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

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RATINGS: 650   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.

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3.7
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - FEB 28, 2013
Smells smokey. Pitch black with offwhite/light brown foam. Served to cold so less taste then original i guess. Taste of smokey and chocolate, quite sweet. Quite thin to be an imp stout. All over good, like the style, but there are a lot of more interesting imp stouts out there

3.7
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - FEB 27, 2013
Grifo. Copa Globo. Saboreada en ene´13. Color negro con corona bronceada de buena retención. En nariz notas de café y chocolate fundido, aromas de malta torrefacta y caramelos de regaliz. Sabor de malta torrefacta y pimienta y paladar amargo/dulce. Cuepo medio/intenso y carbonatación moderada/suave. Largo final de chocolate quemado y toque de regaliz. Café seco en el retrogusto. ABV bien enmascarado. On-tap. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on jan´13. Black color, tan froth & fairly good retention crown. Coffee & fudge chocolate notes, roasted malt aroma & licorice candies to the nose. Roasted malt & pepper flavor, bitter/sweet mouthfeel. Medium to dense body. Moderate to low carbonation. Burnt chocolate & licorice touch are shown in a long finish. Dry coffe on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden.

4.2
Thomasalias (320) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 25, 2013
0,33l bottle from Sörspecialista, Budapest. Opaque, black colored beer with medium, creamy, light-brown head. Chocolate, smoke, roasted malt and some caramel appears in the aroma. It’s less hoppy, than Hel & Verdoemenis, but it has stronger malt flavours, esspecially smoked malt, which gives it a bit meet flavour. Wooden cask and alcohol flavour also appears. It’s medium sweet because of the alcohol. Creamy texture, full body and average carbonation. Smoky finish. With its smoky malt flavours it’s another unique Imperial Stout from De Molen. Creamy, full bodied and alcoholly. Delicious and strong one.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013
33cl bottle, thanks nmann08. Medium tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, peat, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, peat, some roast, light bittersweet chocolate, anise. Low carbonation, sticky medium-full body.

3.9
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
330 mL bottle from Les Fleurs du Malt in Lyon, France, served in a stem glass at a tasting at Chris’ place. Pours black with a medium, dense tan head that remains and leaves a moderate amount of lace. On the nose, there are notes of smoky, roasted malts, along with peat, oak, coffee and anise. The flavour is balanced between dry, roasted smoky malts and delicate hops. The peat pairs nicely with chocolate and anise. The finish is long and hoppy with smoky notes. On the palate, it is medium in body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice imperial stout, but I found the smoke to be a little too prominent. 2012-12-01

3.9
bytemesis (8823) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that slowly dissipates leaving nice lacing. Aroma is smoke, peat, whiskey, dark roasted malts, coffee, cigarettes. Anise becomes more apparent on the nose as it breathes. Flavor is about the same, very light sweetness, medium smokiness, some smokey astringence as well. Light bitter coffee finish with notes of anise coming through, but fortunately not too strong. Medium body. Not a huge fan of the anise here, but otherwise a nice beer.

3.8
FatPhil (16692) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2013
330ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga, MelnaZiema2013)
Nice gently smokiness above a potent, but still mellow roast. Soft palate, nice in the mouth, succulent and full. Roast is everywhere. Some mashiness and graininess to the body too. Smoth makes a subtle reappearance in the finish. Very nice, but just lacking the wow factor. Look forward to the variants!

4.1
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2013
330ml bottle from Cotteridge Wines.Black pour with large tan head which subsided quite quickly.Early nose of peat and smoke with coffee too.After a few seconds aromas of chocolate and caramel with some dried fruit hints appear.Chocolate very much in the flavour with the underlying smoke and peat not far behind and just above the caramel and alcohol.Very enjoyable and will certainly sample the other variations of this one given half a chance.

3.6
rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
Bouteille de 750ml avec bouchon de liège. Merci Patrick. Un liquide emprisonné le 7 décembre 2011. Bière noire comme du charbon avec une mousse brune. Le nez est bien iodé de ce malt fumé à la tourbe. J’aime les notes de raisins secs qui se dégagent. Par contre je suis moins friant par le jambon. En bouche le liquide est surprenant mince, je m’attendais à une structure plus lourde, huileuse à la limite. Il y a un côté cendré, boisé, fumé agréable. Un autre bon produit fabriqué par De Molen.

3.9
Xstream (242) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
appearance: Nearly black, huge mocca / tan foam, not much retention or lacing. smell: Peat straight away. Coffee. Some sweetness which is hard to define, but seems to be most dark / burnt caramel like. taste: Had the Tsarina Esra of the same brewery before and this a whole lot different. It’s very peaty & earthy. I get a lot of burnt & smokey flavors. Burnt malts & coffee. Leather like. And in between there is some caramel and chocolate sweetness to balance it out a bit. All in all has quite a "whisky effect". mouthfeel: This is the part i don’t really like. I think the flavors are interesting, original, different. But it lacks a bit of body or creaminess. It’s quite raw with a hefty carbonation kick. Not the best i’ve had on this area. overall: A very different and original beer. I like the whisky like flavors with the peat and earthiness. It’s different but having another, more fruity, porter before is not the best way to go. But halfway down i start to appreciate it more. Very interesting beer. Try it out if this description suits you ;)


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