileuse ŕ la limite. Il y a un côté cendré, boisé, fumé agréable. Un autre bon produit fabriqué par De Molen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xstream (222) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
appearance: Nearly black, huge mocca / tan foam, not much retention or lacing. smell: Peat straight away. Coffee. Some sweetness which is hard to define, but seems to be most dark / burnt caramel like. taste: Had the Tsarina Esra of the same brewery before and this a whole lot different. It’s very peaty & earthy. I get a lot of burnt & smokey flavors. Burnt malts & coffee. Leather like. And in between there is some caramel and chocolate sweetness to balance it out a bit. All in all has quite a "whisky effect". mouthfeel: This is the part i don’t really like. I think the flavors are interesting, original, different. But it lacks a bit of body or creaminess. It’s quite raw with a hefty carbonation kick. Not the best i’ve had on this area. overall: A very different and original beer. I like the whisky like flavors with the peat and earthiness. It’s different but having another, more fruity, porter before is not the best way to go. But halfway down i start to appreciate it more. Very interesting beer. Try it out if this description suits you ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 15, 2013
Sörspecialista, Budapest Nagyon sötétbarna, szinte fekete színe van, amiben vannak kékes beütések, mint az öreg varjúk tollában. Habja hatalmas, tömör, krémes, capuccino barna, tele van apró buborékokkal és igen kitartó. Illata igen pipadohányfüstös és kakaó likőrös, fás, tőzeges, áfonyás, édesgyökeres, édeskés és kissé animális. Az ízek is ugyanígy tombolnak benne, kiegészítve medvecukorral, borssal, borókával, kék szőlővel, fekete csokival. Melegszik, változik variálódik, szinte végtelenül. Olyan sűrű, mint az olaj, testes, apró buborékokkal telt és szépen elvan rejtve benne az alkohol. Utóíze gyógyfüves, keserédes és nagyon száraz, hosszan tartó, melengető. Elképesztő és összetett, nehéz és mégis jól csúszik. Szuper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Bouteille 750ml, courtoisie de SlovakSniper. De couleur brune-noire et opaque. Nez de malt rôti et fumé (jambon fumé), léger de chocolat noir avec des notes fruitées (raisins), de réglisse noire et de houblon herbeux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture légčrement huileuse et aux petites notes crémeuses. Goűt amer de malt trčs rôti et légčrement fumé (fumée de bois et jambon fumé, traces de fumée de tabac) dčs l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un léger goűt de chocolat noir avec des notes de réglisse noire et des traces fruitées (raisins). Parallčlement, un léger-moyen goűt d’alcool ainsi qu’une amertume de houblon herbeux aux petites notes résineuses se rajoutent progressivement pour dominer la finale avec le caractčre rôti. Post-goűt long et un peu sec, amer de rôti aux notes brűlées, moyen de houblon herbeux aux petites notes résineuses, léger-moyen d’alcool ainsi qu’avec des notes fumées et de chocolat noir.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2013
Pitch black in the glass. With a small tan head. Aroma of leather and dark chocolate. Taste is... weird. Some fruity notes, that I can’t put my finger on. Also the same leathery feeling that I get from the aroma.

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