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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 484   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2011
Tap @ La tana (had a bottle of it sometime in the past). First of all, i love this beer. Black with reddish shadow solid color. Big creamy condensed cappuccino head. This beer is very hard to pour, the head prevails on the body no matter what or how you do. It’s a common issue shared by some other de molen beers. Intense herbs, malt, chocolate, cappuccino, tobacco and a little bit of smokiness aroma. Very good Taste of herbs, chocolate, sweet espresso, lactose, smokiness, peated malt, wood. Dry bitter finish. Quite carbonated but enjoyable anyhow. Big, massive body but silky mouthfeel. Basically the H&A is a really astonishing IRS (bitterness and sweetness perfectly balanced), in addition the peated malt gives a very brilliant smokiness feature which does absolutely not make the beer tasting like a fancy liquor or low alcohol whyshy. It’s not a really complex beer, the dark lord it is for instance, but in the first case i’d drink an entire bottle of of it without any problem cause the beer is damned enjoyable; for the darklord i doubt i’d like to. <3

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1407) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Gusher bottle resulting in a loss of beer and ridiculous 10% beer/90% foam pours in my efforts to save beer. Perhaps the amateur bottle conditioning is De Molen’s way of mocking the consumer for being so foolish as to spend this much money on a single bottle of beer. Rant aside, this beer presents with a typical stout appearance and a wonderful aroma of smoke, peat, roasted malt, light licorice, and bitter chocolate. Taste is heavy peat, smoke, wood, chocolate, light coffee, and soft bitterness through the finish. Creamy feel in the mouth. When I purchased this beer I was told by the owner at Brewberry that this batch used a new type of malt that was heavier on the smoke. Despite the lameness of the crappy carbonation this is an excellent imperial with a ton of smoke. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7444) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2011
Keg at Craft Beer Co. It pours near black, with some ruby highlights and a thick light tan head. The nose is smoked peat, liquorice, smoky bacon and chocolate. The taste is peat, salted liquorice, oak, roasted malt, meat, smoke, lingering alcohol warmth, ash, lactose and dark chocolate, with a dry-roasted finish. Full body, lively carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Complex, well balanced and damn tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (1760) - FINLAND - NOV 12, 2011
Hemel & Aarde is black beer with a huge and brown head. Aroma is strognly roasted, some ashes, black coffee and chocolate, some vegetables and hint of sewer. Taste is roasted, strong blck coffee, some warming alcohol. Full bodied and pleasant to drink. Strongly roasted, quite simple beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2011
NOTE : my bottle exploded when opening and gushed out around 3/4th of my 33cl bottle, infected ?

Head: huge, dark brown
Colour: black
Smell: peaty, charcoal, malts, heavy roasted/toasted
Taste: coffee, peated whiskey, booze, roasted malts, very ashy, end is dry and extremly earthy

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
pitch black non existent head, aroma: cheese, matured cheese, gorgonzola, ammonia, camp fire, meaty, salt, soy sauce, wood, what’s up with all that cheese?! roasted, burnt hay, weak chocolate, medium mouth feel, no carbonation at all, Taste: wood, burnt malt, roastet, cheese, dark berries, light alcohol burn, light siruppy, some dryness may have to try this again. seems weird.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2011
Draught at 3 Små Rum, Göteborg. Black colour with brown head. Licorice up front in aroma, along with rich woody, rubbery, piney hops. Flavour is a mature sensation of leather and tar, with whiskey and toast that lingers. and then we have clean toast malts and menthol. Pretty light on its feet for such a high abv, that might be the attenuation. Elegant chocolate. All this lingers till the very end (whenever that is). Very well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (11902) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2011
Almost black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, dark chocolate and peated smoke. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and roasted very bitter finish. Smooth and oily. 151011

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Tap, ’t Arendsnest, Amsterdam, 20/09/11. Black as it comes, whipped with tan, and lacy at the strength. Odd, disorientating aroma from such a tarry beer; edgy yeast, rhubarb, gooseberry, just a smudge of liquorice, incidental smoke. All that in the mouth backed with a floral soapiness, well done malts, faint streak of booze. Liquorice, flick of cigar, distinct jazz cigarette afters, floral hops, pistachio. Deep, rich dovetailed malt and hops. Sticky on the lips, but supple. Big drinkability. No Smurf beater this one; top, top draw stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1615) - FINLAND - SEP 17, 2011
Hemel & Aarde kaatuu aromilasiin öljyisen mustana ja muodostaa vain hiukkasen ruskeaa vaahtoa lasin reunoille. Tuoksultaan olut on erittäiin paahtunut, kahvinen, turpeinen, suklainen ja hieman lakritsainen. Maku on turpeinen, maanläheinen, kahvinen, hieman suklainen, suolaisen lakritsainen ja makea. Monimuotoinen maku on kiinnostava, mutta hieman off, omien mieltymysteni suhteen. Huipputavaraa silti. Suutuntumaltaan tämä on melko paksu ja hieman liukaskin. Kämpässä oli hieman kylmä, mutta johan alkoi lämmetä.


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