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

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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 97   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Smoked Imperial Stout – 10% vol. Hemel & Aarde barrels filled with single malt Bruichladdich for the first time in 1972. 12% ABV for later versions


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Nip bottle, bottled on 6/7/10. Poured higher-viscosity deep brown with a short, but dense and well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter, but very soft and refined whiskey paired with campfire smoke and chocolates.. a little vanilla and this would’ve been liquid s’mores.. no complaints from me. The flavor opened with a peppery and oaky kick from the bourbon, with mostly smoked malts behind.. a little coffee roast joined tasty whiskey and dry, tangy oak on the edges.. everything came together well on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with low, but rolling carbonation through the palate.. nice roast to it.. excellent stuff!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Douberd (3992) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2016
(De Molen Hemel & Aarde (Bruichladdich BA)) Nip bottle as De Molen Hemel & Aarde Bruichladdich barrel from 1972, bottle number 75. From my Secret Sinterklaas a couple of years ago, many thanks! Served into a snifter, ABV 9.5% on the label. Opens with a light pfssh and pours a very dark, almost totally black coloured beer, with dark foam covering thinly its surface and sticking around the glass. Aroma of alcohol, vanilla, some peat, roasted malts, iodine, whiskey. Taste wise has hold up pretty well, faint hints of oxidation that actually compliment the beer, roasted malts, dark chocolate, light peat, well hidden alcohol, plenty of whiskey. Medium to full body, still active carbonation. Still great after six years in the bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rikstar (1759) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2016
2011 0,33l fles gedeeld met lion. Zwart zonder kraag.geur cacao en maggi. Smaak Is vol cacao en koffie alcohol en whisky ook duidelijk aanwezig. Volle Body en afdronk

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KennethArd (375) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2015
Smokey aroma of motor oil. Black with brown head. Smokey dry taste. Medium body & average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Klimaet (1111) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2015
Tap @ Borefts Beer Festival 2015. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aromas of smoke, wool, malt, chocolate, vanilla, licorice. Taste is roasty, peaty, meat, chocolate, malt. Not for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Acid303 (612) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - SEP 13, 2015
12% ABV bottle, served in Snifter. Pours black with no head, just a film of froth on top, which is quite lasting. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, wood and whisky. The flavour is the same with a vanilla touch. Moderate bitterness on the palate along with a warm sensation, but that doesn’t mean it is buzzy at all. Full body, soft carbonation. So smooth and well balanced, probably the only weak point is carbonation...needs a little bit more.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
midjo (19) - Oslo area, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2015 Simply one of the best beers I’ve ever had! Pours deep brownish black with a small head. Intriguing aroma of smoke and sweets, and the Bruichladdich blends perfectly in. Not very smoky. 2012-bottle at 10%. Tried a 2013-bottle that was nowhere near the sweet smoky goodness of the 2012, so leave it in the cellar for 3-4 yrs.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mecafilo (168) - Perugia, ITALY - APR 30, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours with a pitch black colour, small diminishing rocky tan head. Aroma is rich in malty notes, especially dark chocolate, coffee and licorice; additional hints of raspberries and vanilla; some notes of peat, too, but not overwhelming at all (luckily, I would say...); balanced and intense. Taste is medium sweet, little bitter, very little sour; very, very good. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, long warming (and slightly peaty!) finish. Great winter warmer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (9777) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle - Dark roast and smoke and sweet chocolate. Deep brown with no head. Peat and sweet chocolate and a long dark fruit finish. Very balanced and nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3645) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle. Thanks Kamiel! Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of smoke, licorice, pumpernickel, coffee, ash and leather. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of smoke, pumpernickel and licorice. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (1031) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 24, 2015
Black colour, beige to mocca head. Aroma of peat, smoke, ash, coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is light sweet, light bitter. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. 2009 vintage. I was expecting thicker body.


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