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

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RATINGS: 645   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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XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Big time smoke pit scents and taste. Has some nice chocolate and roast flavors as well, can get a little alcohol bite.

4
thb (830) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
You never know what you’re going to get when you open up a de molen bottle - there’s nothing to tell you if it’s going to be an insipid bitter or a rich treat like this one. Pours a dark brown with an inch of bubbly light brown head. Very noisy beer. Aromas peat, leather, cocoa, licorice, Flavour is potent - very peaty, with lots of licorice. Warming alcohol through and through adds intensity. Long bitter finish. My one complaint would be it’s really gassy. Drinks really easily for such a big beer.

4.1
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Nip. Bottle 55. Bottled on 18/01/2010. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of peat malt, sweet chocolate, and licorice. Flavor of peaty chocolate, light tangy licorice, and a subtle black malt. Palate is creamy and coating, but doesn’t linger long. A fine brew.

3.9
ryanfolty (2574) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2012
October 31, 2012 bottle from AV3. Black pour with big head that lasted and spotty lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, peat, smoky and chocolate. Taste was dominated by the peat, had some roast and ghe finish was dry and alcohol. Medium bodied and carbonated. Bottled 12/5/11.

3.6
Theydon_Bois (19703) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2012
WARNING - the most ridiculous gusher showering 2 walls in my kitchen and covering the floor. It literally exploded (despite it having been sat in my outhouse upright for over a week) and I ended up with a little less than half the bottle !!! I digress ... (half) a bottle at home (thanks to Dennis for an IP trade) 30/10/12. Murky dark brown, no head, small particles line the glass above the rim of the liquid. Big peaty nose, molasses, treacle toffee, dark malts, touch of chocolate and spice. Big peated whisky taste at the fore of this beer. Molasses, dark sugars, dark fruits, smoky. Full bodied with no carbonation and a smooth finish. Tasty stuff but a bit one dimensional and it would have been nice to have had more than half of what I’d paid for !!!

4.1
Ferris (15889) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle - Cocoa and alcohol with hints of smoke, roasted malts and coconut. Black with a very rich brown head. The peat is there and wow is it good. Syrupy mouthfeel without the lingering alcohol finish I have come to expect in an Imperial Stout. If you are an Islay fan, you will love this beer.

3.2
alexsdad06 (10471) - West Chester, 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.

3.8
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Sample from a 11.2oz bottle. Clear, dark color. Good light brown head. Good roasty aroma, dark fruit. Lighter body, soft carbonation, very dry texture. Mild bitter. Alcohol is well hidden, little sweetness. A nice complex spicy aftertaste. When I enjoyed my sample, I was being enveloped by a cloud of smoke from a nearby grill out, so I was trying to disregard that aroma, though the brew very well may have exhibited some smoke of it’s own. Nice brew.

4
omikr0n (928) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours brown color with tan head. Aroma is wood, tobacco leaves, malt and slightly smokey. Flavor is malty, roasty, milky, wooden, slightly hoppy and nutty. Overall a bit on the sweet side.

3.8
buttslamify (52) - - OCT 10, 2012
Aroma: Interesting, matches the flavor intensely. Smokey and charcoal, that’s pretty much it. Appearance: Looks perfect for an imperial stout, nice lacing on a strong tan head, and an oily black complexion. Taste: This is a little tougher. The coffee is definitely noticeable, but besides that most other flavors are masked by the intense charcoal taste. Now, that’s not a bad thing, but it’s just interesting. Tobacco flies up a little at the end. Palate: My least favorite category, but it was a nice palate, definitely not smooth, but not too bubbly at the end. Stays strong the whole way through. Overall: One of the most interesting imperial stouts I’ve tasted. It’s almost more like a smoked than a stout. The overwhelming flavor of the smoke might turn some off, but its definitely worth a try at least once.


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