Hemel & Aarde Bowmore/Caol Ila BA - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
First brewed for the 2012 BOREFTS festival at De Molen in Bodegraven. Bottle picked up from the shop there.
From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 28 August 2012
APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yeilds a 1+ finger, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a nice full wisp. Black body with no carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Very nice nose, especially after it warms. Earthy peat notes, roasted and dark malts as well, and some dark chocolate on the nose. Oak and light vanilla, cocoa, and sweet cream as well. Nice nose for sure, and plenty bold to be enticing. Good stuff.
TASTE: Follows the nose nicely, with notes of roasted and smoky malts first, but then more peat and earthy flavors, smoke and dark chocolate at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is smoky, earthy and chocolaty with some cocoa powder and sweet cream. Nice flavors and insteresting after the swallow, with an excellent balance between base beer and barrels.
PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A tough light on the palate, creamy smooth though, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Could be heavier for the style, but nice otherwise.
OVERALL: A very nice drink, and another good example of a well balanced barrel aged beer. The double barrel aging works well, meaning the peat flavors are nicely balanced by the Bouwmore barrel, which keeps this from being a peat bomb. Moreover, H&A still plays a role, adding some nice roasted and chocolate flavors to the mix. Very well balanced, complex and flavorful, and increadibly easy to drink. Great stuff. Recommended.
12-10-2012 14:35:59 | More by Jeffo
4.58/5 rDev +23.1%
330ml bottle, 11,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
Bottled on: 28th August 2012
Good for 25 years.
Appearance: The beer appears pitch black in the glass, however a strong back light reveals a sizable chunk of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour yields a large, creamy, dark tan coloured head that lasts well for the style and even coats the glass in some sticky patches of lacing as it recedes.
Smell: Mmmm this smells phenomenal - the nose is absolutely bursting with peaty goodness (smokey campfire, black soil, iodine, salty sea spray and very earthy notes) along side a wide variety of other notes that include: Bitter sweet dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, a little creamy caramel and some raisin.
Taste: As the nose suggested, the flavour is absolutely delicious! Massive peaty notes combine perfectly with smokey roasted malt, char, dark chocolate and burned raisins. As the beer begins to warm, an underlying sweetness emerges and the barrel character increases with more earthy peat becoming apparent along with a little oak. The finish is moderately bitter and lightly dry.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium-full and lightly sticky, while the carbonation is of a medium level and fantastically creamy.
Overall: This is easily the best of the Hemel & Aarde versions that I have had and is an absolute must for any lover of peat. I will certainly be getting more bottles of this!
07-10-2013 21:30:30 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.39/5 rDev +18%
Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!
A - Poured a nice dark, dark brown with a one finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin, thin blanket. Solid appearance for the ABV.
S - Aromas of big time peat, earthy roasts, dark chocolate, barrel, vanilla. Love the subtle play of peat and vanilla.
T - Taste is just as nice as the nose. Smoke, peat, dark chocolate, light creme notes and oak. Super harmonious here.
M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, nice and creamy though it does seem a bit thin.
O - Overall, an incredibly tasty beer. Love the peat and chocolate mixing together. Just super solid here.
06-14-2013 00:51:46 | More by rudzud
4.58/5 rDev +23.1%
Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours pitch black and opaque with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic lace left behind.
Insanely smokey, peaty aroma. Tons of campfire smokiness and very strong peated whiskey barrel character. Very intense with smoked malt, toasted oak and a shit ton of peated whiskey. Hints of charcoal, butane, smoked meat and sweet booze with dark malt notes underneath. Kind of one dimensional but smells ridiculously amazing!
Medium bodied with an intense blend of peated whiskey barrel, earthy oak, smoked malts, sweet, spicy whiskey and other dark malt notes. Again, slightly one dimensional with tons of smoke/peat flavor but it's delicious. Smoked malt flavor with charcoal, campfire, bacon and butane followed by some burnt toast and dark chocolate before another rush of peated whiskey comes through. Smoke and more smoke but not completely overpowerig with lots of sweet, spicy whiskey and dark malts. Dangerously drinkable considering how intense it is. High ABV very well hidden. Has lots of alcohol/whiskey flavor with no heat. Delicious!
08-24-2012 03:28:16 | More by corby112
4.98/5 rDev +33.9%
Holy Smoke...literally! I hate long reviews because I like to quickly read and see the bottom line...is it good or is it shit...just give some minor details...who gives a fuck about lacing and all that other crap. That being said, I may go a bit long on this beer becaue it is truly unique and quite awesome....so the rare longer review to follow.
Foamy, nice brown head, pours black...not light black, dark and black.
The nose is crazy on this! Peat, malts, all kinds of smoke, smells like the inside of an old whiskey barrel, hence the aging.
Because of the Caol Ila and Bowmore aging, this almost tastes like a cross between a rauch and a stout. The smokiness was seriously imprinted from these barrels. If you like a nice smokey whiskey, like the JW Double Black, this is your beer. You would think there may be a little harshness, but the beer drinks so smooth, really smooth.
Overall....I have absolutely nothing to say bad about this beer. It is awesome.
04-14-2013 20:25:17 | More by 4thelvofbeer
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
33cl bottle into a snifter
A: Pours a very dark brown with a bit of off white head that quickly recedes and leaves no lacing.
S: Very strong peaty scotch with a bit of caramel and hint of dark chocolate.
T: Scotch is toned down a bit on the taste. Caramel is quite strong with a nice amount of dark chocolate. It's pretty well balanced. Peaty scotch is still there, but the base beer balances it.
M: On the thick side with moderate carbonation.
O: A scotch lover's stout. Well integrated, but the scotch is fairly strong.
05-22-2013 01:37:20 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Hemel & Aarde Bowmore/Caol Ila BA from Brouwerij De Molen
84 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.