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

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RATINGS: 470   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4024) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6239) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 18, 2010
330 ml bottle @ Oluthuone Kaisla. Bottle #566.
Pours a pitch black colour without a head. Chocolate, licorice and roasted malts on the nose. Rich flavour of roasted coffee, licorice and fruits. Full bodied, oily texture and low carbonation. Very much like Hel & Verdoemenis.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4425) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle: #444 of 1683. Nice 2 vinger vast brown foamy head. Pours an almost black beer. Smell deep dark roasted coffee chocolate malts with hints of earth and brown sugar. Taste is very dark coffee with hints of dark chocolate, burnt malts/ingredients and darkish earthly taste. Really deep dark taste that is very well balanced. Taste turns into a bitter and slight dry aftertaste with hints of dark chocolate and blackest coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2010
From the Bottle at the Rake, Southwark 02/08/2010 (Thanks Thomas) Big hop aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol and rich on the palate with a hint of bitterness and smoked flavour in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2010
Bottle from bierkoning, thanks Edo! Pours black with a lovely creamy brown head. Aroma is definitely peaty. Smoke, a bit of coffee, vague chocolate, and what seems to me to be the de Molen house character of herbal notes, almost weed like. Peaty smoke dominate the aroma together with charcoal, but it’s not abrasive. A big burnt malt and coffee bitterness lingers for ages. Feels a bit overcarbonated at first, but it mellows out after a while. This is a good drink, but not an amazingly deep and complex one. I enjoyed it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theSlipperyPen (238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2010
Hemel and Aarde, I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now. I’ll go on record and say De Molen is my favourite brewery. I like their rough edges and their lack of design; I like their amazing Amarillo and their masterpiece, Hel & Verdoemenis. So my expectations are high. Heaven and Earth pours a severe black. The closest comparison is Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. The head lifts a finger of the creamiest mocca-brown, and when this diminishes a ring of tanned lacing surrounds the glass. The nose is complex: ashen vanilla and coffee come first, then roasted malts and smoke. Under this is the peat, which wavers between aged oak and charcoal. Then the taste challenges all by adding a porter like dryness. Here is cold coffee and brandy soaked raisins, aerated wine, tobacco and ash. Mouth feel is medium to medium thin, carbonation is fine to low. The finish touches on every aroma and taste, uniting them into peat, coffee and chocolate; but in the end a hint of straw hops arrives to add another level to this most exceptional beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2010
A black colored beer, with a dark beige/brown thick foamy head. The aroma of dark fruits with roasted malts, some sweet and chocolate bitter. The taste of dark fruits with dark malts, peat, wood with hop bitter. There are also some whisky notes. The aftertaste is bitter and sweet with whisky.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2010
A bottle, from the Rake. All round sampling. World class head. Excellent lacing, top head, dark rich malts, creamy chocolate, excellent bitterness, fantastic bitterness, excellent balance, gorgeous dark roasted malts, rich and intense like a perfect night out, dark guey tan on appearance. Opaque colour. Menno, you are a LEGEND!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11835) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2010
750 ml bottle. Nearly completely black, large, thick brown head with fair retention, solid lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate covered cherries, vanilla beans. Taste is bitter cocoa, vanilla, coffee grounds finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (319) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle@home Apperance: PItch black with a huge beige head and lots of lacing. Aroma: Peat, Malt, Chocolate, Coffee. Taste: Chocolate, Tar, Peat, Espresso, Roasted malts, Grain. Palate: Very smoky and complex and ends very dry. Lots of things going on in this one. Still, it feels balanced. I like it. Another great beer from De Molen. Although, 1 18cl bottle was enough :)


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