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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Joen's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joen (45) - Tricht, - JUL 4, 2010
Small 18 cl bottle brewed on 14th december 2009. No head on this beer which was the only weakness of this beer. Nice roasted malty arome with a hop (amarillo ofcourse) finish. Aroma is malty bit hoppy but above al chocolate. Mild bitter after taste and a smooth mouthfeel. When the temperature of the beer rises during degustation, the amarillo becomes more eminent. At the recommended temperature of 16 degrees C, this beer is like a melted bag of maltesers


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregus (670) - Kraków, POLAND - APR 22, 2016
Butelka; barwa czarna, piana bujna, drobna, beżowa. Aromat wędzony, suszonych owoców, śliwek, kawy, czekolady, drewna, palony, likierowy. Smak wędzony, czekoladowy, palony, kawowy, suszonych owoców, likieru. Goryczka spora. Bogate.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beezydrunkit (4) - - APR 16, 2016 does not count
Bottle at home. 10% ABV. Appearance is dark black with about a cm of thick, light brown head. The nose was really smokey. I immediately thought of a heavily peated scotch whisky (like Laphoriag or Lagavulin) Despite the massive amounts of smokiness some other aromas creep through; dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, subtle malty aromas. First sip was interesting. Like if you took a monster stout and poured it into a glass that’s been rinsed with a super peaty scotch. Smokey peat in the forefront but faintly supplemented by malty notes of dark chocolate cake, bold rich dark coffee, and charred wood. The foam, which had decent staying power but disappeared to a thin but thick layer added a creaminess to the heavy body of this brew. Overall not my favorite style by De Molen but I can appreciate what they were trying to do. Solid beer if you like peaty scotch and dark brews.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jamestulloch (3024) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2016
Bottle from Cork & Cask. Black body with a thin tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma of peat, liquorice and medicine box. Flavour of smoke, tea and whisky. Thin to medium body with a slick texture. Light fizz. I found this difficult to drink and strongly medicinal. I couldn’t finish it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1278) - SWITZERLAND - APR 14, 2016
330ml bottle served in an italian style chalice glass. Purchased at Drinks of the world - Geneva Train Station.
A: Pours a deep black oily color forming a medium dark beige head with medium retention and lots of spotty molasses lacings in the glass.
S: Sweet and very smoky nose. Strong notes of roasted malts and bourbon. Licorice and vanilla. Caramel, toffee, coffee beans and dark chocolate. Grassy and flowery hops.
T: Sweet upfront taste. Strong notes of roasted malts, toffee, caramel malts, licorice, oak, bourbon, coffee beans and dark chocolate. Bready yeasts. Quite bitter. Great combination of roasted malts and grassy hops bitterness.
M: Heavy molasses and creamy body. Low carbonation. Strong notes of roasted malts, toffee, caramel malts, licorice, oak, bourbon, coffee beans and dark chocolate in the aftertaste.
O: Great drinkability. MASTERPIECE Smoked Imperial Stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
veceo (1084) - CROATIA - APR 9, 2016
10% ABV, 2 years old. Pitch black color, I think I never saw beer this black before. Average sized head but not much retention. Aroma is heavily peated, wood, roasted malt, chocolate. Awesome. Taste is similar, very heavy on peated malts, very strong coffee note, cocoa, dark chocolate, wood, dark fruits. Full body, soft carbonation. I think aging does wonder for this beer. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. It’s full, rich, complex, sticky, smooth as hell... one hell of a beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
azzie (678) - Pula, CROATIA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle 0,33l from Hoppiness beer shop in Koper, Slo. Dense black liquid with small tan head. Roasted smoked smell, wooden note. Full body, light carbonation. Strong smoked taste, a hint of wood in it, medium sweetness, a hint of coffee, very long finish. Can taste some alcohol in aftertaste, but doesn’t bother me. Opened 2 years from the day of bottling. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99 (1224) - CROATIA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle; pours black with a tan head; earthy aroma with roasted malt, chocolate, with hints of licorice and coffee; taste is smooth with chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee; finish is earthy with some bitter roast; very good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (2737) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2016
Bottle brout back from a trip to Amsterdam. Pours black with a big foamy beige head that fades to a rim. The aroma of hospitals with peaty smoke. The taste has peat, hospital, leather and aome chocolate. Lingering peat smoke in the finish. Interesting and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1379) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 2, 2016
butelka, warka rozlana 28/11/2014. geste i prawie czarne juz przy nalewaniu, praktycznie bez piany. aromat intensywnie wedzony, pol na pol - wedzonych sliwek i drewna. w tle jakies czekoladowe nuty, jakies rodzynki, pewnie cos jeszcze, ale chowa sie to za wedzonka. W ustach pelne, lepkie, slodkie, smak to powtorka z aromatow. wedzonka okazuje sie taka... fajna, smakowita, jedzeniowa. dlugie posmaki, dosc mocne rozgrzewanie w przelyku. klasa

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (1444) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
Vintage, botted on 25-02-2011, ABV 9.5%, 33cl bottle at home from Plan B, Rotterdam. Nose is whiskey. Body is pitch black, head is small, brow, fizzy, fully diminishing, no lacing. Aroma is raisin, chocolate liqueur, whiskey, roasty, licorice, vanilla, fruity wineish. Medium to heavy sweet, heavy roasty bitter, light fruity sour. finish is long lasting roasty fruity medium bittersweet, light alcohol warmth. Full body, oily slightly sticky texture, nearly flat carbonation. Quite easy dessert beer, I was expecting to a smokey beer, but this is not smoky at all, great one.


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