Bat Out Of Hell Oak Aged Version - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
A nip bottle that I received in a trade with BA Jeffo quite awhile ago. Drank immediately after the base brew as a comparison. Poured into a matching De Molen taster tulip, the brew appears black in color with 3 fingers of khaki brown froth. The brew displays solid retaining powers leaving patchy lace in its fading wake.
The aroma is quite oaky and raw with a touch of carbonic quality. Some chocolate, roast, earth and coffee suggestions before black licorice and a hint of something like cola comes into play. There is a hint of mineral quality along with a deep burnt sugary note like black strap molasses.
The taste includes an immediate flavor of black licorice and roast like coffee and charred grain. A bit ashy before a raw oak tannic flavor takes over mingles with roast like bitter baker's cocoa. There is quite an earthen aspect about this brew and a spiced character from the oak almost like cinnamon or insense as it warms up.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It is slightly different and more complex than the base. It is decent but nothing earth shattering as far as a must have. The rarity exceeds the enjoyability by a long shot. Surely I would welcome a chance to drink this again but that is unlikely.
08-16-2013 13:36:07 | More by stakem
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
I was afraid to open this after the bottle I sent to Greg was a gusher. Shared at Nora's Eve of the Eve party. Served in a tulip.
A - Surprisingly, this bottle was not a gusher (and this was violently lugged to the party in a backpack full of bottles); I even had a glass ready over the sink just in case. Still, a hefty tan foam lingers with excellent retention, leaving behind splotchy lace. Very dark brown body with some obvious suspended sediment; hard to avoid though, seeing as these bottles barely serve two people.
S - Oak and roast dominate the aroma, with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, and perhaps a hint of bourbon; could be imagined though as I'm not sure if this was aged in barrels or on oak chips. There's perhaps a slightly vinous note that could indicate infection, but I don't think I'd have noticed if Greg's bottle hadn't erupted. Unconventional for a De Molen beer in any case.
T - Big oaky vanilla flavor, with notes of soy and umami, milled grains and dark breads, dark chocolate, and perhaps a bit of fruity but mild oxidation setting in. Again, minimal spirit character, which has me thinking oak chips/new charred oak rather than bourbon barrels. I definitely wouldn't guess infection here.
M - Fairly hefty medium-full body, with a chewy, viscous texture to it. Low carbonation, and a dry, roasty finish. Quite nice, and with minimal alcohol presence.
D - The oak is a tad rough when this is cold, so let it warm-up. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, although perhaps the least of three nips we opened. The roast gives this more of an American feel than Menno's beers typically have, but I think a nice balance is struck between the collaborators. I feel bad for sending Greg the infected bottle. :-(
01-03-2013 17:08:07 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -4.1%
This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by Beerverage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really enjoyed what I found in this brew. Based on the aroma I knew I was in for something quite nice, but upon my first sip when the smoky character hit me I knew I was going to like this one as well. I was really surprised at how similar this version was when compared to the regular version we had just had prior. All of the same flavors and aromas were there with not a lot of difference. Usually this is not the case. So if you enjoyed one version, you will definitely enjoy the other. Worth trying if you get the opportunity!
07-10-2012 11:16:12 | More by thagr81us
3.05/5 rDev -26.9%
Only 666 bottles filled. Always a cool idea. Huge props to Alex (Masterski) for providing this in trade.
It was almost a geyser. The head is dull in finish, tan in color and has excellent retention. The beer is dark brown and not at all black.
Aroma hints of some sourness or barrel little bugs to come. We’ll see. A touch sharp and some cherry. Hmmm. (still haven’t tasted it at this point)
What’s interesting is that it does have some characteristics of some buggies in here, but it’s doesn’t really taste that far off. Think I may be drinking it, just in time. Some unsweetened chocolate and a touch of cherry. Lots of oak… The barrel is front and center here.
Not astringent, but matted or dry in feel.
I am so happy to have this as it’s just a cool beer. I think I consumed it just before it went off the cliff. Too bad.
03-16-2012 23:45:18 | More by Reagan1984
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a solid black with a light brown 2 finger head.
Aroma; oak, chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of smoke.
Taste; amazing balance and complexity. Oats, milk chocolate, coffee, a solid roastiness and a lingering woody note with a hint of cocoa.
Mouthfeel; frothy, milky, full bodied.
Overall; solid notes, great balance, perfect addition of oak.
12-05-2011 17:51:22 | More by pixieskid
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Opened with a pop, hiss and a serious amount of action.
Poured vigorously after I heard about the carbonation problems. This bad boy produced a head bigger than the beer itself.
Smells like burnt sugar, chocolate, sugary booze and malty yes. I like it already...
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes. No carbonation problems at all. The first sip after the five minutes it took the head to calm the hell down is pure RIS bliss. It's all toasty malts, caramel, and booze-soaked oak planks. Some vanilla and coffee notes. It's uber sweet, dark, fruits and all that rot. I am suddenly pretty pissed off that this comes in such a small bottle.
Again, well-carbed. I repeat, well-carbed. Just right, actually. It's got a nice viscosity, but could probably be a touch thicker.
I really wish I had more of this. I am also kind of glad these guys are so totally under the radar with their limited release stuff. It means I should be able to keep getting my hands on it.
Thanks to doopiedoopiedoo for this redonkulously yummy bottle of rare deliciousness.
06-25-2011 03:53:23 | More by johnbjaeger
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
Look: The beer pours a very dark color almost no head but some thin brown lacing around the inside of the glass.
Smell: Nice roasted malts, hops, chocolate, sweet molasses, plums and some liquorice. Plenty of oak in the nose.
Taste: Medium sweet and bitter. Roasted malts and chocolate again, coffee and sweet molasses and wood. Quite a lot of hops in the aftertaste, nice.
Mouthfeel: Thick but no carbonation at all
Overall: Nice beer, but unfortunately, completely flat
06-11-2011 10:54:15 | More by rvdoorn
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
Bottle at 't Arendsnest in Amsterdam. From notes.
A - Poured a black colour with good carbonation. A solid one finger mocha head on top and lot's of chunks in the bottom. Filmy retention but no lacing. Swirling the beer gets a nice head back.
S - Chocolate is obvious. There is some good coffee there too. It's a little woody as well with a licorice compliment and some whiskey.
T - Tobacco, woodiness, coffee, and licorice.
M - Mild carbonation and a full body with a tobacco/coffee bitterness in the finish.
O/D - Nice Impy Stout. Not my favourite but quite tasty and complex. A valiant effort but it needed more chocolate and more oak instead of mild woodiness to be world class.
05-16-2011 19:56:46 | More by tbeckett
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
After having the regular Bat I was lucky enough to try the Oak aged version as well.
Jeffo brought it to my house. Thanks, man.
from a 18cl into a snifter.
Opened with a big hiss. Comes out pitch black has a wonderfull three finger light tan head. A couple of minutes later only one finger head is still present bits of lacing are on the glass. Identical to the base beer.
Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee on the nose. The hop smells of the base beer have been replaced with the smell of oak barrel.
The taste follows the nose but adds a wood like flavors I suppose come from the barrel. Here my beloved hops from the regular Bat seems to have made room for wooden oak flavors. A bit more alcohol heat.
The body seems slightly lighter and there seems to be a bit more carbonation.
It's great, fantastic even, but the base beer was fantastic. If I have my pick I'd take a regular Bat any day over the oak aged version.
04-07-2011 20:16:24 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
.18cl bottle courtesy of jeffo. Thanks man.
As I opened this thing I saw it started to seemingly gush but nope a slow eruption of bubbles. Poured into a small wine glass creamy fine bubbled 2 finger head with very good retention.
Bitter chocolate and earthy hops are prominent in the nose. The signature DeMolen stout smell is also present, fitting. The oakiness is also there but as a subtle wood note.
Boozy hotness, smoke, bitter hops, dark chocolate slight oak as well, they really did a perfect job adding the oak to this beer.
Mouthfeel is moderately creamy with mid to low carbonation.
03-27-2011 01:28:57 | More by STEG
4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
Was able to pick up a couple bottles of this at De Molen in Bodegraven. Like the base beer, expectations were high for this one.
From a nip into a snifter.
Note: Drunk immediately after the base beer.
APPEARANCE: Pours out very dark and produces a small, thick looking, mocha colored head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and ring. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. A swirling wisp and ring remain until the end, leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Looks great.
SMELL: Roasted malt and some definite oak and woody notes in the nose. Touches of vanilla, dark chocolate and smoky notes blend in well, but the oak and wood notes are definitely more prevalent. The barrel plays a large role here, but doesn't overpower. Bolder and more complex than the original version.
TASTE: Roasted malts, smoky notes and plenty of oak and woody flavors from the barrel. Dark chocolate and sweet molasses are still there, meaning the barrel adds to the flavor profile without dominating it. Touches of vanilla accompany the oak notes, which both mute the hop in the base brew. A bold and lingering aftertaste of bitter chocolate, sweet molasses and some obvious oak notes. More balanced than the nose. Great stuff.
PALATE: Just like the original version. Full body and medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth, no bite, and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Big, beautiful, creamy palate that really supports the flavor profile.
OVERALL: De Molen is often hit or miss with their barrel aged stouts, but this one was a complete success. The barrel played a great role in the this show, adding to the brew without dominating it. The wonderful look and feel of the base beer weren't compromised by the aging process either. One of the better BA stouts De Molen has produced up to this point. Exceeded expectations. Great job on this one guys!
12-23-2010 21:48:34 | More by Jeffo
Bat Out Of Hell Oak Aged Version from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.