Hemel & Aarde Bowmore/Caol Ila BA | Brouwerij De Molen

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Hemel & Aarde Bowmore/Caol Ila BAHemel & Aarde Bowmore/Caol Ila BA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Islay cask aged imperial stout originally brewed for and served at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. This is a different beer than the Bruichladdish Barrel version.

Imperial stout made with pleated malt from Bruichladdish distillery. Huge peat aroma with flavor notes of licorice and bittersweet chocolate. This is basically double peated. First from the malt then from the barrel.

Added by corby112 on 08-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
26
Reviews:
6
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
19.19%
 
 
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0
Gots:
3
For Trade:
1
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2/5  rDev -52.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle, 11,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
Bottled on: 28th August 2012
Good for 25 years.

Appearance: The beer appears pitch black in the glass, however a strong back light reveals a sizable chunk of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour yields a large, creamy, dark tan coloured head that lasts well for the style and even coats the glass in some sticky patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Mmmm this smells phenomenal - the nose is absolutely bursting with peaty goodness (smokey campfire, black soil, iodine, salty sea spray and very earthy notes) along side a wide variety of other notes that include: Bitter sweet dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, a little creamy caramel and some raisin.

Taste: As the nose suggested, the flavour is absolutely delicious! Massive peaty notes combine perfectly with smokey roasted malt, char, dark chocolate and burned raisins. As the beer begins to warm, an underlying sweetness emerges and the barrel character increases with more earthy peat becoming apparent along with a little oak. The finish is moderately bitter and lightly dry.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium-full and lightly sticky, while the carbonation is of a medium level and fantastically creamy.

Overall: This is easily the best of the Hemel & Aarde versions that I have had and is an absolute must for any lover of peat. I will certainly be getting more bottles of this!

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4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice dark, dark brown with a one finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin, thin blanket. Solid appearance for the ABV.

S - Aromas of big time peat, earthy roasts, dark chocolate, barrel, vanilla. Love the subtle play of peat and vanilla.

T - Taste is just as nice as the nose. Smoke, peat, dark chocolate, light creme notes and oak. Super harmonious here.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, nice and creamy though it does seem a bit thin.

O - Overall, an incredibly tasty beer. Love the peat and chocolate mixing together. Just super solid here.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with a bit of off white head that quickly recedes and leaves no lacing.

S: Very strong peaty scotch with a bit of caramel and hint of dark chocolate.

T: Scotch is toned down a bit on the taste. Caramel is quite strong with a nice amount of dark chocolate. It's pretty well balanced. Peaty scotch is still there, but the base beer balances it.

M: On the thick side with moderate carbonation.

O: A scotch lover's stout. Well integrated, but the scotch is fairly strong.

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4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy Smoke...literally! I hate long reviews because I like to quickly read and see the bottom line...is it good or is it shit...just give some minor details...who gives a fuck about lacing and all that other crap. That being said, I may go a bit long on this beer becaue it is truly unique and quite awesome....so the rare longer review to follow.

Foamy, nice brown head, pours black...not light black, dark and black.

The nose is crazy on this! Peat, malts, all kinds of smoke, smells like the inside of an old whiskey barrel, hence the aging.

Because of the Caol Ila and Bowmore aging, this almost tastes like a cross between a rauch and a stout. The smokiness was seriously imprinted from these barrels. If you like a nice smokey whiskey, like the JW Double Black, this is your beer. You would think there may be a little harshness, but the beer drinks so smooth, really smooth.

Overall....I have absolutely nothing to say bad about this beer. It is awesome.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First brewed for the 2012 BOREFTS festival at De Molen in Bodegraven. Bottle picked up from the shop there.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 28 August 2012

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yeilds a 1+ finger, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a nice full wisp. Black body with no carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Very nice nose, especially after it warms. Earthy peat notes, roasted and dark malts as well, and some dark chocolate on the nose. Oak and light vanilla, cocoa, and sweet cream as well. Nice nose for sure, and plenty bold to be enticing. Good stuff.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely, with notes of roasted and smoky malts first, but then more peat and earthy flavors, smoke and dark chocolate at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is smoky, earthy and chocolaty with some cocoa powder and sweet cream. Nice flavors and insteresting after the swallow, with an excellent balance between base beer and barrels.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A tough light on the palate, creamy smooth though, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Could be heavier for the style, but nice otherwise.

OVERALL: A very nice drink, and another good example of a well balanced barrel aged beer. The double barrel aging works well, meaning the peat flavors are nicely balanced by the Bouwmore barrel, which keeps this from being a peat bomb. Moreover, H&A still plays a role, adding some nice roasted and chocolate flavors to the mix. Very well balanced, complex and flavorful, and increadibly easy to drink. Great stuff. Recommended.

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4.22 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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