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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
Aroma: Toasty. Closed. Fruity. Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy, medium-to-full. Taste: Off-dry, coffee, dark chocolate. Hoppy. Some sweet dried fruit notes. Aftertaste: Roastiness with really balanced lingering hop bitterness. Overall a very drinkable, exceptionally well balanced and whiskyish beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4331) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
2008 bottle @ ISKTR

Pours dark brown with a tiny head. Nice smokey and woody aroma. Taste is roasty and dry. Palate is a bit flat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
holdan (260) - USA - MAR 18, 2011
First: Iím not a fan of Imperial s. This one, black with a creamy head a la Guinness. Aroma smoky malt, licorice. Taste smokey malt, salty licorice. light bitterness. Full bodie, text smooth, alc well hidden. Finish long aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4154) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2011
Pours black as black is with a huge brown creamy head leaving nice lace. Aroma is peaty, smokey, licorice, coffee, chocolate and fruits. Fullbodied smoked mouthfeel. Peppery, smokey, tary, slightly fruity, meaty and chocolate flavor. Fullbodied tary palate. Finis seems to be endless tary tart. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2219) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. Black body with a huge brown head. Aroma is smoke, coffee, sweet chocolate, wood and alcohol. Flavor is smoke, chocolate, light hops, vanilla, sweet . Well carbonated. Nice lacings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gEUS (1342) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 Woow... huge smoke scent, which comes back in the mouth and the aftertaste... Incredible power and taste! Very special indeed! ------ this. Had to... 2010 vintage, tasted 08/05/2013 in a beer tasting glass - cellar temperature, still a huge head (beige). Pours almost black. Aroma is chocolate and brownie, honey, motor oil & petroleum... Oh my god. palate is quite perfect: sweet in the beginning, slight sourness, bitterness kicks in as from the middle and ends with nice smokey notes. Taste is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate in its purest form. And some non-anice "drop"/liquorice in the end. Marvelous beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6591) - Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Tiny ass bottle courtesy jtclockwork. All black pour with a creamy brown head. Huge ashy, smokey aroma like Scotch with some coffee and chocolate. Smokey flavor again with some coffee and chocolate. Not bad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10128) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose of bourbon, chocolate, roast coffee, peat and vanilla. Taste of ash, peat, chocolate, vanilla and roast coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (6192) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2011
UPDATED: APR 16, 2012 on tap at the Doerak in Delft. Very black beer! A great RIS beer, very tasty

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2011
With the flavor of peat smoke, coffee and chocolate, a Ibu of 96 and an impressively impenetrable mouthfeel, this is one of the best stout Iíve ever tasted. Quite a masterpiece in which strength, texture and loads of spicy nuances go hand in hand. We drank number 7 of an output totaling 240 33cl bottles.

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