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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garlic_of_Doom (627) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2013 Bottle from Bierkompass. Pours dark brown/almost black with with a thick brown head that lays down to rest as a thin layer of tiny, tiny bubbles. Quite lively carbonation. Aroma is smokey, like smoked tea and peat, leathery with some sweetness and alcohol, some faint raisins as well. Yum! A good deal of roasted malt in taste as well as smoke, dark bitter chocolate, liquorice, some slight sour notes. A slight alcohol sensation at the end. Thick mouth feel, high carbonation and a bitter after taste. One of my favourites from De Molen!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (6071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
(187ml bottle, #274/1683, brewed 14 Dec 2009, bottled 18 Jun 2010 thanks to bu11zeye) Cloudy brown pour with fine creamy tan bubbled head. Noe of peat, mesquite, a bit of bandaid. Taste is bitter and estery, bad coffee, bandaid, bakers chocolate, I know others like it but I didnít.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2012
Pours very lively - black with a tan head. Jizzled everywhere. Aroma is massive - peat, alcohol, rich chocolate malt. Perhaps a little too carbed in the mouth. Flavours of chocolate, peat, sweet chocolate and alcohol burn. Itís intense and wonderful, and fabulous. I love this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (4123) - NORWAY - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle, shared by a friend. Black in color, light brown head. Burnt aroma, with chocolate, licorice and pine. malty taste, whisky notes, fruity, chocolate, smoke, really nice! Good hoppy ending too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5415) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle. Pitch black pour, with a large creamy tan head (looks like chocolate mousse). Nice and peaty like a good scotch, licorice, dark chocolate, smoke, molasses, and a note of dark dried fruit. Alcohol is well hidden, smooth body, slightly over carbonated. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2012 bottle. December 2011 datestamp. deep black body with a lasting fine brown head. sweet chocolate and peat in the nose with soft doughy yeast, subtle spice cabinet and wood. esters are dulled mint and kiwi. medium body with velvety carbonation and a silky finish. medium acid, high bitterness, medium sweetness. carbonation is higher than suits the body, which is something I find across the board in De Molen bottles, so some swirling is required to get it down to a level better matching the soft cake-like texture. quite good though a little too fruity (hops and esters together) in the nose. late pour is much more dirty (mushroom, rotting wood) from the yeast, but thatís typical for De Molen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2012
29th June 2010
Opaque black beer, thick tan head. Smoky peaty nose. Softish palate. Dark malt that is quite milky, almost creamy. Mild smoke and peat are obvious. Coffee and licorice in the undertone. Finishes soft and dry. As the beer warms there is chocolate and marmite. Minerals. Complex, dark and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Nice smoky aroma. Flavor is somewhat sweet on the nose, but quickly becomes peaty and then slightly bitter. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle is black with creamy tan head, aroma has notes of smoke, caramel, chocolate, coffee, hints of roast, dark fruits, hints of earth and spice notes, this smells nice! Taste is nice chocolate, coffee, some nice smoke, more chocolate, licorice, some hints of grainy caramel and toffee, hints of earth and roasted malt, finishing sweet but fairly dry balancing, nice mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle @ Danís house. Deep black appearance with a foamy, brown head. Fairly peaty smoky, thick black licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla, a bit fruity, delicious aroma. Rich peaty, swampy smoky, thick/rich dark chocolate, a touch woody, vanilla flavor with a peaty finish and aftertaste. Thick dark chocolate all the way through. Delicious stuff.

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