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

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RATINGS: 499   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle, shared by a friend. Black in color, light brown head. Burnt aroma, with chocolate, licorice and pine. malty taste, whisky notes, fruity, chocolate, smoke, really nice! Good hoppy ending too.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4673) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle. Pitch black pour, with a large creamy tan head (looks like chocolate mousse). Nice and peaty like a good scotch, licorice, dark chocolate, smoke, molasses, and a note of dark dried fruit. Alcohol is well hidden, smooth body, slightly over carbonated. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8338) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2012 bottle. December 2011 datestamp. deep black body with a lasting fine brown head. sweet chocolate and peat in the nose with soft doughy yeast, subtle spice cabinet and wood. esters are dulled mint and kiwi. medium body with velvety carbonation and a silky finish. medium acid, high bitterness, medium sweetness. carbonation is higher than suits the body, which is something I find across the board in De Molen bottles, so some swirling is required to get it down to a level better matching the soft cake-like texture. quite good though a little too fruity (hops and esters together) in the nose. late pour is much more dirty (mushroom, rotting wood) from the yeast, but that’s typical for De Molen.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16489) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2012
29th June 2010
Opaque black beer, thick tan head. Smoky peaty nose. Softish palate. Dark malt that is quite milky, almost creamy. Mild smoke and peat are obvious. Coffee and licorice in the undertone. Finishes soft and dry. As the beer warms there is chocolate and marmite. Minerals. Complex, dark and drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Nice smoky aroma. Flavor is somewhat sweet on the nose, but quickly becomes peaty and then slightly bitter. Not bad at all.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6986) - Minneapolis, 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 (9605) - 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 (830) - 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 (7776) - 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 (1049) - 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, caffè, 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.


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