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

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RATINGS: 486   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.


harrisoni's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, - JUL 19, 2009
Cask handpull at The Grove, Huddersfield. Black with thin tan head. Itís outstanding. Great black choc flavour, bitter smooth and drinkable as Jan says, Doesnít taste of 9.5% even. Drinkability. Chewy and unbelievably choccy and good. Lacks a little in mouthfeel choc is outstanding, bit of tar.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7979) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle (courtesy of Bierkoning - several years ago - this beer has done some traveling - Bottelnumber 1172, 9.5%). Earthy lapsang souchong, chocolate malt, and alcohol aroma. Dark brown with small tan head. Bittersweet peaty dark chocolate and coffee malt flavor. Light licorice aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatthijsE (123) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle @ home. 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sharkydodson (327) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - DEC 26, 2014
the aroma of dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, vanilla and coffee... the taste is smoked, caramel and chocolate, with hints of licorice, port, spices and coffee... very dry, smoked, sweet and spicy aftertaste... itís a wonderful stout...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1146) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 21, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with beige head. Peated, roasted aroma. Peated, roasted, dark chocolate, licorice taste, slightly sweet. Medium to full body.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcogrind (60) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 18, 2014
A mix of peated whiskey and imperial stout. Black,tight to no head. Smoky, caramel, bitter chocolate, wet oak, bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Huge peat here. Black pour without much head or lacing. Roast and chocolate. Not sure what this variety of tea is but thereís something a little odd here. Bitter finish. Tap at pizza paradiso.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fluxing (378) - POLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Butelkowane 04.05.2012. Kolor nieprzejrzyscie czarny. Piana obfita, brunatna, pozostawia gruba warstwe. W aromacie dominuje torf, dalej lekka kawa i spora, ciemna slodycz, typowa dla RISa. W odczuciu nisko wysycone, gladkie. W smaku jest pewna dysharmonia, bo z jednej strony mamy kawe, palonosc, aromaty utlenienia - sliwki, rodzynki, wisnie oraz spora czekoladowa slodycz, ktora kontrowana jest przez niska, ziemista goryczke i lekkie alkoholowe pieczenie, a z drugiej mamy aromaty torfowe, ktore nijak sie maja do reszty piwa, obie strony sa obok siebie, ale nie wspolgraja ze soba. Mimo wszystko jest to calkiem smaczne, ale nie moze sie rownac np z fanowska wersja Smoky Joe.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xbro (3) - - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
Erg rokerig, veel lapsang. Weinig koolzuur, zelfs voor soort. Vol smaakpallet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (3473) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle: Aroma of peat, malt, licorice and chocolate. Black color, creamy brownish head. Flavor is malty, velvety and dense, medium sweet, soft smoked, notes of peat, chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (1238) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle dated Dec 2011 from alexsdad06 pours opaque black with huge tan head that settles. Nose hugely dominated by smoky peat. Some sweet malt but mostly earthy, smoky. Like liquid bacon poured over a charcoal briquette. Taste similar to the nose with pleasant earthy goodness. Some sweet malt and light bitter mid palate. Long finish accentuates the thick mouth feel.


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