Hemel & Aarde Bruichladdich Barrel | Brouwerij De Molen

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Hemel & Aarde Bruichladdich BarrelHemel & Aarde Bruichladdich Barrel
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%
 
 
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15
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MasterSki
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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jeffo
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the De Molen beershop in Bodegraven. This is a rereview. The first bottle I had was a nip and was insanely carbonated and tough to drink. It tasted great, however, and still got a score of 4.03. Glad to try a new batch.

From a 33cl bottle into a snifter
Bottled on 8 December 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours dark, transparent brown and yields a small, thicker, tan head with decent retention. Very small head quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body and no carbonation evident. A decent ring remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Looks much better than that overcarbonated first batch.

SMELL: Nice nose on this one; very bold, complex and interesting. Lots of roasted malts, espresso and dark chocolate as well. Some burnt caramel and charcoal notes, as well as some well integrated peat from the barrels. Same as the regular version, but the barrel has left a touch more peat qualities without overpowering the brew. The base beer is a little more impressive as well actually. Really nice.

TASTE: Big flavors as well. Roasted malts, lots of peat, and notes, as well as bitter espresso and chocolate all over. Big and lingering aftertaste has lots of roasted and burnt malts, bitter hops, sweet caramel notes, and a good dose of booze from the barrels. Very similar to the regular version, but more peat and heat. Very nice indeed. Excellent.

PALATE: Medium body and syrupy slick on the palate. Very modest carbonation, but creamy and smooth on the palate. Goes down fine, quite oily, and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. Would like a tick more carbonation on this one, as it's just slightly on the good side of flat. Thick and syrupy, however.

OVERALL: This is an excellent beer, and I enjoyed this one much more than I did the first batch many moons ago. Where the first batch was flawed by too much carbonation, however, this batch is plagued by not enough. Let's hope the third batch nails it on the head, because this brew has the nose and flavor profile to be a world class beer. As it is now, it's a solid continent class beer. Ok, that was stupid. Recommended for mass consumption.

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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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