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De Molen Hemel & Aarde (Heaven & Earth)

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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 569   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Made with the most heavily peated malt in the world from the Bruichladdich distillery. Almost pitch black and opaque, small head. Furiously peated aroma, hiding the malt, licorice and dark chocolate somewhat. Very full bodied, thick mouthfeel, like fluid bread. Dark chocolate, loads of peat, lapsang souchong tea, chocolate cake, culminating in an almost endless aftertaste that also has licorice.
Alcohol varies by batch.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SVD (1135) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2016
Sample at de molen. Black beer small head. Aroma is smoked, roastes. Tasted is smoked, roasted malt. Very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HerrBierkoenig (909) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 14, 2016
From 0,33l bottle, BBD: 28/11/39 Pours dark brown to black liquid, medium yeasty particles floating, small creamy brown head, Aroma: heavily smoked, smoked wood, campfire, dark chocolate, espresso, cherry wood, spicy, leather, red berries, warming alcohol, Taste: heavy sweet, heavy bitter, light to medium sour, smoked malts, wood, spicy, roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, cherries, cranberries, Palate: full body, soft to average carbonation, oily thick mouthfeel, long smoked roasty aftertaste, Overall: excellent brew, enjoyed a lot, lot of smoked peated notes, roasted and red fruits notes, wood and spices, very nice warming pleasure.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mich1969 (10) - Near Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2016
I’m a fan of ’The Molen’ brewery, but this one doesn’t realy do it for me. Everything says stout, but it tastes like ’Earth’ to me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (7724) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2016
Keg at ushers. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of smoke, tcp, toffee, chocolate. Taste is more of the same. To much tcp on the finish for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4539) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 5, 2016
Thanks Višnja & Goran! Shared with Hrabren and them. My idiot "smartphone" ate my review up. This was a very pungent smokey flavor bomb of a beer if I remember correctly... A placeholder rating till I get to try it again, hopefully soon. :)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hrabren (464) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 4, 2016
0.33 l bottle from Pivoteka Zagreb. Shared with Vi?nja and Goran and Marko. Black with brown tint. Off white head. Leather, blueberries, smoke, roasted malts. Very roasty and thus bitter. Sweet, alcohol, medium to full body. Oily texture.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (2282) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Keg at Ushers. Pours almost black, brown head. Nose is roasted malts, peat, whisky, dark chocolate. Taste is full bodied, sweetish, liquorice, roasted malts, peated whisky. Delicious stuff. It is peaty whisky and on the sweeter side, thus not for everyone, but this just works for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Derbeth (586) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle with expiry date 28/11/39. Black colour, brown small head. Aroma is a crazy amount of asphalt and burnt rubber, also burnt fire log, dark chocolate. Alcohol is not noticeable. Hard to believe, but as you get used to the peat, pleasant chocolate begins to dominate. Light bitterness. Full body, but not too heavy. First shocking, but then surprisingly good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TtV (326) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Deep black with a tiny off white head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and malt. The taste is a frenzy of chocolate, coffee, sugar and leaves a very pleasant bitterness combined with a glow of alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franckg (754) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
Embouteillée en mars 2013, bue après 33 mois. Robe noire opaque avec un épais col de mousse brûnatre onctueux. Arômes de chocolat noir, tourbe fumée, anis et pain rôti. Légère présence de houblons, lesquels s’intègrent bien aux notes fumées. En bouche, chocolat noir assez sucré sans tomber dans l’excès, pain rôti, notes de café, baies confites et fumé mais on remarque que ce dernier est moins intense que le laissait présager le nez. Finale longue, chocolatée et légèrement amère rapellant les noisettes. Texture moyennement onctueuse et corps bien rond. Faible carbonatation et bel équilibre des saveurs sucrées et grillées.


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