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


on tap

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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rune (7777) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2011
330ml bottle, brewed on 12.12.08, number 105, bought at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen in May 09. Nice appearance with a black foil around the neck of the bottle, decent yellow-tan coloured head slowly reduced to a few patches with lacework that dissipates rather quickly. The body is black as pitch. Inviting aroma of deep dark malts containing mocha chocolate added by a peaty touch. Peaty malts in flavour well mixed with vanilla oak, notes of dark spices and mild orange tartness. Bittering dark fruits to a long lived finish supported by warming alcohol. Delicious malt-fruity textured. Flavoursome handcrafted ale that I enjoyed for more than an hour. Straight into my top list (Tromsø, 02.01.2011).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Bottle 1068; Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a creamy, tightly beaded, brown tinged, dark tan colored head that sits on top of a black and viscous looking body. The aroma is salty and a touch sour’ish some how; this turns into peat smoke and roasted, dark coffee notes pretty quickly though. There is a deep, toasted peanut aromatic note to this beer which is quite intriguing and as the beer warms up rich notes of chocolate start to come out.

The beer feels thick and viscous as it first hits my tongue; it really clings to the palate quite a bit. There is a really nice mix of peat smoke, roasted peanuts, dark roasted espresso, burnt malt, burnt cocoa, malt sweetness and even a touch of cherry like character to this brew. The finish has a sharp smokiness to it as well as a bitterness that is distinctly contributed from burnt grain and the hop character. This is very nicely balanced between flavors of roasted nuttiness, peat smoke and rich malt; I am really enjoying this far more than I expected, as I was needlessly worried that this would be horribly peat influenced. A fantastic brew that I wish I had more of.

Bottle # 302, November 2008 Bottle Date; Sampled December 2011
4.0, 8/4/8/4/16
As expected, the beer is a bit of a gusher, but only slightly as I easily have enough time to get it into my glass. I end up with four-fingers (including one above the rim of my Lost Abbey Teku glass) of darkly brown tinged foam. The beer is a concentrated brown, near perfectly black color that shows opaque, but perhaps a touch more brown when held up to the light. The aroma reaks of smoky phenolic notes, it is almost oily smelling in its smokiness with touches of smoked salt, lots of peat smoke, some burnt / smoky plastic edges to it (this last being typical of peat malt in high concentrations in beer); the burnt / smoky plastic isn’t nearly as overwhelming as it could be, and in fact is at a low enough level that it doesn’t detract here. There seems to be a touch of underlying funkiness here (is this being suggested to me by the slight gushing) that seems to lean towards Brettanomyces like funkiness, but only just barely.

Somewhat rich feeling as it rolls across the palate, this isn’t incredibly viscous, but certainly has a chewy heft to it. There is a ton of smokiness and umami character to this beer, which helps to hide the malt sweetness that might otherwise be noticeable in this brew; the sweetness is here in the finish, where it accentuates a chocolate / cocoa flavor. There is a phenolic sharpness here (it seems to almost play the role that hop bitterness usually does) that adds a touch of burnt / curing plastic notes; this seems to also be from a touch of wild yeast and / or Brettanomyces, but it could just be all from the Peat smoked whisky malt. I do like how the dark maltiness combines with the peat smoke in this beer, it really reminds me of a rich, smoky, very dark chocolate at times. There seems to be a fruitiness to this beer, often overshadowed by the smokiness, but still hinting at notes of burnt prunes and, perhaps even a touch more-so, notes of smoked berries. There is a touch of nuttiness to the flavor, deeply roasted nuttiness, but an almost roasted peanut like character is here. The roast character provides a rich, espresso like edge that pairs well with the smoky character.

This is still quite tasty, I am not sure it will last 25 years, but it is still quite tasty; if there really is a slightly wild thing going on here, all bets are off, this may age wonderfully or may just decline from here on out. For right now though, this beer is quite complex and drinking quite well. Exceedingly enjoyable, and I am glad that I “mistakenly” purchased two of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (3734) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Multiple bottles, multiple drafts. Deep black pour with an absolutely huge brown head that lasts forever. Aroma is just lovely, roasted malts, chocolate, fruity hops, coffee, a hint of spices and loads of peat. Awesome. Flavour is deep bitterness of hops and roastyness, followed by a short yet intense burst of chocolate and malt sweetness, followed by a bitter roasty coffee and dark chocolate goodness, all covered with a tick cloak of peat. Very silky smooth yet full palate, lingering on for ages. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2010
Bottled Aug 19, 2010; bottle nr 113. Looks like stout, smells malts and tar. Really oily in mouth. Aroma is quite smoky, and there’s definitely truck load of malts in this beer with fair amount of malts. Something sweet, something sour, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roast, grass, herbs, earthy aromas, soy souce, smoke... at least all them match from right hand side lists. What a beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Balazs (786) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2010
Poured very dark brown, almost black with a small, beige head that is quick to reduce to a lacing one. Delicious aroma of espresso, wooden cask, dark chocolate, molasses. Earthy and deep roasted. Dense as a meal with low carbonation. Brown sugary sweet taste with a bitter, strong hoppy aftertaste. Superbly balanced all over, excellent complexity, a masterpiece. Well done, and thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hawthorne00 (2375) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle. Purple black with a two inch tan head that’s oddly white at the edge. Aroma of peat, roasted malt, seaweed, Russian Caravan tea. Satiny mouthfeel. Big roasted bitter and peat flavours with a bit of sharp alcohol and licorice. Then it almost vanishes - it’s not that there’s no finish, it’s just sotto voce after the big whack. The finish is long and lovely, with peat, roasted bitterness, tea, cocoa with salt right at the end. Interesting, good, drinkable. Another De Molen beer to drink with raw shellfish on a cold beach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
abemorsten (2622) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2010
Tap at t’Arendsnest. Pitch black with finger thick, creamy, brown head. Exellent lacing. Roasted, liqorice, chocolate sweet and light spicy aroma. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness with much of the nose aroma present alond with roasted and and cellar notes. Full body. Gentle carbonation. Oily texture. Dry finish rich with flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (2074) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2010
Fin doft, ganska rökig och med tydlig skinka, kaffe och choklad. Smaken var tjock, rökig men även en liten hint av bär. Lång och mycket god eftersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (4447) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at Arendsnest in Amsterdam, November 2010. Black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, some smoke and light tartness. The same in the good taste, mouth feel was heavy. Very long aftertaste. A good Imperial Stout although not the best out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (2947) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle, 6 oz. Black body with a small but lasting tanned head. Q Smoky and peaty scotch with dark chocolate and licorice. Piney hops are also quite present. Nicely balanced, the barrel is not overpowering. Flavors of roasted malts, black forest cake, caramel and tobacco. Sweeter than expected but very enjoyable due to the roasted malts and piney hops. The carbonation is quite lively for a De Molen beer. A little thin though. Complex and delicious.

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