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

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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
pitch black non existent head, aroma: cheese, matured cheese, gorgonzola, ammonia, camp fire, meaty, salt, soy sauce, wood, what’s up with all that cheese?! roasted, burnt hay, weak chocolate, medium mouth feel, no carbonation at all, Taste: wood, burnt malt, roastet, cheese, dark berries, light alcohol burn, light siruppy, some dryness may have to try this again. seems weird.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2011
Draught at 3 Små Rum, Göteborg. Black colour with brown head. Licorice up front in aroma, along with rich woody, rubbery, piney hops. Flavour is a mature sensation of leather and tar, with whiskey and toast that lingers. and then we have clean toast malts and menthol. Pretty light on its feet for such a high abv, that might be the attenuation. Elegant chocolate. All this lingers till the very end (whenever that is). Very well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (12922) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2011
Almost black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, dark chocolate and peated smoke. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and roasted very bitter finish. Smooth and oily. 151011

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7439) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Tap, ’t Arendsnest, Amsterdam, 20/09/11. Black as it comes, whipped with tan, and lacy at the strength. Odd, disorientating aroma from such a tarry beer; edgy yeast, rhubarb, gooseberry, just a smudge of liquorice, incidental smoke. All that in the mouth backed with a floral soapiness, well done malts, faint streak of booze. Liquorice, flick of cigar, distinct jazz cigarette afters, floral hops, pistachio. Deep, rich dovetailed malt and hops. Sticky on the lips, but supple. Big drinkability. No Smurf beater this one; top, top draw stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1730) - FINLAND - SEP 17, 2011
Hemel & Aarde kaatuu aromilasiin öljyisen mustana ja muodostaa vain hiukkasen ruskeaa vaahtoa lasin reunoille. Tuoksultaan olut on erittäiin paahtunut, kahvinen, turpeinen, suklainen ja hieman lakritsainen. Maku on turpeinen, maanläheinen, kahvinen, hieman suklainen, suolaisen lakritsainen ja makea. Monimuotoinen maku on kiinnostava, mutta hieman off, omien mieltymysteni suhteen. Huipputavaraa silti. Suutuntumaltaan tämä on melko paksu ja hieman liukaskin. Kämpässä oli hieman kylmä, mutta johan alkoi lämmetä.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (3957) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2011
75cl bottle. Bottle nr 12 according to label. Poured pitch black with a brown, thin head. Aroma has chocolate, smoke, roasted malt and licorice. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, ash and tar. Full bodied. Very oily palate. Alcohol quite well hidden. Finish is dry, with long coffee and honey/vanilla finish. Dark chocolate pushing through alot as it gets warmer. Not nearly as much smoke as I had expected. Overall a nice brew, but felt like it was a little too much of everything.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2200) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2011
Bottled, brewed 2010-07-08. Pours almost pitch black, brown head. Big, smoky nose, lots of burnt aromas, ashes, tar, asphalt, coffee, malt, hops. Full bodied, off-dry, distinct bitterness. Rich, complex, hard toast, malt, hops, smoke, ashes, coffee beans, liquorice, tar. (2011-08-29)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2414) - 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 (9781) - 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 (1669) - 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.


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