Hemel & Aarde Bruichladdich Barrel | Brouwerij De Molen

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Hemel & Aarde Bruichladdich BarrelHemel & Aarde Bruichladdich Barrel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ricke on 01-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Aethien:
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4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTE: This is Hemel & Aarde aged on a Bruichladdich barrel used for the first time in 1972.

Dark brown color, small beige uneven head. Some lacings.

The aroma is of smoky whisky, peat, wood, charcoal and roasted malts.

The flavor is sweet with salty whisky additions. Notes of roasted malts, peat, wood, whisky and mild chocolate. The finish is somewhat bitter with edgy notes of smoky whisky and some alcohol.

Full-bodied and with a smooth mouthfeel.

Very good. Menno sure seems to know his way around imperial stouts.

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Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, commendable, accountant perfunctory front label. 25 years of best before? Nice idea, but no match for my current compunction! Made with 'Bruichladdich barley malts', and 10% ABV - same thing? Ok, on with it, heaven and earth, and what have you.

This beer pours a solid, impenetrable black, save some ever so slight basal cola highlights, and one fat finger of tight foamy beige head, which settles at an agreeable pace, leaving some intricate tree limb mesh lace around a majority of the glass in the process.

It smells of peaty, meaty, smoky malt, the bready, caramel, and grainy characteristics well submerged in that stuffy Islay maelstrom. The taste is sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt, a sour smoky essence, some mild dry coffee notes, middling cocoa, and a struggling earthy, leafy hoppiness. A nice side-stepping departure from expected oblivion.

The carbonation is well reserved, the body a plus-sized medium weight, dare I say full, and pleasantly smooth, but for some lingering raspy smoke and hop notes. It finishes sweetly malty, woody, and yes, still sour. No alcohol insurgency, despite the big ABV.

I can't really account for the name, word for word, but this is one strong candidate for the completeness so inherently insinuated. The hefty stout characteristics seem to seep through, eventually, and are generally amenable, in a low-countries, tangy sort of manner. Wow, even I need some rarefied ratification to justify that sentiment. Sorry, y'all just need to try this, full stop.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
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 Pnell316
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had a good amount of barrel aged stouts and I must say WOW! This one is excellent! It has an amazing smokey scotch smell and taste. This one wasn't easy to come by but I will be looking for more. This may just be one of the best stouts I've ever tried.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small bubbly head with no retention. Aroma of peat malt is dominated with notes of scotch also quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice complex mix between some peat malt with light smoked notes and solid black chocolate notes balanced with warming scotch notes. Body is quite full with no carbonation. Very well brewed with loads of complexity but still great drinkability factor

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another simply excellent little beer from de molen. this little bottle #178 was served in a tulip and enjoyed mid afternoon while i chilled around the house. consumed on 09/11/2010.

really a dark pour with a thin layer of light tan that clung to the sides for every bit of its life. some decent lacing being put down here as it rolls along.

aroma is full of peat and smoked malty notes. rich cooca lies underneath all of this and really serves as the back bone of a really solid and very dark profile. campfire scents abound as this absurdly full flavored stout just continues to morph on me as i chug along with it. smoked malts is stealing it away now as the full breath of the tobacco an leather soaked barrel flavor has come in full force. mildly carbonated but no where near flat it seems to effortlessly roll across the palate.

overall an excellent offering here and something i am truly impressed with. i with i could get more of these gems.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of beerdrifter
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the beer store at Brouwerij De Molen. Pitch black in color, but an aggressive pour yielded almost no head and very minimal lacing. Nothing like the standard Hemel & Aarde which was a total gusher when uncorked. The nose is very boozey, peaty and smokey, with hints of dark chocolate, licorice, and espresso. The barrel has thankfully mellowed the peat that dominated the Hemel & Aarde nose. It follows through in the taste as well as the peat is very subtle. Dark roasty chocolate and intense scotch notes dominate. Not sure I've ever had the scotch emerge so boldly like it does here. As it warms it opens up with hints of mocha and oak, but the warming scotch is king. The total lack of carbonation doesn't really hurt this beer. It's flat, but smooth as silk and thick and oily. Definitely a sipper with a nice subtle bitter finish. This is a one and done beer for sure. Very rich and boozey, but totally enjoyable. Another incredible beer from De Molen!

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Photo of SadMachine
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TheBrewViking
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

popped the top on this bad boy and it was filled all the way to the top so there was barely any carbonation. Appearance is black with no head at all.

Smells smokey with a good amount of bourbon as well

Taste follows the nose, the smokey malt and the bourbon fight for the lead on this one, i can't tell which one wins. But the smoke finishes it out for sure but never dominates, very well balanced

Mouthfeel is lacking from the limited carbonation, if this bottle was carbonated right this beer would be a winner.

Much thanks to Doopie for this one, De Molen makes some awesome stouts. Nice beer I wish it was carbed and it would have been top notch

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Photo of psiweaver
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my oakquinox tasting glass.

A: pours a rich black with minimal carbonation and a little bit of dark brown lacing.

S: the barrel mellows out some of the extreme peat that is found in the non barrel aged version. You get some vanilla and scotch notes to go with the peat.

T: the peat is really mellowed by the barrel in the taste, nice notes of scotch, vanilla, oak and a much more balanced taste profile.

M: again the barrel has mellowed some of the alcohol out and the overall mouth feel of the beer is much better as a result.

Overall i really like both beers but prefer the barrel aged because its more balanced and had a better taste profile in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Kim_Tardif
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one on Saturday.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with hardly any head and just about flat.

S: An intense peat character to the nose, likely both from the malt and the scotch barrel that was used. A nice oakiness to it and a slight nutty character.

T: The sweetness of the beer is surprising with the heavy peat character and almost smokey flavor. Some chocolate underlies this and provides some additional sweetness.

M: Very, very lowly carbonated but smooth and mildly creamy on the tongue.

D: I'm not always the biggest fan of "smokey" beers, but this one leaned much more toward the peat side of things and just provided an incredibly interesting complexity.

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Photo of cervejinha
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leitmotif
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Elbrownbag
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another European gem from Jan, poured into a tulip.

Pours an oily black with a short-lived fizzy tan head that recedes to a hefty collar with a swirl along the top. Bit of lacing around the sides.

The aroma is excellent with some heavily smoked malts and plenty of peat as well. The underlying dark malts and cocoa comes through in addition to a noticeable whiskey burn in the nostrils.

The taste is thick and oily with a base of chocolate malts, roasted coffee and smoke. This melds really well with the peat presence from the Scotch barrel with also lends a dryness to the finish along with a hefty alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things and super creamy with a low soft carbonation.

This is an excellent beer and a fantastic use of a Scotch barrel. I can contrast it directly with the Islay Brunch Weasel which had a far more dominant Scotch presence, too much actually. This is not only more drinkable but a much better melding of the barrel and underlying beer. Highly recommended.

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Hemel & Aarde Bruichladdich Barrel from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 42 ratings