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


on tap

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RATINGS: 591   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.

alexsdad06's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (8234) - Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours black with a big fluffy tan head. The aroma has peat, smoke, ash, hints of dark chocolate and peat. The flavor punches you in the mouth with peat; additionally I got smoke, wood,earth, and perhaps a hint of anise. This is not my kind of beer. I like barrel influences and the synergy of flavors, not complete domination of one flavor, especially when it is peat. I’m pretty sure this is well done, but not for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
szymonskc (363) - 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 (653) - 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 (370) - 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 (3085) - 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 (1283) - 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 (1118) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
azzie (714) - 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.

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