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Hemel & Aarde | Brouwerij De Molen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,571
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
204
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
42
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 204 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of josanguapo
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

De Zombier. En copa Teku. Viendo Umbrella Academy 2x01. Le echo en falta mayor cuerpo y menos presencia del ahumado, que satura, aplanadlla y tapando los matices propios de las imperial stout

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Photo of Radome
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a snifter.

L - Deepest brown color and opaque, as expected for the style. Impressive head is light brown in color and piles up several inches high on initial pour. It is sticky and moussey and lasts almost immovably throughout the drinking experience.

S - Aromas of roasted malt include espresso, chocolate and slightly burnt coffee beans. Blended in are the aromas of the barrel, with a strong peat and smoke that immediately makes me think of Islay single malt whiskies. It even has the sharp "medicinal" note of Laphroaig or Lagavulin.

T - The flavors are amazing if you like Islay malts. The peat, smoke, salt, medicine and scotch whisky characteristics pop right out, somewhat overshadowing the Imperial Stout flavors. Those are there as well, with chocolate milk and espresso, but they take a back seat to the barrel character. That's just fine with me, but might turn off some.

F - Thick body with low carbonation, but the effect is silky, smooth and velvety. (I wonder if there are oats in the grist to provide the silky feel?) Strong hops bitterness is evident, despite the lack of overt presence of hops in the flavor or aroma. Alcohol shows a presence, especially in the finish and aftertaste, where a single malt-type bite lingers.

O - Some of the base beer characteristics get subverted by the strong barrel-derived flavors and aromas. But, if you like Imperial Stout and you like peaty, smoky Scotch whiskies, you'll love this like I did. Bravo!

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Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BlueSpader
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Agrosy in Atlanta.

Lagavulin in a stout. Smooth. If you like the single malt, the drink this beer as it gives you all the smoke and peat you want without the alcohol bite.

If you don't like peaty, then don’t even say this beers name out loud.

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Photo of Gasp262
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 123321123321
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oleg85
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a tan foamy head that held for at least a good minute. Mild glossy tan lacing strung all about. The aroma has a superb blend of milk and dark chocolate malts to smoke. Dried meatiness at the end. The flavor combines the milk and dark chocolate sweetness to the smoke. Leans to a slight sticky milk chocolate sweet aftertaste and rolling on into the aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation seems to run very low and allows a light stickiness running all around. Overall, damn fine smoked porter or stout or imperial stout, whatever the hell this thing is supposed to be.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Very deep brown to almost black in color with some amber tinge along the edge when hits the light, the small tan head slowly builds up and recedes simultaneously to some bubble film atop and leaves lots of lacing spot yet lots of sediments behind.

It is heavily smoked and peaty in both aroma and flavor with notes of smoked barbeque and lots of intense peat, roasted malt too with its burnt caramel, roasted coffee bean, vanilla, dough, and dark bread while there is also rich espresso and creamy yet milky chocolate. Further than that, there are as well notes of licorice, some dark fruit in kind of prune and plum, yet some spiciness from hop that also imparts its modest bitter end together with smoky and roasted malt profile.

Medium body with rather low to medium carbonation through the palate, the overall feeling is pretty good with some smoothness and very dry finish. Smoky as silk Stout!

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Photo of flyingpig
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 wasn't the best either. It remained very much a drinkable beer that got better the longer it had to open up & develop but sadly I can't see it being one that I'd go for again; perhaps if I enjoyed my whiskies a little more than I'd have appreciated this one better.

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Photo of shelby415
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smoky (no way!), smoken sausage like. Big earthy hops presence. Medicinal with a bit of band aid(that's too bad). A good mouthfeel, quite dry. A bit out of balance

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Photo of rawfish
2.77/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of user785335
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amguerra305
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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 byronic
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierman9
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 jroof1
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SayBoom
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SoPeL
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 204 ratings