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

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RATINGS: 478   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MonsterMagnet (298) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle, dated 7/12/2011, 10% abv. Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma: smoke, chocolate, liquorice, dark bread, somewhat earthy Taste: wow, peated barley! Even if not barrel aged, there’s definitely the taste of Islay whisky in there. Roast, dark chocolate, coffee, mocha, liquorice, bread. Full bodied, moderately sweet, smokey (but not too smokey!) and a nice long lingering peaty and bitter finish. Love it!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (566) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
330ml bottle. Dark amber body, very thin white foam with poor retention. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, smoked prunes, licorice, ammonia and hints of chocolate. Taste of coffee, peat, sweet malt, toffee, dark chocolate, blackberries. Thin and light for the abv. Late heat wave.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vanelst (153) - AUSTRIA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. Delicious smoky stout with an aroma of chocolate, roasty malts, plums and caramel. Taste is smoke again, whiskey, dark chocolates ,coffee bones and malts and hops putting eachoter in balance.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (817) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2014
Pours thick black,huge, stable light tan head. Aroma is smoky, licorice. Taste the same, quite sweet, medium carb. Delicious!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (3310) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy very dark brown with stable tan head. Dark aroma of roasted malt, smoke and liquorice. Roasty and smoky flavour, with notes of coffee and a touch of liquorice and caramel. Lingering, smoky aftertaste. Bitter finish. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2845) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 22, 2014
Via trede with Crajun. The aroma is smoky, salty, chocolate, roast. The appearance is jet black, big, fluffy light tan head. The flavor is smoke, salt, chocolate, roast, caramel. The finish is salty, smoky, piney. Medium in body, slightly thick. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8062) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle reife Früchte. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, dunkle Früchte.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Idiosynkrasie (4012) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2014
750ml bottle [#28 of 150, bottled 2011/03/07, 9.5% abv]. Pitch black colour with late awakening, small, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Intense, rich and complex dark malty aroma, notes of chocolate, treacle, liquorice, leather, peat, tar. Taste is dry to bitter hoppy, moderately sweet dark malty, notes of dark chocolate, treacle, salty liquorice, a touch of peat; full body, oily texture, soft & sticky palate. This is a De Molen classic, and I think this perfectly illustrates the core area of De Molen’s genuine strenght. Without knick-knack, neither barrel-aged, (un-)intentionally sour nor in any other way developed further. I believe that Imperial Stout is one out of the very few styles that actually can originate a 5.0-rating, and furthermore, I believe that De Molen is able to produce this by "standard brewing". Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Keg Half Pint at White Horse European Beer Festival 2012, Parsons Green, London in Aug 2012 - Pitch Black in colour. Very smokey peated malts; pronounced iodine; whisky notes very evident. The peated malts dominate the aroma and taste. They overwhelm the other malty characteristics; dark chocolate, espresso coffee, liquorice, dark sugar. Fruity; dried fruits. Hoppy; big hop bitterness to balance the malts. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel, rather tarry. Sweet-bitter smokey peated roasty malts throughout. Great stuff. Terrific Impy Stout!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (1997) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Black pour with a tall creamy tan head that eventually fades to 1 finger. Aroma is huge on peat smoke and iodine, along with woody smoke and dark chocolate, then some briny char, roast, earth, licorice and burnt nuts. Flavor is all chocolate and peat smoke up front, followed by dark roast coffee, roasted nuts, campfire smoke, earth, hints of sautéed dark fruit, burnt sugar, earth, burning hay and lighter roast, briny char, roast and lots of lingering smoke to the finish. Heavy body, creamy, oily and syrupy entry, heavy and blanketing carbonation and oily, boozy, slightly solvent-like and slightly acidic finish. Really tasty stuff overall, the flavor lasts forever and moves from one group of tastes to the next like acts in a play. Way, way over carbonated though, coupled with the light, but odd acidity in the finish, I have to wonder if it might be infected.


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