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

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RATINGS: 459   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
330 ml bottle; thanks Tom!! Dense roasty brown with thin creamy white head; meaty peat, chocolate and scotch; rye spice, a little hops and plenty of booze; lots of dry meaty peat that covers up most other flavors; some bitter chocolate in the finish; some ashy too; strange, but pretty yummy at the same time; like the meaty flavors

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1550) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2010 200th rating! Wanted to give De Molen another chance, had some bad experience with some beers, cause of the lack of carbonation. My 250th will be a Belgian beer to get the honour. This time, again, our friends from the Netherlands gets the possibility to surprise me at a X00 number of ratings. Thank you to Noize for the trade! Brewed 6 feb 2008, bottled 11 march 2009, in my stomach 24 may 2010. Bottle 386 of 768. Pours out very dark, almost pitch black. Nice darker beige, almost brown head, big, and holds very nice. Smell of roasted, coffee, chocolate and spices. Pretty heavy roasted smell. Very oily structure, burned/roasted taste. Can’t taste much more then roastiness, coffee//. Some cookies, chocolate and liqour. Pretty hard bitter aftertaste that holds a very long time. Somewhat to roasted for my taste. Should have some more balanced taste. The carbonation at this bottle is excellent, maybe even a bit to much. Not a bad brew at all, but have tasted better from De Molen. Also my 20th rating of a beer from our neighbours at the north.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (4700) - GERMANY - MAY 15, 2010
The bottle looks really good as well as the beer in the glass. Deep black, small head. Aroma rostmalty, dry, coffee notes. Starts surprisingly mild, modest malty. Gets then more and more dry, scratchy-malty, notes of strong coffee and bitter chocolate. Roasty dry longlasting finish. Great beer!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle #267. Pours thick black,with black head as the De Molen RIS seem to do. Hoppy aromas. This one is above-average mouthfeel, it is hoppy,some bittersweet chocolate, and in the finish, a hit of smokey peat. I did it, I drank it all.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (7728) - Down South, GERMANY - APR 18, 2010
bottle from Bierzwerg. Deep black colour, no head. Very aromatic, lots of rosetd malts, espresso coffee and cocoa powder. Intensively malty, bitter-sweet character. Malt, chocolate, caramel, cocoa powder and coffee are combined with spicy resiny aromatic hops. Delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 13, 2010
(bottle, 18cl, # 390, vintage 2009) Black coloured hue with no head but a thin dark foamy inner. Sweet and roasty malty, slightly peaty aroma with a Sherry-like, cam-yeasty impression, as well as notes of caramel, liquorice and vanilla. Sweet and roasty bitter flavour, surprisingly slim bodied with a very soft if not flat carbonation. The initial taste is surprisingly empty upfront but fills the mouth in the middle part, whicht gets pretty roasty malty, vaguely peaty but chocolatey with notes of caramel, marzipan and vanilla; sweet and roasty bitter finish with loads of chocolate, mocha and alcoholic and vinous accents. Reminds me of Harveys Imperial Stout. 12.IV.10

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1146) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
330ml waxed and capped, thanks Tom. Light bodied black with tight really small tan head. Patent malt, burnt plastic and tobbaco earthiness. Slightly smokey from the peat, coffee, liqorice and earthy notes. Nice peat and the underlying brew works well to deliver it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Super peaty smoked nose with some darker malts and earth, but peat dominates this one. Nice nose. Muddy black/dark brown pour, beige ring. Super nice peaty flavors with some roast but mostly peat. Earthy undertones, touch of chocolate and roast. solid bitterness as well. Really enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
12, capped and waxed. thanks maria! pours a dark ebony with a loose tan head. fresh peachy nose. roast and chocolate under that. creamy medium body with soft carb. hot wood, roast, dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee on the mid palate. longish roasty finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2404) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 9, 2010
Mini, 0,18 l bottle, bought at PreZBF, Belgium.
Deeeeeeep brown, so it is a black one with a minimal but allury and delicious lacing beige head. The first impression about the aroma is a ton of wooden casks with a smokey character, deep roasted perfume with coffee, leather, caramel and dried, liqueric fruity smell, some candy sugar. Oily texture, thick body with fantastic balance of wood-cask, caramel, both sweet and dark chocolate and coffee, tobacco and dried fruits. One of the best DeMolen brews what i’ve tasted before.


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