Formerly brewed at Brouwerij De Molen (Swinkels Family Brewers)
Style: Stout - Imperial
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
Boiled for 20 hours to create an umami flavour. Umami is the fifth basic taste next to sweet, sour, salty and bitter. By doing so we have now a beer that’s very thick and oily with loads of roasted malts.

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Alengrin (10515) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
Another imperial from this brewery, this one intending to have an umami taste (which is not that rare in imperials to begin with, but anyway). Thin, creamy, beige head, jet black colour with somewhat reddish hue. Complex, powerful aroma of coffee, roasted nuts, chocolate, peat, soy sauce, bark, liquorice. Earthy and chocolatey flavour, soy sauce, indeed umami, even a slight saltiness, smoky, thick and oily mouthfeel, dark fruits, strong roasted bitterness in the finish with remarkably well hidden alcohol. This is exceptionally well made even for Molen’s high standards.

KingCecil (2117) - DENMARK - APR 2, 2013
Tap @ mikkellerBar.... It pours pitch black with a small tan head.... The aroma is roasted malt, coffee and caramel.... The flavor is roasted malt, smoke, chocolate and coffee.....

Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Nip bottle, bottled on 5/3/10.. apparently only 96 bottles in the batch. Poured near-black with just about nothing going on head-wise. The aroma was very strong, with rich black malt and licorice roast topped by salty character and ash.. more and more smoke came out as it warmed.. it sort of grew on me, but I didn’t love it. The flavor found burnt, fairly generic black malt roast at the core.. big oxidation, smoked peat, and peppery notes around and throughout.. sourness, smoked malt, and sharp belly warmth in the end. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. this felt like it was past its prime and breaking down.

Mortlach (4524) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 12, 2012
29/06/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Bevuta al De Molen beer festival. Nera, densa, impenetrabile, con schiuma color cappuccino, liquida e poco persistente. L’aroma è di una intensità davvero fuori dal comune, con note di malti tostati, caffettose, di cioccolato, vaniglia, e alcol bene in evidenza. In bocca è potentissima, caffè, cenere, vaniglia, alcol, note legnose, devastante. Corpo pieno, carbonazione corretta. Imperial Stout sorprendente, di una intensità straordinaria, terribilmente strong.

kp (10877) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: March 11, 2011
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: sweet chocolate and licorice aroma
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, dark fruits, winey
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

thomat (4444) - Goteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2011
Dark brown with a small tan head. Malty and smokey tones. Malt, coffe and vanilla. Full body with along biiter-sweet finish.

larsniclas (9861) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2011
Sampled at CBF11 Pitch black. Medium beige head. Sweet, creamy and vinous. Burnt flavour with loads of dark chocolate.

kappldav123 (8665) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2011
Small bottle, looks really good. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Heavy malty aroma, modest sweet. Starts complex-malty, fine chocolate notes, a bit smokey. Also some woody-sweet notes. Finish still sweet, strong-malty, also with a salty touch. Quite drinkable for its strength. Good beer!

flavio_b (277) - ROME, ITALY - AUG 28, 2011
Woow! I had this on tap. It gave me a shiver when I drought the first swallow! Chocolate taste and a little bit toasty in the finish. Medium carbonation, with low persistent froth. The alcohol is very noticeable. So good.

Bragesnak (5390) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2011
DØE Festival, Valby, DK. Tap, 270511. Black with small head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor with spicy note and lots of coffee

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