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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 504   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.


2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
TEJA (1426) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2012
This was not my cup of tea. The beer looks ok but has short fine brown head and then almost black color. THe aroma is loaded with smoke, chocolate but also wet dishrag that makes it unplesent. In the taste you are assalted with loads of dark roasted malts. The taste is also sweet and has a big body but lacks complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours black with some brownish edges and a tight light brown head. Aroma is oak smoke, heavily roasted coffee, olives. Taste is leather, bacon, smoke, dark chocolate, some abv, ham. Body is medium-heavy, low carbonation, bitter burnt finish. Overall, pretty good if you like smoky stouts.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm_Warning (82) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2012
Currently drinking while typing. The aroma is heavy and pungent, full of prominent peats, smokiness, dark soy sauce and subtle sweetness. Dark black colour which blacks out most light, minimal head which swiftly dissipated. Lovely dark and deep taste of peats, dark chocolate, smoke, earthiness, soy sauce and burnt edge which leads into a long lasting smokey aftertaste. Huge presence in the mouth, thick and smooth texture with a gentle scrape of carbonation but very, very, very little carbonation. A very good brew on basis of style, massive flavours and another great beer from De Molen!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
visionthing (3195) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle at Hĺndtverkerstuene. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of smoky, roasted malt, dried fruits, coffe and chocolate. Lovely smell for those of us that loves Islay whisky. I think this is an excellent Imperial Stout! Sweet with a lasting peaty and smoky taste, just like my favourite whiskies. Alcohol is noticable and bitterness is low, but this is a very good beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ration (1991) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2012
Tap. Pours black with a high foam. Aroma chocolate, peat. Burnt malts. Strong palate. Not Bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Draft. Pour is pitch black with a small tan head. Some retention/lace. Aroma of peat, chocolate, coffee, roast, licorice. Taste is slightly ashy, heavy earth/peat, chocolate, roast, tobacco. Palate is soft, oily, big earthy/peat finish.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (6345) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2012
Draught @ Gastropub Tuulensuu
Brilliant and slightly sweet aroma with islay smoke, licorice, some salt and hints of coffee. Rather smooth palate. Flavour has smoked ham, some peat, licorice and salt. Some sourish element in the background. Very nice stuff, gets a bit sticky towards the end of the glass though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattphilips (802) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 23, 2012
Zlý Časy, Prága. Teljesen átláthatatlan mélyfekete szín, közepes méretű és nagyon kitartó, egyszerre krémes és tömör világosbarna habbal, gyönyörű. Illata nagyon tömény: füstölt fás, kávés, dohányos, pörkölt malátás és komlós, mindig kicsit más arcát mutatja. Íze torokszorítóan száraz és keserű, a fás füstösség pedig még jobban átjárja, a pörkölt kávé erősen a keserű oldalát mutatja, és szintén van benne még egy gyümölcsös keserűség is, méghozzá a piros szőlő héjának ízvilága bontakozik ki benne. Az alkoholt is rendesen érezni, de az már csak egy kicsit dobja meg ezt az amúgy is eszméletlen tömény, túlságosan is tömény különlegességet. Iszonyat testes, keserű és száraz, túltesz szinte az összes eddigi sörön, amit kóstoltam. Hatalmas élmény, de egy pohár bőven elég belőle, és hagyjuk szépen melegedni!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7247) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured clear, medium-deep brown with a tall, looser-bubbled tan head. The aroma picked up sweet, very peaty malts and burnt chocolates over a deeper, crusty rye bread.. lots of dark, fairly earthy and herbal stuff going on.. really odd, with a lot more tea on the back of the nose. The flavor found a lot of herbal tea, peaty malts, and oxidation all the way through.. lots of brewer’s licorice and lesser dark chocolates at the core.. herbal tea, smoked malts, and a hint of chocolate and vanilla on the long, peaty finish.. along with grainy, residual dark sugars. Heavier-bodied, with prickly carbonation and sharp smoky bitterness on the palate.. higher carbonation.. not the smoothest feel and flow. This was a weird one.. I can see how a lot of people could love it, but I wasn’t quite there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6881) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2012
Draught @ Gastropub Tuulensuu, Tampere.
Originally rated from bottle on 20101023. (9+5+8+4+16)
Pours pitch black colour with meedium beige head. Lots and lots of peat on the nose, coffee notes, dark ripe fruits, lightly sour dark chocolate, cocoa and roasted malts. Flavour of roaste malts, lots of peat, dark chocolate, mild salty liquorice, dark ripe fruits, some coffee, cocoa and distant vanilla notes at the end. Full of strong flavours competing with eachother and seems to be a very closed match between the peatiness and dark chocolate. Vey complex brew.
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