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


on tap

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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 97   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Xstream (242) - - OCT 19, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 Its a bit of an odd one. First of all theres pretty much no foam. Its dark brown, near black. Has the aroma of molasses and caramel sweetness with the expected barrel oak, then followed by a little weird mossy barnyard like funkiness. It all comes back in the flavor. Its still on the good side, has a rich flavor, but doesnt have that depth finish to balance out the sweetness and give it somewhat more character and depth youd expect of a barrel aged beer. Maybe it needs more aging. The finish has the funkiness of barnyard and whisky that doesnt linger as great some other barrel aged beers do. Actually quite bored me halfway. Didnt finish it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (1463) - Bled/SF, - MAY 10, 2017
pours oily black, opaque with light brown foamy dissipating head. Aroma: intense peated, smoked, chocolate, mokka coffee...flavor follows aroma in intensity. smoked, dark malts, with notes of toasted toffee, chocolate, mokka coffee, peated whisky, hint of leather, dark fruit esters...body is full, very smooth almost creamy mouth feel, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmrmwel (2058) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2017
Bottle, enjoyed five years after bottling. Pours pitch black, with a tiny creamy, mocha head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, with tobacco, muscovado and dark fruits, cocoa, coffee and wooden barrels. Medium body, with almost no carbonation. Flavour is dark roasted malts, with caramels, muscovado, tobacco and dark fruits, as well as raw cocoa, vanilla and wooden barrels.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (19736) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
Intensiver malziger, leicht alkoholischer Antrunk. Holznoten, keine Karbonisierung. Mittelstarke Wrzigkeit, brotig, wssrig werdend. Erstaunlich leer. 8/7/8/9/12/8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eduardovl (1418) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 12, 2016
300ml black wax sealed bottle served in a snifter. A: Pours a deep black color that forms (with some aggressiveness) a thin and creamy beige head with low retention and absolutely no lacings formed and left in the glass. S: Nose is sweet and woody. Strong notes of whiskey and roasted malts. Notes of toffee, oak, licorice and alcohol. Hints of dark chocolate and whiskey again. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of oak, licorice and roasted malts. Notes of roasted malts and toffee. Bourbon. M: Full body. Low carbonation. Bourbon and oak in the aftertaste. O: Good drinkability.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moolesen (534) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Pitch black. Difficult to generate foam :-). Heavy nose of peat, iodine and smoked malt. What an intense aroma. Somewhere way back youll discover some rye bread with hints of sweetness. Great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kavieeeen (6) - Panningen, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2016 does not count
Zeer gerookt, Jodiumsmaak, vol en stevig, niet mijn smaak, te gerookt - gedronken @ home

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bobson (99) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2016
Bottle @ Buitenlust with Thompson. Smells quite sweet with a slight hint of burned sugar, coffee and licorice. Looks dark but consistent with a medium tan, foamy head. Tastes quite bitter and somewhat sweet, a lot like dark chocolate with a hint of wood/charcoal. Overall, another great beer from The Molen thats just different from anything in its style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thompson (707) - - APR 29, 2016
Bottle @ buitenlust with bobson.. pours a medium beige head... looks clear, but too dark to see, black colour... smell lots a bitter, coffee. Taste bitter coffee liqourish woody... a nice beer with a nice soft milky body. but not quite its average score

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 29, 2016
Vintage bottle , big thanks to Dennoman for the epic FULL 18CL VINTAGE BOTTLE TASTING :D , Thanks again my friend !

Aroma : peated, malts, coffee, charcoal
Taste : lovely balanced beer, heavy peaty flavour, some coffee, but overall mostly smoked/peaty, nice, but the turf en veen was way better !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christos (5552) - 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.

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