Hemel & Aarde Wild Turkey BA - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
Got this one at De Molen in Bodegraven.
From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 2 July 2013
Drunk beside the regular bourbon H&A.
APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, tighter looking, light tan head with great retention. Bistre brown in color with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a good full cap with lots of carbonation decorating the top. Good full wisp remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Thicker head than the bourbon version.
SMELL: The nose is great on this one. Roasted malts, smoky, peated notes, bourbon with sweet cream and vanilla. Milk and pure chocolate there as well. Bolder with more chocolate and sweet coconut cream than the regular bourbon version.
TASTE: Really nice flavor as well. Roasted and smoky malts, peat, with some bold and flavorful bourbon barrel at the swallow. Big and lingering aftertaste of sweet cream and caramel, vanilla sweetness, milk chocolate, bourbon and oak, with some nice bitter, dark chocolate and peated flavors from the base beer as balance to the sweet barrels. Great stuff. The bourbon variant has more oak and less sweetness, while this wild turkey version has a dose of sweet, creamy vanilla and coconut on top.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes mouth-coating. Some heat lingers. A touch lighter in weight than the bourbon version, but still solid for the style.
OVERALL: This was excellent. Really enjoyed this, and found it far superior to the regular bourbon version. The look is a touch too light in color, which is common for these guy's stouts, but the nose and flavor are outstanding. Another great example of how De Molen can mesh flavorful barrel aging with bold and interesting base beers. Another class BA stout from De Molen. Highly recommended.
01-27-2014 21:58:21 | More by Jeffo
3.89/5 rDev -9.7%
330ml black wax sealed bottle, a poor attempt at fancy Bourbon Whiskey presentation (not that Wild Turkey is anything near 'fancy').
This beer pours a solid, unassuming black, with prominent cola highlights, and a measly half finger of bubbly and creamy beige head, which wisps away in mere moments, rendering a bit of sparse islet lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.
It smells of gritty, grainy, and duly astringent cheap bourbon - more wet wood alcohol than caramel, vanilla, or spice - musty caramel malt, dusty toffee, bittersweet cocoa, mild peaty smoke (thankfully), dry anise, a bit of cold coffee, and soft earthy, slightly vegetal hops. The taste is much more caramel and toffee malt oriented, the coffee, chocolate, black licorice, and roasted notes also quite strong, alongside a more middling, and forgiving Bourbon barrel booziness, this time replete with vanilla, woody caramel, and very soft, indistinct spice, with some sugary dark fleshy fruit bolstering everything even further.
The bubbles are pretty dull and innocuous, the body a wavering medium weight, the wood and alcohol having that effect, yet the smoothness and creamy nature suffer not at all. It finishes on the sweet side - caramel malt, biscuity toffee, chocolate, simple Bourbon, and fading char all mixing, matching, and mingling.
A pleasant enough barrel-treated RIS, especially when it's in bed with one of the few whiskeys to make me nauseous at first sip. Thankfully that doesn't reign here, as the base stout is heady and complex enough to withstand a substandard wood. And despite the elevated sticker price, this actually turns out all right.
11-14-2013 05:37:48 | More by biboergosum
4.21/5 rDev -2.3%
330ml black waxed bottle poured into tulip 1/11/13
A looks black, deep cola edge, just a finger of short lived mocha foam that leaves a single patch of lace
S peat smoke hits me first, lots of chocolate and char, bourbons strong, a little licorice and booze, smells solid
T a little dried sugar coated dark fruit, lots of woody burnt barrel and the smoked malt works well it, not quite everything the nose had going for it but still tastes great
M not that thick for a big stout but far from thin, bubbles give it a little life, very well hidden booze, lots of bourbon barrel on the finish
O I'm digging the smoke and bourbon, the booze is well concealed and I could drink myself stupid with this one
I might be buying a few more of these to trade and age, all the important aspects are well taken care of, smoked malt BB stout? sign me up for more
11-02-2013 02:39:35 | More by wordemupg
Hemel & Aarde Wild Turkey BA from Brouwerij De Molen
90 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.