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

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RATINGS: 482   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2174) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2011
Bryggd på Bruichladdich-malt. Riktigt mörk, närmast svart. Besynnerlig doft, lite rökig whiskey men framför allt en doft av fuktigt får eller åtminstone fuktig ull. Smaken är riktigt kraftig, lite rökigt bränd och hårdrostat kaffe. Maffig!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8924) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 Re-rate June 1st 2013. Bottle @ home shared with Thompson. Very dark brown to black color with a slight dark red glare coming through, medium sized beige to light brown head. Smell malts, dark malts, some roastyness, lightly chocolate, earth and coffee. Taste malts, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, slightly peated and medium bitter. Soft carbonation, full body. [Original rating: 7-3-7-4-15=3.6]

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaartenRF10 (1614) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2012 Rerate 10-01-2012 During tasting at De Molen we had a three year old bottle of this beer and it improves by age. Especially the body is just perfect. Soft and creamy.

Wow! De geur die dit bier heeft is overweldigend. Ik verwachte weer zoiets als Rasputin of Mooi & Meedogenloos, maar dit is toch net van een andere orde. Veel meer uitgesproken geur en smaak. Erg "peaty" en ook de donkere chocolade lapsang souchong smaak komen sterk naar voren. Een bijzonder bier dat je niet te vaak moet drinken. Echt één om eens goed voor te gaan zitten.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2165) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Sweet chocolatey aroma. Deep brown-black in color with slight tan head. Chocolate-coffee deep flavor with a nice warming alcohol note.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (4070) - Freising, GERMANY - JUL 16, 2011
(bottle) pours a pitch black colour with a creamy beige-brown head. aroma of toasted malts, rose petals and herbal hops up front, followed by char, deep toffee and brown sugar, with light notes of coffee and dark chocolate. flavour is mostly char and ash, balanced by some initial brown sugar and caramel sweetness, with only a hint of peat smokiness and a dry spicy finish. very full-bodied with soft carbonation. would have liked more smoke flavour in this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle thanks to degarth. Poured dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was smoke, peat, and fudge. Flavor was chocolate, peat, smoke, and bbq. Body was light with medium carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (2036) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Virtually black pour with a wee tan head. Peat heavy nose with roasted malt, smoke and chocolate lurking in the shadows. Full bodied and rich, the flavour continued along similar lines with hints of coffee, licorice and some tidy hop bitterness towards the long lingering finish. Super complex and super tasty. Winner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1255) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2014 Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, light smoke, liquorice, espresso and dark dried fruits. Taste of peat, chocolate, some hops, earth, slight vinous, strong coffee, liquorice dark dried fruits leading to a dry end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JWE (209) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice, dense light brown head with good duration. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, coffee and notes of licorice. Palate is oily and carbonation is medium-soft.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 28, 2011
La meno aggressiva delle 3 imperial bevute, grandissima birra, caffè e cioccolato, caramello e miele, che buona!


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