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De Molen Hemel & Aarde (Bowmore/Caol Ila BA)

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


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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the famous Hemel & Aarde, brewed with Bruichladdich whisky malt, matured on oak casks from Bowmore and Coal Ila. The casks were mixed before bottling and casking

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (6594) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle - Lots of Woody and peat notes. Deep brown with a thin beige head. Punch in the face smoke, peat and muddy. Lots of wood and dry. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvilCat (98) - FRANCE - FEB 27, 2015
Bouteille. De molen Shop. Bière d’un noir abyssal coiffé d’une mousse beige gourmande. Nez grille et torréfié aux notes engageante d’alcool, de sous bois, de noix et de grain de café. Bouche soyeuse et onctueuse. Belle longueur ou se développent les saveurs du nez ainsi qu’une touche fruitée et confite jusqu’à la finale réglissée puissante, amère et sèche. Les embruns de fut d Islay parachevent cette finale complexe. Pour finir une jolie note chaude d’alcool vient réchauffer le ventre. Une impérial stout amazone, féminine, puissante et envoûtante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DwarfeD (1352) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2015
33cl bottle at home; 11% alc. Pitch black with a small off-white head. Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation. Quite sweet with some bitter tones. Roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, smoke, whisky, dark ripe fruits, spices and warming alcohol. Another great BA imperial stout from De Molen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (2995) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very dark beer, almost pitch black with a brownish hue around the edges and a small tanned head on top. Aroma has massive peat, basically when opening the bottle the peat starts to come at you. That’s definitely the Caol Ila getting you there. Also some faint notes of molasses and roasted malts with chocolate, but it’s all covered in massive peat. I’m a peat-head, so I love it. Flavor has a lot of sweetness going on, quite boozy and strong with some licorice and dark chocolate in the back. The peat is also very strong in this one, overwhelming the palate a little bit, but certainly in a good way. Incredibly full bodied, lots going on here, Lots of boozy whisky notes, sweet molasses, roasted malts, dark chocolate, very complex. Evertything an Imperial Stout needs, this has it. Only flaw is that it’s very unbalanced, the peat has taken over this beer and won’t let go. Still a very good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2561) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle, two years old. Black oily pour, very small white brown head. Strong aroma of smoke, peat and chocolate. Taste is quite strong, with peat, smoke, sweet malt, milk chocolate and some mocca. Somewhat bitter and boozy finish. Good beer, with a little bit more body it would be even better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
aenima (289) - Askim, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2014
Aroma is peat.Taste is peat. I love bowmore but here it is just dominating the beer. A little sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5007) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle from BierCab, Bcn. Black with a beige head. Orange and medicinal whiskey nose and flavours. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6925) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
33 cl bottle.
Pours dark red, almost black color with a small beige head. Bourbon on the nose, slightly burnt tar and wood. Roasted malts, wood, some faint chocolate and bourbon on the flavor. Soft carbonation, not the most balanced beer, decent. Alcohol comes through. Definitely worse than the base beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6741) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a black colour a beige foamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, salty licorice and loads of tar. Flavour is quite heavy on tar, salty licorice, soy sauce, tart wooden notes, some sourish blackberries and roastiness. Medium bodied and a dry, sourish finish. Alcohol burns. The barrel notes are quite overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (6454) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
33 cl bottle @ olio. Bottled 28.08.2012, BBE 28.02.2037
Aroma has strong, peaty and sweet whisky tones. Also licorice. Flavour has rather stinging whisky tones, sweet fruits(!) and tobacco. Also licorice, alcohol and smoke. Whisky is too dominant here.
Bowmore kautta Caol Ila jättää sen.

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