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


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RATINGS: 638   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7921) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
10% abv bottle from the 5 December 2011 batch. 25 year best by date. Pours with a near black black, deep brown hued body with a gigantic tan head. Aromas are of peat smoked malt, earthy, flint, scotch, caramel, bready malt, lightly floral, intense smoke (chlorophenol esque), light biscuity notes, bacon, caramel, maple with little yeast presence. Flavors are earthy, soil, alcohol, bacon, peat malt, bbq, caramel, milk chocolate, mocha, chocolate covered bacon. Lots of smoke, with grilled meat notes (melanoidin I guess). Medium (albeit a bit too much for such a big beer) bubbles, full bodied, smokey, dry duration, warming and big. I have never been the biggest smoked beer fan, but this is pretty solid. Very warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dutchdarthvader (47) - NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2017
Een sterke rokerige geur met koffie. Redelijk dikke en plakkerig textuur maar schuimt goed. Er zit niet te veel koolzuurin en de schuim is dan ook weer snel verdwenen. Maar en mooie donkere kleur waar niks op af te dingen valt. Niet al te bitter maar met een fantastische smaak van koffie chocolade en caramel met een sterke afdronk van rokerige whiskey door de gerookte hop. Misschien door alles iets te zoet. De smaak zelf blijft lang hangen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cwieku666 (155) - Wrocław, POLAND - APR 16, 2017
Aromat: Na pierwszym planie można było wyczuć ogniskową, dymną, wędzonkę oraz torfowe aromaty spalonych kabli i asfaltu. Do tego dochodziły nuty gorzkiej czekolady i ciemnych owocw takich jak śliwki i rodzynki. W tle było jeszcze trochę kawowych i palonych akcentw. Wygląd: Czarne, nieprzejrzyste. Piana beżowa, niska, zbudowana z drobnych pęcherzykw. Smak: Podobnie jak w aromacie, smak to połączenie ogniskowej, nieco popiołowej wędzonki i torfowych akcentw oraz czekolady i czerwonych owocw. Całość jest dość gęsta i oleista, a wysycenie niskie. Goryczka była dość spora, palono-torfowa. Oglnie: Bardzo dobre połączenie słodw wędzonych torfem z Imperialnym stoutem. Udało się zachować balans i torf nie przykrył reszty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rafael52 (1316) - Łdź, POLAND - APR 13, 2017
Kolor: ciemnobruntny, klarowny.
Piana: bardzo obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, dość trwała.
Zapach: sporo aromatw torfowej wędzonki, palonych kabli, wyczuwalny rwnież aromat dymu drzewnego, trochę aromatw palonych słodw, gorzkiej czekolady, kakao.
Smak: średnia pełnia, lekka słodowa słodycz, sporo nut wędzonki torfowej, tak jak w aromacie wyczuwalne sporo nut drzewnego dymu, wyraźne nuty palonych słodw, gorzkiej czekolady, kakao, delikatna kwaskowość palonych słodw, średnia goryczka, lekko kawowa.
Wysycenie: średnie w kierunku niskiego.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1463) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2017
From a 330ml bottle on 13//2017. Pours a dark brown with almost no head. The aroma features caramel, chocolate, soy and some light smoke. The flavour is rich, mirroring the nose - caramel, chocolate, soy and campfire ash, along with lots of peatiness, some roasted malt, and a firm dash of bitterness.. the texture is slightly syrupy with soft carbonation. Very nice, though quite similar to a number of other dark smoked De Molens Ive tried of late.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1551) - Kiel, GERMANY - APR 11, 2017
Schwer vertorft und gut durchgestylt. Der Punk unter den Imperial Stouts. Hat fett Dreck unter den Fingerngeln und ist im Kern doch ein ser Softie. Phenolgrando und wilder Berrytrip ??? All inklusive 😁. Sanft, ein wenig prickelnd und durchaus elegant ausgewogen!!! 0,33/3. DE MOLEN BREWERY POWER 😃..BUDDEL!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bahumat (157) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2017
Mmmmmn. Boozey with heavy notes of molasses, licorice, chocolate... ah heck, read the description in the brewer up above. It delivers on all of its promises, as De Molen always does with their imp stouts. The smoke on this one is subtle, and the peat isnt, in a good way; it creeps in on the centuries-long aftertaste and lingers like a good scotch should, but with warm tones of chocolatey coffee. It isnt the *best* De Molen Imp Stout Ive had, but lets be clear: Every imp-stout De Molen releases has been excellent. Theyre world class, and if youre wondering why a brewery with such weirdly plain labelling commands such high prices by the bottle... one sip of this, or any of their stouts, will leave you with no further questions. Aroma: 7/10, surprisingly restrained off the tulip glass, but wonderfully opening in the mouth, with lovely notes of chocolate, coffee, strong molasses booziness, and tea. Appearance: 5/5, black pour with a thin brown head of lacing, yup, looks like a good imp stout! Taste: 9/10. Sweet, lightly chocolate-coffee, wonderful notes of malt, hints of plum. Not the most complex stout at first, but its really all about that long, wonderful aftertaste. Really, this is a beer you only have to sip once a minute or so. Palate: 5/5, oily, thick mouthfeel, with almost no astringency, and only the barest bit of carbonation on the tongue. Long finish lingers without ever being overpowering, just long, long sustained notes of malted coffees and chocolate and tea. (Theyre honestly not kidding about that lapsang souchong notes. Its there. Very pleasant.) Overall: 17/20. I think that De Molen has entirely hit the target they wanted to with this beer. Absolutely no flaws, and wonderfully balanced, just tremendously delicious from first sip to last. I expect nothing less from De Molen, and they have risen to my expectations once again. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ArtificialCyst (1021) - Szczecin, POLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle thanks to MonsterMagnet. Aroma: Bandages, coffee, malts. Appearance: Black colour, low head. Taste: Peaty, smoky, sweet notes, chocolate, light fruit. Palate: Full-bodied, sweet finish, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
g_georgiou (547) - CYPRUS - FEB 13, 2017
Dark brown body with a medium light brown head. Aroma is malty, peaty, some coffee, licorice, smokey. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Smooth texture, full body, light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (1527) - SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2017
2013 vintage from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Strong stuff from De Molen here, this one was a very aggressive & almost overpowering imperial stout that was very malty, coming through with plenty of earthy flavours & a lot of peat. The dark malts show the show here with a little vanilla & sugar backing them up but everything end up being just a bit too strong for my liking & the balance wasnt the best either. It remained very much a drinkable beer that got better the longer it had to open up & develop but sadly I cant see it being one that Id go for again; perhaps if I enjoyed my whiskies a little more than Id have appreciated this one better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (2456) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2017
Keg @ Bishops Arms, Hornsgatan. Vintage 2013. Pitch black, rich beige head, good lacing. Toasted aroma, peat, smoke, ash, salami and tar. Full bodied, chewy and silky mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Rich peat, roasted and leather taste, cold coffe, licorice and molasses. Mild bitter and toasty finish.

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