Beer review: De Molen Hemel & Aarde (Bruichladdich barrel aged)

Earlier today the #stoutday hashtag started popping up on Twitter, and after some tweets I figured out that The Beer Goddess had started The International Stout Day.

I normally don’t need an incentive to enjoy a good stout, but being an “official” stout day and all I had to bring out one of the big guns from the cellar.

The aforementioned gun is actually one of the smaller bottles I have, but I hear they keep saying that size doesn’t matter… Anyways, let’s get to know this beer a bit better!

De Molen Hemel & Aarde (Bruichladdich barrel aged)Looks

Pitch black oily pour with tan head.

Aroma

The aroma is pretty smoky, with some hints of milk chocolate.

This beer is aged in a Bruichladdich whisky barrel, and there are hints of oak and some vanilla as well.

Flavor

The flavor is quite peaty, but lighter than one might expect. Aside from the peat there are hints of coffee and chocolate in the flavor as well.

This beer is quite complex and has a very good mouth feel to it. Despite the complexity in both aroma and flavor the beer is very well balanced.

Finish

Long finish with roasted malt, some peat and a bit of medium dark chocolate.

Food matches

Perfect for dark chocolate desserts!

Rating

I must admit that I have a weak spot for barrel aged stouts, and this is one of the better ones I have ever had. Absolutely stunning. Score: 5/5.

De Molen Hemel & Aarde (Bruichladdich barrel aged)

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