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


on tap

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RATINGS: 515   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1699) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (3893) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2194) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2379) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9617) - 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]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaartenRF10 (1647) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2341) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (4383) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (2073) - 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.

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