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


on tap

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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (1676) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 27, 2016
BOTTLE 33 CL. Pitch black with a dark beige head. The aroma is a weird combination of smoke, peat and smoked cheese. Some chocolate later on, smoked as well. Taste: the peat an the smoke are mellower with malts mostly dominating - dark treacle, chocolate liqueur, warming alcohol. The finish is pretty hoppy and a bit alcoholic. Rich mouth-feel, yet easy-drinking. As the peat and the smoky cheese fade out a nit, the stout becomes much more tastier and smoother. A nice one, sort off...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
szymonskc (364) - Skórcz, POLAND - MAY 19, 2016
Aromat intensywny, paloność, torfowa wędzonka, czekolada, karmel, suszone owoce, rodzynki, lekki alkohol. Kolor czarny, nieprzejrzyste. Piana beżowa, niska, drobnopęcherzykowa, średnio trwała, lekko zdobi szkło. W smaku słodkie, pełne, oleiste, kawa, czekolada, paloność, suszone owoce, lukrecja, wędzonka, delikatny alkohol. Goryczka średnia, wysycenie niskie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZodiacM (662) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2016
Wonderful imp stout, peated and smokey, but not BA. Full of flavour and taste, love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanzerBIER (2) - - MAY 13, 2016 does not count
Smoke in the water, the fire in the sky! There's Whisky barrel burning when taste it. Just awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 12, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregus (682) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beezydrunkit (7) - - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jamestulloch (3100) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1292) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
veceo (1130) - 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.

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