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

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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - MAR 31, 2011
Pours a black color with a medium-sized beige head, some lacing. Aroma of peat smoke, roasted malt and fudge. Flavour is smoky and roasted with notes of liquorice and some raisins. Warming alcohol in the finish. Low to medium carbonation. Full bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
18cl bottle poured into my Darkness tulip...Black pour with nice tan head that comes right away leaving a solid cap. Spotty but nice lacing...Really strong aroma, peat moss, muted smoke(no pork notes), light coffee. Flavors in the same vein, hurting balance but still pretty good...Taste lots of peat, roasted coffee, bitter, a little alcohol, finish is warm...Feel is very warm, long aftertaste that is a little harsh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2450) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2011
Bottled:
Pours black with a very small, bubbly head. Nose is peat, char coal, smoked ham and chocolate. Flavour is very much like the aroma with a long, dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
Black colored with yellow head. Smoked-ashy aroma with some wooden whiskey note, salty licorice and roastiness. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is more acidic with licorice dominating, salt, thin smoke and alcohol also here. Aftertaste lasts with wood, licorice and some warm alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
Aroma: Toasty. Closed. Fruity. Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy, medium-to-full. Taste: Off-dry, coffee, dark chocolate. Hoppy. Some sweet dried fruit notes. Aftertaste: Roastiness with really balanced lingering hop bitterness. Overall a very drinkable, exceptionally well balanced and whiskyish beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3610) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
2008 bottle @ ISKTR

Pours dark brown with a tiny head. Nice smokey and woody aroma. Taste is roasty and dry. Palate is a bit flat.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
holdan (258) - USA - MAR 18, 2011
First: I’m not a fan of Imperial s. This one, black with a creamy head a la Guinness. Aroma smoky malt, licorice. Taste smokey malt, salty licorice. light bitterness. Full bodie, text smooth, alc well hidden. Finish long aftertaste

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2011
Pours black as black is with a huge brown creamy head leaving nice lace. Aroma is peaty, smokey, licorice, coffee, chocolate and fruits. Fullbodied smoked mouthfeel. Peppery, smokey, tary, slightly fruity, meaty and chocolate flavor. Fullbodied tary palate. Finis seems to be endless tary tart. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (1852) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. Black body with a huge brown head. Aroma is smoke, coffee, sweet chocolate, wood and alcohol. Flavor is smoke, chocolate, light hops, vanilla, sweet . Well carbonated. Nice lacings.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gEUS (982) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 Woow... huge smoke scent, which comes back in the mouth and the aftertaste... Incredible power and taste! Very special indeed! ------ this. Had to... 2010 vintage, tasted 08/05/2013 in a beer tasting glass - cellar temperature, still a huge head (beige). Pours almost black. Aroma is chocolate and brownie, honey, motor oil & petroleum... Oh my god. palate is quite perfect: sweet in the beginning, slight sourness, bitterness kicks in as from the middle and ends with nice smokey notes. Taste is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate in its purest form. And some non-anice "drop"/liquorice in the end. Marvelous beer!


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