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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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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Balazs (785) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hawthorne00 (2351) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
abemorsten (2591) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (2058) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (4397) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (2852) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tranquillity (1405) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2010
Small bottle at home in Amsterdam. Foams nicely, with a brown head which settles slowly. The beer itself is black. Very pleasant aroma, with whisky, smoke, wood, some sweet notes like nuts and vanilla as well. This stuff is thick. I don’t know what tar’s like, but I can imagine it’s like this. Wonderful. Taste smokey as hell, with a long finish dancing on the line of being alcoholic. Great stuff for the end of a long evening.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wekker84 (1470) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2010
A bottle a black colored beer with a tiny white head aroma roasted malts smoke peat coffee spices laurel some fruits and hops taste roasted malts smoke peat coffee laurel caramel and hops a very nice brew

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2010
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, caramel, and smoke. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of alcohol, and roasted malt as well as lighter notes of smoke.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle, purchased at the Struise bottle shop in Oostvleteren, Belgium. Pours a near-black brownish body with a thin, off-white head. Aroma is licorice, leather, and hints of smoke. Taste is well-rounded, with dark chocolate, sweet licorice and burnt toast. A well decent stout, but nothing too impressive about this one.


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