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

bottled
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RATINGS: 631   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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Archibaldo de la Cruz's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - - APR 14, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a medium-sized tan head. Smoky aroma with notes of malt and dark chocolate. Flavour is smoke, peat, malt, dark chocolate and liquorice. Full-bodied and quite dry finish.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
g_georgiou (533) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (1491) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (2341) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_queue (122) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Pours out dark brown & sits black in the glass with a medium brown head. Aromas of smoke, peak, and black pepper; very subtle sweetness on nose. Flavors are lead from front to back by the peaty smokiness, creating a savory smoked meat flavor. Chocolates, caramel, & licorice follow to keep it from getting too salty & bitter. Light-bodied with no carb; finishes dry from all that smoke. Its a damn delicious, unique stout, and TBH...I wasnt prepared for this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Proeferius (126) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2017
bottle@home. Pours black with little head.Low carbonation.Aroma and taste of smoke. Alcohol well masked.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Achel (485) - Ioannina, GREECE - JAN 19, 2017
Pours black. Tan head. Nose of bourbon, chocolate, roast coffee, peat and vanilla. Taste of ash, peat, chocolate, vanilla and roast coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
birocotsios (171) - - JAN 11, 2017
Bottle. Black with brown foam. Strong smoked aroma with salty bacon notes. Sweet taste with chocolate, liquorice and a strong salty smoky bacon taste with sweet finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1918) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2017
Bottle, five years after bottling. Pours pitch black, with a finger thick, creamy off white head. Aroma is burned malts with notes of smoked wood, coffee and chocolate, as well as some caramel and tobacco. Medium to full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is dark roasted malts, light malt bitterness with coffee and dark chocolate, liquorice, tar and wooden barrels.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (3237) - CROATIA - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle, 330 ml, shared with JFK10000. Pours dark brown, medium tan head. Peat, smoked, malty, chocolate, very sweet. Aroma better than flavor. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation, oily.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (1605) - Gdask, POLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Ciemno brunatny, nieprzejrzysty. Piana obfita, drobna, brązowa. W aromacie bardzo intensywna nuta wędzona, torfowa. Ebonit, podkłady kolejowe. Rzeczywiście przypomina herbatę Lapsang. Jest też gorzka czekolada. W smaku mocno czekoladowy, jest nuta wędzona, ale nie tak wyraźna. Lekko słodkawy. Ale jest też lekko cierpki. Bardzo niska kwaskowość. Nisko wysycony, bardzo przyjemnie się pije. Jest gęsty w odczuciu. Świetne piwo.


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