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

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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


DTM's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Shared bottle with Timfoolery at DBS. The aroma really threw me off. I guess that’s what peat smells like. I was pleasantly surprised when it tasted much better than the aroma. Chocolate and licorice were the most overpowering flavors. Solid brew!!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (635) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 29, 2015
750 ml bottle shared by Cuso at RB Tasting Vienna March Edition. Thanks!
Very dark brown body, with a massive, frothy, brown head.
Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, some smoke, dark and dried fruits, liquorice.
Taste follows this, with some more caramel.
Full, creamy mouthfeel, with a lively carbonation.
Finishes roasty, dry, with coffee, cocoa powder, dried fruits.

Tasty. Full, heavy malty, but still not as strong as the ABV suggests. Not among my favourite Imperial Stouts, but a very pleasant one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmahut (1337) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 29, 2015
Botte. RB Tasting Vienna March Edition. Amber body with low head. Aroma has toffee, coffee, roasted characters. Taste has medium-high sweetness, medium to low bitterness, chocolate notes, tabacco. Body is full, higher carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gurthnar (2483) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Aroma solventy, alcohol, lots of chocolate, dried fruits. Temperky. Pitch black colour. Lots of solventy temperky in taste. Might be OK at another time, but something went wrong here either with the beer or with me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (405) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 28, 2015
bottle shared by Cuso at RB Vienna March Tasting. black color, very big coffee colored head. disappears after a while. smells smoky, malt backbone, some sweetness, kinda creamy smell. full body, very soft carbonation, slight smoky taste, quite well hidden, liqueurish, some malty sweetness, very creamy taste, very nice creamy taste, quite easily drinkable for the ABV. smokiness is quite subtle compared to the smell. quite like this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (2072) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle at RateBeer Tasting Vienna March 2015 edition. Pours brown color, beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, caramel, medium bitter, medium sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ragnampiza (589) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAR 22, 2015
330 ml bottle from Les Vignerons (4 years old, 2011 vintage). Dark brown, looks pitch black in the glass, with a big, fluffy, relatively persistent light beige head. Quite brackish upfront, toasty/roasty, a hint of vinegar and soy sauce, bitter dark chocolate, fresh vanilla beans, not much booze per se. Some mature apples/pears notes when a little bit warmer. Unbelievably balanced, it feels just so mellow and harmonious, perfectly bitter sweet component. Slightly spicy and chili like bitterness, definitely smoky/peated, but in a subtle way. Slick and sirupy, way easier to drink compared to the actual ABV, intense and lingering aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate, licorice and toasted malts. Average carbonation, medium to full body, oily texture. It may be the age, but this is a fantastic RIS.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matbli (85) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle 330ml, pours pitch black with long lasting pillowy brownish head that is just perfect and remains extremly long. Aroma of dark chocolate, soy sauce, red fruits, licorice, balsamico and a hint of fresh roasted coffee. When it gets warmer red wine aromas get noticable. In taste the coffee feeling is much stronger. Light sourness, medium sweetness combined with a delicate bitterness that leads to slightly ashy finish. Full bodied with well hidden alcohol and nice drinkability, nevertheless ashiness is a bit to high imo and reduces the mouth feeling, but I can’t stop sniffing it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (65) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2015 Uitgeschonken in tulpglas, zeer donker bijna zwart bier met donker beige schuimkraag die snel wegtrekt. De geur is zeer aromatisch, koffie, geturfde whisky erg speciaal! De smaak van deze Imperial Stout is zeer bijzonder. Tonen van koffie, karamel, pure chocolade en dan die whisky tonen.. Het eerste bier van Brouwerij de Molen wat ik ooit proef, en ik ben gelijk verkocht. Ik ken de smaak van sterk geturfde whisky's zeer goed, en de Bruichladdich peat proef je gewoon echt in dit Hemel & Aarde bier, met een aangename rooksmaak. De afdronk is zeer lang en aangenaam, verwarmende alcoholische whisky aroma's. Conclusie: geweldig en complex bier, met voorsprong het beste Nederlandse bier tot nu geproefd, nee zelfs een van de beste bieren van allemaal tot nu toe. Zeker een keer een bezoek brengen aan deze bijzondere Nederlandse micro brouwerij, het vakmanschap proef je echt in dit bier terug!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (298) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 3, 2015
On pumped tap @erzbierschof. Pitch black with little foam. Peated coffee smell. The taste is also prayed and thick and smooth. The aftertaste is tiny bit bitter. Quite awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rikstar (1115) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
0,33l fles meegebracht bij meijer uit egmond aan zee. Zwart als inkt met een lichte bruine kraag. Aroma met peated malts, Chili peper cacao en espresso. Smaak is vol bitterzoet met een afdronk die via kers naar zoute drop loopt. Erg goede imperial stout.


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