Hemel & Aarde Bruichladdich Barrel | 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): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ricke on 01-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
20
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.98%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
15
For Trade:
1
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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

209 Vintage poured May 2015.
Thanks to Pushkinwow for the bottle.

Deep black with no head off a vigorous pour. The nose is powerful, full of espresso, roasted malts, peat/smoke. The taste is similar but stronger, coffee, lots of dry roasted malts, peat.smoke, char. The mouthfeel is nice considering no carbonation. i am not a fan of smoky beers, but this one wasn't bad and the best I have had to date (which is a limited sample).

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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap. It has undesired flavors that remainds me of muscat of alexandria. No smoke is detected in my sample. Thin body and small presence of roasted flavors. Need to compare with a bottle.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Brabander
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

08/12/2011 (bottled December 8th) - Great fill almost to the top of this 33cl bottle. Bottle label says this puppy is 12% ABV and unpasteurized. No bottle number on label.

Pours a dark brown almost black with red tones. Almost no carbonation at all with just a few bubbles hangin’ on the rim. Zero and I mean zero lacing. Smells of peat, coffee, dark chocolate, booze, and deep roasted malts dominate the nose. First sip is surprisingly thin and quite inky but there is enough peat and smoke notes combined with dark chocolate, coffee and licorice to make for an interesting brew. I am a tad disappointed due to the lack of carbonation but overall pleased as the Islay whisky notes are most welcomed. I am hoping my other bottle is better carbonated but overall this beer is worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Sean9689
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Alex. Side-by-side comparison with the regular Hemel & Aarde.

A - Pours dark brown, huge tan-colored head, spotty lace.

S - The scotch hits you right away, chocolate, peat, char, light smoke. I don't think the barrel did much to enhance the nose on this beer, as it takes away from the sweetness of the base.

T - Similar to the nose. Scotch, oak, chocolate, peat, char. Again, not as well-balanced as the base with an over abundance of a boozy Scotch note. Alcohol is there for sure...a little too much. Finish is light sweetness and Scotch barrel.

M - Full body, heavy carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - The Scotch barrels hurt this beer, IMO. There's not enough balance when compared to the base beer and the alcohol takes away from the sweetness and smoke. The carbonation was also a distraction for me. Not bad, but not something I'd drink again.

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Photo of Aethien
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To my surprise, the bottle I had was filled almost to the cap, yay more beer for my money.
It pours ink black with no head and just a small ring around the edge of the glass that leaves some this spotty lacing, pretty much as expected from a beer that's been barrel aged.

Whiskey and oak are front and center in the smell with dark chocolate, peat and smokiness with some coffee and a medicinal alcohol in the back.

It tastes like you'd expect, dark chocolate, peat, medicinal alcohol and smokiness form a backbone for delicious whiskey flavour and smoothness with oak and a little caramel rounding it all out.

Mouthfeel is very whiskey like, smooth and silky but fairly heavy and certainly not one to drink quickly.

All in all it's pretty much what I had expected, a heavy sipper with lots of whiskey smoothness and quite alcoholic. Great stuff but it takes an evening to drink one.

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3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Jeffo. #458/1776, brewed December 3rd, 2009 & bottled June 7th, 2010. Served in a Cigar City snifter next to the base beer.

A - Voluminous dark tan-grey foam that eventually settles to a thick collar, splotchy wisps, and spotty lace. Seems overcarbonated, but don't think it's infected. Very dark brown, near-black body.

S - Well, there's that distinctive Scotch whisky aroma - medicinal iodine, peat, char, smoke, some alcohol, and a nice dark chocolate note mixed in there.

T - Taste is quite similar to the aroma, and starts out pretty enjoyable, with notes of roasted malt, char, peat, and some dark chocolate mid-palate. However, the finish is laden with tires and iodine and it lingers indefinitely. The balancing sweetness of the base beer is nowhere to be found.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with surprisingly zesty carbonation for the style. Chewy texture, with some mild alcohol warmth.

D - Significantly more challenging to drink than the base beer, and really needs significant time to open up. Also, sharing the nip three ways resulted in ideal portion size. If you really dig Scotch this may be a winner, but using the barrel in addition to the peated malts was overkill in my opinion.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 08 Dec 2011
Good for 25 years.

Appearance: Hemel & Aarde looks pitch black in the glass, with a strong back light only revealing faint red edges. A rough pour yields a small, ultra slow forming, tan coloured head that actually displays pretty good retention for the Abv. A light swirl yields massive alcohol legs and a light yellow stain on the glass.

Smell: Wow, I was expecting the Bruichladdich barrels to increase the peat characteristics ten-fold, however the initial nose seems to be a lot more restrained than the base beer, with more standard imperial stout characteristics noted.
The peat characteristics increase as the beer warms.
Notes include: Dark chocolate, dark fruits (burned raisins, cherries and dark berries), a hint of molasses, charred wood, heavily roasted malt, a hint of coffee, earthy peat smoke, slight salty sea spray note, oak, almond and a touch of scotch-like alcohol.

Taste: The initial flavour is quite sweet with notes of dark fruit, cocoa and dark caramel. De Molen's signature charred wood and heavily roasted malt follow, with earthy peat, oak and Islay scotch on the back end. The finish is reasonably bitter, with a lingering whiskey-like dryness.
While the 12% is not totally hidden, it is very well integrated into the flavour profile and would be missed if absent.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much bang on for a big barrel-aged stout! Full (or just under) bodied, oily, slightly sticky with an ultra low level of super smooth carbonation.

Overall: Unexpectedly, instead of boosting the peat characteristics of the base beer, the Bruichladdich barrels seem to have toned them down, creating a more balanced beer. That said, it is still one to avoid if you are not a fan of peated whiskey.

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