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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Nickls on 08-26-2009

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Photo of STEG
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

.18cl Poured room temperature into a goblet. I need to thank Jeffo for this excellent hookup.

Looks as a stout should, pitch freakin black, light does not pass though it. Head is espresso foam colored. and has outstanding retention over 3 minutes of slow dissipation makes this quite the looker. Bubbles are fine to medium in diameter and make this stout look imposing.

Huge peat smoke nose, with a roasty earthy presence absolutely wonderful. Dark chocolate, sweet liqueur, earthy hops wet wood and licorice are all present in the back.

Taste is well, odd at first, somewhat smokey and medicinal at the same time up front then recedes into a sweeter mocha like phase before becoming a bit bitter towards the finish showing off those bittering hops nicely.

Mouthfeel is freakin awesome, this stuff is lucious, with a mild tingly carbonation mid way through, wonderfully thick and smooth.

What a beer, when De Molen is on they are one of the best "stoutists" in the world. When the carbonation is on and the mouthfeel and that signature olfactory punch hits you with every smell and taste makes a truly outstanding beer.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just love the look and feel of this beer. So full of flavour. Get lots of coffee and chocolate but also some smoke and peatiness. Would like to age one 25 years... just to see

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another solid beer from de Molen crew.

A very dark brown pour, almost black. The off brown/tan head rises to about 2 fingers in a snifter glass. Lacing is tight and slick.

Leather hits me first in the aroma. Dark chocolate and tannin. Black plum, raisin, dark fruit, prune perhaps

The leather is present in the flavors as well. Along with the black fruit, dried fruit and chocolate there is a roasted malt character going on. Something of a smokiness comes and sits in the background. Some tobacco comes in.

Very nice beer. It has a sharp, yet velvet finish. Nothing sweet. A real good stout!

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a touch thin and produces a good amount of head that I was not expecting. Retains a solid layer of khaki colored foam throughout and looks black but not entirely opaque in the glass even though not much if any light comes through around the edges; unique. Smell is very interesting. I have to preface everything I am going to say because Islay Whiskies are my favorite and you immediately get a peat smell in the nose which is lovely. I can see how someone may be taken aback by it though as it definitely stands out. Otherwise the smell is classic Russian Imperial Stout, roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. The sweet perfume peat smoke blends excellently with the stout. The taste is truly something else. First impression was peat smoked dark chocolate. As it warmed you also got notes of caramel but is also surprisingly sweet despite having a dry bitter bite at the end (though nothing like other brews from De Molen). Definitely feels a touch thin and is medium low for the style and remains rather carbonated. Overall this is a great little twist and nuance on the classic russian imperial. The peat smoked barley really mixes well with the underlying flavors of the beer. A tad too sweet for my taste but overtly so. It was three years old when I had it; I would love to let the other one I have sit for a good long while as I am sure there is magic in this bottle that only time will bring out.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Stella Tulip

A - Pours a deep deep Ebony colour witha very tight tanned head that just doesn't move at all.

S - Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts, and slightly medicinal aromas, very complex indeed.

T - Massive earthy notes and some Whiskey barrel flavours that take over before giving way to a nice balanced vanilla/chocolate flavour. The finish is roasted coffee and smokey malts.

M - Full bodied with minimal carbonation.

O - This is a massive stout and will provide you with a taste experience to remember

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle States 10.00%. 2011 Vintage.

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. The aroma has big peat smoked malt and also dark fruits. It breathes like a good whiskey. Big roasted malts in the taste, certainly some peat and earthy wood. The roasted, coal like goodness is complex and addictive. Character abounds from Hemel & Aarde, this is a Russian Imperial Stout from the Netherlands that is worthy of seeking out. Full bodied, lush, well carbonated. A pleasure and a real treat. Delicious stuff right here, I love the roasted and slightly smokey flavor.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a deep black with big brownish head. The smell --smoky, meaty, peaty -- is the first giveaway that this is an exceptional beer. It was brewed with heavily peat-smoked malt , which gives it a really robust flavour, as well. It's all about smoked meat, molasses, peat and big Scotch flavours. But they are so well integrated and go together so nicely that you can truly sip this like a fine single malt.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1068; Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a creamy, tightly beaded, brown tinged, dark tan colored head that sits on top of a black and viscous looking body. The aroma is salty and a touch sour'ish some how; this turns into peat smoke and roasted, dark coffee notes pretty quickly though. There is a deep, toasted peanut aromatic note to this beer which is quite intriguing and as the beer warms up rich notes of chocolate start to come out.

The beer feels thick and viscous as it first hits my tongue; it really clings to the palate quite a bit. There is a really nice mix of peat smoke, roasted peanuts, dark roasted espresso, burnt malt, burnt cocoa, malt sweetness and even a touch of cherry like character to this brew. The finish has a sharp smokiness to it as well as a bitterness that is distinctly contributed from burnt grain and the hop character. This is very nicely balanced between flavors of roasted nuttiness, peat smoke and rich malt; I am really enjoying this far more than I expected, as I was needlessly worried that this would be horribly peat influenced. A fantastic brew that I wish I had more of.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased from de Bierkonig in Amsterdam. Poured from bottle into tulip. Sampled 10.23.10. Reviewed from notes.

A - poured solid black with thick, glistening eggshell colored head; left some consistent lacing
S - smooth aromas of leather and medium roast; maybe some tobacco
T - nice bold, dark malt flavors up front with a slightly crisp finish; some french roast linger
M - thick body but not too heavy or syrupy; nice balanced RIS with interesting apple crispness at the end; would love to have again, and again

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 24/10/12

A dark brown liquid with a edge not quite colas darkness, large tan head forms a short lived dome of foam over the top of the glass, just a few patches of lace

S great mix of milk chocolate smokey bacon and peat, just a little dried dark fruit and campfire clothes the day after, not sure where the 10% is hiding

T not as smokey but that still leaves a shitload of smokey peat, more booze then I could smell but still well concealed, some dark hard toffee and there's a couple nuts in the chocolate, great tasting stuff

M medium-full not as dark as the color would suggest but far from thin, bubbles foam up briefly and flatten out quickly. A little slick after the fact with heat hitting your chest more then the mouth and throat, aftertaste is strong to say the least with a long lingering smokey coco finish

O this one grew on me and I liked it from the start, great blend of chocolate and smokey peat, very strong flavors are somewhat straightforward but everything it needs to be. Perhaps a little too easy to drink for a 10% brew, enjoy with caution

I'm going to pick up a few more of these for sure, age a few, trade a few and well.... drink a few. Well priced at 6$ and worth every penny, loving the smoked malt in this one

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Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Date on bottle reads Dec 5th, 2011.

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch black with a moderate amount of carbonation. Huge tan head that takes up half of the glass before slowly fading to a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A big dark aroma that is very smoke and peat driven. Dark roasted malts with a strong scent of smoke and peat. Hints of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Big hints of molasses and anise licorice spicing. Subtle hints of dark raisin, fig, cherry, and prune. Light hints of earthy and grassy hops. The smoked malt, peat, and chocolate stand out the most.

Taste: Follows the nose with a dark malty taste driven by smoke and peat. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of smoke and peat along with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, yeast, grains, and biscuit. Sweet taste of molasses. Licorice taste from some anise. Undertones of dark dried fruit with notes of dark cherry, raisin, prune, and fig. Very subtle earthy hop presence. A very good smoked and peated malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Kind of thin for an imperial stout. Alcohol heat is light.

Overall: A really good smoky stout. It may lack a little in body, but the dark smoke and peat flavors are really good.

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Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank God for beer and whisky ! And when they use peated whisky malt for beer, yummie ! ! !

I have to admit I have soft spot for 'De Molen' since I discovered 'Hel en Verdoemenis' en de 'Black Damnation' serie (in collab w/ De Struise). And when I saw this one on the shelf @ my friend's place, I knew I had to try it out ...

Hemel en Aarde (Heaven & Earth) pours a thick, black liquid in the glass. The room gets filled with nice smokey tones. The smokey tones are a bit overwhelming for the nose and cover up the natural aromas you would expect from an Imperial Stout. But as soon as the tastebuds come in contact with the fluid, you know why they call this beer 'heaven'. Dark chocolate with a herbal undertone, nicely balanced with a hint of licorice which continous in the aftertaste, nicely surrounded by the smokey flavour from the peated malt.

This beer deserves a place in my 'private' collection so I'll have to visit the neighbours in the North again.

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Photo of BeerManAway
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 14-Dec-2009
Bottled on 18-Jan-2010
Opened on 9-Aug-2011

Bottle nr. 110/1683

Recommend drinking temperature 16 ˚C.

Beer poured from 18 cL bottle into wine glass at 18 ˚C.

A - Very dark (349 EBC), has a nice brown head that doesn't vanish.

S - Aromas of chocolate, espresso and of course roasted malts, complex.

T - Espresso and whiskey notes, well balanced.

M - Unlike some other beers by De Molen it has just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Just like the other stouts by De Molen it's heavy
and complex, but more balanced and better carbonated that the average one.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good all around - very nice pour, deep black with dark brown head that's a good size head for an imperial stout. Nose is intense and quite appetizing with clear peat smoke and a big roasty aroma. Caramel baked goods in there too, but the peat is quite prominent. On the palate there's a rich mixture of flavors ranging from dark caramel, peat, roasted grains, slightly burnt toast, and bitter chocolate. Very carbonated and tickles the palate nicely. Long peaty/roasty finish.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1-finger tan head, rather low retention. Smell - peat, char, roasted . Taste - peated malts, oak, prunes, coffee. Chewy, oily body. Alcohol is hidden. Delicious.

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Photo of Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes - share from a kind RB)

A - Deep dark brown verging on black at points; oily looking; little to no head

S - Smokey; peaty; earthy; roasted; dark chocolate

T - Alcohol sneaks in at first; then deep roasted malts; hint of sweetness; peat comes through as well; finishes with a more chocolate finish

M - Thick, viscous and very subtle carbonation

D - Nicely drinkable for the complexity and weight; good sipper; bit a bit much after a while.

Overall, a wonderfully complex version of the style and immensely tasty.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Smells of dark cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, bourbon, cocoa, caramel and dark berries. The taste is well balanced, with notes of roasted malts, peat, cherries, chocolate, some coffee and whiskey. Very nice balance, all the notes are kind of mellow and toned down.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Also enjoyed at Amsterdams Arendsnest on 26SEP16, at €5.00 for a 0.25l draft glass. Ended up having two glasses...

My glass held a black hole of dense opaqueness. A creamy, short tan head left great lacing. Aroma was a big mix, with roasty bitterness, smokiness, and some peat-like characteristics. Body was medium-plus and oh-so-smooth!

Had some caramel malt, plus roasty, bitter dark chocolate. Some raisin and currant action came into play, with a floral hop flourish at the finish. Very nice!!

4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At 10%abv., coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle; bottling date 03/05/2012, served mildly chilled in a long-stemmed wine goblet. Notes: the beer label specifies the ingredients to include water, munich, cara, brown, bruichladdish barley malts, premiant and sladek (late hopping) and yeast.

A: pitch black in colour, coming with a 1cm thick creamy dark khaki frothy head with very good retention, on top of rather mild carbonation.
S: the dense and oily aroma upfront is dominated 50-50 by the peated malts and savoury-sweet black prune-ish notes; given a good swirl, the pronounced peatiness mixes well with bitter cocoa, gristy black beans, vanilla, plummy fruit esters, black cherry skins, and bitter-sweet root herbs as of licorice. Complex, but also strangely the aroma is uplifted by the lovely peaty edge of the malts.
T: smooth in carbonation, the foretaste is slightly metallic, savoury-sweet and robustly peated-malty, delivering lots of smoky and deep-roasted aroma alongside smoked longan-fruits, black prunes, licorice roots and bitter chocolate syrup, followed by a dry tinge of herbal bitterness as well as a thick body of lubricating Munich and brown malts with an aromatic bready touch. The bitterness retains its intensity towards the finish, where the peated-malt and smoked prune-ish aroma lingers with excellent earthy undertones to elevate an otherwise potentially heavy aftertaste.
M&O: the mouthfeel is excellent, lubricating and soothingly carbonated at the same time, while the fulsome body doesn’t go quite heavy at all. This is a successful, robust and yet very approachable Russian Imperial Stout that drinks so well alone, but can also benefit from different types of barrel-ageing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a big brown head.

S: Peat, roasted malt and maybe cream in the nose.

T: Big smokey peat notes, bready notes, roasty notes, coffee, nice bitter coffee in the aftertaste. No noticeable hint of alcohol.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly smooth.

O: This beer is a more-than-solid example of the style. It's delicious.

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Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black with brown tones, a high brown head that settles slowly and leaves some lacing. Good curtains.

Smelling much of roasted malt, toast, dark roasted coffee beans, sweet licorice, it also has much vinous and fruity tones.

Starting sweet, dark chocolate, dried fruits, sherry, bitter coffee and cocoa beans.

Low carbonation, small soft bubbles, a huge body, an oily syrup feeling, a dry finish.

Well done, well balanced, much to discover while sipping.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Monk's Cafe Mad Monday

A- pours pitch black with a creamy off-white colored head that leaves lots of good lace behind. Smells of smoky peat moss, woodsy & earthy, chocolate and fresh band-aide. Taste is smoky peat with woodsy notes, sweet chocolate & smoked meat with a dry smoky finish. Medium carbonation and body with s upper smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finish. The peat moss works well with the base beer, as it does not overpower and mixes in some nice woodsy notes as well. Definitely not for everyone, but worth the try.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another little gem from SeaBass. Bottle 1239.

A: Pours a nice dark brown / light black hue. Nice tan head good retention and some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of lightly smoked malt, earth, and dark fruit. Very subtle dark chocolate notes with hints of earthy coffee.

T: Wonderful light smoke flavors. Peaty and earthy but not a bit over the top. Mild chocolate, grassy hops, and dark fruits. Chocolate and coffee are there but they are in the background. Earthy flavors rule here.

M: Medium in body, subtle carbonation, dry, a bit bitter in the finish.

D: Nice, a nice brew that I could sit down and sip on for quite sometime.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

18cl bottle poured into my Darkness tulip...Black pour with nice tan head that comes right away leaving a solid cap. Spotty but nice lacing...Really strong aroma, peat moss, muted smoke(no pork notes), light coffee. Flavors in the same vein, hurting balance but still pretty good...Taste lots of peat, roasted coffee, bitter, a little alcohol, finish is warm...Feel is very warm, long aftertaste that is a little harsh.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: On-tap at Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse. Pours a jet black with a thick, imposing tan head that takes several minutes to settle.

S: Aromas of peat, prunes, raisins, roasted grain, dark chocolate, and coffee assault the nose. This is obviously not going to be a subtle stout.

T: Notes of roasted grain, burnt toast, dark chocolate, fudge, prunes, raisins, dried black cherry, black currants, coffee, vanilla bean, peat, leather, and earthy, minty, tobacco-tinged hops wash across the palate. The finish is heavy and rich with an odd, but pleasing, combination of peat, chocolate, prune, raisin, and coffee flavors. Some slight earthy hop notes linger in the background.

M: Very full-bodied, chewy, firm, and dry. A little chalky in the mouth. Carbonation is relatively crisp for the style. Alcohol presence is very pronounced, with what can only be described as something of a sucker punch on the tail. Will make you sleepy in no time.

O: This is a very robust stout with a hugely complex flavor profile. I can see why it is regarded so highly overseas. Very nice. Would make a good evening sipper.

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